Ever wonder how things come together. Sometimes i’m more interested in the backstory much more interesting. Unusual, perhaps. We were doing the Circus theme. for the Great American Raft Race. Who suggested it. I heard a lot of nay-sayers yet I thought it was brilliant. Who ever you are, loved your idea. It must have been in the air. Only a few months ago the post office issued Circus stamps. The fact that the circus saw it’s demise on May 21 of this year can’t have been a coincidence? Also the fact that only last year i visited the Circus Museum in Sarasota. Needless to say I believe in serendipity.
Mango Grove embraced the theme. We won the best performance but did you all really see our effort. Our two trophy well deserved.
Only the day before I put an SOS out for a unicycle, within an hour there came one riding by the Lake Worth Art Guild gallery window. I jumped up and hailed him down. W’d you know he’s been riding since he was 8 years old and lives in Mango Grove. The day before Sunday at the beach sharing stories and questioning, what all does a circus have, besides Elephants, well of course, a tight rope walker. We look across from Benny’s and there is a guy strapping his high wire act onto two Palm Trees. I’m on it. Yes he will perform in Bryant Park for us.
The hard part for me was making what I felt was plausible happen.
I had the vision, but how could I do it? Andy Amaroso to the rescue, he had the spinners right up front, within reach. Yes I wanted a balloon but I settled for tea cups spinning in the air.
A thought not mine another Grovite said, ” i have pink seersucker pants”, we proceeded to paint his baseball cap white. Now for an industrial broom that you could appreciate from afar*.. Dropping off my number one collaborator/artist extraordinaire Claudia from Parrot Cove, we pass someone moving and there was this beautiful oversized mop. (dumpster diving) and i still had some tinsel from years ago. All this happened in a 48 hour period. IT WAS MEANT TO BE.
The other note worthy part of this coming together of ideas and talent. New residents to Mango Grove with two talented daughters and boundless enthusiasm. I entrusted the 15-year-old to create a circus wagon. What I expected was one thing what I got was over the top. She is a student a Dryfoos and did I mention only 15.
Our Bearded Lady was difficult. I asked up to 9 men with full beards to consider crossdressing lots of maybe. Then I spotted this gorgeous man with a red beard tall large and good looking , better than the rest. The other well deserved award is seen below. Commissioner Maxwell on the spot to give a helping hand. It was sad as they were all dressed to the gills.
*anytime you do a performance or parade or Circus everything has to be exaggerated so it can be appreciated from afar. I was told this by artist Fred Hunt RIP who appeared in Cecil B. DeMill’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” as an extra. He was a student at the Ringling School of Art in its heyday.
ps not all photos are mine if i knew the shooter I gave credit . Please visit these photographers they have some awesome documentation of this circus parade actually the entire 16th annual Great American Raft Race . Wes Blackman also has video, Tom Johnson, Leonard Bryant and Shawn Moss. From the imbedded photographer moi my limited access as i was in the parade, favorite shots .
So thanks all for the Best Performance trophy