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Arts Council adds outdoor movie nights at Thompson Park

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The outdoor movie season just got a little more crowded.

For the first time, the North Country Arts Council will be offering an outdoor movie night at Thompson Park.

The council is offering a double feature for the “Movies in the Park” event, with “Finding Nemo” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and “Jaws” to follow. It will hold another movie night Aug. 17.

The Arts Council has been working on the project for about three years and decided that Thompson Park was the perfect site, said President Michael C. Miller.

It makes for an inexpensive night for families, he said, suggesting that attendees bring a lawn chair or blanket. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and other refreshments will be sold from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“I think people are looking for something to do outdoors and together,” he said, adding that the Arts Council wants to see more people using Thompson Park.

To get movie fans interested, council officials had people vote for their favorite of five potential double features. They will do the same for the Aug. 17 show.

The city Parks and Recreation Department is holding its own outdoor movie nights this summer at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Parks and Arts Council officials, however, say they are not competing with each other’s events. They are working with each other on the two Thompson Park nights, Mr. Miller said.

So far, city park officials have had some bad luck with weather. Wet weather initially postponed a June 28 showing of “The Perfect Game.” It finally was shown a few weeks later during the rain, and about 50 people attended.

The city has not given up on offering two more movie nights, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin E. Gardner said. The first one will be Aug. 2; the movie that will be shown has not yet been chosen.

The city and the Heather Freeman Foundation will present “We Bought a Zoo” in September.

With possible severe thunderstorms forecast for tonight, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton has canceled its “Movie Under the Stars” night. Those seeking refunds of their $5 donation ticket should go to the boat museum’s desk before Wednesday with their tickets. A new date has not been set.

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