Another success for the annual 24 Hour Sign Language Services’ Bonfire Party
Geez, my face is still roasting, and I might have melted a camera lens. Many Deaf and Hearing Signers/non-signers continued the tradition of attending the event in winter clothes and warm hats could be spotted among the crowd on Saturday evening. About 150 people attended a party. Debbie Grace, the owner of 24 Hour Sign Language Services hosted a party at her home in the city of Eaton, Colorado.
Right before sunset, the lighting of the bonfire was the best part of the event. It was so dry that it just went up straight away. There was practically nothing left of it on Sunday morning.
The first 24 Hour Sign Language Services’ Bonfire Party took place in 2001 and it was the Deaf Community’s involvement that made the event so popular. Since then most people wanted to return every year. Most people came from the far cities such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Vail, Grand Junction etc. Also, many people came from Wyoming, Texas, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Karl Orlander, the Secretary of Colorado Association of the Deaf (CAD) enjoyed himself at the party. He said,” I thought it was very good despite cold weather. The crowd seemed to be less but enjoyed time. I had a fun time socializing friends too.”
A student of American Sign Language (ASL) Shawn Summa said, ” I had a great time chatting and meeting other people. (It) was lot of fun to be immersed in the culture and learn. Food was good and the fire was hot. Being able to chat and socialize with more people was the best part of it”.
Another ASL student Rebecca Cooper brought her family to the bonfire party. Her mother was teased while roasting her hot dogs over the fire. I asked her if she was cooking her pet dog. They laughed.
If there is one thing that children of all ages love, it is a bonfire. There was about 40 children attending. Without a doubt, the best campfire treat in the world! Children opened a bag of marshmallows and got ready to roast some dessert. After cooking marshmallows to a toasty brown over the open fire, smush onto a graham cracker and add some chocolate. Top off the sandwich with another cracker and squeeze together. The chocolate melted into the marshmallow, and the creamy go makes the crackers stuck together. There was simply no better way to enjoy chocolate in the wild.
It was another success for the annual Bonfire Party. Many party goers and I send its heartfelt thanks to Debbie Grace the owner/interpreter coordinator of 24 HOUR Sign Language Services for the warmly bonfire party.
24 Hour Sign Language Services (24HRSLS) has been in business for over 10 years and they provide 24/7 interpreting services. They have over 75 interpreters. For more information about 24HRSL, click: http://www.24hrsls.com/