Carnegie hosts reading event with clown

by Bradley Hartsell

alt

Rob Ringling, the circus clown, passes a spinning plate to the delighted Kate Skinner during a reading and performance at the Newnan Carnegie. 


The circus came to Newnan Carnegie Library recently when circus clown Rob Ringling presented to a roomful of children.

The goofy and animated Rob the Clown kept the kids entertained with his jokes, juggling and storytime. To help bring the circus to the Carnegie, Ringling read “If I Ran the Circus,” by Dr. Seuss aloud to the children.

“Let’s create a circus right here, right now,” Ringling urged. “Who has an imagination?” When he asked, hands shot up all around the room of eager kids ready to start their circus with popcorn, cotton candy, lions and clowns.

Aside from clown silliness, Ringling also demonstrated some real talent by juggling various objects, including stacking tin cups as he juggled them. The star of the show was Kate Skinner, the five-year-old girl who Ringling picked as a volunteer. Skinner smiled big and acted with delight when Ringling passed the spinning plate from his pole to hers, all in one motion.

“It was good being a helper,” Skinner said afterwards. “I wouldn’t want to be a clown, though, and stand in front of an audience and be embarrassed.”

The Newnan Carnegie brought the group from Ringling Bros. Circus to help promote the circus coming to Atlanta Feb. 12-17 at the Philips Arena, as well as reading in young children. The circus is offering free tickets for any student who reads five books before “the greatest show on Earth” hits Atlanta.

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus has been touring since 1884 (Barnum and Bailey merged with the circus in 1919). For tickets and more information, visit www.ringling.com .



More Close Up

focus on the family with jim daly

Husband needs to refocus his priorities for his family

Q: My husband is a workaholic -- he spends very little time with our sons and me, but when I approach him, he simply says, "Things will be b ... Read More


murder in coweta county

A walk down memory lane in Coweta

Thirty-two years after wrapping up shooting for “Murder in Coweta County,” director Gary Nelson returned to the scene of his 198 ... Read More


Face-off - Man, sharks and robots By

If your brain did not simply melt from Wednesday’s much hyped premiere of the third “Sharknado” attack, which featured the ... Read More


Food & Dining

Fresh Takes on Kids' Favorites

As the kids head back to school, there's no better time to make a fresh start in the kitchen, too. Substituting nutritious ingredients such ... Read More


Local nonprofit announces sporting clays shoot

The Georgia Cup Registered Sporting Clays Shoot is coming up September 18-20 at Big Red Oak Plantation in Gay, and proceeds will benefit tho ... Read More

Walk With a Doc scheduled for Saturday

On the fourth Saturday of each month until September, Piedmont Newnan Hospital will host Walk With a Doc, a casual activity offered to the C ... Read More