Fireworks in Caroga Lake
So, this will be the last month I have neighbors
here. See, from September to May, we dont have a neighbor
within a half-mile of us. Unless the Viscosis come back
early from Florida. Then, its just us and them. Right
now I have neighbors on both sides of me and Im not
used to it. Dont get me wrong, its nice having
neighbors, its just that Herman and I have gotten used
to it being a ghost town here in Caroga Lake for most of the
Im told the population swells five times
here in the summer. And based on the traffic Ive witnessed
going by, I believe it. Living here on Caroga Lake is an automatic
magnet for people to stop by. Im writing this to you
just after the 4th of July weekend, so Im especially
aware of all the neighbors and visitors. Three of our neighbors
had yard sales over the weekend (or as my mother puts it,
"garbage picking"). Then there were about 10,000
people who came to see the fireworks at Shermans. And
it was a beautiful display. Imagine our little neighborhood
with a carnival-like atmosphere. It was pretty wild.
The rock band at Shermans could be heard
thumping away until after 1 in the morning. And amateur fireworks
continued through the night upsetting our beloved dog Moxie.
We actually brought her down to the beach with us to watch
the fireworks because she would have gone nuts in the house
with all the commotion outside. There was one particular set
of fireworks that contained dozens of whistling offshoots
like huge insects in the night which Moxie was absolutely
dismayed at and barked continuously.
My aide Terry, had come to see the fireworks,
so she was basically on Moxie patrol for the evening. Some
old family friends of Hermans came to visit and watch
the fireworks with us as well as some new friends who are
writer and artist respectively (Hi to Roberta and Jim). So
we had a beach full of people well into the night.
Caroga Lake really puts on a nice fireworks
show, and Herman tells me it used to be that busy up here
weekends all the time when he was growing up. Of course, back
then there was no Disney World or Great Escape, and the smaller
amusement parks ruled the entertainment scene.
A lot has changed since Herman grew up around
here. What was nice to see over the weekend was that the beaches
were full. There are many days when myself and Terry are the
only souls on the beach. Which isnt a complaint, it
was just nice to see. So until next time, enjoy your summer!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"