Lebanon celebrates Independence Day with Dance Fest, fireworks

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jul. 9, 2013
Talia watches as a Lebanon Leos Club member makes her a balloon animal at the Summer Dance Fest, held on the Lebanon Town Green on July 6. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Talia watches as a Lebanon Leos Club member makes her a balloon animal at the Summer Dance Fest, held on the Lebanon Town Green on July 6. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to Joanne Mackewicz, advisor for the Lebanon Leos Club, there are currently 42 active members of the club, which received its official charter in 2010. Many of those members were on hand to help out at the 2013 Summer Dance Fest on the town green, held July 6 in advance of the town’s Independence Day fireworks display. The Leos manned a face-painting tent and a balloon animals station geared toward young visitors.

“We graduated our first seniors last year,” said Mackewicz. Three out of five of those seniors have returned to become full-fledged Lions Club members. “Which is the whole purpose of the Leos,” said Mackewicz. “We want to get them started on community service, and then retain them.”

In addition to the Leos activities, the Dance Fest offered inflatables provided by Clubhouse Inflatables, and of course dancing. A dance floor sheltered by a large tent featured live music by The Illusions early in the evening. “We will have a DJ later tonight,” said Barbara Archer, a Summer Dance Fest Committee member. The committee was formed in 2000, after the success of the first Dance Fest, organized to observe the town’s 300th anniversary, was such a success that the town wanted to make it an annual tradition. Gary “The POM” Pomo provided music later in the evening, including patriotic tunes to accompany the fireworks display.

Fireworks were scheduled to last between 30 and 45 minutes, according to Archer, and thousands were expected to arrive before the beginning of the pyrotechnic display. With a town green measuring a mile in length, the town has no problem finding space for parking for all of the visitors. There were concerns that rainy weather in June would preclude haying the fields in time for the event, but the weather dried out just in time, according to Archer. “We always judge how many people are here by how long it takes to get people out of the green,” she said.


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