Great Y Circus Performers Join The Gatsby Party

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Performers from the Great Y Circus will join the 1920s Gatsby’s at the Grove party at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, July 9, with a dazzling vaudeville-style extravaganza of amazing feats. Celebrating its 71st year, the Great Y Circus is the oldest community circus in the United States and among the oldest in the world. They will perform from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Reservations are still available for the museum event, which costs $10 per person and includes supper, dessert, and snacks.

Vaudeville shows of the 1920s featured a wide range of performers, from singers and dancers to animal acts, comics, acrobats, and jugglers,” said Michele Nielsen, the museum’s curator of history. The Great Y Circus team fits in perfectly with this concept and by the 1920s, the era in which our dance party is set, vaudeville acts were commonly seen during intermissions for live stage productions and silent films.

Performers in the Great Y Circus are outstanding in their fields, continued Nielsen. The circus is recognized around the world, and many stars go on to careers in circus- and entertainment-related fields, continued Nielsen. The history of the Great Y Circus is part of our regional story Roy Coble, a former Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performer started the program in 1929 when he was director of the Redlands YMCA, which is now part of the YMCA of the East Valley.

The party starts at 6:30 p.m. with dancing to the music of Nannette and her Hotsy Totsy Boys performing dance music of the 1920s. Lupita Limón and her Limónades dancers will set the stage with two special showcase dances. Limón, a dance instructor at Riverside Community College, directs this energetic group of skilled dancers who will demonstrate two classic  20s dances: the fox trot and the Charleston.  “Their performance style and costuming are superb, and they are fascinating to watch.  The Limónades love to dance with our guests at this event, so those without dance partners will be in good company and can kick up their heels, too!”

Complimentary supper will be provided by Eureka! Burger, desserts by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Redlands, and snacks by Jose’s Mexican Food. Vintage soda and candy, margaritas, and Hangar 24 suds will be available for purchase.

Guests are encouraged to come to the party dressed in 1920s glad rags, and sashay across the dance floor during the Fashion Promenade. Our grand finale will include an old-fashioned balloon drop and conga line. Enchanted Attic Costume Rental of San Bernardino has supplied authentic outfits for staff and offers a generous discount to Gatsby guests who mention the museum’s name when renting a costume.

Reservations should be made by July 5 by calling (909) 307-2669 ext. 227 or e-mailing The event is supported by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and by community partners including Printing and Promotion Plus, Colton; Eureka! Burger; Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Redlands; Enchanted Attic Costume Rental, San Bernardino; Hangar 24; Jose’s Mexican Food;; Treasures for the Home, Redlands; Sweet Memories, Redlands; Events Design Lab; Inland Community Bank; Garden Interiors; and Johnnie Ann Ralph of the San Bernardino County Museum Association Board of Directors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462

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