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Juggling, of Course

March 28, 2011

Again this year, the IJA juggling tutorial contest has me torn in many different directions. Which of the many different offerings should be the priority in the coming weeks? I am again impressed by the all the options, including, but not limited to those by Jordan Campbell, Steve Hoggan and January Thunder. In any event, it will be a great year for new patterns.

My friend Robert and I were chatting today, and he asked if I had yet learned to ride a unicycle. This is something I have thought about on and off ever since Calder learned the skill. Since we have three unicycles in the house. and I am not getting any younger ( at least in body ), this is the year. Robert suggested putting a deadline on the project, and we agreed the last weekend in August is it. I am really looking forward to adding this ability to my routine. I intend to provide regular updates, including new juggling patterns, so check in every once in a while.

I will hopefully be “up” by the Vancouver Madskillz Juggling Festival in June. See you all there, Paul

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One Final Drop

August 29, 2010

Hi everyone,
I had a great day at Bowfest yesterday. As always, lots of children, young and less young. A couple of newish keeners, and lots of regulars. Diabolo, devil stick, hoops, clubs, and of course balls dropped all afternoon. Thanks to everyone who stopped in.

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Unfortunately, our membership drive faltered at five families, so I couldn’t justify renting the gym again this fall. Two of our families joined primarily to support my efforts and were rarely able to attend, and although I really do appreciate the support, I needed people in the gym in order to continue. Our other three families did attend, but often no more than once a month, so I regularly was alone in the gym for an hour or more during our time. During this past spring the highest number of people for a Saturday was twelve once, eight another time, but more often it was two or three. It is with the deepest regrets I feel no option but to close the door to the gym.

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For the autumn I will continue to be on the school field at our regular time on Saturdays, as long as the weather remains decent. I will not be there if it is raining. By November the weather will probably be too wet or cold to continue, and that will be it for the Juggling Club.

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I have had a great time with this club. I really do appreciate all the support over these years. It has been a blast. I will continue to drag my stuff to community events, so we will still get to drop together. Thank you all so very much for all the fun. See you around, and thanks for all the fish.                    Paul

World Juggling Day

June 15, 2010

This Saturday, June 19, is World Juggling Day. If the weather is decent we will be outside at the school from 2 – 5, and if not we will be in the Multi-purpose room. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Last weekend was the (hopefully) first annual Vancouver Madskillz Juggling Festival. What a blast! Dozens of people from up and down the coast were there as well as from Victoria and Europe. Three days of throwing, catching, dropping and spinning. The folks with the Vancouver juggling club did an outstanding job organizing an awesome festival. I had an excellent time.
Next up for Calder and I is the 63rd annual IJA convention, which will be held this year in Sparks, Nevada, during the last week in July. We are going to have loads of fun. We hope Tobi will be able to join us after he returns from Europe.
During the summer I will be on the school field on Saturdays at our regular time, so come on out and let’s drop together. Hoping to see you all during the next few months. Paul

Family Memberships Growing

March 4, 2010

Exciting news, our family memberships have doubled in the last two weeks. That’s right, we have gone from two families to four, alright, maybe not really exciting, but I am enjoying it.

The Corrigan/Frosts captured membership # 1 very early in the process, followed by the Bryan/Morrisons with # 2, the de Zwarts with #3, and, two days ago, the Kulbidas with # 4. My thanks go out to all of you as this support allows us to continue renting the gym, thus my excitement.

We are really looking forward to the next few months, as we thought that people owning memberships would translate into higher attendance. It was also thought that we might replace some of our older equipment, and maybe invest in more new stuff. It will be interesting to see what our membership decides.

We have the gym booked through April at our regular time from 2:00 – 4:00 on Saturday. On the second weekend in June, the Vancouver Juggling Club will be hosting the Madskillz juggling festival. It will be Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday, with a public show on the Saturday night. Search for it under the Vancouver Madskillz Juggling Festival.

