Fern Avenue Circus Coming to Julian Library
By Colleen R. Baker
The circus is coming to the town of Julian. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Julian Branch Library will be hosting Fern Street Circus, with activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78.
There will be two opportunities for the public to learn a few specific arts of the circus, such as clowning,
tumbling, juggling and the low wire. And as a finale, circus professionals will perform at 2 p.m.
Fern Street Circus is a nonprofit organization that was formed more than 25 years ago. The circus serves families and transforms neighborhoods through performance and teaching of circus arts, and professional artists collaborate with learners and their families in neighborhood settings.
The circus aims to create social change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Circus tradition transcends barriers between people of varying cultures and languages, combining physical and theatrical skills, merging the magnificent and the everyday, and is uniquely suited to be the medium of social exchange and social good. Circus activities combine art with sport, changing the way kids feel about exercise.
Participants will co-create every aspect of the circus, using their own talents and available resources, working in public locations, creating visible community. The circus skills sessions will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to participate in these free sessions, although youth are encouraged to be first in line.
The library is fortunate to have a wonderful sponsor in Apple Lane Orchard, owned by Keith and Priscilla Webb. Because of their generous donation, this circus and the classes are free to all in attendance, keeping in line with other library services. Keith Webb recently published “The Russell Brothers Circus Scrapbook,” and he has another circus history book heading to the publisher. Webb’s family operated the Russell Brothers Circus, and he and his wife are dedicated members of the Circus Fans Association of America.
The Friends of the Julian Library will also hold its annual book sale at this event. Call the library at 760-765-0370.
In addition to the circus, there will be several exhibitors, free face painting and balloon animals, acro-yoga, belly dancers, miniature horses and other circus-related activities to provide entertainment for all ages. And to add to the festivities, library staff and volunteers will be in costume.
Colleen R. Baker is the Julian Branch Library Manager.