55th IJA Juggling Festival
Reading, Pennsylvania

Monday through Saturday
July 15-20, 2002

The Youth Showcase is full, but if you have questions about the show, contact the director ... (...).
Camping and RVs
Getting to Reading
Shuttle/Inn at Reading
Festival Prices
Phone numbers for more info
Workshop schedule
Special workshops by Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro
Special workshop by Evgeni Biljauer
2003 IJA fest info

. . . U P D A T E S. . .

Internet access will be available via four Windows laptops in Locker Room #047 (thanks to Daniel Westacott). You can browse the web, send email, connect to other computers with ssh (using teraterm or putty), upload pictures from your camera, plug in your own computer to the ethernet network, or use a wireless network (not secure) called jugglefest. To read email, you may need to configure the laptop software.

Due to 9/11, the security at the juggling facility will be much tighter this year. You will need to wear your festival ID in plain sight at all times to gain access to any IJA event. This security will be on 24 hours a day at the Sovereign Center. Make sure you arrive during registration hours because you will need a festival ID to be inside (except on Monday). Also, be prepared to have your bages checked before entry to the facilities.

The juggling "gym" at the Sovereign Center will be free and open to everyone on Monday, July 15, starting at 10am. No registration or membership is required to juggle in the Sovereign Center on Monday.

The IJA is now offering a premium in the form of early seating at festival shows for a minimum donation to the IJA of $250 per person per show. With a donation of $1000 or more, the donor will get early seating for one at all five evening shows at Reading. A donor cannot save additional seats. If you're interested, contact IJA General Manager Norman Schneiderman.

The time of the IJA Business Meeting (aka the IJA Forum) at the Reading festival has been changed (but the day is still the same). The new time is: Wednesday, noon-2pm.

The workshop schedule is online and updated periodically (see last-update date at the end of the workshop schedule).

Joggling has been rescheduled to Wednesday 8-11am.

Teams/Individuals Championships starts at 7pm Thursday.

Discounted parking near the Sovereign Center is available if you preregister for it.

Shuttle service to/from Inn at Reading/Clarion is available if you preregister for it.

We've added another day this year!  Monday is free!

Rendezvous in Reading!
And meet Evgeni Biljauer!

Here comes the 2002 IJA festival in Reading, Pennsylvania, where many hundreds of jugglers will come to  ...  juggle, share ideas, watch great performances, laugh, attend workshops, learn new techniques, compete and, most of all, to juggle together with old friends and new for six days of fun!

Juggling master Evgeni Biljauer from Moscow will be a special guest of the IJA! He will receive the IJA's Historical Achievement Award and will present a special four-day workshop. Everyone can meet him Tuesday at 3pm.

The IJA festival will be headquartered in the air-conditioned Sovereign Center, Reading's new state-of-the-art Civic Center. (Hint: "Reading" is pronounced "redding".) The gym will be open 22 hours a day (closed only 6-8am for cleaning).

IJA members should have received the Reading fest flyer in May with all festival details. If you would like a copy of the flyer, which includes the registration form, contact Ginny Rose.

NOTE: All shows are appropriate for all ages.

  • Daily, Tuesday-Saturday:
    • 8am-6pm Festival registration, main lobby
    • 10am-6pm Workshops

