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Circus, circus

Posted: March 6, 2017 1:53 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

First, we would like to give a tip of the hat to the organizers of the first-ever Irish Festival in Camden. A fundraiser for the Montessori School of Camden, the event showcased Camden in a unique, family fun-filled way and drew quite a crowd. We see quite a few events coming in the next few months, both old favorites and new endeavors and we like what we see. Camden and Kershaw County are enjoyable places to be and as such deserve to be celebrated and showcased. More important, such events are terrific opportunities for people to interact, for neighbors to see each other, for strangers to meet new friends.

That human interaction is what makes a community, in our book.

On the other hand, times change and so does the public’s entertainment preferences. On the front page, readers will see a profile of Camden native Steve Lough, who spent a number of years working with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The circus ends its 146 year run in May and while there are elements of it that might be outdated or need to be phased out -- animal acts have come under scrutiny, for example -- the idea that something as big and as high energy as RBB&B Circus becoming yet another memory is sad -- and a little daunting. After all, what could be more up close and personal -- and fun -- than the circus?

In this world of social media and high tech virtual reality, we deplore the loss of any opportunity or avenue for people to get together -- in real time -- to celebrate good things with each other. That’s why we especially cherish these community festivals and events and encourage more of them. 


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