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.

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