2006-10-07 / News

Fireworks Mark Surprise Birthday Party on Island

Aman from New York treated his wife, family, and Island residents to a fireworks display Saturday, September 16, during a surprise 60th birthday celebration for his wife. The fireworks were shot from a barge off Round Island.

The man planned the elaborate birthday party by making arrangements for the couple's children and grandchildren to meet them at the Iroquois

Hotel. The couple was traveling by boat from New York through the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, said Becky Barnwell, restaurant manager at the Iroquois.

After the family dined in the Iroquois Saturday evening, the man arranged for a champaign toast at the restaurant's outside patio, when the fireworks began, said Ms. Barnwell.

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