Nyack Sketch Log: Amazing Grace Circus
October 2, 2012
by Bill Batson
New York City may have a Big Apple, but Nyack has Amazing Grace. You might have seen the Amazing Grace Circus perform at a school, church, synagogue or mosque. Or when they marched behind an elephant to a massive tent pitched in Memorial Park, or every year at the Halloween Parade. In my sketch, the pint-sized performers are mesmerizing motorists during an impromptu parade on the way back from the Farmer’s Market. And on October 6, this talented troupe of teens will teach a hippo how to fly.
Almost everything about the history of this circus is amazing and graceful. The idea to have a youth-led circus arts and fitness program in Nyack sprang from the emotional abyss that followed the attacks of September 11th. A group of young people at Grace Episcopal Church sought a way to comprehend the enormity of the violent event and the personal loss of members of their church community, Welles Remy Crowther and Stacey Sennas McGowan.