2010 Programs

The Circus Parade

Tim Van Egmond leads the circus parade, 2009

Saturday, July 17, 2010
This is a new date: the original date, July 10, was rained out.*

"Creatures of Bliss and Mystery":  A Nineteenth-century Children's Circus

Time:  1-4 pm
Location:   Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee: none

The Emily Dickinson Museum will present its annual "Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Circus," featuring entertainment by folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond. The event is free and open to the public. It is especially appropriate for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults, of course).

The afternoon will feature stories and songs with Tim Van Egmond at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Participatory activities include tightrope-walking, a ring-toss, and lots of crafts. Children can make fancy hats, festive flags, and masks to sport during the Parade Around the Grounds, which begins at 2:30 p.m. 

Folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and enchanting audiences all over the country, weaving together tales and tunes. Music flows in and around his stories and through his singing and performing on the wide variety of traditional instruments he plays, including the hammered dulcimer, conga drum, guitar and limberjack (a dancing wooden rhythm puppet). His dynamic style of voice and movement makes stories come alive, and his gift for encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. "Tim is a triple treat. He can sing, play a variety of instruments and tell whopping good tales!" says Uncle Emily author Jane Yolen.

The title of the circus comes from The Reflections of a Country Girl by Martha Dickinson Bianchi, Emily’s niece: "It never occurred to us that we were not creatures of bliss and mystery—that the Ringmaster was really Ned with trousers tucked into rubber boots, cracking his whip and making jokes with the clown, Will Mather in private life, stuffed out with a pillow, red spots painted on his face, —or that the performance was a bit less dazzling than the one we had seen the day before, —especially if Ned sang his circus song picked up from the real ring."

*Note:  Juggler Henrry Lappen is unable to join us for our rescheduled circus.  We hope to have him back for a program some time soon!