I had the pleasure of spending one day at Newcomb, NY for the Forth of July weekend. The Lions Club puts on a big chicken barbeque that draws everyone from Newcomb, the surrounding towns, and the many camping sites in the mountains. I visited with some old friends on the beach and talked with a few of the seasonal campers.
After the chicken barbeque, everyone makes their way to the Town Park where they await the annual fireworks display. It previously was the best kept secret of the Adirondacks. However, word has spread that this is one of the best fireworks display in New York State. It is the one day that Newcomb experiences a traffic jam. The show lasts an entire hour and has many different patterns of fireworks. The grand finally is literally a wall of fireworks that is so close, one can feel the heat. New this year was a mega-firework that exploded overhead into an enormous umbrella above the crowd. I have never seen anything like it before. The crowd was in awe. (Me too!)
Newcomb plays an important part in the third book of the Yeath trilogy. Tahawus, the mining town that was moved to Newcomb in the early 60s, also plays an important part in book one.
It was my good fortune to meet a fellow author during my trip to Newcomb. Mr. Leonard Gereau, a native of Tahawus, was at the Newcomb beach selling his new book titled, "Tahawus Memories 1941-1963." I eagerly purchased this book, as I too lived in Tahawus before it became a ghost town. It has many photographs that show how it had been a thriving little community. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Tahawus Legacy Education Fund. To request a copy, email Mr. Gereau at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him that the "other" author from Tahawus sent you!
One would think that technology would be lost on Newcomb. That was not the case. I experienced my first drone fly-over at the park just before the fireworks display. The picture is below. Whoever controlled the device had a great time teasing the kids with it. It can hover in one spot like a space ship and then instantly shoot up into the sky nearly out of sight.
Newcomb is a beautiful little town and often has some very interesting cloud formations. I was able to capture one of them on my trip.
It was a pleasure seeing old friends and talking with others I did not know. And the fireworks were fabulous, as usual. Great job Newcomb!
For those of you that are on the fence with purchasing the book; take the plunge! A wonderful adventure awaits you. Be sure to use the coupon code on the flier that I gave to you at the beach. This book is the bargain of the century. Don't be one of those that kicks themselves when they see the mini-series come out and wishes they would have read the books first.
See you on the next tour!