Get Thee to the Funnery at Barre Highgate
In 2012, Peter Gould and Doug Hemmings ( Community & Social Services Coordinator at Highgate Apartments in Barre, VT) conspired to bring the Funnery into Highgate, one of central Vermont's federally-subsidized housing communities. Since then the program has expanded to include circus arts, dance, drumming, storytelling, writing, younger campers, and making movies!
Our Highgate resident actors look forward to our programming every summer. Their enthusiasm and personal growth tell us: this is a model that's ready to move into similar apartment communities throughout Vermont, and, right up the steps, through the door, and INTO the Department of Education!
For now, let's just say that Highgate is on hold. We deeply, sorrowfully mourn the passing of our sponsor and chief cheerleader, Doug Hemmings. What a wonderful man! The children of Highgate have lost their Best Friend.