2012-06-23 / News

Plans to revive ‘Light the Lake’ July 3

BUCKEYE LAKE - Efforts are being made to revive a fireworks tradition dating back to 1957.

It was known as “Lighting the Lake” by igniting flares and later a combination of flares and red luminaries to line the shoreline at 9:30 p.m. in advance of the 10 p.m. fireworks show. In the late 1950’s, the late John W. Wolfe, BLASST co-founder Tory Wolfe’s father, would start the “Lighting” by igniting a few flares at 9:30 p.m. on Journal Island before Don Beck started the fireworks show around 10 p.m.

John W’s love and support for fireworks over Buckeye Lake continues to this day. He earmarked a $10,000 annual contribution from a trust fund to keep the Buckeye Lake fireworks tradition alive.

BLASST - Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tradition - was formed about 10 years ago to keep our community-funded fireworks tradition alive. The sale of red luminaries and replacement parts was an important fundraiser for BLASST until its supplier went out of business several years ago. Efforts to find a replacement supplier were unsuccessful and “Lighting the Lake” participation declined.

Just this week, Tory Wolfe found that a new owner is now offering red luminaries. It’s too late for this year, but BLASST will once again be selling luminaries and replacement parts for next year’s celebration.

Flares are available at A-1 Auto Parts, Buckeye Lake Hardware and the Buckeye Lake Museum for this year’s BLASST on Tuesday, July 3. Please use extreme caution with your flares.

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