Sarasota News Leader

06/28/2013

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THE WALK People begin gathering along Lemon Avenue, where they are greeted by representatives from Circus Sarasota — with which Nik Wallenda has performed — and Sailor Circus. AS VIEWERS HOLD THEIR BREATH AROUND THE WORLD AND IN SARASOTA, NIK WALLENDA COMPLETES ANOTHER STUNNING PERFORMANCE By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer Editor's note: Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel was in downtown Sarasota on the evening of June 23 to join the crowd in watching Nik Wallenda. Included among Schimmel's photos are a number featuring Sailor Circus student performers entertaining the audience before the walk began. The festivities were hosted by Circus Sarasota and Mattison's City Grille on Lemon Avenue. I am among about 1 billion people worldwide who are collectively one very anxious ball of nerves as we await Nik Wallenda's 1,500-foot wire walk across and through Hell Hole Bend, AZ. Jim Cantore, nationally known meteorologist (call him a "weather expert") is describing some variables that can happen and change within an instant. In another area nearby, Nik The TV has just warmed up; the magnificent is focusing on his upcoming walk. Grand Canyon is in front of me on the screen. Jim's lectures are very informative and fasciAnd after only five seconds of viewing its nating. The show is scheduled for more than scope and depth, I am already dizzy and my two hours on TV, and the two co-hosts from NBC, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist, are trystomach is doing flip-flops.

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