|RUN AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS
Toss the Nintendo, scrap the video games and hang up the skateboard; its time for some real fun!
With nerves of steel, motorcycle daredevils traverse a high-wire, lightening fast jugglers swing fiery clubs just inches from their heads, towering overhead, nimble acrobats perform astounding feats. All this under one roof can mean only one thing; the circus is coming to town.
The original traveling circuses started in Europe in the early 1800's. Troupes in covered wagons performed in the open air for donations or set up tents and charged admission.
The first circus featured trained cavalry horses performing precision drills. Jugglers, ropedancers, acrobats, clowns and wild animal acts soon followed adding excitement and daring. When the flying trapeze entered the spotlight in 1859 all eyes turned upward to watch.
By the early 1900's, the circus was definitely the place to be. In America, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily Circus would set up over 300 tents and carry it's own diesel generators to produce electricity for a huge three-ring circus which came to be known as "The Greatest Show on Earth."
It took so much time and money to put up the tents and equipment that, since the 1960's, this huge circus plays only in permanent buildings.
It's not often that a true tented circus comes to town but, this Sunday, the Roberts Brothers Circus, one of the few remaining tented circus' in the United States, will park its huge caravan next to the Deale fire department and set up the Big Top.
Outside the giant tent you'll have a chance to meet a circus elephant up close and personal, talk to the performers and maybe learn a trick or two from some circus clowns.
But the real show is inside under the Big Top, the only one place on earth where you can see such awesome acts of daring.
So, grab some cotton candy and popcorn and pick your seat, because once you enter the Big Top and this magical world, anything can happen. There's nothing quite like a circus.
Life Under the Big Top
Sun. May 6 -The circus is coming to town. Thrill at daredevil highwire acts, trained elephants and tigers and laugh at the clowns. Eat popcorn, cotton candy and other circus treats. Go home with a balloon and a huge smile. All Ages. $ Roberts Brothers Circus, Deale.
·Moms Need Helpers
Sat. May 5 (10am-1:30pm)Moms can always use help and you can always use extra money. Be a mothers helper. This class helps you learn about kids and how to play safely with them and still have fun. Responsibilities and safety will be covered. Ages 9-12. $25. YWCA, Arnold. 410/626-7800.
Kids need BabysittersSun. May 6 (2-5:30pm)Have fun and make some extra money too. Babysitters learn how to handle tough situations, how to market your service. Learn fun activities to play with kids. Bring a snack to class. A certificate will be awarded at the end of class. Ages 13+. $25. YWCA, Arnold. rsvp: 410/626-7800.
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