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Pag SA August 22, 2018 Top, a stage full of clowns of all shapes and sizes dance to a medley of popular tunes at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Aug. 16. Above, a clown from the American Clown Academy made Avery Donovan smile in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center during the hour before their show on stage be- gan. It was a close call whether the clowns, children or adults had more fun. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) RSYTH i 1he Footsteps Through Forsyth, Artisan Walk will be held in the Historic city of Forsyth, Ga. The show is woven in and around the downtown area on paved surfaces, sidewalks and courtyards. ,2018,10AM - . Vendors will be iuried. RESERVE iii Space size is flexible. YOUR SPACE h~sts set up their own exhibit, provide their EARLY! own display tables, stands or props. (Space is LIMITED) You must bring your own tent and it may be Presented by i set up on the sidewalk if there is no The Art Buff Studm awning as long as it doesn't block fl0w of and . The display must be suitable for outdoors F0~yth Main Street ,e, and able to withstand wind and crowds. 30E.Main Street ~i The show is limited to artists and fine Forsyth, Ga. 31029 ~ii craftsmen whose work is handmade b~~0m . and of hi~ qudily. (47|) "~-7S~ ,~ !~i Set-up begins Saturday morning at 8.~0 am. All booths should be set from 10 0 am wwwJ tB St lk m ~ Sahsrday, September 22 2018 to Saturday eJ ions are' L : "ngatS.00pm t| . 8. By Diane Glidewell laughter. The American Clown Academy, now owned by Monroe County If there was a barometer natives Lee and Rebecca i to measure feelings of good Andrews, held its firsfan- will in an area, the reading nual camp locally, utiliz- in Forsyth would have been ing Georgia Baptist Camp at high levels the week of Kaleo. The Clown Acad= Aug. 13-17 as about 132 emy also partnered with people came to town to Monroe County Schools learn and share tips about to bring its Big Top Show how to generate smiles and to the Fine Arts Center on Saturday, September 8, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon Located on the Square Jackson Street 1OxlO Booths Available $5.OO Shop and/or Sell For more information, please contact Forsyth Main Street at (.478) 994-7747,nstreet' Thursday and donating the $5 admission to the school system. The downs converged on Monroe County from throughout the U.S. and Canada. They ranged in age from 18 to almost 90. Some have been clowns for years; others are just exploring downing. There were men and women and many different types ofentertain- a group of Santa Clauses. What unites them all is a love of seeing people, espe- cially children, laugh. Clowns, many of whom had previously attended the American Clown Academy in Ohio, were delighted with the facilities at Camp Kaleo, from the cabins to the meeting hall/gymna- sium and the beautiful out- door sites for pie throwing and water spitting practice. Lee and Rebecca said the management team at Camp Kaleo was very accommo- dating and helpful. There were prestigious instruc- tors at the camp, several of whom have decades of entertainment experience, even working for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baile) being inductees of the International Clown Hall of Fame, being suc- cessful authors and having movie, Broadway and other media credits. The community filled the Fine Arts Center for the Big Top Show, enjoying eh,~ p,~rcnnal contact with the downs for face paint- ing, balloon art, selfies and laughs for an hour before the show, and then taking in the well choreographed performance highlighted by the first class sound and lighting of the FAC--and balloon decorations every- where. See more about the American Clown Academy in Forsyth, including lots of pictures, in the Reporters Welcome Home magazine coming this Fall. MONROE COUNTY This will greatly contribute to the continued and prosperity of Monroe County, BIBB COUNTY NOTE TO BIBB COUNTY RESIDENTS: Monroe County welcomes you to our community. Enjoy our low taxes, low crime, good schools and terrific newspaper, the Monroe County Reporter.