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, 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.
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!
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!
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.
‘till next time,
“Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?”
- Jack London