Circus performs at South Shore’s American Legion |

Circus performs at South Shore’s American Legion

A benefit for the Willy Woggles Circus is Friday at the American Legion Hall in South Lake Tahoe.

It’s time to support your local freaks because the circus is coming to town.

The Willy Woggle Circus will feature aerialists, fire dancers, hoop dancers, live bands and DJs on Friday, March 4, at the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe. Most of the players have ties to South Shore, but they live all around Northern California, from Calaveras County to San Francisco and Mendocino County.

The cover charge is $8. The event is a fundraiser to have the Willy Woggle Circus to perform this summer at a four-day festival at Kirby Cove Campground north of the Golden Gate Bridge followed by the first appearance by any circus at the Davis Whole Earth Festival.

Juniper Anderson said there are beneficial and dangerous aspects to juggling and working with fire. Her dreadlocks have caught fire and flying juggling clubs have given her black eyes. However, she said, “It’s an interesting way to expand your brain and work on your coordination skills. And it’s really hard to frown with you juggler. You might look weird but your not frowning.”

The Tahoe Fire Dancers received a permit from the city fire marshal to perform with the flames in the American Legion parking lot. Andrea Creo, who started the troupe four years ago, said wind is the most dangerous aspect.

“Most people have never seen fire dancing,” Creo said. “People are so moved, and kids really love watching.”

Whitney Marie “Wink Lady Finger” Archer is the San Francisco director who performs as an aerialist. She began working on a trapeze when she was 18 on a family vacation in Mexico. She said there are lots of opportunities to perform and practice in the Bay Area.

“It’s like yoga in the air,” she said.

The headlining musical group is Adient Zoo, a rock and jam band which has members of the former Tahoe groups Saturn Rising and Waiting for T.I.M.

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