Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
Thanks to the sponsorship of The Andrews Summer Festival, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Andrews, on Friday, June 20 at the Town Lot-End of Terrel Street, with two scheduled performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 30th edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.
Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in your town is transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. come watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. This presentation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about our performers, the history of our show and the different species of animals in our Circus Family.
In this presentation we will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all of our animals receive. In recent years, the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members. It is presented in a way everyone, young and old can learn many interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Family and now they have a brand new tent! This is a special part of Circus Day that should not be missed.
On circus day, the performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, and back by popular demand Miss April and her on the edge of your seat Rola Bola. This year they have Miss Gorgia displaying flexability to the extreme and for the first time, the Wheel of Destiny and Tight Rope by The Los Moralitos. But, lets not forget our favorite performing Jungle Cats, Soloman, Delilah and Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key, that will certainly have you on the edge of your seats! All accompanied by original music written by the talented, Matt Margucci from Los Angeles, Calif. The performers are sure to amaze, delight and entertain the audience members of all ages beyond your wildest imagination. The costumes alone are certainly of Los Vegas quality.
For more information visit their FaceBook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For a direct link you can go to www.cmcircus.com.
Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance at these locations: Andrews Town Hall, Andrews Library, Andrews Dairy Store, Bernie’s Sports Bar, Bippus State Bank North and South in Huntington or any summer festival committee member. Reserve your tickets early and save. For more information or to reserve discount tickets call 866-BIG-TOP-6. Reservations will be available even on show day but only at this number till 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, Central Time.