Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We have been working on some new projects at the Clown Brigade. First we have been working on knitting with the Apprentices in the Brigade. For the last couple years we have had a knitting group on the South Side.
With all of our young Apprentices who live in Homestead we have had the Knitting Group at the Corps the last couple weeks. This is Apprentice Brimage working on her first swatch.
An of course the every popular Salvation Army Holiday activity, Standing Kettle. This is Sergeant Thurman, Apprentice Brimage and Cadet Brimage at out Kettle Stand at Century Three Mall. All of the pictures of them standing in front of the Kettle turned out blurry.
We have been making balloons juggling and doing clown type stuff on Kettles. Sadly we cannot have a bell.. Everyone is terribly broken up that we don't have bell.
Well God Bless and be kind to the people with the red buckets.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We have started working on building stilts and training kittens to work with us as humor therapy animals. We have also been working on some infrastructure items namely; improving our set, storage areas and teaching materials. It is one of our hopes to have a sort of clown retreat at the Steel Valley Corps in the Spring. We would teach classes and it would give us the opportunity to jump ahead in our skills. In order to do this we have to get some things down in writing first.
There is not a clown hand book out there, let alone a hand book for christian clowns. There are so many areas of study that we use that we have a small library of books that we have to use. In balloons alone there are twenty six books that we use to teach balloon sculptures from. You get into Ledgermain or something more complicated and there is just too much to know.
In the last six months we have gone from having one child in the brigade to have the brigade half full of children. This has been a big adjustment for us. In the real circus there are families and children of all ages. So I suppose it is only fitting that the Corps children have joined us.
It is very interesting how we have been blessed the summer. Besides the opportunity to perform we have had lots of time to train. This has not only been useful for building skills but also the group. It has truly been an interesting ride.
We have also recently been given and office and computer here at the Steel Valley Corps. That has also been very helpful to get us more organised. Just the ability to leave something on a desk from one day to the next is a tremendous help. Also it will will give the new young people the opportunity to post to this blog.
Have a good day evening and thank you for checking in.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Apprentice K it a quarter or a third of the way through his ballons for the Ballon Proficiency as well. I think I might have to make that Proficiency harder. To many people are doing to well at it.
I would like to take a moment to mention how blessed the Brigade we have been so far this year. Every year we set goals. The first couple years we have just barely made them. This year we have already met most of our goals. We wanted to have 12 to fifteen people in the Brigade and we have 11. We are just about finished with the set, That was next year's goal.
Good Times Good times.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We set up the puppet stage and painted it with several coats of white paint today. We will be decorating the puppet stage to look like it is part of a river boat.
While we were sanding and paint Apprentice K was assembling the pillar that will make up part of the stage setting. If is working on the bracket that will attach the pillars to their weights. The pillars will give us the ability to make any stage no matter the size appear to be the SS Garabedian.