This year’s Independence Day celebration at the Berea Community Park was more fun than a Barrel-of-Monkeys. I cannot imagine a better place to take the family and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Oh sure, you could go to Independence Hall, Washington DC or a host of other historically sentimental locations, but what better represents the true culture and spirit of The United States of America than a small hometown celebration.
As has become the tradition, Berea native artist extraordinaire, Damon Farmer was on hand crafting another terrific sand sculpture. This year’s subject was the legendary Daniel Boone with his family and the final project was everything we have come to expect from Damon.
The American Legion Post 50 was whipping up its delicious cotton candy and there were lots of activities for the kids. The Fire Department was looking as sharp as ever while seemingly hiding their enthusiasm for the upcoming grand event of the evening. (Admit it, what guy would not want set off those mortar rounds. KaBoom!) And all this action was accompanied by one of the best bands of all time, The Beatles, well sort of.
This year’s entertainment was provided by The Beatle’s tribute band Eight Days a Week. I must admit that being both a trained tech professional and a trained performer I am not a good audience member by default, so believe me when I say I was impressed. These four talented musicians not only copy the Beatles, they become the Beatles. From one of my favorite Beatles songs “Hello Goodbye” to a crowd favorite “Hey Jude”, all present were treated to a great time of Twisting and Shouting all evening long.
The Mayor, Steve Connelly, was the last to stand on the stage before the main event and had to kill about 5 minutes of time before the fireworks began. After alluding to the fact the economy is down, Mayor Connelly sited that the city really didn’t have much to spend on fireworks ,and to power phrase, “don’t be expecting too much this year. “
After a 10 second countdown the Mayor called out “Let the Berea Budget Fireworks display begin”. What a setup, because what followed was 30 minutes of the best fireworks show a small town could dream of. It made me proud, proud of our country and proud of our community as we all stood in the darkness together remembering all the liberties those original bombs bursting in air had brought us.
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