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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
5

Saturday, September 05, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
5

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
6

Sunday, September 06, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
7

Monday, September 07, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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"Window Within" by Elizabeth Weber

Sep
7

Monday, September 07, 2015

Exhibit sponsored by Boswell-Mourot Fine Art.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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"Window Within" by Elizabeth Weber

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Exhibit sponsored by Boswell-Mourot Fine Art.

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55+ Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. This class is designed to improve breathing,posture,strength,flexibility and balance.

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Storytime

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Teriffic Tuesday

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Come join the group for fun and games and creative play.

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Tail Waggin' Tutors (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This program provides a relaxed and "dog-friendly" atmosphere, with allows children to practice their reading skills. It helps build self-esteem by sitting down next to a dog and reading to them.

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Nerd Night: Art History

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Come learn about art from the very beginning of time to now! You will get to see how art has changed through the years! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Family Night

Sep
8

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

TBA

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
9

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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"Window Within" by Elizabeth Weber

Sep
9

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Exhibit sponsored by Boswell-Mourot Fine Art.

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Storytime

Sep
9

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Babytime

Sep
9

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Babytime storytime is fun for children ages 6 months age 3. Join us for songs, puppets,& bubbles.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
9

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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"Window Within" by Elizabeth Weber

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Exhibit sponsored by Boswell-Mourot Fine Art.

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Storytime at the Argenta Branch Library

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This storytime is for all ages. Join the Argenta Children's Dept.

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Job Seekers (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Assistance with resumes, job applications, etc.

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Monthly Book Club Discussion at the Argenta Branch Library

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Argenta Branch Library will host a Book Club each month. Contact the branch for the book of the month.

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Homeschoolers@the Library

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Join the Homeschooler Lego Club and misc. activities each week at 1 PM.

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Creation Station

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Join us for Crafts and fun things to make.

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Art Month: Sculptures

Sep
10

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Have fun making your own sculpture and learning about them as well! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
11

Friday, September 11, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Afternoon Toons

Sep
11

Friday, September 11, 2015

Come join us and watch some awesome cartoons! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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55 + Active Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
11

Friday, September 11, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Chair Exercises 10:15- 11:00 and Active Exercise 11:15 - 12:00.

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Golden Agers Bingo

Sep
11

Friday, September 11, 2015

Join us for Bingo, Prizes and Desserts. Adult Program.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
12

Saturday, September 12, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
12

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
13

Sunday, September 13, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
14

Monday, September 14, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Creation Station at the Argenta Branch Children's Dept.

Sep
14

Monday, September 14, 2015

Make and Take! Craft day at the Argenta Branch Children's Dept.

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Monday Movie Mania

Sep
14

Monday, September 14, 2015

Join us for the ultimate movie marathon! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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55+ Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. This class is designed to improve breathing,posture,strength,flexibility and balance.

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Storytime

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Teriffic Tuesday

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Come join the group for fun and games and creative play.

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Tail Waggin' Tutors (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This program provides a relaxed and "dog-friendly" atmosphere, with allows children to practice their reading skills. It helps build self-esteem by sitting down next to a dog and reading to them.

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Art Month: Abstract Art

Sep
15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Learn all about abstract art and make some of your own! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Storytime

Sep
16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Babytime

Sep
16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Babytime storytime is fun for children ages 6 months age 3. Join us for songs, puppets,& bubbles.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Storytime at the Argenta Branch Library

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Storytime at the Argenta Children's Dept. for 9 months to 4yrs olds.

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Job Seekers (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Assistance with resumes, job applications, etc.

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Homeschoolers@the Library

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Join the Homeschooler Lego Club and misc. activities each week at 1 PM.

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Creation Station

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Join us for Crafts and fun things to make.

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Art Month: Magazine Wall Art

Sep
17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Come make amazing art out of magazines! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
18

Friday, September 18, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
18

Friday, September 18, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Afternoon Toons

Sep
18

Friday, September 18, 2015

Come join us and watch some awesome cartoons! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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55 + Active Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
18

Friday, September 18, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Chair Exercises 10:15- 11:00 and Active Exercise 11:15 - 12:00.

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ACANSA Lunch and Learn

Sep
18

Friday, September 18, 2015

Lunch and Learn Discussion with David E. Gifford of Arkansas Pottery.
Free Admission but Reservation is recommended. Call ACANSA for Reservation at 501-663-2287

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
19

Saturday, September 19, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
19

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Sep
19

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bring your teddy Bear to the library for stories and activities.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
20

Sunday, September 20, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
21

Monday, September 21, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
21

Monday, September 21, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Monday Movie Mania

Sep
21

Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us for the ultimate movie marathon! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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55+ Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. This class is designed to improve breathing,posture,strength,flexibility and balance.

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Storytime

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Teriffic Tuesday

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Come join the group for fun and games and creative play.

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Tail Waggin' Tutors (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This program provides a relaxed and "dog-friendly" atmosphere, with allows children to practice their reading skills. It helps build self-esteem by sitting down next to a dog and reading to them.

