Saturday, March 21, 2009


This afternoon, Evelyn and I headed to Washington, D.C. to see the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. This was Evelyn's third trip to the circus, and she was really looking forward to it. This probably goes without saying, but Troy stayed home with Julia because we figured that would be too much excitement for the baby.

We arrived early enough to take part in the preshow. This was a chance for us to wander around, meet some of the performers, and see up-close stunts and tricks. Evelyn had her picture taken with a couple of clowns, a cossack rider, a "Dream Girl" and one of the aerial stunt guys. You can tell by the genuine smile on Evelyn's face that she is completely thrilled to be that close to circus performers.

Just like the previous two trips to the circus, our souvenir was a show program. Evelyn loves books, and the program is like an oversized magazine that highlights all of the acts. The pictures are great, the words rhyme, and it totally captures the feel of the show. It's the best souvenir, in my opinion.

We were entertained and amazed by all of the circus acts. It's hard to say what Evelyn liked the best. If you ask what was her favorite thing, she answers, "All of it!" She didn't miss a thing during the two-hour show: trapeze artists, cassocks (horses), aerialists, tigers, elephants, motorcycles in a ball, clowns and more.

Can you guess what Evelyn chose for her bedtime "book" tonight? Yep - her circus program!


k. said...

That's cool. Cirque is in Baltimore I think. I'm tempted to go, but I hear the prices are steep.