Perryville to host first Community Campout tonight
— Fans of a galaxy far, far away will be able to watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” under some actual stars when the town hosts its first Community Campout tonight.
Those who attend the campout, which Perryville is hosting with some help from Restore Church, have the option of watching the movie and leaving, or pitching a tent and staying all night in Perryville Community Park.
While the movie begins at 8:30 p.m., there will be a moon bounce as well as free popcorn, cotton candy and water leading up to showtime.
“There’s so much out there already to do,” said Amanda Hickman, the town’s economic development coordinator. “Bring your volleyball, tennis equipment or play on our new playground.”
People should also bring flashlights, Hickman said noting that it’ll be a dark walk to the bathrooms otherwise, once nightfall sets in.
She said it’s a good family event, especially for those that can’t afford to take vacations otherwise.
“People who may not have to opportunity to go away can do this,” she said.
Hickman plans to be among those spending the night in the park, which makes sense, since it was her idea in the first place.
“I said, ‘Let’s utilize our park. It’s a great space. You can do more than just play on the playground,’” Hickman said.
On any given day, the park plays host to walkers and runners, an- glers, families and daycare providers.
Like any campground, for this Community Camp Out there will be the opportunity for hot dogs and s’mores, Hickman said.
“We will have three designated campfires anyone can use,” she said. “They can bring their own things to roast if they want to.”
Elk Mountain BBQ, Philly Dogs and Kona Ice will also be on hand selling their popular treats and eats.
Tents should be set-up by 7:30 p.m., although Hickman said there may still be enough daylight until 8 p.m. to pitch a tent. Those who do plan to camp will have to be registered before the movie begins. At least one person 18 or older must accompany all campers in a group.
Once the movie ends, Hickman said those who have not registered to camp will leave the park, which typically closes at dusk. Police will patrol the park overnight to ensure the safety of the campers, Hickman said.
For more information, call Perryville Town Hall at 410-642-6066.