Canada's 144th Birthday is almost over in the Eastern Time Zone!
... my friend David Ford, who now lives in B.C. reminded me that they still have a few hours to go and their fireworks displays will start in a while, but ours are over for another year.
For us, the events of this evening all started last year...
We happened upon the Adjala-Tosorontio evening festivities late last year, arrived just after nine pm, and found a nice place to set up our lawn chairs and enjoy.
Two days later, my parents couldn't understand why Alec was disappointed with the fireworks display we had on our front lawn on his birthday.
My parents and my brother and his son came over to our home early this evening and shared a meal. Alec played some WII games with his cousin while the rest of us shared stories. A little after 8:00 pm we decided to make our way to the municipal grounds, less than ten minutes away.
We parked on the grounds, made a donation to the fireworks fund and received coupons for hot dogs and drinks.
We set up our lawn chairs on a slight rise, with a great view of the fireworks sight and proceeded our different ways. There was a band playing some great music (they did an awesome rendition of Frank's "My Way" among others), there was a display of cars from the 1930's to the 1970's and a Chrysler Prowler.
There were some very good model airplanes on display. After he ate his hot dog, Alec talked Helen into taking him to the children's playground. He was not interested in the Bouncy Castle nor the free face painting. Nathaniel went for a walk with his dad (my brother).
I heard someone shout my name, looked over and saw a couple who we have become friends with. Paul and Susie's son Noah plays with Alec on the same soccer team and I had mentioned to them to come up, that it was a decent show and fun for the kids. They have bought a home on acreage just outside of Hockley Valley and are in the process of moving there from Toronto. Over the few weeks that I have known Paul, I have offered him advice and recommended a few service providers to them. I met their friend Shawn (could be Sean?) and introduced them to my family. Alec was happy to see Noah and his younger brother Elijah and the three of them played non-stop until the sun set. Alec, Noah and Elijah, accompanied by Helen and Shawn, went over to the Firefighters display and Alec and Noah were able to don firesuits and spray the fire hose... Now I really appreciate the bravery of our local firefighters.
We were all so relaxed,the conversation came easy and the time flew. Once in a while our attention would drift when we look to see where our children were. There was a wide range of people, some older, some younger, but mostly many families and lots of children of all ages.
...As the darkness fell, you could feel the level of anticipation rising, for most of us were here, mainly for the fireworks...
... And then it started...
... and it continued non-stop...
... and finally it ended!
The display was probably slightly more than fifteen minutes of non-stop fireworks. And if you have chosen to view any of what I captured, you would probably agree, a very nice display put on by a small rural community very proud to be Canadian.
It took about fifteen minutes to leave the parking lot, we waited until the lines were thinning before we started our car and could see fireworks displays on the horizon on our way home.
There will be peace and quiet at the Smith household tonight as we all sleep soundly... some of us hoping that one young man actually sleeps in tomorrow morning ;-)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage