Thursday, August 26, 2010


At the Possibility Alliance, a Petrol and Electricity Free Farm and Education Center down the Lane, a Clown Camp is featured this week. Just typing this makes me smile.

I suggested they consider a performance at the Nursing Home where Mother is. And, today, all 20 some of the Clowns arrived there by Bike or Bus. On our way to town, we actually passed the Bikers south of town. Their 15 mile Bike Ride one way seemed no small commitment to deliver Joy by this Passenger (and addict to the Automobile) in our Car speeding past.

Did they ever put on a Show. Their performance was pure Fun, Joy, Love, Delight. It was just plain Over the Top. In a place where Joy is usually in short supply among the serious considerations of the Day, Smiles, Laughter and Applause were free flowing as they should be everywhere and all the time.

My favorite part was when the Clowns hung around afterwards to interact with Residents. Residents and Clowns bantered back and forth in a place where silence is too often found. Joy is a precious Gift which nourishes us all.

For those in our area, the Clowns from Clown Camp are offering a Clown Theater Extravaganza, Saturday, August 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Silver Rails Event Center in LaPlata. The Flyer for the event advises us that: The performance will feature "Dan Griffiths, who studied under the world famous mime Marcel Marceau and has peformed in over 45 states and 25 countries." Dan "will be leading a cast of over 20 clowns, actors, mimes from as far away as Montreal and San Francisco. Come enjoy Thrills, Laughter, Wonder, and Delight. It's a FUNdraiser for the Friends for LaPlata Preservation (FLIPP), The Green Theatre, and the Kirksville Permaculture Education Center (KPEC). Suggested donation is $5 for adults and children are free."

The little Flyer closes with a sneak peek of the show's: "Thrills! Laughter! Wonder! and Delight! ...Cake and Ice Cream... Music and Singing and Storytelling." "'If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age let him become a fool that he may become wise.'" (1 Corinthians 18-19)

As the Clowns were preparing to leave the Nursing Home today, one resident was asked if she was ready for her usual afternoon nap. "After a program like this, I don't think so." Mother encouraged the Clowns to share their work widely: "There is a lot of sadness in the world."

Yes, Joy should be widely shared. Thank you Clowns and the Possibility Alliance for bringing these extraordinary gifts to our area.

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