Papa Elf started off the season in style with an appearance in the Annual Asheville Holiday Parade on December 23rd. The picture on the front page of the web site is of me walking, running and juggling my way up Biltmore Ave trying to catch up to the llamas!
The season continues this weekend with our annual featured appearance at Biltmore Village’s wonderful Dickens Festival. Mountain Circus Arts characters have been providing lasting memories there for many years and we always see return families who remember us well. Look for Papa Elf on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 pm and on Sunday from 1:30-3:30. This picture is from the olden times before color. The nice kid? A retiree in Florida who still comes every year.
Saturday evening will feature The Elf at Black Mountain Parks and Recreation’s magical Circle of Lights event at beautiful Lake Tomahawk where the lake’s shoreline is surrounded by luminaries. Look for me in the pavilion for magic and juggling, Santa and Newfoundlands! This pic was from last year.
The following two weekends we travel to Atlanta for our third annual appearance at Lenox Square Mall. The mall has just emerged from a major renovation and I’m looking forward to the new set. By the way, that chair at the top of the page? That’s a normal size chair. I always get asked if I am too tall to be an Elf. I tell them we can be a lot less tall when needed and show them the proof with this picture. Most people seem to believe which is not surprising this time of year.
This is the new entrance and a little description. Looking forward to bringing the smiles to Atlanta.
A renovation project is underway at one of the nation’s premier regional malls ties in nicely with both efforts to make Buckhead more pedestrian-friendly and trends toward “walkability” in retail developments.
We’ve had a very busy late summer and fall with private events including birthdays, company gatherings, family reunions, pic nics, theme parks, retirement parties and more. We are well into the public side of our work now with festivals, fall events and the approach of the holidays.
Most recently, we entertained and twisted balloons at the annual Black Mountain Halloween event. We’ve been privileged to work for Black Mountain Rec for many years now. There is a funny video on our Face Book page of me juggling fire.
Earlier this month I performed for three days at LEAF using four characters and five costume changes. Big fun.
I also repeated a nice event for Avery County Schools at the kick off of their pre school enrollment.
This coming weekend finds me at three private parties.
We have the great honor of performing for Lake Junaluska’s 100th Birthday Party on Sunday evening. The history of this amazing place is remarkable and we are proud to be part of this event. Stay tuned for a report.
We are excited to be continuing our wonderful relationship with Black Mountain Parks and Recreation and are looking forward to our annual Holloween and Christmas events. We also have dozens of private parties and corporate gatherings through the fall.
Once again, we will be bringing our clown workshop and fire performance back to LEAF for the Fall Festival during the weekend of October 18th. LEAF is truly one of the great family festivals in the world.
I had a great time performing for Painters Greenhouse during their customer appreciation event on Tuesday. I followed that with two shows on Thursday for the Haywood County Library system, one at the Waynesville branch and the other at the Canton Branch.
The two shows were each over an hour long with juggling, magic and a mini clown workshop. We then went outdoors and worked with some fire. The character was “Dr. Diggs” and the shows were part of the Library’s summer kickoff, “Dig into reading”.
I had the pleasure of performing at the
Lake Eden Arts Festival last Friday and Saturday. I worked Friday at the Toy Boat Circus Workshop stage leading a Mime-Clown workshop. It was well attended and the kids were awesome. I started with tug of war and ended an hour later with a line of children waiting to try the classic pants drop and hat fetch routine. Just amazing smiles and laughter.
On Saturday I performed a magic, juggling and fire eating show at the Roots Stage and juggled in the parade.
The crew and dozens of families caught a break from the wet weather for a fun morning of entertainment and egg hunting on March 23rd. The clouds and cold couldn’t stop the excitement of the Annual Easter Egg Hunt by Black Mountain Parks and Rec.
Randall will be back in action at the annual LEAF this spring! Characters and show times are still being decided so please stay tuned. Mark the dates for this one of a kind festival, May 9-12, 3013.
I imagine there will be some fire involved.
Papa Elf finished the season at Lenox Square Mall last weekend and had a delightful time bringing the smiles. The following photos were taken by the Elf’s friend Mike Soloman.
Thanks for all the smiles kids, hope you loved Christmas!
Papa Elf met so many wonderful kids and families this weekend in Atlanta! Lenox Square Mall was the stage for a magical memory maker in so many ways. I spent most of my time around Santa’s set but also made the rounds through the entire mall once and the food court twice. Interacting with hundreds of kids and seeing their amazement and joy and the appreciation of the parents is truly a delightful part of life. Especially for an Elf! We only get to come down from The North Pole for a few weeks a year. Very refreshing and great way to get an Elf in the mood to finish those toys!
So to all the kids I met this weekend, Merry Christmas! I’ll be back again on Saturday and Sunday to close out the season before I head back to the shop for final prep so come see me if you can! We will also be doing a television special at 9:00 am on Saturday for CBS Atlanta. The ELF TV skit was planned for this past weekend but has been moved to 12/22.
We had a busy weekend with a variety of characters in Asheville and Black Mountain. We had a nice time breaking out of Elf mode temporarily on Friday night by providing entertainment for the Allergy Partners annual Holiday party at the Doubletree in Asheville. We started the evening with me juggling fire as a jester outside, greeting people as they arrived. While they congregated, Tash read palms for an hour and had a nice long line. Very well received. After an hour, I changed into the Great Zukini and did table magic and fire eating while Michael juggled as a jester.
Saturday, Papa Elf walked the Black Mountain Christmas parade while juggling. I had some great moments running while juggling to catch up to my place in the parade after I had paused to juggle for kids up close. Following the parade I provided the entertainment at a wonderful event called Circle of Lights which features luminaries surrounding a beautiful little lake.
Next weekend it’s off to Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall! We have exciting news about CBS Atlanta news coverage so stay tuned.
Elf photos by Colby Rabon, Asheville Citizen Timeskeep looking »