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    Fireworks in Caroga Lake

    So, this will be the last month I have neighbors here. See, from September to May, we don’t have a neighbor within a half-mile of us. Unless the Viscosi’s come back early from Florida. Then, it’s just us and them. Right now I have neighbors on both sides of me and I’m not used to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice having neighbors, it’s just that Herman and I have gotten used to it being a ghost town here in Caroga Lake for most of the year.

    I’m told the population swells five times here in the summer. And based on the traffic I’ve witnessed going by, I believe it. Living here on Caroga Lake is an automatic magnet for people to stop by. I’m writing this to you just after the 4th of July weekend, so I’m 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 Sherman’s. And it was a beautiful display. Imagine our little neighborhood with a carnival-like atmosphere. It was pretty wild.

    The rock band at Sherman’s 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 Herman’s 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 isn’t a complaint, it was just nice to see. So until next time, enjoy your summer!

    "Kathryn 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"