Grosse Pointe WoodsJune 21, 2012
Time for another big light show in the Woods
By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When it comes to big fireworks extravaganzas, the Grosse Pointe Woods show is such a draw for spectators that there are many families who stake out their spots the day before the big event, laying down their blankets and setting up their perfect location.
The show has attracted thousands and thousands of people from inside and outside of the Grosse Pointes. This year, the “oohs” and “ahhs” will kick off as soon as it’s dark on June 24, but live music by Motor City Mix and picnicking is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the field at Parcells Middle School.
The festive atmosphere is marked by entertainment, vendors and a sea of children wearing glow products purchased that night.
“It’s really big,” City Council member Arthur Bryant said. “I’ve been going since I was a kid.”
Grosse Pointe Woods Executive Assistant Susan Como said putting together the major event is an endeavor by all departments in the city.
Parcells and Mack Avenue fill up with spectators, she said.
Besides Parcells, another hot spot for viewing is Mason Elementary, where families can also set up their spots to enjoy the display. Others enjoy it from the privacy of their own backyards, Como said.
“It’s a good tradition for a lot of people,” Como said. “It’s a beautiful display. It brings people from other communities. Everyone likes a good fireworks display.”
There will be vendors selling food and — of course — the glow products.
“We try to give everyone a little variety,” Como said. “It’s just such a nice community event.”
Melrose Pyrotechnics Inc. will once again be doing the fireworks display.
“They never disappoint,” Como said.
Sponsors donate $1,800 or more and get a banner along the Parcells fence, among other recognition for their help.
The following businesses are among the major sponsors this year: Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick Inc.; A.H. Peters Funeral Home; Don Berschback & Chip Berschback — City Attorneys; Beline Obeid Realty; CHAS. Verheyden Funeral Homes Inc.; city of Grosse Pointe; Daudlin, De Beaupre and Co.; Edmund t. Ahee Jewelry Co.; Lochmoor Club; Marshall Landscape, Inc.; Mr. C’s Car Wash; Radar Industries Inc.; Rizzo Services; Stevenson Co.; St. John Providence Health System; and Talmer Bank and Trust.
“We have a lot of great sponsors, and (we) have worked hard to have sponsors cover the cost of putting on this community event,” Council member Vicky Granger said in an email.
“Without them, this event just could not go off,” she said. “We’re really lucky. We could not do this without their support.”
The rain date for the fireworks is June 25.
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