The clown clock is ticking down on 2016!
Plenty of you are saying “good riddance” to this year’s trip around the sun. You’re probably looking forward to the New Year as much as I am!
We as a clown community have had plenty of ups and downs. I know it has been a challenge.
Let’s go over some of the highlights:
- 2016 started with a trip to the Arizona Fire and Burn Character Conference in Bullhead City, Arizona. I had a great time clowning around with Terry Ricketts, Rex Nolen, and all the wonderful fire fighters. I always learn something when I go to that conference. When you are around people who risk their lives for a living — and have such a great sense of humor about it — you are better able to keep things in perspective!
- In February, my new Auguste clown character, Miss Moose, got to perform in Fred Baisch’s “Misadventures in Magic” stage show with Buffalo Community Theater.
- I got to spend some R&R time with my Mom in her snowbird nest in Casa Grande, Arizona, and then a day with the APS clowns and Terry Ricketts. They do a marvelous job with all their volunteer clown events in the Phoenix area.
- We had a Wright County Clown Around Workshop Day to help our local clowns with make-up and performance skills. It is so much fun to get the whole group together for a great day.
- Once again, the Irish Washer Women (Maple Lake’s “Unofficial” Official Goodwill Ambassadors) won “Best Float” award in the St. Patrick’s Grande Day Parade in Maple Lake, Minnesota. Of all the parades I do, this one is my favorite!
- The convention circuit was all over the country this year: World Clown Association in Orlando, Florida; Clowns of America International in Las Vegas, Nevada; Midwest Clown Round-Up in Merriville Indiana; and Mid Atlantic Clown Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- I even squeezed in a day with the Cornbelt Shrine Club in central Illinois. What a great bunch of guys!
- I will be honest and say the attendance at all the clown conventions was down this year. Hrmph… Not sure how we fix that.
- Happily, Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp was full with lots of friends old and new for our 20th birthday celebration. (and it is filling up nicely for 2017 as well!). I was the humble and proud recipient of 2016 “Lifetime of Laughter” award by The International Clown Hall of Fame
- Several car-loads of my friends drove from Minnesota to see my kiddos in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. We did that TWICE this year!
- The year was a whirlwind ride on land, sea, and rail with my children Julia and DJ.
- DJ finished his 4th year clowning with Ringling this Spring and hopped aboard Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas. It was a totally new experience for him cruising up and down the European coast for 6 months and sometime in the Virgin Islands. He was glad to get back on dry land. Ringling called and he packed his trunk to go back to the circus for another tour.
- At the same time Julia finished her third season clowning with RBBB Circus. She decided three years were good, but it was time to move on. DJ was hired to be on her show for the upcoming season. So my kids finally did have the dream come true of being on the same show, even if it was only for a couple of weeks.
- Now she is home and in transition. It looks like an eclectic clown bomb went off in our house! In some ways my heart simply aches for her. I know how hard this transition can be. The “Oh my gosh — what have a done??” look on her face, followed by the “I am so happy to be home and starting on something new!” twinkle in her eye.
Isn’t that kind of how we all look at the coming New Year?
We survived 2016 with a flourish. We are glad to put the creepy clown thing behind us with hopes that is will be a forgotten trend for 2017.
We say things like “This year will be different!” We will learn that new magic trick, practice our balloons more, organize our face paints, create a functional office space for booking our clown happenings, maybe even sign up for Mooseburger Camp!
You have so many wishes, hopes and dreams for the New Year.
I have them, too!
This New Year, I want to explore making Mooseburger Clown Camp a non-profit organization.
I’d really like to get a handle on the paper bomb that goes off in my office every week!
I would like to perform more with my local clown club The Clown Arounds.
I want to produce some fun educational videos with Julia, launch our new clown supplies shopping website, and figure out SEO (search engine optimization).
I want to file my taxes without needing an extension!
I also want to spend some more time taking deep breaths of fresh air.
More walks on sunny days.
Dig in the dirt more.
Bake more bread.
Spend more time with Julia before she launches on another adventure.
Go shoe shopping with my Mom.
It looks like 2017 will be a very good year. So before we let one day slip into the next and watch the weeks fly by and turn into months, let’s take some time to be in touch with the world around us.
The fact that we are clowns makes our lives special. We know what it is like to make people smile. That alone is an incredible blessing!
a.k.a. “Pricilla Mooseburger” and “Miss Moose”
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