I know the calender says summer doesn't end until the autumnal equinox, about Sept. 20, but Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, isn't it? And, in Cincinnati, that means WEBN's Riverfest, with the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen. This year was the 30th anniversary of the fireworks show, which started as a celebration of the radio station's 10th anniversary. (Equals WEBN's 40th, if I did the math right.)
I have gone down to the river for the fireworks show several times, but not lately, as it gets harder every year to fight the crowds. I hadn't intended on going this year, until I got an invitation to a CE (continuing education) seminar given by our drug rep for Schering-Plough. A river cruise to the fireworks. With open bar and scrumptious food. On a yacht. Oh, I guess I will force myself to go. If I have to.
"Our" yacht, the CQ Princess. It took her 12 hours to come up river from Louisville for the event. Some of the staff drove up, rather than coming on the boat. It took them an hour by car.
A part of the upstairs lounge area, with one of the tables set for dinner.
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River. This was Roebling's "practice" bridge, before he built the Brooklyn Bridge. Completed in 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, until surpassed by the Brooklyn Bridge. If you saw the movie "Rainman," the bridge had a cameo role. (Dustin Hoffman mimicked the humming noise made by car tires as you drive over the metal deck.) The Suspension Bridge is my favorite Cincinnati landmark.
The Kentucky shoreline is packed with pleasure boats and the flood wall is beginning to fill with spectators. This is about 2 hours BEFORE the fireworks were scheduled to start. Die-hard fans stake out their spots early in the morning, if not during the days leading up to this party.
The B&B riverboat, River Queen, docked at the Public Landing, awaits the fireworks.
And here they are:
The fireworks are over for another year. Good-bye, summer.