You need to go see the Circus

Friday night, we went out to see “The Little Circus that Could” and had lots of fun.  The troupe was created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos in 2014.  It’s a new concept in traveling circus.  A small group of performers (no animals, only humans) put on a broadway-esque show a the style like “The Greatest Showman” movie.

They do a lot of interaction with the kids in the audience with the clown (in my featured image) doing quite a bit of that.  The clown pops up in many different acts and is very visible before the show starts and during intermission.  There were also two spots where he did audience participation skits.  If you sit in the front seats, you may be called up on the stage to do some clowning around!

This may be the new model for the circus of the future.  With the big production outfits going out of business, maybe the little circus will be what we see from now on.  From my point of view, that is a good thing.  The ticket prices are reasonable, the entertainment is wonderful and it is a much more personal encounter than the big shows.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check this out!

Venardos Circus
Perimeter Mall – Dunwoody, GA

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Beep-beep

This was one of Detroit’s odd ideas about how to market a car.  They took a very basic sedan design, added a big engine and licensed a cartoon character to make it into a sports car.  I gotta say, the beep-beep horn was a novel idea but they sure didn’t do much to make it look sporty.  Then again, this was supposed to be the “entry level” muscle car so, maybe that was intentional.

All that said, this is quite a beautiful example of 70’s Detroit muscle.

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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Attracting attention

Well, I added a bit of artwork to this to emphasize how much this car was sucking you in and appearing to be ready to blast off onto the road.  The bright orange color and muscular curves didn’t hurt this impression at all either.  The one thing that most struck me about this 2010 Lotus Elise however, was its size.

When you stand by the car, you can pretty much see the whole thing, front to rear as you look down on it.  It’s like you saw this fancy race car from the distance and when you get next to it, it still looks like you’re in the distance.  Almost like  a miniturized version of a normal car.

The car was designed to be lightweight and have a low center of gravity.  All that said, it is still a serious performance car but I just walked away thinking – Maybe I can just put it in my pocket and take it home.

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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Viper – textured

There were definitely some cool cars at the United Way Show in Roswell last weekend.  I decided to try something different with this one.  This neon green Dodge Viper was pretty stunning on its own but I wanted to minimize the background and put more focus on the car.  This version has a texture plus an interesting vignette that I thought worked pretty well.  Never hurts to try a little extra creativity sometimes.

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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1931 Ford Model A – Victoria Coupe

So, I have discovered that the best way to learn more about something is to show that you are really interested in it.  At the car show last weekend, I had two encounters where the owner of a vehicle came up to me and struck up a conversation.  Most often, the owners stand back and talk with their family or other owners but this happened twice without me doing anything to start the discussion.  It seems that when you show a true interest in something that someone else is really passionate about, they are happy to share their stories.

In this case, I was giving the engine a serious look when the owner came up and said, “Make me an offer and it could be yours”.  He pointed out all kinds of interesting details about the car and what he went through to restore it.  Then I got the story of how this car had a family history.  Apparently, his father had a car just like this – same model and year when he was young.  There was a long road trip to the Chicago’s World Fair which included sleeping in the car along the way which made the original connection.  Years later, an interest in old cars and that nostalgic memory caused the family to hunt down this car and restore it.

It is definitely a beautiful vehicle but the story is what makes it special.  Isn’t that the way with most things that we cherish?

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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1956 Coupe de Ville

Back in the day when bigger was better, the Cadillac was king of the road.  This is a testament to those days.  At first glance, looking at this vintage “land yacht” it seems to be of normal proportions.  When you look at it’s entire length and realize this is a two-door car, you suddenly realize how huge the vehicle is.  From the flared fenders to the immense chrome bumper, this is the definition of a full-sized car!  Can’t imagine how much gasoline it must eat up.  (Believe it or not, there was a time that people didn’t even think about the cost of gasoline.  That was a minor expense.)  Oh, the good old days.

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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1986 Citroën 2CV Station Wagon

This was one of the most interesting cars I saw at the United Way Car Show.  I was trying my best to get a good angle and once again, ended up on the ground looking up.  While I was doing this, the owner of the car walked over and grabbed the card off the front window saying how much he hated those.  I appreciated the help and started talking to him about the car.

