The Circus Comes to Town Hall
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club General Meeting
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
GUEST: Dolly Jacobs from the Sarasota Circus. Dolly is a noted American circus aerialist and the daughter of the famous clown, Lou Jacobs.
Born in Sarasota, Florida, winter home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey until 1958, Dolly, like many other circus children in the area, began training at Sailor’s Circus, the Sarasota High School’s youth circus. After graduating from Sarasota High, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and, at age thirteen, joined the Ringling show’s battalion of showgirls, which allowed her to be near her father.
Dolly’s father, the celebrated clown Lou Jacobs (1903-1992), was for decades associated with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, where he performed from 1925 to 1985.
Dolly spoke to the Women’s Club for over an hour about her life in the circus, her family, and the Sarasota Circus out-reach program.
She and her husband, Pedro Reis, showed a film of the two of them performing an aerial love ballet.
She took questions from the audience and distributed flyers describing the many up-coming circus events.
SPECIAL BUSINESS: The nominating committee presented the 2015 slate of officers for a vote by the members. New officers include treasurer, ********, and Shirley Taradash, vice president. Current vice president, Patti Wrobel will become president, Janet Staickel will remain as recording secretary and Linda McGrath will remain as correspondinfg secretary.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Members brought unwrapped toys or gift cards to donate to the children at HOPE Family Services.