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Friday, July 1, 2005


Fireworks light up Carlisle's bicentennial

A steamy Old Home Day weekend ended in spectacular fashion with a fireworks display that did more than justice to the celebration of Carlisle's bicentennial. Sunday evening's closing celebration began on Spalding Field with an ice cream social and a "twilight music cavalcade." This all-Carlisle musical offering featured performances by Dot and Doc, Second Wind, B for Bronosaurus, Bill Brown, The Carlisle Cats, Lee Perlman and Friends and the Hip Replacements.

As night fell, the field began to glow with the light of children's Cyalume necklaces, followed in short order by candlelight, as candles were lit from person to person and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" was sung by the town to the Town. Hardly had the notes died away into the surrounding pines when a flare of sparks flew up from the far end of Spalding Field. What followed was a fireworks display that deserved the adjective "spectacular." Light and color roared above the crowd, with an occasional burst from nearby Banta-Davis Field. "Oohs" and "aahs" were punctuated by applause and whoops from the enthralled audience, who were so close to the action as to feel the occasional fleck of ash falling from the sky. With a final barrage, the display ended, as did the bicentennial celebration, and a very satisfied crowd dispersed, leaving the field to the quiet and the fireflies.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito