Who doesn't love sitting outside and watching a movie?
Sure, there can be bugs and heat and rain, but getting together with a lot of people to watch a movie is different from a dark, cold theater or lying on your couch by yourself - it's an event.
Sitting in your lawn chairs eating snacks and drinking a cold one (lemonade, of course) while watching a movie outside is fun. The kids can still run around and catch lightning bugs, you can come and go and no one cares, cars go by and honk, and the neighbors have to come to the movie or watch it from their living room.
This Friday, starting around 8 p.m.," The Muppets" (2011) will be shown at Linwood Park in Ardmore (Linwood Ave. and E Athens Ave.). For free. All welcome.
Yes, we know it's the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, but that is the most boring part! And there are DVRs and Comcast broadcasting it from every media outlet known to humankind (possibly directly into our brains) so come to the movie instead.
The Friends of Linwood Park can help host this event only with the total support of local community of faith, 6:8 Community Church. They get the movie, pay for rights, bring the equipment, set up the equipment, basically do everything. The rest of us just have to show up and be nice.
The Friends of Linwood Park has had an excellent collaboration with 6:8 from the opening of the park over two years ago. Stef, Jason, Cassie, Joe, Kim, Greg and many others from 6:8 have weeded, planted, facepainted, and basically helped us in any way we needed. So, we were so happy when they approached us about movie nights.
Last year, we had one blazingly hot movie night in July. I mean, it must have cooled down to 90 degrees or so at night, no air. People had to run home and get fans to keep the movie equipment cool. Linwood Avenue neighbor Peggy Ann Waters sold water ice and gave all the proceeds to the park. But lots of people came out!
Then, for the September movie night it rained. We had to cut off the movie in the middle. Bummer. So this Friday we are hoping for no rain - we can deal with the heat, but no rain.
Another, very important part of this, is the grant that 6:8 recieved from the Ardmore Rotary to update their sound and video equipment, so that 6:8 could host community events such as Movie Night at Linwood Park.
All the little things the little guys do in the neighborhood add up to big things in the end. So keep doing the little things. We'll see you Friday.