Tuscan Nomadic 2009

November 27, 2014 | By

New Developments: We will be having a Nomadic Juggling Festival probably in November at the LA Valley Colleges. All details will be announced as we work them out. We are shooting for a early November weekend and yes this is for 2009. Hope to see you at one of these festivals.

Nomadic Tucson Juggle Festival
October 2-4, 2009
A juggling and camping festival at Catalina State Park near Tucson, Arizona. Registration is now available!

When: 2nd-4th, October, 2009
Where: United States, Tucson, Arizona : Catalina State Park
Catalina State Park – 11570 N. Oracle Road Tuscon, AZ 85737

Costs to get into the park:
$5.00 per vehicle per day if not camping
$15.00 per vehicle per night if camping.
Max of 4 people/vehicle. (We think, the max may change).
*non-camping options (although, not nearly as much fun) located nearby.

Camp with us at the campground we’ve reserved! The first night at 6pm is a pot luck, so BYOF (bring your own food) to share.

Crash space probably won’t be available as most of the locals will be camping at Catalina. But if you’re needing something a bit less “outdoors” there are plenty of hotels and motels that are very cozy and nearby.

Easy food options also nearby (pizza, sandwiches, coffee).

There’s open juggling on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More to come.


* Friday – Setting up camp and juggling
* Saturday – Juggling
* Sunday – Juggling and packing up camp

* El Conquistador Hilton Resort
* Holiday Inn Express
* Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Things to see while in Tucson…
* The Desert Museum
* Mexico

2009 Nomadic

November 27, 2014 | By

My goal for Nomadic has always been to open it to anyone who wants to hold a festival. I am very excited to announce that a group in Arizona volunteered to hold one in their community this year.


Dates: October 2nd-4th, 2009
Location: Catalina State Park in Tucson, AZ.
Sponsored by the The Tucson Juggling Club

Their club meets Wednesday afternoons near Old Main on the University of Arizona campus. Right now, we’re meeting at 3:00 pm. Later on in the summer we meet later in the evening. On Sundays we juggle at Himmel Park near the library, about E 2nd Street and N Treat Ave), also at 3:00 pm.

This is a very exciting event as it is the first one held outside of California, so set your calenders.
Other information will be posted as it is available.

I am also still looking for a California Club to hold another Nomadic in November of this year – 2009. If your club is interested in a one or two day event, preferably in the first two weeks of November, please contact Monica.

Hope all of you are excited for another year of fun juggling adventures!
Encinitas Nomadic ‘08 Rock’d!

I think this was the 6th Nomadic!
Bobby Hartman the sole organizer is Superman!
He organized the entire festival by himself. I was so impressed.
Monica Buck, me, did lend a hand at the festival so that Bobby could get a few bathroom and juggling breaks.
Thanks to the Encinitas Boys and Girls Club for donating the space. We think we made over $1000.00 to donate to them and say thank you.
I think Bobby had much fun seeing some of his old students from years ago who came to juggle and say hi.
Thank you Beejay and Tommy for the games.
Thanks to Peter Gerber for showing us how fun a Juggling Jam is and thanks to all who participated in the new craze. Thanks Jeff for the tunes.
Thank you to Puzzle Guy, Ron, for entertaining everybody. I finally made it to 100 on the Ball Maze!
Thanks everyone who came and had some fun! See you when the tribe meets again.
I am taking suggestions for next year. I have received some interest from a few clubs and I hope they contact me again with a plan to join the Nomadic Family.

Nomadic 2007 a success in SLO

November 27, 2014 | By

Hey world. I am just so excited that the Nomadic was such a huge success! Thank you to all of whom participated this year. The organizers did a fantastic job. They didn’t have the venue secure until the month before the event and they whipped the festival into shape in a very short time. Go Bill and Leslyn and the Muddy Bog Jugglers! We had 3 days of fun with a show, workshops and games. We had an awesome after party at the docks in Morro Bay, a big thanks to Kevin and family for that sweet treat. We got to juggle on the dock and eat nachoes, pizza and socialize. It made this festival very special. San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay are two wonderful and scenic places. I really enjoyed going into downtown SLO to eat lunch on Saturday, sitting on a patio next to the creek. It was a pleasure the entire trip. Everyone juggled, played with puzzles, played Mexican Train Dominoes and had fortune cookies that had special juggling messages. Fun stuff. I am looking forward to where ever it goes next year. We have some choices so I will let people know soon where it will be. I hope to see everyone there next year! Keep those first two weeks in November open in ‘08!

Winners of the games.
4 ball shower Ben Langholz
speed passing Tommy Stansell & Bobby Hartman tied with Martin Frost & Jack Kalvin
5 ball endurance with
odd balls Mathew Napoli
endurance club balance Ben Langholz, Bobby S., Mathew N.
simon says passing Jack & Jeri Kalvin
3 ball blindfold Tommy Stansell
5 club endurance Tommy Stansell
7 ball endurance no clear winner

Nomadic 2007 announcment

November 27, 2014 | By

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Campus, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo
hosted by the The Muddy Bog Jugglers
11/09 TO 11/11

Festival hours:
Friday 11-09-07 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 11-10-07 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday 11-11-07 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission is a suggested donation only.
Adults $10.00 and children 12 to 18 $5.00
All profits, after costs, go to the benefit for the Local Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team.

