Smithsonian Magazine sponsored Museum Day throughout the country on Saturday with more than 1,400 museums offering free admission, including the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The place was packed! As I've mentioned before, John Ringling and his four brothers created the world famous Ringling Bros. Circus, and Sarasota was the winter home for the entire circus -- performers, animals, owners and all. The Ringling Museum has always been known for its beautiful grounds located right on Sarasota Bay, the Ca'd'zan (the Ringlings' mansion which is now featured on the SDP banner) and Ringling's extensive classic art collection. Within the past couple of years, though, two new buildings opened highlighting the history of the circus. This was my first time into the circus area and it was fun. It's well done with lots of history -- plus visitors have the opportunity to learn the secret of how clowns apply their make-up so perfectly. Lots of interesting stuff to see. Over the next few days we'll explore the museum and grounds a little more. See you tomorrow!