Monday, March 21, 2011

Discovery Center Workshop in Tennessee

Arriving in the South on March 20th was like driving into summer. Somewhere in southern Illinois we went under a bridge and passed over to a whole new world of green grass and flowering trees.

Enjoying the feel of windows rolled down, we made our way through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to find Murfreesboro. We will spend the next week working with a group of 4th through 6th graders along with some Middle Tennessee State University students to create the History of Music.

We are all excited to see what the week will hold, and look forward to the upcoming workdays. Music!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Orleans

Tiny Circus finally landed in New Orleans - we're setting up in the 9th ward to make a promotional animation for Common Ground Relief.

The levee between the industrial canal and the Ninth Ward is just down the street. This broke during hurricane Katrina, flooding the entire area.

Above is the airstream parked in front of a model home - it is used by Common Ground for volunteer housing and education. Common Ground builds similar homes in the area to replace those lost by homeowners during Katrina.

The blue house to the left is one of the few houses that was still standing after the hurricane - also the main headquarters for Common Ground.

Because of the dramatic incline of the driveway, the airstream had be jacked up in the front to make the floor level inside. Good thing there are handy building materials spread around the site. Coming soon, more New Orleans...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Great Drive South

Sunday, January 27th -- Tiny Circus heads down South to begin Spring tour. Tour destinations -- New Orleans, LA -- Atlanta, GA -- Murfreesburo, TN -- Tampa, FL -- then back to Grinnell, IA for a animation festival in mid-April.

After packing the van and hooking up the airstream (complete with all necessary equipment for a month long adventure) we were ready to leave snowy Iowa. The Circus is excited to visit old friends on our route and do work down in New Orleans at Common Ground Relief.

Van, packed.

We made our first above-freezing stop in Troy, Missouri to change the headlight in the van, fill the airstream with water, and enjoy a quick road-side snack break.

Landing for the night in Perryville, Missouri, we found our temporary home in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Shortly after bed, we were awakened by a tornado warning that yielded heavy rain for a short time. The heavy winds came in handy during our next day's ride, enabling us reach 21 MPG on our route to Hammond, Louisiana. In Hammond, home to SELU (and the history of adaptation) we visited some circus-member friends and then moved on to our destination of New Orleans.