March 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

We have a special group of guests to present this month’s lecture at our monthly meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Members of the local Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 will be there to do some magic. This meeting should be lots of fun and very informative for anyone interested in magic. As always, JCA meets at the Vienna Baptist Church.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, March 27, 2017 — SAM 252 Lecture
Monday, April 24, 2017 — Charity Selection / Officer elections / Improv Games – Listening and responding.
Monday, May 22, 2017 — Building Parade props
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 —
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 —


JCA Monthly Meetings
4th Monday of each month at 7:30 pm
Vienna Baptist Church
541 Marshall Rd SW
Vienna, VA 22180

Take I-66 to the Nutley Street exit heading north toward Vienna. Turn right at the first light onto Marshall Road. Drive approximately one-quarter mile to Ware Street and turn left. We meet in the Parlor. The door that is usually unlocked is around towards the back of the building.

Several members meet at the PanAm Family Restaurant in Vienna around 6:00 pm for dinner before the monthly JCA meeting. Sometimes, we even pull out our balloons for a mini jam during dinner.

PanAm Family Restaurant
3051 Nutley St.
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Requests for Clowns – Local Events and Parades

If you are interested in marching in one of the upcoming local parades, contact Sir Toony at

NOTE: Since January 2013, we have required that all members have their makeup and costumes reviewed and critiqued before they may represent JCA at events as a clown. Clowns must also have paid their annual dues to both JCA and COAI to participate in events. Clowns from neighboring clown alleys are welcome to join JCA in parades without being required to pay dues to JCA.


COAI Clowns in the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW
Washington, DC

Join clowns from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC in a combined group with the Kapitol Klowns and FreeState Clown Alley and march in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 8th.

City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
Monday, May 29, 2017

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
July 4, 2017

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Q: Did you hear the joke about the roof?
A: Never mind, it’s over your head!

Q: Why did the woman run around her bed?
A: She wanted to catch up on her sleep!

Q: What gives you the ability to walk though walls?
A: A door.

Q: What room is useless for a ghost?
A: The living room.

Q: Why did the clown cover his ears when he walked by the hen house?
A: He didn’t want to hear the fowl language.

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Magi Whirl Convention and Show
April 21st and 22nd, 2017
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

Magi Whirl Show open to the Public with 5 Different Entertainers from around the country!
April 22nd
6 PM Doors Open
6-7 PM Close Up Magic in the lobby
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door

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The Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 in Fairfax is having their annual fundraising show, the Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show, is on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Saint Leo the Great Catholic School. It shares the same parking area. It is the building on the left as you enter from Old Lee Highway. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic. The stage show is at 7:00. We aim for an hour long show.

Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic.
The stage show is at 7:00.

St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Upcoming Clown Events

2017 COAI Clown Convention
April 25-30, 2017
Hosted by: Northland Clown Guild Alley 217
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112 St
Kansas City, MO 64153

AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention
May 19 – 21, 2017
Airport Holiday Inn – Des Moines, Iowa
6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321

FABAIC – 15th Annual Face & Body Art International Convention
May 24 – 28, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando FL 32819

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents
Out of this World – Farewell tour
This is your last chance to catch the Ringling Bros. Circus before it closes

March 30, 2017 – April 02, 2017
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

April 07, 2017 – April 16, 2017
Eaglebank Arena
Fairfax, VA

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am
April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

The whole family will be amused and amazed by the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the antics of his furry and feathered friends. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers accompany a menagerie of adorable animals that eagerly perform remarkable circus tricks.

25th Annual Congress Of Jugglers

Come join the UMD Juggling club for this year’s Congress of Jugglers! EVERYONE is welcome. Bring your friends! Bring your family! Tell strangers you see on the street!

WHAT: The Congress of Jugglers has been an annual free juggling convention for those on the East Coast for more than 20 years. The purpose is to have fun, meet people, learn new things, and teach new things.

- Ritchie Coliseum at UMD for main events
- concrete in front of Ritchie for fire
- Hoff Theater in Stamp for the show (reservation still in process)

WHEN : April 28th to Sunday, April 30th
- Friday: 5PM-12AM
- Saturday: 10AM-12AM
- Sunday: 10AM-5PM

Show Saturday 8pm-10pm (might change) at the Hoff Theater

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall. The 2017 Folklife Festival program will provide many opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people in America today. Join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9 on the National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle.

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Circus Arts
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017

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Balloon and Face Painting Jams

The monthly balloon and face painting jam in Chantilly is currently looking for a new restaurant to host the jam.

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Northern Virginia S.A.M. Assembly 252 Meetings
3rd Thursday of each month
7:30pm until 9:00pm

The Knights of Columbus Hall
behind St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

(go totally through church parking lot, make a right at baseball field, then a left, Knights of Columbus Hall is on the right)

Note: Youth meet 1/2 hour earlier at 7:00pm

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Fairfax Jugglers
Key Intermediate Cafeteria
Every Thursday, 7:30-10 PM * when school is in session

Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact to get on their email list.

Rumors are true that the Fairfax Jugglers have switched back to Thursday nights. As usual, caveats about their need to clean the school prior to the opening, etc., so Barry will keep members informed about changes!

Enter the parking lot opposite Japonica Street, turn RIGHT at the front of the school and drive around to the far back and the end of the parking lot. Enter the cafeteria at entrance #6 (visible past the dumpster), along a sidewalk, and this may be the best way in (if you arrive first please prop open this door). Alternately, check the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9 or use entrance #5 and turn left at the first cross-hall, then look for the cafeteria on the left. OR: check the handicapped student’s gym by Entrance #9 after your first left turn.


The CIRCUS CLUB also meets at Key Intermediate School on ??, but in the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9. They teach many circus skills to children and perform in parades and other venues. If you know of a child or teenager who would be interested in learning or developing those kinds of skills then contact them at

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