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As light fluffy snow settled upon the rooftops of the Victorian village of Knowlton the sky was ablaze with gossamer tails of shimmering light as the first Winter Fireworks display boomed and blossomed over Lac Brome in what was surely one of the most spectacular displays that has ever been seen in the Eastern Townships during the Christmas Season.
The fireworks are a part of Knowltons winter festivities that highlight the spirit of Christmas in the region. The ongoing Festival of Lights sees the treees and storefronts of Knowlton decorated with glowing lights and the 6pm display of firewroks created an atmosphere rarely seen during winter due mainly to the quaint and cozy atmosphere of the area around the central park in Lac Brome and the intimate feeling as lovely Christmas music, both traditional and more popular versions, played over loud speakers.
While the Eastern Townships mainly had a green Christmas this year the weather turned cool after Boxing Day and as the snow began to finally fall it was the ideal setting for the firworks! Lakeside Street was barracaded from Victoria to Knowlton Road and it was a good thing as hundreds of people gathered, families and children bundled in snow pants and mittens, near the Mill Pond to have a close-up view of what may be called the Eastern Townships own Northern Lights!
Families began to gather in the park by the cascading waters over the Mill Pond Dam an hour before the fireworks to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and get a good vantage point. The warm weather of late meant that the town's newly built skating rink wasn't operational but the falling snow seemed to affect everyone in a positive way; whil we wished for a white Christmas it was clear that as the fireworks exploded overhead to the sound of Christmas Carols we were seeing what many consider the start of winter and it was quite a beginning!
While Knowlton always puts on a great firewroks display for Canada Day this was a real treat and the fact that so many hundreds of people filled the downtown of Knowlton to capacity was a true sign of appreciation of both residents and visitors that such events are extremely appreciated!
The looks on the faces of the youngsters as they watched the fireworks was priceless. As the soft background sounds of traditional Christmas music played the youngsters eyes reflected the red, blue and golden arches of color that danced above the brightly lit rooftops and church steeple of Lac Brome and it was almost as if they could see Santa Claus amongst the dancing colored bursts waving good-bye till next year.
Seeing Knowlton become filled with people on what would typically be a quiet Wednesday evening in the holiday hibernation period was heartwarming indeed. The cheers and applause of the hundreds who came to watch the fireworks and bring their children to see the Festival of Lights was proof that the event was a huge sucess and surely to be a yearly event!
Such bright displays during the long cold nights of winter where people can gather in communion and fellowship are few and far between and the sheer numbers who descended to the village to watch the firworks was a testament to this! If the organizers of the event could have heard the positive comments from kids and adults alike as they left the downtown area they would have been tickled pink!
Congratulations Knowlton for a wonderful event!