Village Life was proud to sponsor Tony MansourÕs Independence Day Fireworks Jubilee this past Saturday.
What better way to connect with the community than support an event that brought the whole town together (plus some neighbors from down and up the hill). As promised the event provided non-stop entertainment with a spectacular finale that began with sponsorsÕ names all sparkling over the lake, except one.
Shortly after 9 p.m. emcee Dave Bender called our name and … nothing.
Just to be clear, IÕm not blaming anyone. I have no conspiracy theory that a rival paper pulled the plug on our Village Life sign. Nor do I suspect some disgruntled reader doused the display with water.
After all, we donÕt have any disgruntled readers.
So the show went on and the fireworks were truly a beautiful sight over Town Center. A chorus of oohs and aahs accompanied every bone-rattling boom and pop of color. The fireworks that make the popcorn popping sounds are my favorite and there were plenty of those to enjoy.
I have no complaints about my front row seat, my date or the show, really.
After all, Village Life did light up. It turned out we were the finale after the finale. At about 11 p.m., shortly after I made my way through traffic, the lingering crowd began to cheer. Ad manager Ian Balentine said thatÕs when Village Life lit up like a beaming candle on the lake.
IÕll say we did it on purpose. We wanted to make sure our name was the last thing people saw. Yeah, thatÕs it.
A big thank you goes out to all the Fireworks Jubilee organizers, volunteers and masterminds. It truly was a spectacular event even though we came late to the party.