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FALL LECTURE: PAINTING SARASOTA WITH THE COLORS OF THE CIRCUS WITH ROBERT COLLINS
November 8, 2018 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
FALL LECTURE: PAINTING SARASOTA WITH THE COLORS
OF THE CIRCUS WITH ROBERT COLLINS
2:30-4 p.m. • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM SOCIAL HALL
Free: Gold Member. Pre-registration suggested.
Fee: $15 Silver Member and General Admission
To register, call 941-309-5111 or click here
No refunds. Tickets are transferrable.
For more than a century, the Ringling name has been associated with Sarasota. Throughout our neighborhoods, you’ll find dozens of locations (familiar and hidden) that have historic, cultural, or fabled ties to the circus. While some might argue the circus is “a thing of the past,” this lecture will demonstrate it is alive and well in Sarasota. Join us as we explore the circus-side of Sarasota and the enduring legacy of the Big Top. Learn how the circus has contributed to Florida’s Suncoast growing this area into a vibrant arts community, a unique tourist destination, and a desirable place to live.
Robert Collins, with his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University (IL) and master’s from American University (D.C.), has enjoyed a 44-year career in entertainment marketing. His affiliations included Ice Capades, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and World Wrestling Entertainment. In 2008, he joined the Board of Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory, serving five years including two years as Chair. A lecturer for the Road Scholar program, Collins is an Arena Marketing Hall of Fame inductee.
Photo at left: Robert Collins (at age 2-1/2) next to Mrs. Elfriede Fischer in front of the former Pioneer Motel on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Mrs. Fischer and her husband, Gottlieb, owners of the Pioneer Motel, had been circus sideshow attractions, billed as “The Tallest Married Couple on Earth.” Circus publicity claimed that Mrs. Fischer was 8 feet tall and Mr. Fischer was 8 feet 2 inches tall. (1950 photograph)