Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Baltimore trapeze school packing for DC and Nationals Park

From the Maryland Daily Record web site
Baltimore’s circus sideshow is leaving town for Washington, D.C., and a space under a big top where it can operate year round.

After five seasons at Rash Field, leadership at Trapeze School New York grew tired of the instability brought on by the city’s plans to build an underground parking garage there with green space on its roof for recreation.

The trapeze school worked with various Baltimore agencies over the past three years to find an indoor location or space where it could put a tent over its rig to allow for classes no matter the weather, but could not settle on an appropriate spot, said Brian McVicker, president of TSNY Baltimore.

Officials in Washington recently got in touch with the company and jumped at the chance to find a suitable arrangement, he said.

“I think at this point of the game, no one benefits from pointing fingers about what would have been, but I certainly feel D.C. has been progressively proactive about finding us the space that would make this business successful,” McVicker said.

Each season in Baltimore ran from April 15 through Nov. 15, but the company had to reapply every year for a lease. TSNY Baltimore will close after its final class on May 31; the new space will open on June 6.

The new location in Washington, on 9th and H streets in Northwest, is temporary for the summer. McVicker said the school plans to eventually move to The Yards, a development space in Southeast near Nationals Park, with a much longer lease.


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