Mark your calendar to catch the last ‘Movies In The Park’ set for Sunday, August 18. It’s not just fun –it’s a tradition!
What better way to spend some quality family time than to be out in Wright Township’s lovely park on a summer evening with the kids watching a great flick like “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”? Now, add in free popcorn!
This feel-good Mountaintop tradition is courtesy of the good folks of the Kiwanis Club. Organizer Lisa East, of Shane East Photography, says, “The Kiwanis Club has been offering the Movies In The Park for many, many years. About four years ago we decided to purchase our own equipment, so that’s reduced our costs considerably. We even bought a popcorn popper so we could give the popcorn away.”
Lisa adds that the movies are always family fare, and while the littlest kids may crowd around mom and dad on a blanket or share a lawn chair, the teens still enjoy it. But they might just be sitting together a little way off, she notes with a laugh.
“The movies start at dusk and we show them on the baseball field so you can spread out and enjoy the show. We’ve got a great sound system, too. We have the free popcorn and other refreshments are available for sale,” Lisa says.
The event is just one of the Kiwanis Club’s annual events, she reports. “The Kiwanis’ main goal is ‘Serving the children of the world,’ from local events to programs around the world.” The group is fully committed to a joint, international program with UNICEF to eradicate tetanus in mothers and children.
Closer to home, the service organization sponsors the Key Club, mentoring high school students, and the Builders Club geared for middle school age children. Lisa says there is even a club for younger kids, and as the Mountaintop organization grows, new programs can be added.
In fact, new plans are afoot for the annual Wings Challenge to be expanded to include a “Pro –Am Chili Cook off,” Lisa explains. Obviously, the Kiwanis plan ahead and follow through. This tasty event will be in October at Sand Springs.
If planning makes perfect, the Movies In The Park funfest will continue to get better and better. Lisa reminds with a chuckle, “Just remember to bring your blankets and chairs and bug spray, and we’ll keep doing this as long as people keep coming!”