By ERIC X. VICCARO
Some fireworks about fireworks? Perhaps.
But, the Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board ultimately resolved a conflict during its Monday, April 26 meeting over the summer “Movies in the Park” series and a fireworks program set for Pere Marquette Park.
Both events were originally scheduled for Saturday, June 26 – however it was decided the fireworks show will take place on Friday, June 25 instead.
J&M Displays, a nationally known company, puts on the fireworks presentation.
“Our creative and experienced pyrotechnicians will produce a show that will thrill guests,” J&M Displays says on its website: jandmdisplays.com.
Ste. Genevieve field operations supervisor Gary Roth already has set up a Venmo account – called the “Ste. Genevieve Fireworks Fund” – to help pay for the show.
In addition, Roth sat in the middle of Fourth Street traffic collecting donations in a small bucket. Every little bit helps. Local vendor Kona Ice will provide refreshments.
The first of the “Movie in the Park” series will take place the following night, also at dusk (with 8:27 p.m. the reported sunset time on June 25 and June 26).
The movie “Frozen” will be shown, this Walt Disney production was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen.”
In this 2013 film, a princess sets off on an improbable journey alongside an iceman, reindeer and snowman in pursuit of the princess’ sibling – whose powers have trapped a kingdom in eternal winter.
Each movie will have a family-friendly activity prior to the movie. Food trucks are expected to be present, with vendors giving a part of their proceeds to the park board. There also will be donation containers.
“The goal is to get (movie) licensing covered by local businesses,” said the park board in minutes provided to the Herald. Each film costs $550 to show.
Other films set for the series are: “The Little Rascals” (July 31), one of the Spiderman franchise movies (Aug. 28), “Wizard of Oz” (Sept. 25) and “Hocus Pocus” (Oct. 30).
At one point during the meeting, Roth said he would “cancel” the fireworks show due to the conflict with the movie. Park board members urged him not to cancel, and find an alternative solution.
The following day, Roth called J&M Displays, who graciously rescheduled fireworks one day earlier.
What’s strange, Ste. Genevieve’s fireworks display will occur a whopping nine days in advance of Independence Day.
There’s one other fireworks program of note in the county, and that takes place at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club.
The park board had lengthy discussions on having a professional capital campaign through St. Louis-based Wendy Dyer.
Dyer, through board member Barbara Basler-Peterson, the bulk of the campaign would be done “in the dark” with additional efforts through smaller fundraisers.
Dyer would assist the park board in identifying donors, which would include a possible feasibility study. The study would cost about $21,000.
The goal of Dyer’s company would be having the campaign done within an 18-month window.
Basler-Peterson said she would set up another meeting on this matter, through the Zoom teleconferencing application, which would take place at city hall. The date for that conference hasn’t been determined yet.