Hot Time in Old Town Tonight

By: qwerty53

Jul 07 2008

Category: baby boomer memories, Elvis Impersonators, Fireworks, Helena, July 4th, Uncategorized

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Focal Length:200mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D50

It is the temperature I refer to and the energy of the crowd that gathered to ogle Elvis and the fireworks. In the spirit of small town tradition, we ventured forth from the security of our air-conditioned comfort this
July 4th. (I am in complete agreement with Ben Stein, who mentioned on CBS Sunday Morning today that Mr. Carrier’s invention is one of the best of all time. And I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even sampled an Alabama summer.)

The celebration in downtown Helena brought to mind scenes from my childhood experiences of the holiday, although strangely enough, I much more prefer and enjoy it as an adult. Daddy was a volunteer fireman and they were the ones who shot off the fireworks back then (maybe they still are) so it was just me and Mother usually watching from a strategically positioned parking place through the rolled down car window.

Earlier in the day, my Grandmother would have made her speech about Freedom & Liberty and such in the little park across from the courthouse. She would be wearing her red, white & blue mum corsage on her blue dress. She was a very patriotic woman (and in this I do not jest) and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She always went door-to-door on Poppy Day collecting funds and passing out red crepe-paper poppies.

The ‘true’ meaning of the holiday somewhat escaped me, really. My focus on July 4th was mainly the fireworks and who would win the pony that was raffled off each year. I had great hopes, of course, but every year it seemed like Buddy Strachn, who, I believe, actually had a pasture and barn, would win. Mother would always console me saying our back yard on Main Street (today it is a bank) would not really be the best place for a pony. But a girl can hope, can’t she?

All photos copyright 2008 by Laura Brookhart.

May not be used without written permission.


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