Start Clowning Around
Circus Mojo uses skills typically seen in the circus for teambuilding activities.

Gone are the days of workshops led by a “business psyche analyst” in pastel-colored rooms. Circus Mojo, a retinue of retired clowns, flexible aerialists and other fun-loving folks has brought excitement to the sometimes-bland world of business. Paul Miller, who once went by the stage name of Mr. Pauly, has traded his face paint for a sports jacket and now owns the two historic buildings in Ludlow that serve as headquarters to the company.

Circus Mojo specializes in a variety of events, from clowning around with the patients at the local children’s hospital to helping rehabilitate troubled teens with hands-on activities and even hosting corporate events that help employees act more like a supportive team. In the last few years alone, they have hosted events for Proctor and Gamble, Global Business Solutions, Inc. and various schools in the area.

Circus Mojo is flexible with their corporate workshop program; they give companies the option of either hosting the event in their own facility or coming to the Circus Mojo space, the renovated Ludlow Theatre that’s capable of holding upwards of 100 people.

Groups have a chance to participate in various activities throughout the day, the number determined by the length of the session—which can last a half day, a full day, or a full day and an evening show performance—and the needs of the company.

“We custom all of the teambuilding to whatever they need,” says Renee Harris, the operations manager. People can ditch their serious personas for a while by spinning plates on sticks, twirling around the room in a giant wheel or juggling various objects.

“You really grow when you get people out of their comfort zone,” says Harris. 

Turtle and Tortoises Drop Anchor in Newport
Sea turtles, a species suffering from severe habitat destruction, are also in the aquarium.

The Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world all year, and now a new group of animals has arrived. On March 22, Newport Aquarium opened the doors to its newest exhibit, Turtle Canyon, which features a collection of 14 different species of turtles and tortoises from across the globe.

“Of the number of turtles and tortoises out there, a majority are threatened or endangered. We are looking forward to sharing with our guests the importance of these cold-blooded reptiles to the environment and ecosystem,” says Ric Urban, animal ambassador at Newport Aquarium.

The largest reptile joining Turtle Canyon is a 650-pound, four-foot-long Galapagos Tortoise, the largest of the tortoise species. One of the smallest tortoises you’ll see is the four-inch-long Egyptian Tortoise. The aquarium also features sea turtles, a species suffering from severe habitat destruction.

Those who are looking to interact with the species can go beyond the glass in Turtle Corral where you can touch the turtles. One of the oldest residents at the aquarium is Thunder, a large snapping turtle that formerly resided in the “Danger and Deadly” gallery. The Aquarium moved Thunder to a brand new tank in Turtle Canyon where spectators can sit in front of the glass, making it feel as if they are in the tank with him.

“We are pretty excited to share this new exhibit with everyone.” Urban says.