Cemetery Circus

July 15, 2018

An uncommon location for a circus, but it was perfect. A mile trolley car ride into the cemetery I discovered a tree shaded lake which became the stage for acrobats, musicians, unicyclists and show girls. In the backdrop was the Niblo family Mausoleum. The Niblos were originators of a Brooklyn Circus in the 1800s.

There was wonder, smiles and parades of performers in the first hour. The second hour brought performances on lakeside stages and on the lake in boats . There was an  organist, an...

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July 12, 2018

The idea of an underwater puppet show appealed to me. I was mesmerized at the continuous motion of objects floating, darting, swirling and dancing to live music. My focus was taking in the staging and accepting that how it was accomplished was a mystery.

Post show the audience went back stage to view the 1000 gallon tank  We saw the props, puppeteers in black wetsuits and the pulley system that held puppeteers suspended above the tank, invisible from the audience view. The complexity of the...

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Talk to Strangers

June 29, 2018

I was seated at a table ahead of a comedy show that featured Sinbad.  I shared with the woman seated at the next table, "I'm looking forward to this, I grew up with Sinbad."  She replied "Me too."

Over the course of the evening that simple exchange led to sharing she had been to the venue before, was an actress, did wardrobe consulting and one of her hobbies was kites.  

If I had not taken the initiative, I would have missed out getting to know my neighbor. 

I learned that she liked to...

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Maiden Voyage

June 24, 2018

I didn’t know what to expect. I was to take a new interactive ukulele show on the road across the City of Bridgeport, CT to the Discovery Museum , The Beardsley Zoo and the Barnum Museum.

I made my best guess about what the audience would be like, gathered my songs, demo ukuleles and props.

When it was time to start. I introduced myself and that it was Make Music Day. I began to play the ukulele and sing. People began to come. Of all ages and musical experiences and they were curious and...

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Great Britain

June 1, 2018

I was seated before a concert. I mentioned that I play the ukulele in small talk to the person seated next to me. He asked whether I knew about next week’s concert of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain a few towns over. I hadn’t.

He encouraged me to call about a ticket. It was free. He looked up the number on his telephone and handed it to me. He thought it might be sold out.  He mentioned that he would ask some friends if they had an extra ticket.

The concert was sold out, but I...

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