Last year was a dud, but this year will be a blast.
Marion will have a fireworks display on Saturday, July 6, at dusk on Silvershell Beach.
Thanks to the work of a dedicated Fireworks Committee, led by Marion Recreation Director Jody Dickerson and Co-Chairman Donna Hemphill, the group raised just over $40,000. Other Committee members who worked all year on the effort include Wendy Carrou, Christine Santoni, Wanderer publisher Paul Lopes, and Suzanne and Gary Taylor.
“We’re thrilled,” Hemphill said. “If it weren’t for the generous people of Marion, this wouldn’t be happening.”
The Committee is working out the remaining details on the cost of fire and police involvement, as well as toilet rentals and the sound system.
The town put out bid specifications, and three companies requested the information, but only one bid came through. Atlas PyroVision Productions bid $29,000 for the fireworks and the barge that holds them.
“The contract states that the display will be 20 to 25 minutes long,” said Town Administrator Paul Dawson.
Atlas PyroVision Productions of Jaffrey, N.H., is the largest fireworks display company in New England, specializing in state of the art computer-designed and electronically fired displays for cities, towns, parks and recs, professional and college sporting events, amusement and water parks, weddings, civic, corporate and private celebrations.
“People missed the fireworks last year,” Hemphill said. “It’s a time to gather with friends and family to have a celebration of our nation’s independence and enjoy the fireworks together.”
The Committee is still accepting donations, which will help offset the 2013 expenses and any monies left over will start the kitty for the 2014 fireworks display. Checks can be made out to Marion Fireworks Committee and sent to the Town House at 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA, 02738.
By Joan Hartnett-Barry