I am hoping to attend the IJA Convention in Sparks, Nevada on the last week of July. This is a week long event, with a show every night, and workshops all day, every day. Definitely a juggle till you drop event. Fun, fun, fun. Anyway, see you on Saturday. Paul

Membership Set to Grow

December 10, 2009

Back in September, I rented the gym space for our regular Saturday time through to December. The cost for this was about $396, which I hoped to mostly recover with our drop-in jar on a weekly basis. Unfortunately our attendance lagged quite a bit, only once surpassing twenty, and many times with fewer than ten, and once only three. As a result donations were often not there, or five or eight dollars a week. This meant that renting the gym for juggling was costing my family about $100 per month. Together with very low attendance, I sadly concluded the juggling club would have to end.

When I mentioned this to Caitlin she suggested a meeting with some regulars to see if a solution could be found to save the club. As a result Caitlin, Roq, Kim and I met two Sundays ago to explore options.

The first year of the club saw three families each rent the gym for a three month period, thus spreading out the cost. For the second year we decided to have a drop in fee, so that people who came to juggle would support the club, and since lots of people came much of the cost of gym rental was covered. Adopting a system to spread out the cost was felt to be a reasonable solution.

The four of us decided we would sell juggling club memberships on an annual basis, so that people who come regularly could pay once and have unlimited access. People could also buy memberships primarily to support the club, and then come whenever they had the time. Memberships would be available for families, individuals, and youth. There will still be a suggested drop-in fee for those who do not want to purchase membership, but who do wish to support the club on the days they are there.

The first membership has been purchased by Chris and Caitlin for their family; their membership card will sport the number 001. We look forward to selling many memberships, and any money left over after paying for the gym will be used to purchase new equipment, and to replace worn equipment such as our tired peacock feathers. Hopefully this arrangement will allow the club to continue long into the future.

This Saturday we will be in the multi-purpose room upstairs in the school, and next Saturday, the 19th, we will be back in the gym. The gym will be closed over the Christmas break, but we will be back in January. I wish to thank Caitlin, Roq, and Kim for their valuable assistance in helping me find a way to keep the club moving forward. This is great!   Thanks everyone.

Paul

August 1, 2009

Last Saturday the Juggling Club met on the grass in Artisan Square, primarily to provide a good venue for the fabulous performance given by Thomas Arthur. But it also gave us organizers food for thought, owing to the extra large numbers of people who came over to try this weird hobby of ours, and because we were so close to that fabulous chocolate cafe, Cocoa West.
Due to the messy construction occurring on on our usual summer juggling spot at the community school, we have relocated to the covered, concrete area near the entrance to the gym. It is less than ideal. Up at Artisan Square we were on the cool grass, surrounded by shade-giving trees, and yet jugglers could find space to toss their props without encountering too much in the way.
The huge down side of the Artisan Square location is the constant car traffic right beside the grassy centre. We almost lost one of our under four year old proto-jugglers to a car, because she decided to rejoin some friends on the other side of the road, without checking traffic first.
So we were wondering if there is anywhere else on the Island, preferably in Snug Cove that has cool grass, shady trees, not too much traffic, and high visibility for the uninitiated to become intrigued by our presence. Suggestions are welcome, either here in the comments or in person to the Juggling Club organizers, Paul and Karai.

Where should we juggle this summer?

August 1, 2009

Last Saturday the Juggling Club met on the grass in Artisan Square, primarily to provide a good venue for the fabulous performance given by Thomas Arthur. But it also gave us organizers food for thought, owing to the extra large numbers of people who came over to try this weird hobby of ours, and because we were so close to that fabulous chocolate cafe, Cocoa West.
Due to the messy construction occurring on on our usual summer juggling spot at the community school, we have relocated to the covered, concrete area near the entrance to the gym. It is less than ideal. Up at Artisan Square we were on the cool grass, surrounded by shade-giving trees, and yet jugglers could find space to toss their props without encountering too much in the way.
The huge down side of the Artisan Square location is the constant car traffic right beside the grassy centre. We almost lost one of our under four year old proto-jugglers to a car, because she decided to rejoin some friends on the other side of the road, without checking traffic first.
So we were wondering if there is anywhere else on the Island, preferably in Snug Cove that has cool grass, shady trees, not too much traffic, and high visibility for the uninitiated to become intrigued by our presence. Suggestions are welcome, either here in the comments or in person to the Juggling Club organizers, Paul and Karai.

