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Clowning around in the Shiretown

HOULTON, Maine — There was plenty of clowning around going on in the Shiretown May 24 as members of the Anah Shrine Klowns paid a visit to local nursing homes.

Dressed in full clown attire, about 15 members of the group visited with residents of Crest View Manor, Gardiner Nursing Home and Madigan Estates by parading around the outside of each building.

“Funzy” the clown adjusts an American Flag on vehicle May 24 in Houlton. The Anah Shrine Klowns visited nursing homes in the Shiretown as part of their County tour. Staff Photo/Joseph Cyr

While communicating with the residents through window panes was not the easiest thing to do, the clowns relied heavily on their physical humor to bring a smile to their faces.

“Johnny Bigtime Shred,” manager of the Klowns, said the event was just one small way the group could give back to the communities and also gives the clowns an opportunity to express themselves, given the fact that the annual Anah Shrine Circus was not held this year.

Similarly, the group has done stops at Presque Isle and Madawaska.

Members of the Anah Shrine Klowns came to Houlton Sunday, May 24, to spread good cheer. The group visited residents of Crest View, Gardiner and Madigan nursing homes, interacting with guests through windows. Staff Photo/Joseph Cyr

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