Summer Cirkus Camp


Free for Hudson City School District youth

 Summer Cirkus camp age 8 and up - photo by David Lee

Summer Cirkus camp age 8 and up – photo by David Lee

Department of Youth 18 S. 3rd Street, Hudson.
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

SUMMER CIRKUS youth will ALSO participate in the Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade and event on Saturday, August 13 with a free performance of their skills at the Riverfront Park.

Monday – Friday August 8-12 9 am – 12pm
Saturday, August 13 – parade lineup 1:30 pm at 7th Street Park, Hudson

FREE for all youth in Hudson City School District
$100/ week for youth outside Hudson City School District; sibling discount for 2+ family members $50 per child.

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team at Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team at Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade

Skills we explore: scarf juggling, ball juggling, diabolos, tumbling and human pyramids, unicycling, and aerial acrobatics.

Download and print permission slip below, and return to:
210 Tanners Lane, Hudson 12534
Oakdale Staff at 6th Street recreational facility

Call 518-828-7470 or email

Summer Cirkus for ages 8 and up, Hudson, NY

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team training week for ages 13 and up – no prior experience necessary!

Permission / Registration Form for Summer Cirkus and Stilt Walking Workshop


A Night at Niblo’s Garden

Niblo Garden 2015 © Maike Schulz_0150
On the evening of Saturday, July 16, Green-Wood Cemetery will transform into a 19th-century pleasure garden and theater, to celebrate its permanent resident William Niblo (1789–1878). The one-of-a-kind outdoor show and picnic at the site of Niblo’s grand mausoleum will feature entertainment curated by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a vaudeville and performing arts powerhouse. Arrive early, as guests are invited to play Victorian amusements including graces, shuttlecocks, and wooden rolling hoops. The performances begin with a grand procession of stilt walkers, penny farthing riders, dancers, and circus performers. These outdoor performances have the 19th-century flair of Niblo’s theater:  guests will be dazzled with fire eaters, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, a hot air balloon fantasy, and much more. Music will include harp solos, hurdy gurdies, and novelty song sing-alongs. The picnic and rollicking show will surround one of Green-Wood’s beautiful glacial ponds, in front of Niblo’s stately mausoleum. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic dinners and beverages as they step back in time with author, historian and Niblo expert Ben Feldman. After the show, Niblo’s mausoleum will be open for candlelit exploring.
William Niblo himself visited his Green-Wood mausoleum regularly before he was interred there. His combination pleasure garden and theater, Niblo’s Garden, was the Radio City Music Hall of its day. It featured acrobats, vaudeville, dramas, musical concerts, and operas and was the destination for entertainment in New York City. Niblo’s was the site of America’s first work of musical theater. The fashionable theater-garden, located in Manhattan on Broadway between Prince and Crosby, seated 3,200 persons. It was demolished in 1895.

Visual Artists of the Cirkus – Ashleigh Talbot



Artist, illustrator, and purveyor of oddities Ashleigh Talbot’s artwork first came into our world when we purchased a copy of “Circus of the Scars”, Jan T. Gregor’s look at the Jim Rose Sideshow’s tours, trials and travails. Madame Talbot’s illustrations brought the text to life, giving soul to the aesthetic of the sideshow revival – part Victoriana, part old-school sailor tattoo, part Tarot, part dark whimsy.

Through our friendship with Tim Cridland, Rose’s Human Pincushion and a Sideshow historian and legend in his own right, we asked Ashleigh to design a poster for the 2002 production Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Gender Bender Jamboree. Find out more about this amazing artist at

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum 75th Anniversary


Roosevelt Library & Museum Turns 75!

Join us in celebrating the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s 75th anniversary

Family Fun Festival! Join us on the Library’s Great Lawn for a day of free activities, including performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, live swing music (bring your dancing shoes!), food trucks, a dunk tank, face painting, raptor shows and more!

For more information:

The FDR Library is located at 4079 Albany Post Rd in Hyde Park, NY.

