Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 5:26 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Old Time Chautauqua Circus comes to town today

The New Old Time Chautauqua Circus arrives in Homer today, camping out at the Homer Council on the Arts.

A weekend of cultural events in the Chautauqua style starts with a parade at 5 p.m. Friday on the Homer Spit followed by a second parade at 6 p.m. on Pioneer Avenue.

Based out of Seattle, the New Old Time Chautauqua Circus presents parades, workshops and shows on its Midnight Sun Vaudeville Tour in Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Palmer, Chickaloon, Homer and Seward. Chautauquas were 19th century and early 20th century touring productions that offered lectures, dance, music drama and other cultural enrichment in rural communities.

During its Homer visit, the New Old Time Chautauqua Circus presents free workshops from 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Homer Middle School. Workshops offered include mask making, juggling, song circle, quilting, magic, ukulele, slack-rope walking, creative writing, poi spinning and hula hooping.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Homer High School gym, the New Old Time Chautauqua Circus presents a performance. Tickets are $5 youth up to 18, $10 adult and $25 family at the Homer Bookstore and HCOA. Chair seating also is available.

Pier One hosts Outrageous Jazz

Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit presents an evening of Outrageous Jazz. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Performing are musicians from Homer, Anchorage, Ketchikan and Soldotna, including Karen Strid-Chadwick, piano; Brenda Vulgamore, vocals; Jim Davis, saxophone; Dale Curtis, trumpet; Curtis Bates, percussion and Ray Booker, bass.

Admission is $10. Tickets are available at Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore.