...an event my mom always tried to take me to for my birthday, is folding its tents and scattering its remnants across the eroding landscape of my memory... "the Greatest Show on Earth" won't be any longer.
"Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise."
In fact, that shrew Ingrid Newkirk is already doing her revolting happy dance and issuing press releases:
"After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times."
(Ms. Newkirk had better never cross against the green anywhere near me!)
The final show is scheduled for the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.
Perhaps made even more poignant given PT Barnum's love for Westhampton Beach.