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    Fireworks from Coast to Coast

    So, this past July 3rd , in the evening Caroga Lake put on their annual fireworks display.  What’s really neat about this is that I can watch them from our beach and get a front row seat. 

    I was speaking to my mom that week and I told her how much I enjoyed all the fireworks.  She informed me that when I was a kid in Cleveland, Ohio I was absolutely terrified of fireworks.  So much so that I basically had to be bribed to go and watch them. 

    Now in Los Angeles when I was pursuing my entertainment career, I don’t remember going to any display of fireworks there though I’m sure they existed. 

    I do remember when I lived in New York City there being abundant fireworks on the Hudson River in the West Village of Manhattan.  The crowds there were usually enormous which I didn’t care for but that is what you get when you live in a big city. 

    Now, here in Caroga Lake, sitting on my own private beach with a great big bonfire glowing in front of us with about thirty people who I know well sitting with me, it really is an incredible experience.  For one night in the year Caroga Lake actually becomes crowded with both cars and pedestrians.  There was even a traffic cop at each end of the road.  And my friends who actually drove up here told me the roads were packed all the way up the hill. 

    Prior to the fireworks display there was a really neat boat parade.  One boat even had a band aboard playing some festive songs.  The fireworks themselves didn’t actually start until 10pm so it made for a very late night for me to get to bed.  I even tried to stay up to watch David Letterman, which appears at 11:30pm on CBS but my eyes wouldn’t cooperate. 

    What I was really concerned with was the fact that our Dalmatian,  Moxie,  was in the house and I assumed that she was terrified of all the noise.  I mean, she’s the type of dog who goes and hides under furniture when it thunders.  She is actually a big baby (she’ll be 11 in September!). 

    I never saw any fireworks in all my travels overseas, but of course they don’t celebrate our Independence Day.  The last place I’ll tell you about was in Bloomington, Indiana where I went to undergraduate school in the late 70s and early 80s.  I remember watching fireworks there but I was so involved with the college life that I didn’t pay much attention to them.  What ever you did for the 4th I hope you had fun I know I did.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com