I love to visit the Ringling Museum of Art. As a member, I go whenever the spirit moves me, but I don’t always visit Ca d’Zan, John and Mabel Ringling’s 1920s-era Venetian mansion on Sarasota Bay. I was there a few weeks ago on a beautiful day and stopped to take a photo of the house before touring it. The setting is so lovely, I decided I want one! Alas, it is not for sale. 😉
Help! I have multiple WordPress blogs. The two active blogs are this one and my Postcards blog, which is where I share my travel photos when on a trip. The posts on the Postcards blog are showing up on this blog, too (and I apologize for that). I have been researching this, but so far can’t figure out how to stop those posts from appearing here. If you know how, please tell me so I can fix it before my next trip, which is coming up in a few days.
Again, back at the Ringling Museum, there is a little-known graveyard. There lie John Ringling, his wife, Mabel Burton Ringling and his sister, Ida Ringling North. John died in 1936, his wife in 1929 and his sister in 1950; however, it was only in 1991 that the three were interred on the museum grounds. The strange tale is briefly told in the June 5, 1991 Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
“Fifty-five years after his death, circus king John Ringling has been laid to rest. With him, his family buries a feud that left Ringling’s remains in a temporary vault for more than half a century.
“Ringling, his wife, Mable, and sister Ida Ringling North were buried Tuesday in a private ceremony at the Ringling Museum of Art here.
“The burial ends years of family fighting over Ringling’s final resting place and whether the three should be interred together in Sarasota, still the winter home of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ ”Greatest Show on Earth.”
“A state appeals court ended the dispute last year by upholding a judge’s ruling that the three should be buried together on the museum grounds. That’s where Henry Ringling North, John’s nephew and Ida’s son, wanted them buried.
One side of the family, including two of Ringling’s grandnieces and a grandnephew, was willing to allow Ringling and his wife to be buried on the property. But they didn’t want Ida there because she had nothing to do with the circus.”
R.I.P., John, Mabel and Ida.
Talk about out of control, along the path to the Ca d’Zan Mansion on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, I saw this eerie scene. Many banyan trees grace the property, thanks to Thomas Edison (a friend of the late John Ringling back in the 1920s), and this particular tree is totally out of control, wrapping around a cherub like a boa constrictor. Gave me the willies.
We were delighted to see our neighborhood sandhill cranes parading across the yard Friday morning showing off their pretty babies. It is so much fun to see the pair each season with their latest brood and to watch their progress over the summer and fall.