Fourth of July memories

By on July 8, 2015
Lititz Fireworks photo by Laura Knowles

Lititz Fireworks photo by Laura Knowles

When the Fourth of July Committee decided on a 1950s theme in conjunction with the “Red, White & Cool” slogan, the thought was that many of the park’s patrons have fond memories of that era. This year’s event inspired a new generation of memories. Here’s what a few folks had to say during their memorable day in Lititz Springs Park:

Mega Pixel, a.k.a. Katie Cox of the Dutchland Rollers

“For about the first two hours, I skated around and greeted people. The positive outreach I had waving at cars, and the people coming in with smiles on their faces … It’s always kind of a crowd-pleaser when you’re out on skates and waving the flag and ringing cowbells. Being part of a (roller) derby and taking part in something like this is so much fun.”

Adam Kensinger, 17, Lititz Troop 44

“I like to see that there are a lot of people from out of state. I like to see the people getting together for the Fourth of July.”

Troop 44 made funnel cakes for donations.

Katherine Voegele, 8, of Manheim

Katie spoke about watching Jack Hubley’s wildlife show. There were lots of birds.

“I got to see an owl and I never got to see an owl up close before, or a hawk, or those rodents. They were very cool. I got to see this little bird and I saw a girl hawk. If you’re a girl hawk, you get to kick the boy (hawk’s) butt! I like that!”

Corey Kerstetter, 18, of Lititz

Reagan Conrad, recent WHS grad, was crowned Queen of the Candles during this year's Fourth of July in Lititz Springs Park. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Reagan Conrad, recent WHS grad, was crowned Queen of the Candles during this year’s Fourth of July in Lititz Springs Park. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Corey sang the national anthem at the event.

“The rain kind of put a damper on things, but to be able to honor my country by singing (the anthem)…”

The fireworks accompaniment added to the strong sense of patriotism.

“(I’ve never done the anthem) with the fireworks. We’ve had a quartet do the national anthem a bunch of times at school. This was something new. I’m also singing this evening with a friend for the Queen of Candles. That will probably be another highlight of the day.”

Madison Perry, 6, of Lititz

“I like the (Lititz Community) band a lot. I liked the park a lot, too. I really like the food, popcorn and the candy.”

Kaley Yeager, 15, of Manheim

Kaley volunteered with the Manheim Central Baron’s stage program and was dressed in a ‘50s costume.

“Just the fact that there is a ‘50s theme in general, because I don’t remember there being themes, maybe because I haven’t been here that much. The ‘50s will stick in my head for a while!”

Shannon, Mike, Case and Colt Cunningham of Ephrata

Shannon: “I was going to say that the biggest memory is that there is so much to do here, and all that the boys care about are the ducks!”

Mike: “I like the juggler. That was pretty cool. (For the kids), pretty much seeing different things, and the cannons, (will be their memory).”

Kent Herzer, Reading Company Technicaland Historical Society

Jack Hubley’s animal show was a big hit with the kids on Saturday. It will be a fond memory for Katherine Voegele, 8, of Manheim. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Jack Hubley’s animal show was a big hit with the kids on Saturday. It will be a fond memory for Katherine Voegele, 8, of Manheim. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Kent spent his day in the Reading caboose at the front of the park.

“We’ve had a lot of out-of-towners, which we get in this car because it’s a historical piece of equipment on wheels. It gives adults a chance to go back to the good old days of railroading, and the young kids don’t know much about it. That’s why we’re here.”

Damian Fecheo and Maiko Tomizawa with Aidan and Cody, of Brooklyn

Tomizawa: “It’s the first time they are going to be seeing any fireworks, so I think that will be good. We just got here, but we went to the pretzel tour, which was really great. It looks perfect. The rain is letting up, so we’re very excited to be here.”

Fecheo: “She pretty much said everything. She’s the one who’s planning stuff.”

Tomizawa: “I’m the mouthpiece!”

