Wow! I am still trying to recover from a fabulous 4th of July holiday. It has been a long time since I went out to watch fireworks. In the city, it is a MAJOR hassle – the heat, the bugs, the traffic. In the end, I usually decided that I could see enough of the show from my porch, so why bother going out? But this year I saw it… a huge banner across Lake Louise Park, large enough that I could read it while driving down their adorable Main Street. It read “Come Join us for Weaverville’s 4th of July Celebration” Well, that’s exactly what I did.
Before I could really commit, I did what any self-respecting geek would do and went home and checked their website. It touted “Fire on the Lake” would include food and craft tents beginning at 5pm, live bands at 7pm and fireworks at 10pm. Now that sounded like a night to remember.
The great adventure was almost over before it began because as soon as I got into town, I began seeing people walking with their chairs and coolers in tow. That’s over a mile away from Lake Louise, and the thought of walking a mile back to the car at 10:30pm was very unappealing. Luckily, there was plenty of time to zigzag through town, scoping out the street detours until I found some parking at an elementary school not too far from the lake. Later, I would discover that shuttles where available from several remote parking lots around town. Thus proving that not everything you need to know can be found on the internet. Next year I’ll know.
There are lots of things that can make an event memorable – but there is always one thing that can make or break an event – in a word “organization”. If Weaverville forgot to think of something – I don’t know what it was…I give them an A+ on planning a great event that thought of everything. Just a few examples include: free water, free games for the kids, lots of safety precautions including extra flood lights around the perimeter of the lake, mister tents, lots of restrooms and tons of great food.
Just a few words on the food, because sometimes these events can fall a little short on options…but not this night. There were tents and tables and smokers and grills offering up pulled pork or chicken BBQ dinners with all the fixins, corn roasted in their husks, Korean sliced beef with rice and eggrolls, hotdogs, hamburgers, ice cream, snow cones, funnel cakes. So I loaded up a plate full of BBQ chicken wings, covered my roasted corn in butter and Cajun spices and set out to find the perfect spot for my blanket. I approached one of the many safety worker that didn’t look busy at that moment and got his suggestion for the best viewing spot on the lake for the fireworks.
The spot he suggested was perfect. I had a little bit of shade to enjoy my feast of picnic foods and then a front row seat on the edge of the lake to enjoy a few hours of cool evening breezes( not a bug around) and local bands. Turns out one of the performers was Joe Lasher Jr, a local boy that’s making a name for himself in the music industry. He came home for the night and made us all fall in love with his hometown and his music. Just a few moments after he finished entertaining the crowds – the sky lit up with fireworks. The timing was perfectly executed and the pyrotechnics display delighted us all for nearly 20 minutes. Thanks Weaverville for a night to remember.