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Jugglers Will Converge on Davidson for Hurricane Hugo Fest

September 21, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Arlene Saxonhouse
l-r Paul and David Dimuzio will perform Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Davidson College will host some of the most talented object manipulators in the region September 28-30, 2001, for events that include fire eating, awesome juggling, and object manipulation games sponsored by Ben & Jerry's of Davidson.

The Twelfth Annual Hurricane Hugo Juggling Festival will culminate in a "Vaudeville Extravaganza" show at 7 p.m. Saturday evening that features The Dazzling Dimuzio Brothers, two young Charlotteans who present one of the most energetic juggling acts on stage today. All event take place at the Alvarez College Union, and all those interested in juggling, or in learning to juggle, are invited to participate. There is no admission charge for any event except the Saturday night show, though there is a registration fee for jugglers who intened to participate for the entire weekend.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, September 28, at the College Union. Weekend activities include:

Friday, 11 p.m... The Alvarez College Union's Miriam Canon Hayes Amphitheatre will be the site of a nighttime Fiery Extravaganza. Charlottean Eric Treese will demonstrate fire eating, and jugglers present will then inflame their props and display their skills at fire juggling.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m... Jugglers will participate in the Children's Schoolhouse Carnival on the Davidson Village Green. They will give free juggling lessons to the public, give awaywater injected tennis balls for practice and as take-home souvenirs, and demonstrate their skills on stage.

Saturday, 3 p.m... The Ben & Jerry's Object Manipulation Olympics. Jugglers invite Davidson College students to test their object manipulation skills in a number of games and activities. They include the one-ball stationary high toss, the two-ball partners toss, ball gathering, and stick balancing. Winners receive tasty treats from Ben & Jerry's.

Saturday,7 p.m... "A Vaudeville Extravaganza" will be held in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union. Charlottean Eric Treese and Washington, D.C., juggler Otto the Great will warm up the crowd with magic and eccentric juggling. The highlight act will be Charlotte's own Dazzling Dimuzio Brothers. David and Paul Dimuzio have been entertaining regional crowds with a high-energy juggling act for three years. This summer David staked his claim as one of the emerging stars in the field by winning the Juniors Championship at the annual festival of the International Jugglers Association. Admission is $2.

Anytime... Members of the public are welcome to drop by the Alvarez College Union any time during the weekend to watch jugglers practicing, and to try their own hand at the skill. A box of props for public use will be available.

Local jugglers first held the first festival in 1990 "in recollection of that frightful night in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo blew through, sending objects flying through the sky in an uncontrolled cascade of fury!" It is one of about 50 annual weekend festivals hosted by juggling clubs across the nation, and should attract participants from as far away as Florida and New York. Some are professional performers, and others are dedicated amateurs. The most skilled among them will be close to world record levels, which are cascading (briefly) 10 balls, seven clubs and 11 rings.

About 40 Davidson College per year take a juggling course to help fulfill their physical education requirement. In addition, an annual "freshman juggling survey" conducted over the past eight years by festival coordinator and Davidson staffer Bill Giduz shows that at about one-fourth of entering freshmen can juggle three balls.

For more information on the festival, contact Bill Giduz; Box 443; Davidson NC 28036; 704/892-1296 (h); giduz@bellsouth.net.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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