BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Regardless of cooler temperatures and some rain, there was still a crowd at Mitchell’s Point Marina on Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday.
A frequent visitor, Brian Baker, said his family is “just enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. Even though it’s a little cool, we’re still having some fun and listening to music.”
Baker and his family visit every weekend. As of Saturday, May 29, he says he feels more relieved now that restrictions are lifted.
“We’re still wearing our masks and trying to be safe indoors. Luckily our kids have been vaccinated as well too so we feel a little bit better,” said Baker.
The marina took this opportunity to fundraise for the Semper Fi & Americas fund, helping families of injured soldiers. This year, they’re honoring fallen soldiers with fireworks.
According to Vice President of Operations at Mitchell’s Point, Chris Levey, “Another purpose of these fireworks is to be symbolic of the path to getting back to normalcy and people being able to celebrate together.”
Fireworks technician John Cosgrove was the man in charge of lighting up the sky on the lake. He says the fireworks industry took a hit last year and it’s refreshing to get back to working under more normal conditions.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to get back out and do what we do, get concerts and a lot of the activities that folks have missed,” said Cosgrove.
“Seeing a lot of people traveling right now is bringing a lot of hope to a lot of people,” Baker added. “We’re going to have a better year, a better end of the year too so yeah we’re excited for the summertime.”