I Didn’t Know This Was An Event: Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration

June 25, 2022

The Big Top Parade will return to the streets of downtown Baraboo on Saturday, June 25, 2022 for the first time since 2019. Historic wagons, exotic animals, marching bands and community floats will delight parade goers, highlighting a weekend full of circus-themed fun.

The main event — the Big Top Parade — kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Along with our grand marshal, the parade features traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses. Young and old will be enthralled by the circus wagons, marching bands, horses and other animals and of course, a cavalcade of clowns!

Before and after the parade, the Baraboo area and our downtown will be filled with family-friendly events. This year’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration will take on the theme Circus World has adopted for its 2022 performance season…

More info? Click here: Here comes the circus parade!

A Place For A Muse: A New Series Coming To AIP!

My wife is a working artist and educator. I have dabbled in art most of my life. So vacations nearly everywhere we go includes visits to museums or other cultural sites. So this idea has been wandering around in the back of my brain for a month or two now. But it is finally starting to come into focus.

But basically the idea is to write about actual museums. When critics visit museums it is generally to review a particular seasonal or traveling show. All well and good and quite exciting to read. But unless a museum is opening or re-opening after a remix/remodel, nothing is written about the actual museum.

So my plan is to change that. As we travel and visit museums I certainly may continue to comment on significant shows…but I want to document the actual museum; its location, its physical appearance, its physical presence, its various amenities, and its collection(s) or specialties.

Sound like fun? I hope so.

But why the title, A Place For A Muse? Well one of the hang ups in putting this idea to work was a working title. And that all came apparent to be apparent while attending a university class on mythology and the professor mentioned that museum comes from muse. And looking around the internet I found any number of fuller translations from the Latin or Greek…like seat of the muses, shrine to the muses, place for the muses, etc. So I pondered any number of these sources and definitions and went with a simpler and hopefully more apropos title.

Hope you come back to read about my discoveries and thoughts about museums!