Juggling at Artisan Square Today

July 25, 2009

Today Thomas Arthur will be showcasing his amazing talents and then participating in our juggling club activities, all at Artisan Square starting at 2:00 PM. Please come join us for an inspiring afternoon. See you there!

World Juggling Day 2009

June 21, 2009

          More than twenty people came by yesterday to help us celebrate this years’ World Juggling Day. I was able to teach two people to juggle, at least the beginnings of a three ball cascade. We all had fun with lots of laughter, especially with the beach balls I had brought along. Pete, Roq, Tobi, and I tried to come up with different combinations for three, four and five beach ball patterns, although we had to move into the gym to eliminate the problem of the wind. I laughed the most, but we all had fun.
          The cookies were appreciated, as were the two t-shirts that were drawn for. All children twelve and under were entered, and both Aria and Thomas walked away with a juggling shirt.
          Devil sticks, diabolo, clubs, balls and lots of hula hoops, with Emera wowing people with her ease with two rings. She also worked with Olivia on bouncing the silicone balls in the tennis courts. Roq was impressive with his three hacky-sac juggling incorporating the tops of his shoes. Mike showcased his talents with diabolo, devil sticks, and of course his 500 gram “popeye” balls.
            All in all a great weather day for our world juggling day event right here on Bowen Island. Hope to see you all on Saturdays over the summer, Paul

Victoria Juggling Festival

April 5, 2009

          The wonderful people at the University of Victoria staged another great festival this weekend.   Three days of throwing, hooping, rolling, balancing and merriment.  Lots of quality workshops, plenty of interactive sharing, competitive action and laughter – does it get any better?

          At the Renegade show on Friday night we witnessed wonderful contact work by Chris and Ryan, a fast moving hula hood routine with lighted hoops, and quite a bit of funny material, although the renegade taste police kept issuing tickets because the acts were not “out there” enough.  I guess we are too nice in Canada.

          On Saturday we were there from 10:30 until 4:45.  Among many other activities, Calder and Tobi did a 6 and 7 club passing workshop which was thoroughly enjoyed, and Paul did a workshop with Blake – 72 variations of under the leg.  Mind boggling information, but I ended up withdrawing to simply watch because my body hasn’t contorted like that in many years.

          After dinner at the Noodle Box ( Calders choice ) we were out to Esquimalt for the evening show, MCed by the very funny and talented Aaron Gregg.  A wide variety of excellent performances, including some genuine blind juggling by Tony Duncan, who also did a contact ball routine, but this with his eyes open.  After the show we went back to the university for more juggling until about 11:30, when we finally accepted we were all tired.

          Back at the university at 10:45 on Sunday morning, we continued working on our newest (soon to be) skills. until the competitions began.  Calder and Tobi each entered a number of competitions, and doing well, with Tobi winning the endurance handstand competition, and claiming a prize of quality juggling balls donated by Higgins Brothers.  The announcer didn’t remember Tobi’s name, so he simply stated the winner was from Bowen Island.  Well done to both of you.

          Unfortunately we had to leave at 1:30 to catch a ferry (some things remain constant), so we could not stay until the end.  In the car we all talked about the next festival we can attend, and the boys were planning to enter the combination competition next time. We are all excited, pumped, and yet exhaust.  A bouquet of flowers to Dawn and her crew in Victoria.  Thanks again.

          The school will be closed on the Easter weekend, but if the weather is good Chris plans to be outside – call to confirm.  We will be back inside the following week.  See you then, Paul