Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Juggling Festival Coming to Qv

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Juggling Festival Coming to Qv

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There will be a lot of juggling Friday, Saturday and Sunday inside Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley.

The seventh Not Quite Pittsburgh Juggling Festival will be sponsored by the Leave It to Beaver Valley Jugglers and the Quaker Valley Middle School Juggling Club. The event will feature more than 200 jugglers from as far away as Canada.

"This is a lot of fun for those of us who have been juggling, but also those who want to learn how to juggle or just watch the show," said Kathy Doutt, president of the Leave It to Beaver Valley Jugglers Club.

The event was created when Mrs. Doutt approached Jonathan Truchan, middle school French and Spanish teacher and adviser to the student club.

"When she asked me if we wanted to host it, we loved the idea," Mr. Truchan said. "It is great for our students because they get to learn new techniques and practice their skills."

The Beaver Valley Jugglers Club started in the late 1990s, said Mrs. Doutt, 54, of Ohioville. Mrs. Doutt, who has been juggling for over 35 years, said she had been looking for others who shared her interest when she found the International Jugglers Association online. She contacted others and soon the group was meeting weekly.

Mrs. Doutt started juggling as a teen after she saw a performer on television. She took a book out of the library, bought some balls and soon was juggling all of the time. She has passed her love of juggling on to her son, Stephen, 22, who took up the hobby seven years ago.

"He is really good. He has passed me up," she said.

The Quaker Valley Middle School Juggling Club started 17 years ago when Mr. Truchan decided to create an after school activity for sixth-graders.

"We didn't have anything for them and I thought it would be something different and fun, a way to get kids involved," he said.

He had learned how to juggle as a high school exchange student in Belgium. After he married his wife, Vicki, also a teacher, the two taught in a Department of Defense high school in Turkey in 1997. While he was there, he taught his students how to juggle.

"They loved it. Kids just take to it," Mr. Truchan said.

After Mr. Truchan started teaching at Quaker Valley in 1998, he started the club and soon had a group of 25 students. …

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