Rebekah (9), Hannah (6), and Sarah (7) Trobinger of Lititz

Rebekah: “I want to watch the fireworks, and we saw a juggler juggle fire.”

Sarah: “I really liked watching the man juggle the fire, and I am really excited for the fireworks.”

Hannah: “I am very excited for the fireworks.”

Vanden Grube, 17, of Manheim

Pulse Dance Studio performers were among the July 4 entertainment. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Pulse Dance Studio performers were among the July 4 entertainment. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Vanden spent the day performing magic and juggling.

“The memory I’ll take away is all the different people coming up. I get to hear everyone’s story. Some of the kids are learning how to juggle. Others are just amazed by it. They want to see more magic and stuff. I’ve done about eight mini-shows, and after every one someone’s come up with something that surprises me.”

Emma Samueoson and Megan Freeman of Lititz

Emma: “I just like being around the people. The funnel cakes are really good. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday because the town comes together as one. There are so many different things to do, like play games, eat food and watch really fun shows.”

Megan: “I really like the vibes that are in Lititz Springs Park today. Everyone comes together and it’s a really good experience.”

Katie Cuba-Lamb and Kari Lamb

Katie: “Chatting with friends, hanging out and enjoying the music.”

Kari: “The songs.”

Ashley Geesey and Raegan (4)

Raegan performed with Pulse Dance Studio and spoke first about what was her favorite part of the day.

“My dancing.”

How long have you been practicing?

“All year.”

Some of Manheim Central’s coolest chicks were hanging out at Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, helping to celebrate Independence Day. The 198th edition of the park’s July 4th celebration had a 1950s theme, and the fresh-faced girls, their poodle skirts and that ‘56 Chevy they’re surrounding, were spot-on for the decade. The car belongs to Whitney Evans, a retired Warwick School District teacher who said he was well pleased with the Central students' demeanor. The skirts came from the school’s theater wardrobe room. The students wearing them are (left to right) Rebekah Remp, Gretchen Enterline, Kaley Yeager, Andrea Guscott, Tessa Lee Bartles, and Rebecca Roberts. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Some of Manheim Central’s coolest chicks were hanging out at Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, helping to celebrate Independence Day. The 198th edition of the park’s July 4th celebration had a 1950s theme, and the fresh-faced girls, their poodle skirts and that ‘56 Chevy they’re surrounding, were spot-on for the decade. The car belongs to Whitney Evans, a retired Warwick School District teacher who said he was well pleased with the Central students’ demeanor. The skirts came from the school’s theater wardrobe room. The students wearing them are (left to right) Rebekah Remp, Gretchen Enterline, Kaley Yeager, Andrea Guscott, Tessa Lee Bartles, and Rebecca Roberts. (photo by Dick Wanner)

Were you nervous?

“No.”

How did you feel up there?

“Happy.”

Are you going to remember dancing on stage?

“Yes.”

Ashley spoke about seeing her daughter on stage.

“There was nothing better. I used to dance, so it was special seeing her on stage dancing. This is such an awesome event. We love coming to this, so it was neat to have someone participating. It added to the specialness of it. We love the Fourth of July.”

Sue Rohrer

“My husband and I have probably done the candles for over 20 years. This year we have 50 volunteers. They came and placed all the candles, probably about 4,500 to 5,000 candles, and then helped to light them. My special memory is having all my family and friends together, and celebrating this wonderful town of Lititz. We’re so grateful to God that we can live in this beautiful town.

“Today I was selling candles to benefit the park. A young man and lady came to me and I asked them where they were from. They said Denmark. I said I will buy a candle for each of you as a special gift. They came through town and happened to see this. That’s what this community is all about, giving to others and being welcoming to strangers.”

John Crawford is a freelance feature writer for the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at johnkcrawford@aol.com.

One Comment

  1. Jann Hartman

    July 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I am proud of my hometown of Lititz, and the amazing and time honored celebration of the 4th of July. Well done to all those involved!

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