Saturday, April 07, 2007
Thanks, New Castle Valley AASR
Many, many thanks to the brethren of the Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, Pennsylvania for having me out two weeks ago to speak at their annual fish dinner. Several hundred brothers and guests were there for a terrific evening of fellowship. The food was great, and the new friendships made were even better. Their hospitality couldn't have been more generous, and I thank everyone who came out and made my first trip there so memorable.
The New Castle Scottish Rite Cathedral is a magnificent facility, and has one of the largest auditoriums in western Pennsylvania. The brethren have maintained it beautifully and responsibly, and they have much to be proud of.
The city of New Castle itself is a great example of historic preservation on a grand scale. The downtown area shows the proud and loving care of a community that has adapted well from its manufacturing origins. Every corner brings a new surprise, and it is well worth a visit. And the best part of all is that New Castle is home to, not one, but two of the premiere fireworks companies in the world: Zambelli Internationale and S.Vitale Pyrotechnic Industries, Inc. (Pyrotecnico).