Couple donates wedding fireworks to Mount Carmel event
MOUNT CARMEL - Gilbert and Caterina (Schicchitano) Dobak had arranged for a fireworks display at their wedding reception on April 12 at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony.
The lodge wanted them to move the display to another part of the property, however, and the resulting complications led to the idea being scrapped.
But the Mount Carmel couple still had the fireworks, and so they planned to set them off on dates in May and June, but rain foiled those plans.
Now, they've decided to turn their misfortune into a treat for their hometown. The fireworks will be set off at 10:05 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the borough's annual Picnic in the Park.
"We talked to all of our friends and everyone looks forward to the fireworks after the picnic," Caterina Dobak said Tuesday.
Mike Bixler, of Bixler Pyrotechnics, Ashland, was contracted to create the display.
"Mr. Edward Helfrick Jr. has been gracious enough to let us use his property," said Carmine Scicchitano, father of the bride, about the Mid Valley Mountain launch site.
The display, which at this point has been a year in planning, will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Dobak will start the display via remote control from Market Street.
The device will be made up to look like a plunger from a Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
She and her father, who paid for the display as a wedding present, said they hope everyone enjoys the fireworks, and said people should expect something different than what they are used to from borough fireworks.
"It will be uniquely different," Scicchitano said.
"I know this is Mount Carmel, but there will be a lot of purple, because that is my favorite color," Caterina added.
They can also expect to see hearts, smiley faces, flowers and Pac-Man, to name a few of the unique bursts.
Caterina said it was "horrible" the fireworks didn't go off for her wedding, but there is a silver lining.
"The good thing now is that all my friends and family that couldn't make my wedding can enjoy them," she said.
Asked what her new groom thinks of all this, she laughed and jokingly said, "He had no say. He was only allowed to show up to the wedding."