Amy Cunningham
Families in both Gardner and Spring Hill should be able to enjoy a night out together without the worry of expense as each town hosts a Movie in the Park night this weekend.
Gardner Parks and Recreation will host its first ever Movie in the Park event this Friday, July 15, at Cornerstone Park at 215 N. Center Street. The group will present Yogi Bear staring Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake.
Adriana Holopirek, recreation supervisor for Gardner Parks and Recreation said the night was put together to offer the community a free outdoor activity.
“It’s a free movie that we’re doing for anyone in the community to come and enjoy a movie under the stars. Just something fun to get families out,” she explained.
Community members are invited to set up at 7:30 on the lawn of the ampitheatre at Celebration Park. Attendees are encouraged bring lawn chairs and blankets to set on during the film. Families are allowed to bring their own snacks and drinks or they may choose to purchase them from the concession stand on site.
The movie will begin around 9 p.m., after dusk.
The city plans to host a second Movie in the Park night sometime in September.
Spring Hill will host its fifth annual Movie in the Park night Saturday, July 16 at City Park located on Washington Street between Nichols and Hale streets. Moviegoers will be treated to a presentation of the animated film Megamind, staring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, and Tina Fey.
“We wanted something that young people and adults would relate to – we cater more to a younger crowd, but hopefully the parents will enjoy this movie,” said Jason Goin, Spring Hill Recreation Commission Director.
Amy Castle, of the Spring Hill Recreation Commission said that people may come to the park as early as 7 p.m. to claim their spot and get set up to watch the movie. The movie will start between 8:30 and 9 p.m. when it’s dark enough to see on the big screen. She suggested people bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks, as this year there will not be a concession stand on site. In the past Goin said they have had as many as 200 people attend Movie in the Park.