A Hearty Hello to the Big Top Nation!!!
We’ve been missing all of you this summer. We’ve been missing greeting you on the Chautauqua grounds and showing you to your seat. We’ve been missing your smiling faces as you enjoy the musical fare of the evening and soak up all of the rejuvenating Big Top vibes. We’ve been missing the music and the laughter and the fellowship that maybe we’ve all taken for granted for nearly 35 years. And now, because of a global pandemic, we’ve had time to pause and ponder what is important in our lives, what feeds our soul and brings us joy.
If, in your process of sifting and winnowing of your life’s values, you have concluded that Big Top is one of the joys that you hold dear, then we invite you to make a financial commitment to help our beloved Big Top make it through this long intermission. What has 2020 been like for our organization? Well, it’s been quiet! But it’s also been rich with music shared online through our new Tiny Tent Show series. What started as a short-term endeavor to stay in touch with our patrons, Tiny Tent Show has become a precious way to connect with Big Top fans all over the world. We’ve gotten to know members of our Blue Canvas Orchestra in a more personal way through recordings from their homes and interviews with Michael Perry. Tiny Tent Show and Tent Show Radio have both ensured that we can all still gather together and experience music and laughter and fellowship.
Our small but mighty team has been keeping the home fires burning until we can gather again under the blue and grey canvas tent-inside-a-tent. We’re making plans to celebrate our 35 th Anniversary next year. Although the financial picture for 2020 does not look rosy, with your help Big Top will survive and continue to be that touchstone of joyful times for you and your family. We wish health and well-being to you and yours, and look forward to gathering again as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you so much for your support of Big Top Chautauqua! May memories of music, friends and summer evenings at the Tent provide you joy until we gather again.
Board Development Chairman
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