Ashley Niro performs on the aerial hoop, also known as the lyra, together with the silks, as part of a quintet of young Tallahassee acrobats who performed at the festival. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Carrabelle twirls along the river

It was as if the stars of the show got pulled away at the last minute, and the understudies had to perform, and they ended up doing a pretty fine job.

The Adventure Family Circus, an internationally touring small family circus show slated to perform at Saturday’s 2024 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival, canceled a few days prior, and instead turned to a quintet of Tallahassee- based acrobats to perform.

Their act wasn’t as varied as the circus, there were no high flying aerial acts or mini-trampoline, but the found young ladies, in their 20s and 30s, who have worked to sharpen their skills at Aerial Arts classes, delighted the audience with their performances on the aerial rope, silks and lyra hoops at the Marine Street pavilion.

Their costumes and props evoked the pirate theme and whether they worked separately or in tandem, the audience enjoyed watching these acrobats, who put their show together in just three days.

Hats off to Ashley Niro, Flavia Altimeyer, Carissa Oritz, Delaney Schanz and Makena Lang.

No doubt helped by the glorious weather, attendance was strong at the festival, sponsored by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce. Families enjoyed the Redemptive Love Farm and Rescue’s petting zoo and feeding station. Activities for the kids include mini-train rides and a bouncy house. Performers also included John Jeremiah, Kevin Andrew and the Rockulla Performers, and DJ Beanie Baby, as well as the Tallahassee Community College Dancers and the Forgotten Coast Dancing Witches. 

The Exhibitor Expo on Avenue B, hosted by the Carrabelle History Museum, was alive with cultural and historical exhibits, including wild animal ambassador Moonlight, the great horned owl.

And given the robust crowd, the vendors and exhibitors all along Marine Street reported having a good day.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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