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A bee in my bonnet
Posted 7/6/2010 12:49:00 PM
A few things I learned over the long holiday weekend. The nationally televised 4th of July concert at the Hatch Shell doesn't translate as well when you're standing on the Esplanade waiting for the fireworks to begin. And bee stings hurt a lot!
I hope you enjoyed the wonderful 3 day weekend. The weather couldn't have been more spectacular for outdoor events. We decided to head into Boston to see the fireworks on the Charles and they were magnificent as usual. However one thing bothered me and perhaps it's been like this for a while. I just happened to notice it this time. I seem to remember that in years past, Once the Boston Pops played the 1812 Overture, they would go right into Stars and Stripes Forever, which would promptly be followed by the fireworks display. This year after the 1812 Overture, there was a long gap until the televised portion of the event began. I heard Craig Ferguson speaking over the loudspeaker, Toby Keith performed, but in between were awkward gaps in the festivities as the show obviously went to commercial breaks. Finally I heard Stars and Stripes, thinking the fireworks couldn't be too far in the future. Except that there was another seemingly long break until the fireworks ultimately began. While all of this must have looked fabulous on television, it felt a bit awkward for spectators. Just my opinion, but the big build up to the fireworks display just wasn't there.
Oh yeah, and yesterday I was stung by a bee, which hurt worse than I remember....other than that, it was a fantastic Fourth of July weekend. It really was!
Posted By: Nancy Quill  

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