May 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

Congratulations to our board members who were all re-elected to another term for the 2017-2018 year.

JCA President = Mike “Sir Toony” Becvar
JCA Vice President = Miguel “Pelukyta” Flores
JCA Secretary = Melanie “Fancy” Walker
JCA Treasurer = Violeta “Sweet Pickle” Peith

JCA will meet on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We will be talking about parade props. Bring your favorite parade prop to share with everyone. Be ready to tell everyone how you made the parade prop and how you like to use it. Topics will include:

- tools and materials to construct parade props
- how to use a parade prop
- where to find items that can be used as a parade prop

JCA Meeting Schedule

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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 — Annual JCA Potluck Picnic
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 — Holiday Party for Safe Places


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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Do you have clown news to share via the news updates or newsletters? Send your ideas and news to Sir Toony at

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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.


Our next parade is the City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
Monday, May 29, 2017
Falls Church, VA
Route travels down Park Ave. between West St. and Little Falls Street

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Confirmed
July 4, 2017
10:00 am
Downtown Fairfax, VA

This year’s theme is “Volunteers Light Up Fairfax”.

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May Flowers Jokes

Q: Why couldn’t the flower ride it’s bike?
A: It lost its petals.

Q: What did the bee say to the flower?
A: Hello, honey.

Q: What kind of flower looks like it just came back from a fight?
A: A black-eyed Susan!

Q: What do you get if you cross a monkey with a flower?
A: A chimp-pansy!

Q: Why is grass so dangerous?
A: Because it’s full of blades!

Q: What is the only class you can plant a flower in?
A: Kindergarden!

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Upcoming Clown Events

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

Cirque de la Nuit A cabaret-style Showcase
June 3, 2017. 6:00 pm
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA, 22041

Clown Cabaret
June 12, 2017
September 11, 2017
October 9, 2017
Logan Fringe Arts Space – Trinidad Theatre
1358 Florida Ave. NE, Washington DC

DC’s (sort of) monthly Clown Cabaret provides Comedy, the Surreal, and Sublime to theatergoers in Washington DC

UniverSoul Circus
June 22 – July 23, 2017
FEDEX Field – Lot D Green, Landover, MD

Cirque du Soleil OVO
Aug 16-20, 2017
EagleBank Arena Fairfax, VA

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin
Direct from the People’s Republic of China
November 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

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2017 Flying Circus Airshow
May-October, 2017
5114 Ritchie Rd
Bealeton, VA 22712

The Flying Circus Aerodrome is located 14 miles SE of Warrenton, VA and 22 miles NW of Fredericksburg, VA. Located just off Route 17, at 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644) in Bealeton, VA. Just look for the Flying Circus Sign

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MAY 22 – 27, 2017
MONDAY – SATURDAY 10 am – 5pm

Tuition: $600
Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

Class Location: DC – Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G St, NW

Instructor: Dody DiSanto

Please join me in the messy adventure of clown – the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. Where we shine the light on foolishness in pursuit of the soft brain and open physical hilarity of fun. This work helps in all aspects of life, but truly brings a fresh muscularity to the task of performing any material.

Intended for those who have already taken some clown and seek further adventures in search of high rascalry!
During this concentrated week we will work in various size groups to set loose the true nature of your clown, develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form.

NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2017
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10 AM – 5 PM both days
Tuition: $200; Deposit due with registration*: $50

Class Location: The Center – DC

Register/Reserve Now!

In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. It is a daring adventure, in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The little red nose (the smallest mask) is a great liberator. It requires generosity and summons transparency, revealing us in all of our wonderful and complicated simplicity. A riotous inquiry… a playful encounter…a look at our laughable & lovable selves. We love clowns because they make us laugh while revealing the range of mythical and emotional archetypes within each one of us. The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work. Open to all levels.

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming this 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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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn

Meeting times & locations

Tuesdy May 23rd, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA 20147
Story Time Room

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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.

The Fairfax Jugglers meet most 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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