Around the Bend Tour! (Or is it…?)

Get ready Eastern Oregon because the New Old Time Chautauqua is coming to town. That’s right folks, we’re back in action and soon we’ll be jubilantly caravanning across the great Beaver State. Buckle your shoelaces and tie your seatbelts. In the event of a total merriment flood, your clown nose can be used as a floatation device. Juggling clubs will deploy from the sky above you. Please remain festive.

Alas! Here we are again, slowly congregating, retracting from our day-to-day lives and preparing for yet another uniquely Chautauquan vaudeville adventure. Spread across the country, we are shifting gears, upshifting, outshifting perhaps, and making our merry way to the first camp. There we unite, ignite the group mind, and begin to practice.

Ah how sweet, the excited greetings of old friends, many of who haven’t seen each other since saying goodbye last year. Where does the time go? I remember vividly the hugs and laughs and tears as our goodbyes were uttered after the whirlwind journey that was Alaska. And so we’ve gone our own ways and circled the sun once more. Now we come together again like colorful strings in a quilt, to weave wonder whatever the weather wherever we wander. Excitement is in the air.

Here is a brief rundown of the tour:

We initiate in Baker City (6/23), cruise to Enterprise (6/28), gallivant to Pendleton (6/30), jaunt to John Day (7/3), and boogie to Bend (7/7). The parentheses indicate the big show. The amazingly spectacular workshops, parades, free shows, and service projects revolve around those. Please see www.chautauqua.org for details. It’s a fantastic site.

By the way, we are a non-profit organization. Our mission is to strengthen communities through laughter, entertainment, and education. Booya.

Well we haven’t started tour yet but none-the-less here’s a little glimpse into our wacky world. After inquiring about the name of the tour, a knowledgeable board member responded as such:

“Due to some technical complications (as well as communications complications), the results of the voting aren’t incredibly clear.  I’m pretty sure “Around the Bend” tour got the most votes, but since there were late entries, it isn’t totally for sure.  Other close competitors were “Bend or Bust!”, “High Desert Tour”, and “Oregon Trail Vaudeville Tour”.”

Wow, we had a communication issue between 60 distant artists? Who’da thunk it? On that note I bid you farewell for now friends. Keep posted for more updates from the golden road: the trials and tribulations, the triumphs and the glory, the madness, the sadness, the silliness and the uncontainable joy. Stay tuned as it unfolds before you…

Sincerely,

Eli “Dr. Bonkers” March

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