Montgomery Magazine April/May 2017 : Page 48

in Montgomery County By Molly Golubcow Kick it up a notch and go beyond dinner and a movie. We may not live in the most romantic place in the world, but there are plenty of things to do beyond the ordinary. etsy was wearing a light blue summer dress that July evening in 1988 when she attended a dance class at Glen Echo Park. She caught the eye of a young man named Jamie Platt, who worked up the nerve to ask her to dance. A couple of contra dances and an evening-ending waltz and it was a classic love-at-first-sight evening. They had their first date two weeks later, got engaged in January 1989 and were married that October. Their daughter came along in 1994. “We’re still waltzing,” says Jamie. “We waltzed on the night Betsy was due, and Hannah attended her first of many dances eight days later.” Now more than two decades later, Glen Echo Park remains a go-to date night option for the Platts, who now live in the town of Glen Echo. Montgomery County isn’t exactly a hotbed of romantic spots, but it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to spice up date night and go beyond the trite dinner-and-a-movie theme. Whether you and your significant other are athletic, creative, intellectual or just like strolling hand-in-hand, you don’t have to cross the border into Washington to find places where love may blossom like it apparently does at Glen Echo Park. B 46 // April/May 2017

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