The Wheel

Dear Smirkus Family and Friends,

As we close up our time here in Montpelier, we see the end of the 2015 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour on the horizon. With great sadness we are beginning to tie up this season and prepare for all of our departures. Troupers and crew alike cry out, “no, I don’t want it to end,” when a word is spoken of our last few shows. It has been quite a summer, I must admit. I have learned a lot, discovered how much hard work goes into getting a circus down the road and fallen madly in love with Smirkus and the magic it brings to the towns we visit.

Sunday's rainbow in Montpelier.

Sunday’s rainbow in Montpelier.

Sunday, we brought back the old Smirkus tradition of having dinner under the Big Top.  Staff and Troupers came together and planned, decorated and executed this wonderful evening of reminiscing and friendship. Founder Rob Mermin was in attendance and, along with Tour Operations Director Judy Gaeth, offered inspirational words. Troupers Cam Zweir and Liam Gundlach contributed sentimental fun and Pie Car cook, Sarah Hartman rounded out the evening with words of encouragement. If the evening wasn’t magical enough as we entered the tent the most beautiful rainbow formed right over our big top tent.

Coach and Rigger Kerry Kaye at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Coach and Rigger Kerry Kaye at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Troupers Lola Picayo and Sandy Kelso at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Troupers Lola Picayo and Sandy Kelso at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Trouper Sam Landa and Counselor Maggie Dooley at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Trouper Sam Landa and Counselor Maggie Dooley at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Troupers and crew at the at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

Troupers and crew at the at the Big Top Dinner in Montpelier.

We also honored our senior Troupers at the end of Tuesday night’s show with a graduation ceremony.  Trouper Liam Gundlach’s school Principal attended the show and was able to hand Liam his diploma since he wasn’t able attend his graduation due to Smirkus rehearsals.  It was a touching and, of course, pie filled moment!

2015 Circus Smirkus Senior Troupers: Owen Fairchild, Alec Mcgowan, Liam Gundlach, Sawyer Oubre and Sarah Tiffin.

2015 Circus Smirkus Senior Troupers: Owen Fairchild, Alec Mcgowan, Liam Gundlach, Sawyer Oubre and Sarah Tiffin.

Trouper Liam Gundlach getting pied for graduation.

Trouper Liam Gundlach getting pied for graduation.

It was a site for events to say the least!  Monday night the Circus Smirkus Camp staff and campers attended the evening show. Tuesday evening we had our annual staff no-talent-talent-show.  Coach Eve Diamond dazzled us with a beautiful rope act, the concession girls made us laugh and Operations Director, Judy Gaeth and Assistant Operations DIrector, Sara Wunderle gave us a patriotic tribute, just to name a few.  We also had our annual staff vs Trouper kickball game, keeping tradition alive the staff won, but this year only by one point!   

Circus Smirkus Camp in the ring with the 2015 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour in Montpelier.

Circus Smirkus Camp in the ring with the 2015 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour in Montpelier.

Well, we will finish our last show here and then head down the road to our home and headquarters in Greensboro, Vermont. The crowds here have been warm and receptive, as they have always been for the past 28 years and if that wasn’t enough we had another beautiful rainbow as the final show began.

Trouper Liam Gundlach under a magical rainbow in Montpelier.

Trouper Liam Gundlach under a magical rainbow in Montpelier.

Magic in Montpelier.

Magic in Montpelier.

Backstage under a magical rainbow in Montpelier.

Backstage under a magical rainbow in Montpelier.

‘till next time,

Angelia

“Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?”

  • Jack London
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One Response to The Wheel

  1. Miriam Rosenblum says:

    Smirkus is indeed the “pot of gold” under each of the magnificent rainbows you had in Montpelier. Thanks for sharing news about all of the special occasions. Three more shows to go! See you in Greensboro!

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