  • Monday:
    • 10am onward Free juggling day for everyone, no registration or membership needed
    • 4pm-5pm Registration for Juniors and Teams Championships only
  • Tuesday:
    • 9am-9:45am Registration for Juniors and Teams Championships only
    • 10am-4pm Juniors and Teams preliminaries
    • 3pm Meet juggler extraordinaire Evgeni Biljauer
    • 4pm Affiliates meeting
    • 4pm-5pm Registration for Individuals Championships only
    • 8pm Evgeni Biljauer receives the Historical Achievement Award
    • 8:30pm The Waldo & Woodhead Show
  • Wednesday:
    • 8am-11am Joggling races (at Wilson High School track)  Note this new day and time for joggling
    • 9am-3pm Election of members of the board of directors
    • 10am-1pm Individuals preliminaries
    • noon-2pm IJA business meeting/forum  Note this new time for the meeting
    • 1pm-3:30pm Juniors rehearsal
    • 3:30pm-6pm Youth Showcase rehearsal
    • 4pm Ziethen videos
    • 7pm Youth Showcase
    • 9pm Juniors Championships
  • Thursday:
    • 11am Auction
    • 1pm-6pm Individuals & Teams rehearsal
    • 4pm Ziethen videos
    • 7pm Teams and Individuals Championships  Note: 7pm is indeed the correct time.
  • Friday:
    • 11am Auction
    • 1pm Numbers competition
    • 4pm Ziethen videos
    • 8pm Jest In Time: "The Best of Jest"
  • Saturday:
    • 10am-noon & 1pm-4pm The Games
    • 4pm Big Toss-Up & group photo
    • 8pm CASCADE OF STARS, directed by Michael Davis!

Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro will teach Personal Style Theatre, a four-day course (for a separate fee) specifically designed to broaden each student's movement vocabulary in order to add excitement, spontaneity, and originality to their performance and creative processes.

  • Daily, Tuesday-Friday:
    • 10am-noon Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro workshop, mornings $200.
    • 2pm-4pm Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro workshop, afternoons $200.

Evgeni Biljauer, juggling star of the Moscow State Circus for many years and now head of the artistic division of Rosgocirk in Moscow, will conduct a four-day workshop session (for a separate fee). These two-hour classes will feature group and individual instruction in technical juggling.

  • Daily, Tuesday-Friday:
    • 10am-noon Evgeni Biljauer workshop, mornings $200.

Reading is an easy drive from many large East Coast cities, including Washington, D.C., New York City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Atlantic City. Reading is only two exits on the turnpike from both Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Getting There By Air: Please note that Reading Regional Airport (airport code RDG) has very limited flights. For more options, check out other airports listed below with mileage from Reading.

  • Allentown: LeHigh Valley Internation Airport -- 43 miles
  • Philadelphia: Philadelphia Airport -- 56 miles
  • Newark: Newark Internation Airport -- 118 miles
  • New York: LaGuardia -- 137 miles
  • New York: JFK -- 145 miles

Note: Taxi and local bus service is available from the NY/NJ airports to the Port of Authority Bus Terminal where you can then get a bus to Reading on Bieber Tourways. The Bus Terminal in Reading is located two blocks from the Sovereign Center.

Getting to the Port of Authority from:

  • Newark airport -- take Olympia Bus, $11
  • JFK -- taxi is about $35 + $3.50 toll + tip
  • La Guardia -- bus of the New York Airport Service, about $14,
    or taxi is about $25 + $3.50 toll + tip

Getting There By Bus: Reading has two bus services that accommodate the Allentown, Philadelphia, and New York areas. Bieber Tourways - 800-243-2374 or 610-683-7333, www.biebertourways.com. Capitol Trailways - 800-333-8444 or 610-374-3182, www.capitoltrailways.com.

Getting There By Train: No trains go into Reading, but you can take Amtrak to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 35 miles south-west of Reading. Amtrak - 800-872-7245.

Travel suggestions are available 9am-5pm weekdays by phoning the Reading Jugglers' Club at 610-326-7456.

Discounted parking across the street from the Sovereign Center is available only if you preregister with the IJA for this parking. The cost is $4 per day or $20 for the week, and the parking is in the Penn Court Parking Lot.

Accommodations can be found at the properties listed below. Rooms at the festival rate are limited and will sell out. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. When calling the hotels, say you are with the International Jugglers' Association (IJA) to get the festival group rate.

