Dear Smirkus Friends and Family,
According to Albert Einstein, the Theory of Relativity states, time dilation is a difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to each other or differently situated from a gravitational mass or masses. I tell you this because it is similar to how time passes here on tour, we are moving at this slowed down light speed where days feel like weeks and so much occurs, that even though we have been on tour only a month, it has felt like a year. I say this with fondness and fervor for this experience is a life changing one, it’s as if my life before Smirkus is a distant memory, where time was moving so slowly relative to now. That being said, I am going to talk about our last two sites, Keene, NH and South Windsor, CT.
First, I want to remember Keene, NH. In the second site of our New Hampshire leg we had four great shows at the Cheshire Fairgrounds. We were welcomed by the community with open arms and also had many parent volunteers and family friends in attendance. With all of our local ties to the community in Artistic Director Troy Wunderle, Circus Smirkus Assistant Operations Director Sara Wunderle and Troupers Emily Wunderle, Ariana Wunderle, Ben Kaufman, Dylan Biedrzycki it was no wonder we had such a family affair. A special thanks to Penny and Jeff Kaufman, the Biedrzycki family and the Zweir clan for volunteering on show days! In more Keene news we had Creative Director Jesse Dryden and wife/Smirkus Coach Alyson Funk in the tent, thank you guys so much for coming down to see the show down the road!
Next, we traveled to South Windsor, CT, which was a bit of a homecoming since the Big Top Tour has not been through CT in eight years, but thanks to our presenters, The Silk City Chorus, we were able to grace the field at the South Windsor High school. We were met with such excitement and warmth from the community it was notable to everyone in the crew. The site also allowed us to be involved in the Worldwide Circus Summit, an event years in the making that so graciously coordinated with us to fit into our tour schedule.
The Summit was a fantastic event for the Troupers, which allowed them to meet and interact with circus pioneers, legends, fans and working professionals. Not to mention, we had several Troupers, Emily Wunderle, Ariana Wunderle, Wesley Williams, Liam Gundlach and Sawyer Oubre perform on the same stage as circus legends.
In addition, with an event so high-profile close to our tent site the Big Top was bursting at the seams with honored guests such as Co-Founder of Big Apple Circus, Paul Binder, Barry Lubin, better known as Grandma Clown, Ruth Chaddock, Peggy Williams, Barbara Miller Byrd, Jim Royal, Chuck Burns, Mark Gindick, Dick and Tiffany Riley, Adam Kuchler, LaVahn Hoh, Don Covington, Lane Talburt, Gary Payne, Jessica Hentoff, Mary Kelly Ravel, Karen Bell, a slew of Ringling Clown College Grads, and our very own Rick Davis and his wife Jackie Davis.
We were also able to pay tribute to Rick, who has given so much to Circus Smirkus and the circus world, with laughter, tears and, of course, pies. To read a more detailed account of this special and touching moment click here.
Well, we’re finishing up in Sandwich, MA and to harken back to a previous tour, we continuing with our topsy turvy time traveling show!
‘till next time,
If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.