A Morning At Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme

Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Amway Center Reading with Ringling

David Caran joins us to share his experience at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Present Circus Xtreme at the Amway Center.

Once again it was time for the Greatest Show on Earth to come back to the Amway Center.  I remember see Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus when I was a kid, and I always love reconnecting with that part of my childhood.  Although many elements remind me of the circuses I used to go to, this is was not the same. 

Circus Xtreme Curtain

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey definitely brought it to a new level with their Circus Xtreme.  With updated technology and special effects they have taken many classic circus acts and reinvented them for the next generations.

Circus Xtreme High Wire

It was hard to narrow down my favorite part, but it has to be the high flying acts.  The skill and precision needed to perform on a high wire or trapeze amazes me today every bit as much as they did when I was eight. 

Circus Xtreme High Wire Jumping Rope

It’s hard not to get excited going to the circus with the exotic animals, the crazy clowns, the amazing acrobats, and who doesn’t love someone getting shot out of a cannon.

Circus Xtreme Opening

The Circus Xtreme show runs about 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission, and the flow of the show is very good.  They do a great job of adding spectacle, great production value, and fun in-between acts which helps hold the interest of the younger viewers. 

Circus Xtreme Cannon

And if all that fails, you can always get a snow cone or a variety of souvenirs that are sold outside.  I know that always takes care of my little one.

Circus Xtreme Snowcone

One piece of advice that I can give to parents is that there are often protestors outside the circus who are very vocal about their feeling of the circus.  They are generally peaceful, but carry signs depicting the abuse of animals and are very vocal about their protest of the circus.  It is something that you should be aware of in case you need to explain things to your children as you make your way to the venue.

Circus Xtreme Performers

Overall there is not a much more perfect family experience than going to the circus.  It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it’s always full of surprises.  Definitely check out the new Circus Xtreme from Ringling Brothers the next time the come through your town.  It will definitely be a great experience for young and old alike.

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Orlando Museum Of Art To Host Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

Orlando Museum Of Art  2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Opens February 20 at the Orlando Museum of Art 

Renowned author and garden designer Jon Carloftis named as show’s guest speaker
The 2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show “The Art of Living” begins Friday, Feb. 20
Jon Carloftis
through Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This three-day show presented by the Council of 101, is a favorite among new and seasoned collectors and features premier dealers from across the United States. This is your chance to gain access to a wide array of vintage and unique collectibles art, jewelry, oriental rugs, silver, porcelains, fine antiquities, garden and decorative table-top accessories.
Don’t miss this chance to discover unique, one of a kind items that
will distinguish your style from the average and unoriginal. This year you can truly experience The Art of Living with interactive lectures that capture your imagination and enhance your lifestyle. Learn the art of urban gardening, eclectic décor, vintage fashion and entertaining from experts in their field.


This year’s event includes several exciting highlights:


Opening Night Preview Party

Thursday, February 19 – An exclusive preview of show merchandise accompanied by cocktails, delectable cuisine and entertainment.

Guest Speaker & Book Signing by Jon Carloftis, Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky

Friday, February 20 – Kentucky native, Jon Carloftis, is an award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest and author.  Get a chance to meet one of America’s pioneers in rooftop and small space gardening and add a signed edition of his book to your personal style library.

What’s it Worth? Appraisal Days 

Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22 – Do you have a family heirloom or interesting yard sale “find”? Antiques expert and show manager, Charlie Miller, will give you a professional verbal appraisal of your treasure. $10 per item/limit two items per person.


Antiques Vintage and Garden Show 2013


The Art of Living (NEW Event) 

Saturday, February 21 – Living a stylish life does not happen by accident. Good taste is cultivated and great style is curated. Get a crash course in how to elevate the finer things in your life with interactive lectures that will inspire you to take your personal style, home décor and entertaining to the next level.



Mystery Home Tour

Sunday, February 22 – This popular tour allows guests to get inspired by one of Orlando’s most stylish homes. Feast your senses on a home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste at every turn. The location of this special home will remain a mystery until your arrival, but rest assured that it is a tour you will never forget.



For information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Council of 101 at 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or visit omart.org/programs/antiques-vintage-garden-show.

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