The annual "Rob's Roudy Feast and Fireworks" event came off as usual with a spectacular display of food of all kinds, including the main course from Lucille's BBQ Restaurant. It included munchies and snacks and deserts and more, topped off by Christophers's birthday cake. There was more as volleyball challenges, basketball games, some encounters of a game called Baggies (or Cornhole if you are from Ohio), beer pong for the young adults, swimming, old people observing and a few cool ones for all was the order of the day.
All kinds of food and drink was consumed by the biggest "Family" gathering I've ever seen at Rob's, but the huge house and majestic grounds that included a real sand volleyball court, a half court Laker purple and gold floored baketball area, a pitching cage that housed other games, an EZ-UP covered table eating area and the beautiful swimming pool allowed continual motion by all. People moved in and out of the house to chow down, grab a drink and head back to the activities outside all afternoon. Volleyball was a key for many as the games went on forever while spectators could hang out under the EZ-UP's with misters spraying away and stay cool in the near 100 degree temps. The pool got a workout as did the many shady areas as the daylight wound down to the nights fireworks finale.
It was after 8 pm when the "gang" gathered out on the volleyball area and some sparklers were seen in the hands of the younger set. Then an Uncle Sam look-a-like (AKA Hunter Welch, my grandson and Rob's nephew) held two flashing lights as the accompaning music began what signified the start of the colorful sky wars. Next came the big deal fireworks bursting in the air shot out of tubes in a facinating rainbow assault on the sky.
Over the years this event has "skyrocketed" from a few shopping bags of various fireworks lit individually in the street in front of the old Welch residence. It took time to get it all fired off and the smaller family crowd of the day enjoyed it. But, today was a well staged professional style display that rivals any shows seen in the area, and was over 20 minutes long with the big boy explosions high above enjoyed by all in attendance. With no breaks, the timed display went on high above and kept the crowd with their head leaned far back to take it all in.
When it all was done, the crowd went back to food and drink until the last straglers left with a smile on their faces. It was a special day and thanks to Rob, his kids, his brothers and sisters and everyone who worked hard to make it happen.