Kelly Lake’s Ruth Ann Bloom sent me the names of the 2020 4th of July Boat Parade winners! Shirley captured them on film…. I mean digitally (I wonder if the kids know what camera film is! Of course, I do!).
The “Theme” this year was “Heroes” (not super-heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman… you know, like nurses, etc.)! The default (if you don’t have a”Theme”) is “Patriotic”. But if you would like to do something clever (maybe you already have the costumes, etc.), I think, in my opinion, you should be allowed, but wouldn’t qualify for a trophy; in my opinion, it might encourage more people to join in the parade.
Next, in my opinion[!], was the great idea of starting the parade at 6 PM! You know, when you’re out on the lake boating, tubing, etc., you might not want to break-away from the fun and frolic! Starting at 6, generally everyone is back at the dock, perhaps grilling out or resting from all that fun and frolic! Also, the lake is safer and easier to navigate without the activity, with a floating flotilla following you! Yes, you guessed it!… that’s my opinion.
Speaking of the categories ( (i.e. Heroes and Patriotic), I and others think politicizing a Kelly Lake “social event” takes a lot of gumption; it, as always, frustrates me. No matter what I’m watching on TV, I have someone pushing their candidate!…their ideology. I DON’T NEED THAT HERE WHEN I SIMPLY WANT TO ENJOY RELAXING AND ENJOYING OUR LAKE COMMUNITY!
With that said, I will not post the photo of–what I consider–an attempt to politicize the KLAA’s Boat Parade with that entry on ILKL FB, nor on kellylake.net—I will list their name as 2nd Place Winner for their entry. They can post their second-place win on their personal FB. And, I will delete divisive or contentious comments regarding what already the ILKL Guidelines specifically state.
As that may be, thanks to the KLAA again for their dedication and efforts to the Kelly Lake Community; not only for the fun times, but also taking-on issues like water management–a primary focus on their continued agenda! And a special thanks to all the entries that make Kelly Lake one of fun-est lake communities!! ILKL!
In my opinion, the best Kelly Lake fireworks show ever! Biner’s Boomers’ 4th of July fireworks show brought Micky Mouse and “Disney” to new heights as the rocket’s percussions were heard and the concussions felt over Kelly Lake late Friday night, July 3rd!… the night sky endlessly illuminated in an array of colorful bursts seen and heard I suspect for miles.
The Micky Mouse Club theme song, both opening and ending of the show, brought back fond memories for all of us old “Mouseketeers”, remembering what seemed to be a period of a simpler childhood, and full of fun and carefree days.
A dazzling display of rockets fired on a perfectly calm and clear night–under a full moon, the man-in-the-moon seemingly looking down with an “ouuhh and an ahhh”–left one in awe… mesmerized by the bursts of rapid explosions and the booming of reports while a flotilla of boats witnessed the Independence Day celebration under the stars and an eye-in-the-sky soaring drone; a spectacular flurry and fury of fireworks!
The fireworks display was choreographed by Biner (Kelly Lake’s Brian Neubauer) with songs from Disney movies; a classy use of a classic era.
But let us not forget the Day we remember those who fought for our Independence; that united thirteen colonies–growing to fifty states–making our country 244 years old as of 2020! Biners Boomers was a sensational reminder of the “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…”
A great theme and a spectacular show by Biner—In my opinion! Thanks, Biner, for a wonderful Fourth of July production!