Visual Artists of the Cirkus – Jason Little


Jason Little, an award-winning cartoonist, was pulled into the Bindlestiff Family Circus fold when his now wife, Myla Goldberg, joined the Bindlestiff’s band at the Brooklyn Brewery in 1997 and 1998. Jason created the iconic Jackalope logo that has been Bindlestiff’s primary visual identity since the mid-1990’s. The legendary creature sports a punk attitude and dare-devil panache. It’s been variously referred to as “devil bunny” and “vampire rabbit”, among other things. Make no mistake, this mammalian denizen of the western plains is real. It became our mascot when, while on a California-bound tour in 1994, one ran across a Wyoming highway, stopping us in our tracks with its glowing red eyes.

Jason Little also created our first grown-up tour poster- the first not printed at the now-shuttered University Place Kinko’s. On shiny stock, this gorgeous image has been a merch-table staple since our 1998 touring season, which featured Rocket Johnny’s Pogo Stick trip to the moon; Tanya Gagne of the Wau Wau Sisters on trapeze; Sxip Shirey as composer and Musical Maestro; and Lorraine Monseu as Bookmobile Maven. Also touring at times that year were Magic Brian, Scotty the Blue Bunny and Una Mimnagh.
More about Jason Little and his work here:

Visual Artists of the Cirkus – Greg Stadnyk

Greg Stadnyk, a friend of Bindlestiff’s longest-serving volunteer-turned Board Member-turned professional musician Ellia Bisker, illustrated the poster for High Heels and Red Noses. Inspiration came from a photographic image by Maike Schulz.

Greg has a varied and successful career as a freelance graphic artist and designer.
artwork and design by Greg Stadnyk
High Heels Poster by GS
photo by Maike Schulz
HHRN poster pictureweb

Visual Artists of the Cirkus

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus was born out of the flames of Fire Play, a fire eating duo that enabled Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu to combine their love of fire and adrenaline with sculpture, movement, and transgressive theater. Once they started meeting like-minded artists from the world of drag, poetry slams, music, dance, and circus, they realized something bigger was happening- hence, the birth of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.
From the beginning, imagery and design have been an important part of our identity and we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some extremely gifted artists. The next few weeks will feature these folks and the contributions they’ve made to Bindlestiff’s culture along the way.

First of May Announcement

For more than 20 years, Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. has been enriching New York City’s variety arts culture by producing and presenting unparalleled circus, sideshow and variety arts performances. Since 2011, Bindlestiff has awarded funding to artists in New York City’s circus and variety arts field, supporting the development of original full-length productions.

Bindlestiff is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Bindlestiff First of May Award. Two $500 awards and one $1,000 award were given this year. Receiving $500 each are Jennifer Harder, for duo vaudeville production “The Wild” and Deborah Lohse for  physical comedy and dance hybrid “Dances for Lovers”. Adam Kuchler, a solo clown and prop manipulator, received $1,000 to develop an as-untitled one-man show.

Recipients of previous Bindlestiff  First of May Awards include Clown Baggage by Matt Wilson, Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B, Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo, Justin Weber’s Wacky of Wallabozoo, and Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy.

NoFit State Circus – BIANCO


St. Ann’s Warehouse presents NoFit State Circus:  BIANCO

The internationally renowned NoFit State Circus lands under the Brooklyn Bridge with its jaw-dropping and untamed BIANCO, an immersive contemporary circus experience for all ages. Enter the alluring spaceship tent and an intoxicating landscape of extraordinary aerial spectacles above, behind, and all around you, accompanied by the kinetic soundtrack of a live rock band. A bar in the tent serves refreshments throughout the show. Come join the party!

Tickets and more information here:

Variety Cruise Lines: Deserted Island Adventure Variety Show




One great variety show, two nights only!
May 20th at 9:30 & May 21st at 7:30
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Deep in the heart of The Great Lakes, disaster strikes! The ultra-luxurious cruise line Variety has lost yet another vessel to Poseidon’s grasp. Join Captain Albert Kirchner and his first mate JaMarcus as they try to pacify the survivors until help arrives. Featuring performances from Magic Brian, Miss Ekaterina, Victor Verhaeghe, Jeff Mackin, Benjamin Ickies, Olivia Porter and more!

Loud cruise ship attire stongly encouraged.

Tickets here: