Sarasota , Florida is a great town . My husband's eloquent father in law Johnny Herriott once said
70 % of all circus people in the USA lived in a 75 mile radius of the Sarasota area .
Well actually he is not my husband's father in law because my husband is married to a different person ( ME ) but in the circus everyone is related in a blood , or married or ex married or living with someone or part of a troupe or dilllusionally related .
Maybe demographics have changed . I am talking traditional circus . I am talking about the REAL circus . The circus that has lions , tigers , bears , elephants , horses . The circus that is worth fighting for .
I am really trying to write about one of the many civic/circus events that happens in Sarasota and that is the " Show Folks Circus " . This is a show that raises money for the " Show Folks Club " .
It is a very fun show to perform in because you have the most intense audience . I love going to the show as an audience member because you get to catch up with everyone !
This year I performed my trapeze act . WOW !! What fun ..I made new friends and did one of my favorite things , trapeze and teeth spinning and ta da ing etc etc .
The other most favorite thing after the big show is going to the " Show Folks Club " and playing with friends , catching up with friends and finding out who did what and when and with who .
There is something about being backstage and in the wings . I don't know if it the smells of rosin , dust , curtains , sweat , animals or what but it is something so comforting . I guess that is why in the old vaudeville days old performers worked the back door curtains . You just like those showbiz smells .
In the wings
at the club