Thursday, January 27, 2011

ICHOF: Sarasota Update

We are having an AMAZING time in Sarasota, seeing friends, meeting heroes and getting oral histories.

We visiting the archives of the Ringling Museum, had lunch with Levoi Hipps, visited with Penny and Donna Geneva (Otto Griebling's step daughters) and held a meeting at Showfolks of Sarasota.

The meeting was an incredible gathering of American clowns (and their families) stretching all the way back to the 1920s and the room's support for the Hall of Fame was wonderful. We get the feeling that we are on the right track...

Today: a visit to Palmetto, FL...


Congratulations go out to Mr. Bello Nock on his winning the Gold Clown at the 35 International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. Local boy makes good indeed!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ICHOF: Sarasota Trip, Day One

Sandy, Greg and I had a great first day, got an  amazing interview with Marty Scott on the early days of the Ringling Clown College and the art of clown shoemaking.

Today we are off to visit Levoi Hipps, Penny Griebling (Otto's daughter), some time at the Ringling Museum and a presentational meeting tonight at Showfolks of Sarasota.

Anyone in the Sarasota area interested in joining us tonight, the meeting starts at 7:00.

LEO ACTON: Ring Toss

Monday, January 24, 2011

ICHOF: Heading Down to Sarasota!

Fellow International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center board members Greg DeSanto, Sandy Weber and myself are off to Sarasota, FL today for the most exciting project in the hall's history.

We are beginning an oral history project, meeting with several performers and their families over the next four days and recording their memories for posterity.

It's a project that is long overdue and one that I wish the hall had begun at its inception. Circus clowning is a rapidly changing American folk art, the history and culture of which has sadly gone without being properly preserved.

Bright and early tomorrow morning we go about correcting that!

If you are in the Sarasota area, PLEASE join us on Wednesday night for a meeting discussing the ICHOF's past, present and future at the Showfolks of Sarasota club.

We'd love to see you there!

MOZ ART GROUP: Cell Phones