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December 06, 2016
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Fireworks at 14

Most elegant of all the fireworks, however, are the paper balloons known as “sky lanterns,” which float on the air currents, operated by an open flame. Last year, returning from the movies in Callicoon, NY, John and the kids saw a flotilla of sky lanterns, apparently launched from a party on a neighboring hill. The kids were scared, fearing alien invasion. But at least John knew better, although according to the kids, he hopped out of the car and invited the “aliens” down for a visit. The next day we found one of the white balloons snagged in a neighboring field. Needless to say, all of this has become quite a joke in our family.

This year the kids were delighted to find sky lanterns for sale at Mess’s Fireworks. They are lovely to watch, drifting away in the night air, over the hill, until they are just a speck of light.