Saturday, June 5, 2010

May 30-31: Olney, MD-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday we had a 5:30 a.m. call for our 88 mile jump to Olney. I took it easy on account of my tire rods being bent.
We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.

The Free State Clown Alley #30 provided lunch for the entire show in the cookhouse. I went to eat and visit with them all; they present me and Ryan with fantastic gifts: a Red Skelton DVD set, old Ringling programs from the tent days, and best of all, two pairs of slap gloves!

The gifts continued today when our friend, Carol Lang, brought me a bag full of Tasty Kakes. She also brought a beautiful handmade blanket for Ryan and Tatiana's baby, and water guns for me, Ryan, and Radar. The Cainans also received generous gifts.

We had a 3/4 full first show. The Free State Clown Alley #30 was on hand in make up and costume to do meet and greet before the show and at Intermission.
Ryan and I hung out with them when we weren't working.

Castro fixed my tire rod problem during the show and told me of a problem I might have down the road that I will eventually need fixed.

The second show was almost full. Stephon Walker, who Ryan and I worked with in Myrtle Beach two years ago, came to the show with his wife, son, and his son's friend.

After we were done working Stephon joined a group of us for dinner at a great Italian restaurant near the lot.
Mr. North came along too and generously picked up the check.

On Monday I slept in, which was wonderful. Ryan and I went to Cheeburger Cheeburger with Danny, Tavana, and Arwen, where we sought to recreate our triumph from last year of eating the restaurant's one pound cheeseburger.

We succeeded, but unfortunately there were some tragic side effects.

Unlike last year, we were given a commemorative photo of our gluttony, and another copy was put on the "Wall of Fame" to be scorned for months to come. Last year the restaurant's printer was down and the only thing we got for our efforts was indigestion.

On the way back to the lot Ryan and I checked out the Olney Toy Store and a Blockbuster that was going out of business.
I bought two hot releases for Xbox at an awesome price.

Kevin Brown, a former Blue Show clown, his wife, his daughters, and his older daughter's friend came to see the first show.
He brought us the same kind of delicious chocolate cake that he gave us last year. This free roll has earned him the title of "Funniest Clown in the World" from Casey. (Casey's sense of humor can be bought by awesome free rolls)

The first show was 3/4 full; the Free State Clown Alley #30 was back again today, but Keith and Steve were not able to make it, which was a downer.

We had an average sized crowd for the second show, and they were dead response wise. It wasn't a good ending to one of my favorite towns on tour.
The good far outweighed the bad, though.

June 7-Bridgeton, NJ
June 8-Mays Landing, NJ
June 9-Pemberton, NJ


Rob said...

Everyone's getting slap gloves these days. Eddie Medrano just got a set for him and Jon Weiss to use in Water for Elephants.

Anonymous said...

Everyone might be getting slap gloves these days, but not everyone is getting premium cowhide dark brown slap gloves made by the late, great Ray Griffin like these pair were. (Ray was "the" clown shoe maker, a pioneer in the field whose horse-hair soes were known as the "Cadillac" and performers choice)
Our alley has a long history, and these gloves come by way of The Funhouse, a clown/magic shop owned by Lou Walston. Lou had some very historical items on hand in his shop, and he was one of the founders of the Clown Club of Maryland, which merged with a clown club in Mass, which then became the Clowns of America (COA), later incorporated into the Clowns of America International (COAI) in 1985.
Anyway, when the Funhouse closed after Lou's death and 2 other owners tried their hand at the business, our Alley was blessed when the final owner (Scott Kalin) graciously donated many historial items to our Alley.
To compliment the gloves, Steve and Ryan have Ringling Programs from the 30's and 40's that feature Freddie Freeman and Otto Griebling, two of the masters of the boxing gag. Besides featuring and article on clown alley and Mr. John Ringling North (II's father) we thought the programs added a nice touch.
Steve and Ryan are, in my opinion, worthy owners of these slap gloves. They are performing the art at it's highest level. If they don't use them at all, that's ok, we at Alley #30 just wanted to honor them with our most prized possession and let them know how much we think of them.

Keith Karas