I haven’t been to the circus in years, and now we can’t.  The big top has come down forever on the Ringling Brothers Circus….after almost 150 years.  That’s truly the end of an era…a term that gets tossed about a lot…but this is an era of performance and magic that has stood an incredible test of time across your children’s, your parents’ and grandparents’, maybe even great grandparents’ and your lifetime.

Maybe children no longer dream of joining the circus in this century of 3-D and AI and fantasy figures that inundate the virtual world.  But the context of the circus and its travels into communities far and wide, was a shared experience and a bond that we’ll no longer have.  Will the theme music of under the big top go the way of the dinosaur too? Having trouble getting that out of my head today. 

Shara Fryer

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