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Juggle Fest features three days of open juggling open to everyone

Published February 26. 2013 05:03PM

The second annual "As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton.

The event will feature three days of open juggling in the gym as well as approximately 15 free workshops being offered by professional jugglers and circus artists and for the most shows are free to those attending. Don't know how to juggle? Want to learn? There will be plenty of jugglers on hand to teach you the basics. Everyone is invited to come out early for the free events. The big show on Saturday evening is full of jugglers who have performed around the world. There is a cost for a ticket for the big show at 7 p.m. Saturday. All seats are general admission. Tickets are available through Saturday in the gym or at the door. SMIRK (Warren Hammond and Reid Belstock) from Colorado is the headliner. Warren and Reid are the Abbott and Costello of the juggling world as well as being the 2011 International Jugglers' Association Teams Silver Medalists.

The beautiful Laura Ernst never fails to entertain audiences with her unique routines and her grace on the aerial fabric. Adam Kuchler of New York is a world renowned modern vaudevillian. He has performed in 11 countries as well as 43 of these United States.

Kellin Quinn comes to us out of the Midwest and is the 2012 International Jugglers' Association Juniors Gold Medalist. Ashley Ellis will grace our stage as well. She is the 2012 International Jugglers' Association Juniors Bronze medalist. Sam Schiff is a NYC high school student and professional juggler who will add his talents to the big show.

Rounding out the talent will be Lehighton Area High School graduate, and former LAHS juggle club member Danny Kobal. Danny will amaze with his unicycling skills while shooting arrows at targets. Emcee for the big show is Keith Nelson of famed Bindlestiff Family Cirkus based in New York. All-in-all the big show will not only include juggling, but possibly also whip cracking, block heading, sword swallowing, and a human hamster ball. Come earlier in the day and hang out in the gym watching jugglers from all over the east coast of the US and possibly even Canada. In addition to juggling and circus arts workshops there will be slack lining in the gym as well as a hovercraft (or two).

Everyone is welcome to try any of the apparatus in the gym with supervision from an experienced juggler/circus artist. If you ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus, or if you just want to get out for a fun-filled day, Lehighton High School is the place to be on March 1, 2, and 3. This still somewhat new event to the area is being hosted by the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club and the school's juggle club.

Community sponsorship has been provided by the Inn at Jim Thorpe and Woodforest Bank.

Co-organizers of the event are Rob Barowski, adviser of the drama club and juggle club; and Kim Laird, music director for the drama club. Both are also classroom teachers at Lehighton High School and Panther Valley Middle School, respectively. In addition to the event on March 1, 2, and 3, the headlining act for this event (SMIRK) will be doing a school performance for students at the Panther Valley Middle School at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

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