Renegade type family show will be on Saturday evening.
Sign up sheet will be at the festival, bring on the talent! (or whatever you got) No Poetry!

Location and Directions:
Campus Map
The Student Conference Center is building 54 on this map.
Please park in Parking Lot 2. Your car will need a parking permit which costs a dollar a day. I have been informed that there will be various working and broken machines throughout the surrounding parking lots to purchase the permits.

Hotel, Housing and Restaurant Info
Look for hotels and restaurants in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay or Cayucos. There are no services within 6 miles of Cuesta College.
There is a camping site directly across the college at
El Chorro Regional Park and Campground
If you’re looking for housing by members of the Muddy Bog Jugglers please sign up at the festival. They will find you a great piece of the floor in someone’s house. Please provide your own sleeping gear.
The nearest all night Denny’s is on Madonna Rd. for those of you who want to meet me for dinner after the festival closes Friday and Saturday nights.

What is a juggling festival?

November 27, 2014 | By

Many people think of juggling strictly in the context of sequin-vested cruise ship performers whirling shiny clubs about in a display of inhuman dexterity. For others, juggling brings to mind weathered street performers tossing chainsaws and melons alongside practiced punchlines and a hat for donations. But there is another side of juggling that most will never experience, a world of friends and games, workshops and camaraderie, colleagues trading techniques and obscure passing patterns. Never experience, that is, unless they attend that rarest of events, the juggling festival.

Now you have an opportunity to not only look behind the curtains of the juggling world, but to join that community in its purest expression. Rest assured, the title may say “juggling,” but this is an inclusive event – unicycle, contact juggling, diabolo, poi, staff twirling, bullwhips, plate spinning, devil sticks, cigar boxes, yo-yos – all are welcome here. Juggling festivals have a little something for everyone; with workshops in everything from club passing to contact juggling, a puzzle table, and a “construction zone” where beginners can learn the basics anytime. On Saturday evening, enjoy a fabulous public show, chock full of local and not-so-local talent.

So, come and join the juggling community as we spend a weekend together at the Nomadic Juggling Festival.

2005 Nomadic Juggling Festival

November 27, 2014 | By

The 2005 Nomadic Juggling Festival was held on November 11-13 2005 in Ventura California. The gym location is:

Boys & Girls Club of Ventura
1929 Johnson Dr. Ventura, CA 93003

The gym will be open:

Friday 5:30 pm to Midnight
Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and 9 pm to Midnight
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

There will be a public show on Saturday night at 7:30 at Montalvo Elementary School, located at 2050 Grand Ave., Ventura. See link at right for directions from the gym to the school. A featured performer will be Olga Galchenko.

Festival admission is only $10 for adults and free for kids under 18. Show admission is $10 but free if you paid for the festival admission.

The 2005 Nomadic Juggling Festival Was A Great Success!

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The 2005 Nomadic Juggling Festival was a great success. We had about 130 attendees. The weather was pleasant, allowing a choice of indoor juggling in the gym or outdoor juggling. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Everyone seemed to have a fun time. The gym lighting was adequate and the temperature in the gym was very comfortable. A few people brought their unicycles. Financially the festival was a success. We donated several hundred dollars to the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura where the festival was held.

The public show was held a few blocks away at Montalvo elementary school. The acts featured juggling with clubs, rings, and balls, contact juggling, acrobatics, poi (normally we don’t allow that at a juggling festival, but Bee Jay made an exception for this act!), rola bola, and a guitar solo, It was produced by Stuart Sinclair. The emcee was Bee Jay Joyer. The performers were Donald Trump?, Tommy Stansell, David Cruz, Olga Galchenko, Matt McCorkle, Remy Holwick, Cary Pickford, and Scott Nery. Bobby Hartman assisted with sound and lights. Michael Ahmann was a stage hand.

2004 Pictures Posted

November 27, 2014 | By

Chuck Lowry has sent in some pictures. Bob Bishop has graciously allowed us to post his pictures too. Not only do we have pictures special thanks to Thourn Heng for sending us 2 movie clips he took on Sunday morning.

Some photos have been posted and they are still coming in. We’ll post’em as we get’em. We’ve also got a couple of mpgs that are on their way so be sure to check back in a week or so to see all of the fancy moving pictures.

Hopefully we’ll get a summary of the what happend at the festival this year posted soon.

2004 Motel Information

November 27, 2014 | By

The Super 8 Motel has been designated as the place to stay for this year’s festival. It’s close by, not terribly expensive and best of all other jugglers are very likely to be staying there.

2004 Location Clarification

November 27, 2014 | By

We’ve been getting emails about where the festival is exactly, so to clarify it is at Cal State University Long Beach in Long Beach California. Checkout the Cal State University Long Beach Map that Michelle whipped up. And for your convienience a larger printer friendly pdf version is also available. Sorry for any confusion.