By Serge Bielanko
As much as you probably want to plant a flip-flop in my backside for saying this, fact is: the summer is winding down.
I hate it too. Where did it all go? How can a season- and the most glorious one at that- whoosh by ten times faster than the cold hard winters that seem to last nine months anymore? It isn't fair. But it is true. At least to me it is.
Soon: school buses, pumpkins, and football traffic will be all up in our world again. And not long after that...we will drive in our cars, windows up tight, past baseball fields and parks and lakes where not long ago we stood rotisserizing in the sun. Oh happy days...where have you gone?
Okay, okay, I'll shut up. Summer isn't even OVER yet and here I am waxing poetic about her before she's even walked into the graveyard. But before I go, can I just say one thing? If you've been having a wonderful summer (or even if you haven't) and yet you're kind of wishing there was one little event that you could plug into this final month of it all, something to tie it all together with relaxed memories of a darn near perfect evening, I might just have the ticket for you.
Well, actually you don't even need a ticket.
The Bellefonte Woman's Club GFWC's totally FREE series of Saturday Night Movies in Talleyrand Park has been a roaring success this summer. Unlike a lot of events that happen around Bellefonte, this one doesn't have a long history of bringing people out either. It was a brand new vision a year ago, one cooked up by the women of the club in an effort to give something back to this community they love and represent. And give back they have started at the beginning of June and running right through the first week of September, the Woman's Club will have shown 7 Hollywood blockbusters on that silver screen set up right smack dab in the middle of town.
People have shown up in droves, obviously. Bellefonte, if nothing else, knows a good time when it sees it. Kids and parents, older folks and their friends, young couples just starting things up, even solo folks who have loved going to the cinema for years on their own (one of the best ways to watch a film!) have all flocked to the green grass of Talleyrand to watch everything from Disney's Moana to that timeless baseball classic, Field of Dreams.
And so, look: if you haven't had the chance to make it down to one of these magical evenings where they serve up free popcorn and water in the twilight and and kids chase ducks in the moments before the opening credits roll, fear not. You still have a couple more chances.
They've saved the best ones for last too, if you ask me .
How does The Wizard of Oz on the big screen sound?
Uh huh. I thought so. Can it get much better than that? I mean, maybe if you hit a local joint for some dinner and ice cream right before the show it does take things up a notch, but this is still a pretty perfect idea regardless. Of course, 1939's The Wizard of Oz is one of the all-time greats, an unstoppable amalgam of every single thing Hollywood has ever done right. It's enchanting story and it's sensational characters are the stuff of deep legend and we both know why.
But when was the last time you got the chance to watch it on a big screen out under the wide open starry sky, you know?
This Saturday, August 10th, you have your chance. And it probably won't come back around this way anytime soon, so do what you can to get there, okay? Take your kids, your parents, your neighbors.
Just leave the dogs at home. I mean, those flying monkeys?!?! There's not a dog in the world that can handle that, you know?
Okay then? You're off to see the wizard in the final weeks of summer.
What a night it will be.
Saturday Night Movies in the Park: The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, August 10th. Talleyrand Park
7:30 pm. All movies begin at dusk.
Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and flashlights.
Hosted by Bellefonte Woman's Club GFWC
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