Free ‘Movies in the Park’ back after two-year hiatus due to COVID-19

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May 8 – Two Middletown staples, holiday parades and free summer movies, return this year thanks to an army of volunteers and community sponsors.

Event organizer Jeri Lewis made a presentation at last week’s council meeting, and members thanked her and the volunteers for their continued efforts.

The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on May 30 from Smith Park, descends Verity Parkway and ends at Woodside Cemetery where a ceremony will be held. Kenneth Baldwin, a Vietnam veteran who retired from AK Steel after 33 years, was selected to serve as grand marshal.

Lewis called him “a perfect candidate” for this honor.

Lewis showed council members pictures of previous parades with the streets lined with families.

“This is what a small town in America should look like,” she told the council. “Building relationships with each other.”

On May 28, Lewis said, volunteers from multiple organizations will place flags at the graves of every veteran buried at Woodside. She said the effort shows “really what Memorial Day is all about.”

The 4th of July Parade will take place on July 4 and will begin at 10 a.m. in Smith Park and end in Woodside. This year’s theme is “Middletown through the Decades,” and attendees are encouraged to dress in decade-appropriate costumes, Lewis said.

She said the floats are judged and the winners receive trophies.

“Movies in the Park” will take place on Saturday nights instead of normal Friday nights throughout the summer and fall, Lewis said. The films start on June 11 and end on October 15. Movies start at 9 p.m. and family activities start around 7 p.m.

Free snacks are provided by local churches. That way, Lewis said, parents have “no reason not to come” and bring their children.

It’s the first year for the movies since 2019 due to COVID-19, she said.

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MOVIES IN THE PARK

June 11, Downtown: Disney’s Encanto

June 25, Saint-Jean Festival: Spider-Man No Way Home

July 9, Downtown: Disney’s Rava

July 23, Sunset Park: Dear Evan Hansen

August 13, Downtown: Syng 2

September 17, Damon Park: Stages

October 15, Towne Mall: Ghostbusters II After Life


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