Max Blob presents Blob's Park
8024 Blob's Park Road Jessup, MD 20794
MD Rt. 175 @ Baltimore-Washington Parkway
End Of An Era
by Bill Miller
It was the very best of all dance hall places.
There was none around that could compare.
Located in Jessup, MD at Routes 295 and 175,
There was easy automobile access there.
Great Hall, Pavilion, and a large Soccer Field,
Provided room for different kinds of festivities.
Oktoberfest, Fasching, and Sonnwendfeier
Were some of the better known activities.
Volleyball tournaments in the Summer time,
The fall Jazz Festival was an outside thing,
Many Family Reunions held in the Pavilion,
And Riding Lawn Mower Races in the Spring!
Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
At least fifty or fifty-one weekends a year.
Entire families would come out to party
Filling the Hall with laughter and cheer.
People came from untold miles around
To socialize or dance on the huge floor.
To circle doing the polkas and waltzes,
Then asking the Rheinlanders for more.
Many a "Polka Hall Of Fame" band leader
Came to play on Saturdays in the Great Hall -
Verne Meisner and Marv Herzog to name two.
There is not enough room to name them all!
Nothing that is good really lasts forever,
Change is inevitable as everyone knows,
And the Owners' made a difficult decision
After 74 years, Blob's Park would close!
New Year's Eve of Two Thousand and Seven
Was advertised far and wide as the last chance
To come to Max Blob's Bavarian Biergarten
And get out on the floor to do one last dance.
And hundreds of people came from towns around
For one last celebration of New Year's Eve.
Closing Uncle Max's Park after all those years
Was very difficult for many a person to believe.
And celebrate they did - all the long night through
Dancing the polka like there would be no tomorrow.
At midnight kissing and hugging friends or strangers
And laughing and joking to try to hide their sorrow
One had to search to find a dry eye in the place
As The Rheinlanders played their last refrain.
Dancers formed a circle around the dance floor
As they sang with the band: "Auf Wiedersehen!"
Now the music is silent and the great hall dark.
The parking lot is empty except for the clutter.
No more dance music playing or cars in the park,
A shabby looking building with a hanging gutter.
But as long as the regular customers remember,
Let these words witness as future years advance,
How once there existed a very special place
Where people met and socialized and danced!