Town to screen movies in the park

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After securing a massive outdoor screen and projector, the Colchester Parks and Recreation Department has decided to take its show on the road this summer, playing a series of family-friendly films in locations around town.

“It all goes with our motto to provide a variety of leisure time activities,” said Mike LaPan, the department’s marketing and recreation specialist. “[To] make Colchester a place that’s fun to live, work and play.”

LaPan said the department hopes its “no frills” movie presentations, which begin on Tuesday evening, will give residents a chance to kick back and relax with family and friends in areas both familiar and new.

“We were trying to come up with some new summer ideas,” LaPan said. “[The aim] was to bring folks out to some of the different area parks, especially ones they haven’t been to very often.”

He noted the geographical spread of Colchester can often make it difficult to connect with community members that live in far-reaching neighborhoods across town.

Hosting films in a variety of locations provides the opportunity to explore lesser-known parks, LaPan said, while also giving interested viewers the ability to stay close to home in their favorite nearby recreation destination.

Movies will be screened on Tuesday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Union Memorial School; Monday, July 24 at 8 p.m. at Fort Ethan Allen; Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Airport Park; and Friday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Bayside Park.

Film licensing regulations prevent organizers from printing and promoting the movie line-up set to grace the screen, LaPan said, but interested residents can call 264-5645 to hear a recorded message detailing the full listings.

Local ice cream shop The Village Scoop is also getting in on the fun. A post on its Facebook page encourages movie attendees to stop by the store for a frozen “Elsa Milkshake” and bag of popcorn on their way to next Thursday’s showing.

All four films are rated G or PG, according to parks and recreation. Attendees are invited to bring their own blankets, chairs and snacks, just like they would to a typical drive-in movie or the Colchester summer concert series.

All showings are free and will proceed on schedule barring any poor weather, LaPan said.