The whole town of Greensboro and all of Smirkus Camp celebrated by marching down past The Willey’s Store to the Town Hall in the Greensboro Funky Fourth of July parade. Leading the Smirkus Camp jugglers, hula hoopers, diabolo-twirlers, and kazoo-players atop the backseat of longtime Greensboro resident Clive Gray’s 1930 Pierce-Arrow convertible were three stars of Greensboro: our red-nosed Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin, Junior Salls and Mark Lichtenstein. It is truly amazing the magic that one person with a dream can build. Over the past 28 years that dream lit a spark in people’s hearts, and the dream grew – from expanding the tour, the Residency Program, and establishing permanent stomping grounds for Smirkus Camp, this community of change-makers began as a simple “What if…” in Rob Mermin’s mind.
As we celebrate Independence Day, we aren’t really celebrating a day in history – we are celebrating the people that make it happen. Those crazy dreamers across the country, like Rob, who had an idea and worked hard to make it happen. Now that is worth celebrating!
From Smirkus Camp’s Funky Fourth bonfire, to your fireworks-watching with family and friends, we hope you had a Happy Independence Day!
All the best,