Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • May 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • June 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • June 08, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • June 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • June 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • June 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • July 06, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • July 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • July 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • July 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • August 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • August 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • August 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • August 24, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • August 31, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • September 07, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • September 14, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • September 21, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • September 28, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • October 05, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • October 12, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • October 15, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice




    Barbara File Marangon is a writer, teacher, choreographer, and painter. Born in New York, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the Empire State University. She danced professionally in classical ballets, operas, musicals—and the circus.

    Barbara traded her pointe shoes to perform with an elephant—touring all over the U.S. with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1978.  She wrote about her dancing and performing with an elephant named Peggy in her memoir, Detour on an Elephant, A Year Dancing with the Greatest Show on Earth. The book was nominated by the Circus Historical Society for the Stuart Thayer Award.

    Barbara taught and choreographed ballets in Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. While living in Europe, she was the artistic director of the Scuola di Danza American Ballet in Italy. Her experience in Italy inspired her second memoir, Chasing Castles, Nineteen Years Living and Teaching Ballet in Italy.  In 2016, she was awarded the Ballets Russes Fellowship from the University of Oklahoma where she taught ballet and received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance. Her research there led to her book, Passion and Elegance, How Flamenco and Classical Ballet Met at the Ballets Russes, published by Routledge in England.

    In addition, Barbara received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the Southern New Hampshire University. Her writing has appeared in Dance Magazine, Florida Writers Magazine, and The AutoEthnographer Literary Arts Magazine. After two published memoirs and a dance history book, she is now writing a mystery series. Her first novel, The Body in the Malibran Theater, was a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Award Competition in 2023.

    Books by Barbara File Marangon will be available for purchase after the presentation.  The author will also be signing her books.

    The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.

    Seating is limited.  Please plan to arrive early.


    • October 19, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • October 26, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

    Historic Venice Depot and Circus Car Tours


    • November 19, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice


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