Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Lots of Flash For Not Much Cash

In 6 more days,  people and businesses are going to be shooting off fireworks all over the place because next Tuesday is the 4th of July.  Dollywood’s going to be setting off fireworks, and Gatlinburg is going to be setting off fireworks, and Pigeon Forge is going to be setting off fireworks (I think).  Everyone’s going to be either setting off fireworks or watching fireworks get set off.  That’s part of what makes the 4th of July so much fun.

Yesterday, my mom and my brothers (Josh and Aaron), we went fireworks shopping.  My mom told my brothers to be mindful of what they wanted to buy.  So guess where we went for fireworks?  We went to the big circus tent on Newport Highway.  It’s one of the Parker Fireworks tents and if you don’t know exactly where it is, it’s beside the Citgo gas station, across the street from the Dollar General store, kittycorner from the Subway fast food store, and just down the street from the Chambers Market Exxon.

P.S. #1:  It’s not Parker Brothers Fireworks.  That’s mixing up 2 different businesses.  Parker Brothers makes board games to play.  Parker Fireworks has fireworks for celebrating.

Okay, so when you see all of those places there, go to the humongous tent on the lot just before the Citgo gas station with the sign that says “Parker Fireworks” in the driveway to their tent.  That’s the place you have to go to if you want to be where we were at yesterday.

Going to look at what’s on the long tables made me feel like I was going inside a real circus tent, and the people that worked there really made me feel welcome. This is a picture of some of the fireworks in the tent!

P.S. #2:  Just so you know, the tables say “Black Cat Sold Here” but they don’t sell kitty cats.  They sell fireworks by a company called Black Cat Fireworks.

The people of the tent didn’t treat me like I was some annoying 9-year-old bugging them.  I asked some questions that were superly important to me, and they talked to me exactly the same way they talked to my brothers and my mom.  The man let me know that fireworks can be dangerous but as long as there’s adult supervision (meaning my mom and probably Aaron, too, because he goes to college), kids can set off some fireworks safely.  That made me smile because I want to set off Roman candles this year, and maybe one of the small sparkly shower fireworks that has to be on a flat concrete surface so it’s safe.

There were so many neat fireworks on all the tables that I could not believe my eyes at how many different kinds of fireworks that were there.  It guess it was like a candy store except it had fireworks in it instead of candy.

Josh and Aaron spent a whole of time looking at all the different fireworks, and they asked the man a lot of questions.  My mom looked at some fireworks (mostly for me so I can have fun on the 4th of July, too) and she asked the lady working there some questions.  What my mom and brothers liked a whole bunch is that the people of that tent sure knew a lot about all the different kinds of fireworks for sale, and I like that because it means they weren’t guessing about things (which would be superly dangerous for sure I think).

Then I saw some incredible superwild amazing fireworks!  Here’s a picture of what I saw!!!

Mom said that if I want one of those boxes for celebrating, I’m going to have to save up my money to buy one when I’m older (probably she means when I’m as old as Aaron) because she doesn’t have that kind of money in the fireworks budget this year (but maybe next year, Josh and Aaron can put all their money together and get one of those boxes because it looks like there’s everything you could ever need for the most sparkly noisy 4th of July celebration ever!).

Anyway, we got some really great fireworks from the Parker Fireworks tent on Newport Highway, and my mom even got some fireworks just for me that I promised I wouldn’t set off unless she was supervising (she said not Aaron because she’s the mom so the adult supervising thing is her job, not Aaron’s, and plus, she has to check with the police to find out if I’m too young to have permission to do the kind of fireworks she got for me).  So I just have to wait 6 days and then the sparkles and noise fireworks celebrating can begin (probably about 8 at night when it’s kind of dark but not too late at night).  I can hardly wait.

So go to the Parker Fireworks tent and get some fireworks, too.  You’ll be so happy you did because fireworks are a way lot of fun!

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How Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre Flies

Everybody knows that when I reviewed “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” I gave it 5 BILLION stars because I loved the show so much.  Someone on the Internet told me that you can’t give more than 5 stars or 10 tomatoes when you review it, so I think my review is going to speak for itself and you guess how many BILLION stars I think it should get.

When I went back to Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre (don’t forget how to spell the word theater in case you want to find them on Facebook or on the Internet) to see their other show, “Perfect Nonsense featuring Captain Malinger Flies Again” I already made up my mind that I was going to have boatloads of different fun at this show.  To make things even better, there was another cast member more than at the other show I saw.

I would’ve been superly disappointed if “Perfect Nonsense” started the same way “Frolic” did so right off the top let me tell you I was so excited when the show started because they made sure everybody in the audience knew that this show was not the other show.  I won’t spoil the surprise and tell you everything that was in the First Act, but I can tell you that Scott danced with two ladies (one was very pretty and the other had a great personality) and Christopher L. Sullivan and Stephanie Butters sang a hilarious romanticky song together. 

There was some serious clowning around thanks to the bookend Chrises (I’m not sure exactly how to spell that but if you go to the show you’ll get what I mean), and my grandpa said there was a nod to Marlene Deitrich (he had to spell her name for me mostly because that’s a superly hard name to spell when you’re my age).  Everybody at the show laughed a whole lot, and that’s because the show was a whole lot funny.

The Second Act was something I never saw before ever in my life, and that’s because it was a original story by Chris MacPherson based on a original character by Chris MacPherson.  I especially loved Victoria because she kind of sneaked into the First Act a few times and that made me want to see the Second Act.  She was really funny and plus really scary all at the same time.

My brothers, Josh and Aaron, loved it a hundred percent.  When I asked what kind of acting it was they said it was steam punk and that makes sense because the advertising outside said “Captain Malinger Flies Again” is a steam powered story.  I don’t know too much about what steam punk is but I think it’s probably a cross between the future meets the old-fashioned days of Sherlock Holmes in London.

Instead of giving away all the best parts, I’ll just say that there were a lot of unexpected things that went on in “Captain Malinger Flies Again” and if there’s another episode of Captain Malinger at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, I’m going to ask my mom if we can go see it.

Now that you guys read my review, it’s time to give this show a rating.  Like I said, I got told last time that a show can’t have more than 5 stars when you really like it so if you want this show to get another 5 BILLION stars, you should send 1 BILLION people to Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg to see the show.  Then you know what you should get them to do?  You should get all of them post 5 star reviews.  

P.S.  I looked up  malinger in the dictionary, and guess what?  It’s in there!  If you go to my Facebook page tomorrow after reading this review, you’ll find out that I posted what a malinger is


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