up your props, it's convention time again!
IJA juggling family will gather for the 38th time July 15-21,
1985, in Atlanta, Georgia for this year's Annual Convention.
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
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.
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.
For a complete set of rules and qualification requirements
to enter championship events, contact Holly Greeley, IJA
championships director at Amherst, MA.
SHOW: The Public Show will be produced and M.C.'d by
Rodger French. Jugglers interested in
performing should write him at Decatur, GA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
HOURS: Monday, July 15 - 4 p.m.-midnight; Tuesday, July 16
- 10-4,9-11; Wednesday, July 17 - IO-noon, 5-8; Thursday, July
- 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.
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.
year's convention featured more than 30
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
and balloon sculpture.