Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Frank Murray Day #2

Murray family, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Cole Bros. was the first of a slew of tent shows to appear in Maryland
this season followed by Carson & Barnes, Kelly-Miller, Lewis & Clark,
and, opening this Tuesday following its D.C. engagement, Universoul,
through next weekend. Walker Bros. is also expected to soon be in the
area. In a couple of cases, these shows have even played the same
lots this month!

Seen in this group of photos is Cole Bros. where Frank and Gayle
Murray have their two elephants. The family act is shown here last
May 7-8 on the Anne Arundel county fairgrounds lot in Crownsville, MD,
a location very familiar to the Murray clan since for the past dozen
years they have played the Renaissance Fair held there each fall. The
elephants are Topsy, age 48, who was with Sells & Gray in her younger
years, and Annette, age 35, and one of the last elephants imported to
the US, in her case by Juergen Schultz of Catskill Game Farm. When
the Murray's begin their medieval fair dates later in the season,
their replacements are expected to arrive from the Hugo ranch of the
Byrd family.