Sarasota, Florida is known for its warm climate, white sandy beaches and outstanding culture, but did you know that it earned the name of “Home to the American Circus?” John and Charles Ringling revamped a tiny traveling circus into “The Greatest Show on Earth” and thus began our circus history.
In 1927, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus moved its winter headquarters to 200 acres on the east side of Sarasota, and along with the circus came its families, performers and thousands of international tourists. The circus remined here until 1960 when it moved its winter residence a little south to Venice, FL, expanding the circus' impact on the area. Over the years, the circus and the Ringlings proved to be a major influence in the economy, development, culture and character of our city.
The Ringling legacy of development and history is still prominent in Sarasota: the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ca’ d’Zan (pictured), Bird Key, Ring of Fame at Saint Armands Circle and the John & Mable Ringling Bridge are examples.
As our winter season is approaches, we can look forward to another circus experience. This year Sarasota’s Ballet Director, Iain Webb and choreographer Matthew Hart are bringing the “Big Top” to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in a circus-themed “The Nutcracker” which will tell the story of John Ringling. For ticket information, call 941-359-0099, ext 101. Performances are December 12-13.
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