The Citroën 2CV (popularly known as the “deux chevaux” or two horses) is a model that the iconic French auto maker had on the market for over 40 years (1948–1990).  This is kind of like the VW Beetle of the French market.  Versions of this car are a common sight in France but you aren’t likely to see any station wagons.  The car is actually a custom conversion of a 4-door convertible.  There were only a handful of these conversions so it is pretty rare.

It was quite a treat to be able to see this up-close and hear about its history.   The styling of this car has changed over the years but not that much which explains why the 1986 model is often mistaken for an older vintage.  The owner told me he has had more than one car “expert” argue with him over the correct model year insisting that it had to be older than that.

I got to see the inside and actually sit in the car which was cool.  The seats of this car made with tubular steel frames with rubber band springing remind me of lawn chairs.  They were quite comfortable to sit on and apparently can be taken out to use for a picnic in the French countryside.  What a cool car!

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Rear seat showing springs

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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Custom Porsche 911 RSR GTE look-alike

The Annual United Way Car Show was held yesterday and since it’s so close and is always a good show, I went out to look around.  I had a great time walking around and admiring the fantastic assortment of show cars.  Got to talk to a few of the owners and heard some amazing stories about the cars, how they found them and fixed them up and the history behind them.  That’s what is good about car shows from my point of view.

I always try to get some photos but to be honest, car shows are often difficult.  Usually, the hood of the car is propped open so judges can see them.  Often, the light isn’t so great and there are seldom chances to get a car picture without having people or other cars cluttering the background.

I had to go to special lengths to get this image.  My wide-angle lens helped but, I had to sit on the ground a few inches from the front bumper to get the shot.  There were people and cars right next to the Porsche on both sides so there was very little room to get the shot framed just right.  Like I said, extra work but I think it was worth the effort.

UPS United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

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The smith

I like to go to Arts and Crafts shows at times and when we noticed that there would be one nearby we decided to go have a look.  To a large extent, you see the same stuff at most shows like this.  Sometimes there are great exhibits with artists that have amazing images or craftspeople who make interesting objects.  My favorite thing to see is an artist in action.

At this show, there was one spot where a blacksmith was working a small forge to display his craft.  I watched for a while and then decided the most interesting part was the detail of not only the tools but also the man.  You can see here all the marks of a hard-working guy.  Hands and legs that show that this isn’t easy but that does not stop him from working.  It really makes you appreciate the finished work much more.  If you only see a piece as what it does functionally, it seems to hold much less value.  Seeing the process is amazing.  I guess that’s the point of doing the live demo.  I love it!

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Saint Francis of Asisi Cathedral

On our visit to New Mexico, I got to see a fair number of churches.  Yesterday, I posted a shot of San Francisco de Asis Mission in Rancho de Taos.  That is pretty close to the definition of the classic Spanish Mission church that is common in this area.  In nearby Santa Fe, there is another church dedicated to St Francis but of a quite different style.

St Francis of Asisi Cathedral was built between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church.  The cathedral was built by French-born, Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, who chose Romanesque Revival style that must have fit his native artistic sensibility.

The cathedral has a collection of statues in the forecourt.  In the front of my featured image here, is a statue of St Francis.  Next to him is a wolf which represents a legend around his love for all animals which had him convincing the wolf to cooperate with people so they could get along.

There is also a statue of Archbishop Lamy on the opposite side of the entrance and behind St Francis, near the doors of the cathedral, is a statue of the first Native American saint – Kateri Tekakwitha.  Obviously, the celebration of a native american as a saint fits in well in the Southwest where tribal lands are in abundance.  St Kateri was a Mohawk from New York but that is less important than the fact that she was canonized by the church.

It is very interesting how different churches can show such variety.  Perhaps that is what is so impressive.  If people were all the same, having every church look alike would be fine but, we are very different.  I think that’s what makes life interesting.  It is great to celebrate this variety in all that we see.

Saint Francis of Asisi Cathedral
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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