Husband Jim is a graduate of Ohio State University and holds a master’s degree from Alvernia University. He is a special education teacher at the Children’s Home of Reading, while Barbara is a certified public speaker and conducts workshops on how parents and children can make strong connections in their relationship with one another. She holds a journalism degree from St. John’s University in New York and is the author of “Boredom Busters” (Zondervan Publishing Co., 2001), a resource in stimulating creativity and strengthening the parent-child bond.

“Parents need to make connections with their children,” Barbara explained. “They need to make that fun. When we were touring with the circus, we had families around us who were from all over the world. The focus was always in passing a legacy. The family was a team.”

The Vogelgesangs even worked for a while with the famous Wallenda circus family. Barbara said Nik Wallenda’s mother would often babysit her children on the tours.

“Families traveled together and helped each other on the road,” Barbara said.

When the couple watched the live TV broadcast last month of Nik Wallenda completing a high-wire walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge in Arizona, Barbara said, proudly, “We cheered him on as one of the family, as one of our own.”

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Notre Dame Summer Theatre Company, Revelations Productions, presents the Tony-winning musical, “Les Miserables,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo, beginning Friday through Aug. 4, at Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Rd., Easton. Director is Rod Gilkeson.

For further info: NotreDameSummer@mail.com

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Pennsylvania Playhouse presents the Tony-winning “Aida,” based on the Verdi opera, with music by Elton John and Tim Rice, beginning Friday through Aug. 11, at the Playhouse, Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. Director is Laurie Zane Wieder.

For further info: paplayhouse.org

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