Perryville kicks off summer with Movies at the Park
— Hundreds of kids and families packed into Lower Ferry Park on Friday night for the first Movies at the Park event of the summer.
The showing of “Minions,” a spin-off of the popular “Despicable Me” movie, attracted quite a few fans of the little yellow dudes, including the Horne family from North East. Bonnie Horne brought her four kids and two nieces to the movie, as well as the family’s two “Minions”-themed
blankets to sit on.
“This is pretty cool,” said Horne, who noted this was the first Movies at the Park event they’ve attended. “The kids already got in line for the moon bounce and the face paint.”
Those activities, coupled with the chance for free popcorn, drinks and cotton candy, brought many families out to the park well before the movie was set to start at dusk. Besides the moon bounce and face painting, there was also a bouncy slide, several games and balloon animals.
This is the second year the town of Perryville has partnered with Restore Church to offer Movies at the Park and the movie night typically draws between 400 and 500 people, said Amanda Hickman, Perryville economic development coordinator. Seeing the families come out early was also great, Hickman said, because one of the event’s goals is to draw more people to the downtown area.
“We want to give the community something fun to do,” Hickman said. “It’s a
draw and it’s part of our revitalization efforts.”
Restore Church had a similar idea in mind when it started hosting community movie nights around the time it was founded five years ago, said the church’s co-pastor Eliza-
beth Bousa. The church started by hosting events in Harford County and eventually expanded their reach. It will host six different movie nights this summer, including the two in Perryville, she said.
“We thought it was a really great way to connect with the community,” Bousa said.
The church licenses the movies from a production company and typically picks the five or six most popular ones to show at its events. Though all the events have
consistently grown over the last few years, some of the movies bring in larger crowds than others, she said, noting that a showing of “Frozen” brought out nearly 1,000 people.
Restore Church and Perryville will host another movie night in conjunction with the community camp out being held in Perryville Community Park on Aug. 5. People will be able to vote on what movie they want to see through a survey on the
But for many at Lower Ferry Park on Friday, the decision to show “Minions” was already a great choice. Lindsey Smith, 7, of Elkton, who had come to see the movie with her dad and grandmother, estimates this will be her third time seeing the movie. Her favorite character is the smallest minion, Bob, she said.
“I like his Teddy Bear,” she said with a laugh.
The first Movies at the Park event of the summer drew a large crowd to Lower Ferry Park in Perryville.