Sarasota News Leader

05/09/2014

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Perhaps 300 people showed up on May 5, a prematurely summery day, to participate in the U.S. Postal Service's launch of eight new stamps based on classic circus posters. Hand fans were waving full blast as folks sought to beat not only the heat but also an early invasion of love bugs outside the entrance to Cà d'Zan, the residence of John and Mable Ringling. In keeping with the postal creed, neither heat nor love bugs could keep Ellen Williams from her appointed rounds as a member of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors. She wobbled across the plush lawn in heels to mount the stage and start the festivities. She was joined by Steven High, the Ringling Museum's executive director, and Mark Riddell, the public relations director of the combined Ringling Shows. The clowns, of course, made the show, assem- bling a giant jigsaw puzzle representing the The famous Bell Wagon has returned from a three-decade loan to Baraboo, WI, and is now at the Feld headquarters in Palmetto. It has nine brass bells, and it was featured in Sarasota during the filming of The Greatest Show on Earth. At the handles is Bellmeister Shawn Marren. Photo by Stan Zimmerman CELEBRATING THE CIRCUS NEW POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED AT CÀ D'ZAN By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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