Page 20                                                   Summer 1985


Pack up your props, it's convention time again!

The IJA juggling family will gather for the 38th time July 15-21, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia for this year's Annual Convention. Rodger French and Toni Shifalo, co-chairs of the convention and founders of the host Atlanta Jugglers Association, encourage jugglers to come enjoy a wide array of activities in the cavernous Woodruff Physical Education Center on the campus of Emory University.


Special attractions include workshops, competitions, sales of the latest equipment by a large number of manufacturers, a Red Cross blood drive, the Renegade Jugglers Beggar's Banquet and Champagne Party, the Juggling Variety Extravaganza show and the hoped-for appearance of Don WilIiams, NASA astronaut who became the first man to juggle in space on April 15.


REGISTRATION: The package plan price for the convention is less than $200, including food, lodging and tickets to all events. Daily admission and individual event tickets, as well as rooms by the night, are also available. Registration forms may be obtained by writing or calling the IJA at Kenmore, NY, or you may register at the convention.


CHAMPIONSHIPS: For a complete set of rules and qualification requirements to enter championship events, contact Holly Greeley, IJA championships director at Amherst, MA.


PUBLIC SHOW: The Public Show will be produced and M.C.'d by Rodger French. Jugglers interested in performing should write him at Decatur, GA.


CONVENTION BLOOD DRIVE: The IJA and Red Cross wiII co-sponsor a blood drive at the convention. The bloodmobile will be on the convention site Satur­day, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please take this opportunity to help a worthy cause.


 DIRECTIONS TO EMORY: If your're driving, take Interstate 85 to Exit 32 (Clairmont Rd. and Ga. 155 South). Proceed 3.8 miles to North Decatur Rd. Turn east, toward Decatur. Proceed .9 miles to Clifton Rd. Turn right. Proceed .5 miles to Haygood Dr. Turn left onto the Emory campus. Stay on Haygood Dr. bearing to the left at the fork in the road. The Woodruff P.E Center will be on your right. There is a driveway to the door of the center so you can unload gear, but parking there is not allowed. Information on appropriate parking will be furnished when you arrive.

If you fly: Delta Airlines is offering a 35 percent dis­count off day coach fares. Call and ask for the IJA convention package, number U-0132.

You can get to Emory via public transportation from Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport by the following connections: Take MARTA bus #300 (Airport Express) from the Airport North Terminal baggage claim area to Lakewood/Fort McPherson rail station. Take MARTA rapid rail train toward downtown four stops to the Five Points Station. Transfer to the eastbound rail line. Take this MARTA train four stops to the Edgewood/Candler Park station. Take MARTA bus #6 (Emory) to the intersection of North Decatur Rd. and Clifton Rd., which puts you at the edge of the Emory campus. MARTA costs 60-cents exact change or token. Transfers are available from bus to rail and vice-versa. The system is clean, safe and does not run after 1 a.m.


If you come on a bus (Trail ways or Greyhound): Walk east from the terminal uphiII one block to Peachtree Street and take the MARTA rapid rail line south from the Peachtree Center station one stop to the Five Points Station. Transfer to the eastbound rail line J and follow directions given above in the airport-to-Emory directions above.


REGISTRATION HOURS: Monday, July 15 - 4 p.m.-midnight; Tuesday, July 16 - 10-4,9-11; Wednesday, July 17 - IO-noon, 5-8; Thursday, July 18 - noon-2; Friday, July 19 - IO-noon, 4-6; Saturday, July 20 - IO-noon. Atlanta Jugglers Association personnel wiII be on duty all hours to answer questions. There wiII be no admittance to the juggling area until you have registered.


WORKSHOPS: IJA education director Dave Finnigan again expects a large number of fine jugglers to conduct workshops in a wide variety of juggling disciplines. Workshops will be divided into novice and advanced groups. A final schedule will be passed out at the convention, but it can be expected that workshops will run continuously at times when no major events are planned.


Last year's convention featured more than 30 workshops on topics such as: club passing, balance, head rolls, hat manipulation, street performing, the beauty of three ball juggling, club swinging, fire juggling, teaching juggling for a living, affiliate organization, five balls the easy way, diabolo, devil sticks, cigar box manipulation and balloon sculpture. 

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