Saturday, December 25, 2010

Chicken Knitting

In December our Knitting group has started meeting again. This is Sergeant Kisielnicki working on a scarf. Sergeants Thurman and Wilson were also at our first couple knitting meeting.
It has turned out to be a fun evening. We get to have some chicken and work on our knitting. We are meeting at the Chic Fil A in the Waterfront in Homestead PA. They have been really nice to us and it has been great fun.
Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Juggling Batons

We have been working at making out own juggling batons. And when I say myself and Sergeant Kisielnicki. I am not going to go into the process because it is boring.
Needless to say it has been interesting to us. The Juggling Baton is also called a Flower Stick or Devil stick if any of our readers are into them. Pictured are four of the sticks that we have made recently.
As you can see they are different sizes. this is done to match the size of the person that is using them. This is the main reason that we have started making them outselves. When you buy them in the shop they basic come in one size. This is very hard for someone that is only four feet tall to deal with. If your stick it too long you ed up hitting yourself with it. And this is just no fun when youare juggling.
If I think about it I will get some video of people using their stick. Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Type 2010 Apparatus Bag

This is Sergeant Thurman with her new Appatatus Bag. It is an ungraded version of the experimental bag that we made last year. This one has had all the kinks worked out and fits a shorted person better that last years bag.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pasta and Magic

The Clown Brigade went to the Spaghetti Warehouse in the Strip District last week. A very nice local Magician named TJ was performing. If I was paying more attention I might have got some picture of the magic show. Still here is a few of the Brigade members.

This is Cadet Miller. This is also the face of a young man that does not like to bothered while eating.

This Cadet Miller Patiently waits for his food.

On the left is Apprentice Brimage in the middle Sergeant Wilson and to the right another Apprentice Brimage. I am not sure they wanted me to put this picture up.

Sergeant Wilson, happy as always.

This is yet another Apprentice Brimage.

This is soon to be Junior Clown Brimage. And yes there are quite a lot of Brimages

And yes this is yet another meber of the Brimage Huston Clan.He is their youngest Brother. In the show we are currently working on he is the one we are sticking in a box. And apparently he is not happy about it.

Well I would like to thank TJ and the Spaghetti Warehouse for a memorable evening.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wigs and Other Stuff - A Report by Apprentice Brimage

This is Apprentice Brimage. She took most of the pictures in this post. She did not take this picture because her arms are not that long and I have not figured out how to use the timer on the camera. She probably knows how to use the times but I did not think of that at the time. Her great uncle was Albert Einstein.

We have some wigs given to us by a couple of the clowns from the local COIA Alley. I am not sure they want to be publically linked with this crew so I will not share their names. I imagine they have carears to think about. from left to right is Sergeant Thurman, Apprentice Brimage and Sergeant Wilson. The two Brimages are related. The blue shirt are Junior Clowns the rank above Apprentice. We just figured out at the meeting the second Apprentice Brimage should have been promoted to Junior Clown six months ago.
This is the Apprentice Brimage that should have been promoted. So imagine that she has a blue shirt. She is very patient. By the way the patient is an inside joke thing.

This is me in the purple shirt saying something terribly important. You can tell it is terribly important because no one is paying attention. Cadet Miller is to the right and Sergeant Thurman is explaining something about balloons to someone off camera.

Well goodnight from the Steel City Clown Brigade. Thank you to the COAI folks and Apprentice Brimage for taking these pictures.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Cadets

We do have a couple new Cadet in the Brigade. For those that are just tuning in Cadet is the probationary rank within the Steel City Clown Brigade. The first is Cadet Jankins. This is her working on a Giraffe. Also in he picture is Sergeant Thurman who taught he how to make the giraffe.

Our next Cadet is Cadet Miller. He is a young man that we do not have a photographic release on. So I will not put his picture until we have one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Good Practice

We had a very good practice today. Not only did we cover balloons and juggling we also got to some dancing. One of the adults in the group is going back to school. This will leave a bit of a void in the leadership of the group. Even so two of the young Sergeants ran the dance practice today with only a little bit of outside direction. This is a feat to say the least.

Eleven years of age is an interesting age. It is an age with so much promise if things go the right way. The sergeant in charge of the Dance group is now eleven. She had been with the Brigade for more than a year now. Today was the first day that she ran something without the direct supervision of an adult. It was a bit rough at moments. Still they go through several thing without someone giving them a plan. This is the first step to a young person becoming a leader. If she sticks around long enough I think she has a fairly good shot at becoming a Master Clown before she is eighteen.

By the way in the clowning world becoming a Master Clown is a bit like becoming an Eagle Scout.

In addition to this first we also had our first guest from another Clown Troupe. Two member of the local Clowns of America International Branch attended the meeting. They were very nice and appeared to enjoy themselves. There are not many clowns left. So it is truly important that those that are left band together to preserve the craft.

Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.