Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our Fifth Annual Square Dance: A Midtown Hoedown

Four years ago we set out to create a new fall tradition here at Bryant Park by introducing Square Dancing to our line-up of events. Little did we know that our little Midtown hoedown would grow from an intimate affair on the Fountain Terrace to an all-encompassing country festival with a cult-like following. We're excited to announce that our Fifth Annual Square Dance will be held September 23rd and 24th.

Friday, Sept 23: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, Sept 24: 3pm - 9pm

In the past we've spread out our Square Dance over three days, with two evening dances on Friday and Saturday and a kid friendly event during the afternoon on Sunday. This year we're changing it up by moving to a two-day schedule but extending our Saturday programming. That's the same number of barn-stomping hours, but now with a family-friendly Saturday afternoon ramping up into an evening party.

Do-si-do into the night with live-music and a real Barn Dance caller. Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography.
As always, we'll have our signature dancing with featured called Dave Harvey of NYC Barn Dance returning this year to teach some steps alongside the boot-stomping stylings of the Calamity Janes on Friday night and the Backyard Boys and The Remedies on Saturday. Square dance sets on Saturday will begin around 3:30pm and 6:30pm, with live folk and bluegrass music in between.

So you've learned to spin rope, but can you catch a calf? Find out with our new 'Roping Roper.' Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography.
Due to overwhelming popularity, we're expanding our roping offerings again. In addition to on-site trick roping instruction we’ll also teach guests how to lasso an object and then give you a chance to test out your skills with our Rodeo Roper, featuring a mechanical calf on a track which you'll need to rope from a distance. Are you up for the challenge?
If you find yourself drained from dancing, we've got plenty of bites from Hester Street Fair to help you refuel. Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography

Come with an appetite, because we've got finger-licking fixings from the Hester Street Fair, and beer and wine by Ark Restaurants, both available for purchase on-site. New this year will be our Bryant Park Farmers Market with local produce, organic goods, fresh-cut flowers, and more from BensidounAfter you’ve had your fill, head on over to the Southwest Airlines Lounge, complete with Adirondack chairs, to hang your hat and rest your feet.

From 3pm – 6pm on Saturday, little cowboys and cowgirls will want to mosey on over to the northwest corner of the lawn for Kids Corner. We’ll have western-themed crafts and sack races. Additionally, square dance instruction during this time will be at its kid-friendliest, featuring dances that are fun and do-si-doable by the whole family.

All weekend, we'll have western-themed giveaways by the wagon-load. You can also ham it up at our #bpsquaredance photo opps, challenge your friends to a game of cornhole, and enter the raffle for our grand prize - two round-trip airline tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines! We'll also have a few surprises revealed the day-of, so keep an eye out.

Country festive attire is encouraged. Be there and be square!

Bryant Park Square Dance
September 23, 6 - 9pm
September 24, 3 - 9pm
The Lawn

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