VIDEO BY SHAWN BAKER
Another glorious 4th of July parade and great day is in the books -- but the town's spectacular Fireworks got hit hard by Mother Nature. After the parade, the clouds came in. Soon light rains become heavier, and that’s when the mass exodus from the park atop the beach began.
Some folks packed up and left, others sought shelter under Main Street awnings, and some die hards stuck it out under tents and sheets of plastic on the hill. On the water, boaters retreated.
Then came thunder and lightening. All the while thousands wondered: “Would the fireworks show go on?”
At about 8.15ish, Schroon Laker got confirmation that yes indeed they would be a GO -- Chamber Director Tammy Whitty Brown was told by Town Supervisor Mike Marnell, (the Town controls the fireworks) the barge was fully loaded and ready to go. The show would start once there was a break in the weather.
And so it did. Shawn Baker, who stuck it out, captured all of the action in the video. More people may see this than were actually there last night. Shawn says there was perhaps between 500 and 1,000 who saw the show.
From Shawn: “The hill itself didn't have that many people on it, but there was a decent crowd all along the top of the hill from the playground around to the boathouse theater. Similar numbers to what we've had when we do fireworks during Labor Day weekend or when we had them during First Night a few years back. And it was still a great show!”
There’s a lively discussion on the Schroon Lake public Facebook page, with many folks saying the Town should have had a rain date for the show.
But as Schroon Laker learned last night, the deal the Town has with the fireworks company it uses it’s a one and done deal: With no rain date, it’s ‘a use it or lose it situation.’
We have placed calls to Mike Marnell for comment and we’ll update the story. Meanwhile, watch out for our annual 4th of July slide show, coming soon.
Here’s the Full Program for the Big Day, Saturday, July 4th, 2015:
Sign up for the 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Schroon Lake Central School’s Class of 2017.
Adirondack Basket Raffle-Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. Winners announced at 8pm
10 am – ‘til sold out
Lions Hot Dog Stand at the beach at the Town Park
11am-till sold out
The 36th Annual Chicken BBQ at Community Church, Main Street. More details are here.
Bounce Around- fun activities for children at the Town Park Beach, Art Bucket- Airbrush tattoos, face painting and hair braiding, Climb and Dangle-rock climbing wall.
Schroon Lion's Club Food tent @ Town Park Beach area
Schroon’s own Mark Piper rippin’ the riffs on guitar at the Town Park Beach area
Guitar Duo Hot Pursuit @ at Town Park Beach area
Get ready to rock: The Gregson Brothers Band @ the Town Park Beach area
Music on the Porch with Sue Calkin on steps of The Community Church, Main Street
The Scotia/Glenville Pipe Band performs a mini concert @ The Fountain on Main and Dock Streets
The PARADE BEGINS: Starting at the corner of Hoffman Road and Route 9, to Fowler and onto Leland to Town Beach area
Drawing of Adirondack Basket Raffle winners @ Chamber office. Winners don't need to be present to win
Patriotic Music Concert with the Word of Life Collegians & Seagle Music Colony @ The Town Park Beach Area
GALA FIREWORKS DISPLAY OVER SCHROON LAKE.
For more information, call The Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (518) 532-7675
Folks and civic groups around town are getting ready for the 'Dacks Best 4th of July Parade:, right here in Schroon! Parade floats are being designed and props being built as we speak. We will keep you posted on all that's happening, as we countdown.
July 4th, 2014, will go down as one of the best. From the parade, the eye-popping floats, to the amazing range of all day activities -- for kids and adults -- good eats all over town, and drum-roll, please: the Fireworks Show.
And did we mention the weather: perfect conditions, with the threat of rain teasing us most of the day, but never delivering.
There were multiple highlights. This year seemed liked there were more activities than ever for kids in the Town Park. Mom and dads had their smart phones clicking as their kids scrambled up the rock wall and rung the bell.
The $10 all day bounce house pass seemed to be the deal of the day.
And the music delivered on the Lakeside stage was sensational, with Mark Piper, Hot Pursuit and the Gregson Brothers entertaining the crowd during the day.
Meanwhile, on Main Street, Larry and Liz McNamara’s front stoop at the Strand became mini rock concert venue, which was on tap to deliver more performances over the weekend.
“This is one great day, what a fantastic place Schroon is,” visitor Leslie Cohen told Schroon Laker.
“The more I see, the more I like it.”
Leslie and her husband Bob started the day hiking Mount Severance and ended it with a paddle down The Schroon River, putting at Route 74.
Their lunch consisted of Hot Dogs from the Lions Club Shack atop the beach, who were set to serve 1,300 Oscar Myer dogs. On the food front, the Community Church served up more than 300 chicken dinners!
This year folks had claimed their spots along the parade route early.
There were so many terrific floats this year, with crowd pleasing new additions of performers added to old favorites.
On the new faces front, the Brooklyn based Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino band. wowed with their rendition of Ritchie Valens, La Bamba as they marched by us, had the crowd dancing. Seeing the returning Blues Brothers Band and the Funky Karnaval crew banging each other’s heads, always makes us happy!
And it was one happy fire crew from Ticonderoga, blasting out the hits from large speakers on the rigs, and lip syncing and dancing the afternoon away.
As the Seagle Music Colony float went by our crew, Wendy Ryan noticed the actor Michael Hewitt, who plays Lancelot in the Seagle’s Production if Camelot. “Lance, Lance Lance,” we all started shouting. Michael soon caught on we were shouting at HIM, and he jumped in the air, as he shared what had happened with his fellow thespians.
As always, kids walked away with huge handfuls of candy, a lot of it from the Citizen of the Year, Joel Friedman, standing tall in Joe Steiniger’s Red Jeep.
As dusk fell, the Patriotic Music Concert by the Word Of Life Collegians and the Seagle Music Colony actors and singer wowed with a stirring performance, before the first firework lit the night sky. What a show!!!
What was your favorite part of the day? Tell us in comments!