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The circus is in town, and just for a couple of days. Portland isn't a big place. Here in Maine, it's been years since the big top came to town so at the last minute I decided to take Coryn and Caitlin. Ari had other plans already. This is the same big circus that does the three rings in big stadiums -- but here in small town USA it's just the one ring.
What a treat to see this show in so small a venue! Before the start, all the kids & parents gathered around the ring for a pre-show right there on the floor. The kids got to go back and see the animals -- including three huge Asian elephants, and talk to performers.
Coryn and Caitlin got the most amazing treat -- after taking about five minutes talking with Monica Neves of "The Flying Neves", a Brazillian 'flying' act. They shared a really nice quiet moment and talked about growing up in the circus and so on. Near the end of that time she asked the girls where they were sitting, and told them she'd wave to them. I'll be damned if right in the middle of the trapeze act, from the high spot up in the wires and with a full spotlight on her Monica Neves turned and looked right at where we were sitting and waved to the girls. I don't think they'll ever forget that.
Caitlin is a tough 7 year old to impress. Her need for logic and order, native skepticism, and contempt for anything labeled "magic" is more like you'd expect from a 15 year old. Seeing the elephants opened a small crack in that armor. Talking with Monica personalized the show, and by the time of that wave the whole shell was broken wide open and she had the same slack jawed look of joy that any other kid her age should have at the circus.
We have a signed program from the show, but I've been unable to find information about the Flying Neves on the circus's web site. I searched on the rest of the net and it looks like they're more often associated with another circus so perhaps they're a recent addition to this group. I know the "Gold Tour" is the smallest of the three traveling circus troupes under the RB&BB banner, perhaps this is one of the treats you get when in a small town.
All I can say is what a wonderful job the "Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus" did here in Portland, Maine.
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