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Art Month: Painting 101

Sep
22

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Come learn how to paint and make a painting of your own! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Storytime

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Babytime

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Babytime storytime is fun for children ages 6 months age 3. Join us for songs, puppets,& bubbles.

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Alzheimer''s Association

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arkansas Chapter Alzheimer''s Association Workshop

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Teen Gaming

Sep
23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Job Seekers (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Assistance with resumes, job applications, etc.

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Homeschoolers@the Library

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Join the Homeschooler Lego Club and misc. activities each week at 1 PM.

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Dinosaur Stomp! (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dinosaur Stories, Crafts and More with the Argenta Children's Dept.! Also, stop by to say "hi" to Barney!

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Creation Station

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Join us for Crafts and fun things to make.

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5th Annual Teen Art Show

Sep
24

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Come look at all of the beautiful and unique art works the teens have made! All ages are welcome!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
25

Friday, September 25, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
25

Friday, September 25, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Afternoon Toons

Sep
25

Friday, September 25, 2015

Come join us and watch some awesome cartoons! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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55 + Active Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
25

Friday, September 25, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Chair Exercises 10:15- 11:00 and Active Exercise 11:15 - 12:00.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
26

Saturday, September 26, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
26

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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ZUMBA with Carla Townsend!

Sep
26

Saturday, September 26, 2015

By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
27

Sunday, September 27, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
28

Monday, September 28, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
28

Monday, September 28, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Monday Movie Mania

Sep
28

Monday, September 28, 2015

Join us for the ultimate movie marathon! Must be 12-18 to participate!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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55+ Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. This class is designed to improve breathing,posture,strength,flexibility and balance.

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Storytime

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Teriffic Tuesday

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Come join the group for fun and games and creative play.

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Tail Waggin' Tutors (Argenta Branch Library)

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This program provides a relaxed and "dog-friendly" atmosphere, with allows children to practice their reading skills. It helps build self-esteem by sitting down next to a dog and reading to them.

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Open Mic Night

Sep
29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Show us your talents! Must be 12-18 to attend.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Sep
30

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Sep
30

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Storytime

Sep
30

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Children ages 3-5 are invited to listen to stories and play games, and end with a craft to take home.

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Babytime

Sep
30

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Babytime storytime is fun for children ages 6 months age 3. Join us for songs, puppets,& bubbles.

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Teen Gaming

Sep
30

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Choose from games on the PS4 and X-Box One! Must have a valid library card and be between the ages of 12 to 18 to attend.

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October, 2015

Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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Storytime at the Argenta Branch Library

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Storytime at the Argenta Children's Dept. for 9 months to 4yrs olds.

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Job Seekers (Argenta Branch Library)

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Assistance with resumes, job applications, etc.

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Homeschoolers@the Library

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Join the Homeschooler Lego Club and misc. activities each week at 1 PM.

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Creation Station

Oct
1

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Join us for craft making and take it home to enjoy.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Oct
2

Friday, October 02, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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Delta des Refuses

Oct
2

Friday, October 02, 2015

Various artists representing a wide range of style and technique.

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55 + Active Exercise Classes (Argenta Branch Library)

Oct
2

Friday, October 02, 2015

Active exercises designed for the 55+. Chair Exercises 10:15- 11:00 and Active Exercise 11:15 - 12:00.

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Oct
3

Saturday, October 03, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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ZUMBA with Carla Townsend!

Oct
3

Saturday, October 03, 2015

By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!

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Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965

Oct
4

Sunday, October 04, 2015

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times, a dust bowl, and the Red Scare, one form of revelry thrived - the circus. The Big Top was a thrilling spectacle that burst into towns along the American road and railways. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 ? 1965 explores a history fraught with intrigue and majesty and gives viewers their chance to run away with the circus.

In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition. Approximately 60 pieces of circus history are featured in Step Right Up! including full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, billboards, oversize graphics, and oral histories from past performers. The circus is an experience once shared by most communities.

As one of America?s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts, who established the first American Circus in 1793 and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities including the Feejee Mermaid and human curiosities like Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America?s industrial revolution ? the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies ? to promote their impending arrival.

As masters of their craft, circus promoters and practitioners survived the social and technological changes brought about by two World Wars and even found new ways to factor in changes brought about by the pop culture and rock revolution of the 1960s. Advance men would arrive weeks before the caravan to paper the town with idealized and oversized, technicolor posters to build suspense and drum up business. Beyond mere promotion, the pieces in Step Right Up! remind us that through the early twentieth century, the circus was king of American entertainment, especially in smaller cities and towns. For many, it was their first chance to see a lion or elephant and their first opportunity to explore new inventions like the electric light.

Step Right Up! also highlights how the insatiable fantasy of circus life was both an alternate reality and a vision founded in truth. For many performers, the big top?s nomadic life offered a different kind of escape and in many instances, a life that challenged the economic and gender conventions of the age. The juxtaposition of romanticized imagery and backstage stories and photographs reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Step Right Up! is curated by Timothy Tegge, a longtime circus historian, collector, and performer. Tegge, a second generation circus performer, was immersed in circus culture from the day he was born. He first appeared under the big top at the age of three, alongside his father, a career clown for the family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus. Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director, and sometimes clown.

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