BEST PLACE TO PRACTICE JUGGLING Minneapolis 2001 - Matthews Park Center
On Monday nights at 7:00 p.m., they start to trickle in, sometimes just a handful, sometimes 20 or 30 of them. They smile and greet each other, or introduce themselves as if it's their first time. In a flash, balls, clubs, and rings are flying. And for the next two hours, in a gymnasium shared by the Matthews Park Center and Seward School, the Minnesota Neverthriving have fun honing their craft. So, you ask, what on earth is a "neverthriving"? It is the descriptive term for a group of jugglers. A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. A neverthriving of jugglers. The meetings are informal affairs, where everyone is on equal footing. Sure, there might be some internationally acclaimed performers there. But even if you've yet to keep three balls going for more than five seconds, these folks will make you feel welcome. It is, however, worth calling ahead before you go. Sometimes meetings of the park or school boards displace the neverthriving. Besides that, the group usually dwindles during the summer months, so you may have to go back to spending sunny afternoons practicing by the lake--and dealing with the perplexed looks of passersby.