June 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We have talked about it for a while and at this meeting we will put together an outline for a JCA clown show. We don’t have a date or location for the show, but once we have the outline in place, we will be better able to sell the concept to local groups.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, June 26, 2017 — Planning a Clown Show
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 SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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JCA Annual Dues

It is also time to pay your dues, please bring a check to the next meeting. The dues are $20/year for individuals and $30/year for families. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can mail your check to JCA c/o Violeta Peith, 6323 South Springs Circle, Clifton, VA 20124.

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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 SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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 Fairfax Independence Day Parade

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”.

Division 6 Line Up
605 – Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia

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Summer Vacation Jokes

Q: Where do sharks go on summer vacation?
A: Finland!

Q: Where do eggs go on summer vacation?
A: New Yolk City.

Q: What did the bread do on vacation?
A: It loafed around.

Q: Where did the sheep go on vacation?
A: The Baa-hamas…

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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

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year

KIDabara Annual Conference
August 6-10, 2017
Music Road Inn Complex
Pigeon Forge, TN

American Clown Academy
August 21-25, 2017
Camp Obannon
Newark, OH


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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Second annual District of Comedy Festival
July 20-22, 2017
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center presents its second annual all-star showcase of celebrated comedians headlining venues all around the building, along with a collaboration with Chicago’s legendary comedy theater The Second City.

Puddles Pity Party
Friday, July 21, 2017
Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission.

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” returns with a suitcase full of all-new emotional anthems, plenty of Kleenex, and a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing humor with the awkward, tender moments.


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The Circus is Coming to Town

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

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
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

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. We are just off Route 17, at 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644) in Bealeton, VA. Just look for the Flying Circus Sign


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Clown Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017
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

July 11, 2017
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA 20147
Story Time Room

Auust 1, 2017
7:30 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 bsperling@cox.net 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 Circusclub@yahoo.com

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