The Inn at Reading/Clarion Hotel is located three miles from the Reading airport, and is about a five-minute drive to the Sovereign Center. Public transportation, Barta Bus, leaves every hour to and from the Sovereign Center; one-way fare is $1.25. Single and double festival rooms rates are $69 plus 11% sales/local hotel tax for one to four people. Rollaway beds are $10 extra plus tax per night. Outdoor swimming pool, in-room coffee makers, fully-equipped fitness room, restaurant, and free airport shuttle. For reservations call 800-383-9713 or 610-372-7811 and tell them you're with the International Jugglers' Association to get the IJA rate.

Shuttle Service to and from the Inn at Reading/Clarion is available only if you preregister with the IJA for this service. This shuttle service will be available only 6-8pm and 11pm-3am (Monday through Saturday evenings). The cost is $2 per person, per day.

SOLD OUT Lincoln Plaza Hotel is approximately a five-minute walk from the Sovereign Center. Single and double festival room rates are $69 plus 11% sales/local hotel tax for one or two people. For three or more people, add $10 plus taxes per person per night. Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee makers; free, secure garage parking with direct access to the hotel, gift shop, 24-hour fitness center, restaurant, and free airport shuttle. For reservations call 800-372-3710 or 610-372-3700.

Camping outside Reading

French Creek State Park is about 20 minutes south of Reading. Located off Rt 345, south of Birdsboro, PA, and north of Rt 23. Tent sites for non-residents without electric is $14 Sun-Thurs and $17 for Fri-Sat, with electric add $2. Cabin rentals, showers, restrooms, fishing lakes, 40 miles of hiking trails, swimming pool. For reservations call 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/french.htm.

Sills Family Campground is located in Adamstown about 20 minutes from the Sovereign Center. From PA Turnpike, take exit 21 to Rt 222 N to first light. Turn left, go to Bowmansville Rd. Tent sites are $23.50 (water and electric) per night for 2 people. $21 (no water or electric) per night for 2 people. Showers, restrooms, rec. room, arcade, store, pets OK, laundry, pool, RVs. For reservations call 800-325-3002 or 717-484-4806. They don't have a web site, but here's a ratings site that describes them: www.gocampingamerica.com/sills/.

Blue Rocks Family Campground. Located about 40 miles from Reading. From U.S. Rt 22 or I-78, take Exit 11 (Lenharsville). Follow Rt 143 North about 1 mile, turn left and follow signs. Tent sites are $22/tent per night based on 2 adults and 2 children, extra adults are $5/night, $2.50 extra per child under 18. Cabin rentals, playground, game room, hot showers, restrooms, laundromat, fishing, and general store. For reservations, call 610-756-6366, www.bluerockscampground.com.

For other possible camp sites, go to the Reading and Berks County Pennsylvania Visitors Bureau and follow the link to Lodging.

Weather: Reading temperatures in July are typically in the 80's, occasionally rising into the low 90's.


Item Adult
14 and older
Ages 11-13
Ages 4-10
Events package, including:
gym passes, all shows, t-shirt, button
$275 $175 N/A
A La Carte
Gym pass: 1 day$45$27free
Gym pass: 2 days$85$47free
Gym pass: 3 days$120$66free
Gym pass: 4 days$155$83free
Gym pass: 5 days$189$99free
NOTE: All shows are appropriate for all ages.
Waldo & Woodhead Show
Youth Showcase and Juniors Championships
Teams and Individuals Championships
Jest in Time: "The Best of Jest"
Cascade of Stars Revue
100% Cotton Festival T-shirt$15
Festival Button$1
(required if not current member)
USA$30$23 (under 18)
Canada$34$27 (under 18)
All other countries$39$32 (under 18)
Special Workshops (not included in events package)
4-day Workshop with Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro
mornings 10am-noon
4-day Workshop with Tony and Karen Hurll Montanaro
afternoons 2pm-4pm
4-day Workshop with Evgeni Biljauer
mornings 10am-noon

IJA members should have received the Reading fest flyer in May with all festival details. If you would like a copy of the flyer, which includes the registration form, contact Ginny Rose.

Further Reading fest details will be posted here as they become available.
Remember to save Monday through Saturday, July 15-20, 2002.

Other resources:

See you in Reading!