Hello from the great northwest,
I am so happy to hear the good juggling energy was felt across the country.
As most of you internet junkies know this pass weekend was also the 5th
Annual Seattle International Jugglers Festival. This was first time I have
taken on the full festival my self it was quite an interesting affair.
However, my years of helping on the Groundhog Day Festival stood me well and
I believe everyone had a good time.
This is a very different festival the first thing is the place. The festival
is held at what is known as The Center House at Seattle Center. This is what
amounts to a vary large mall style food court. There is also a fair large
grass field adjoining this building. The cool part about it is the location
at the base of the Space Needle, very nice views. This time of year the
weather is normally sunny and 75 deg. 50% humidity, so overall not a bad
spot. No problem going somewhere for food, just step off the main juggling
space it's right there (Yes there is a Starbucks too, they are everywhere
out here). This also means that we cannot charge admission, the entire thing
runs on donations.
The Cabaret show was Friday starting around 11:00. It is much more of an
open mike night type show, we did have a live band this year. Has with most
of these types of show some good some bad.
The public show was Saturday in the Center House space, there is a stage and
they set up chairs and once again the show is by donation. Overall the show
went very well and I believe we actually made it paid for the weekend.
Other then that is was a fairly normal festival. The turnout was real light
at about 80 registered so most likely about 100 jugglers. We figure with the
IJA festival so close in both time and space that many people chose to go
there instead of here.
I missed ya'll this weekend, I now know exactly how much work it is to put
on a festival and that Groundhog Day works because enough people working
together, each doing there part, means the whole thing works without anyone
killing themselves. I also missed your friendships as well.
Look me at Reno, I do have some stores to tell.
Seattle International Juggler Festival
P.S. Yes Charles, that does mean I have pull my own bloodless (well mostly)
coupe and taken over the Cascade Jugglers (well for the most part).
From: Shifalo, Toni [mailto:toni.shifalo@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 5:47 AM
Subject: RE: [JUGGLING_GA] Digest Number 630
Thanks guys, this made my day!!! First Andy's gallant volunteering to attend
the meeting for us, then Ron's yankee doodle chitlins, and Chuckie's
"outing" confession made me laugh OUTloud!!!!!!!
I want to thank the club members for the magnificent turnout for the
Clarkston Festival. Rodger, Charles, Bobbler, Jay were there from the
noon-ish beginning, joined by myself and Joyce for the duration. It was a
hot, humid, muggy, muddy sorta day, but the AJA was highly visible, and the
group was large enough for the size of this first time festival...the
organizers were thrilled at seeing the acutalization of their vision of
"hundreds of jugglers on the lawn tossing thousands of objects in the air".
Several kids from GMAAC came by, and many others too, to toss up with us,
and the mayor of Pinelake who took our workshop a couple weeks ago came by
to refresh too. Checks are cut, some are in the mail, and the rest I'll
hand out when I see you.
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