Per­ryville kicks off sum­mer with Movies at the Park

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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

town web­site.

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

The first Movies at the Park event of the sum­mer drew a large crowd to Lower Ferry Park in Per­ryville.

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