This evening’s Sunset on the Square Summer Movie Series film, Ghostbusters, is a throwback from the 80’s that event organizer, Dawn McLain, said comes complete with green slime.
“I think the kids are going to make their own,” she said. “I don’t know for sure though, I don’t have 100 percent of the logistics, but I do know that slime will be involved.”
McLain said that each season the committee who chooses the shows for the year tries to include a throwback from movie days gone by. Throwbacks in previous years have included titles like Princess Bride and Goonies she said.
Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager, said committee members represent the joint effort between two, cohosting organizations – The City of St. George and Write It up Online. He said that he, and Community Arts Director Gary Sanders, participates on behalf of St. George, and McLain, who owns Write It up Online, makes up the third committee member.
Mortensen said that the partnership is what makes the entire program work. He said McLain does the majority of the planning and organizing – including movie licensure, fundraising, activity planning, basically everything it takes to make it happen – and the city provides the location, necessary equipment and half of the funding.
“She is definitely someone that we rely heavily on,” he said. “The thing that we like that Dawn has brought to the table is that she does a great job of putting on pre-show-time activities; I mean, she has them going for hours.”
McLain said preshow activities, like dancing, started as a way to help children get the wiggles out before the movie. Since then, she said residents throughout St. George have expressed how much they enjoy it.
“I will be shopping,” she said. “And someone will see me that recognizes me and they will ask, ‘Are we going to dance at tonight’s movie?’ which just tells me how much they like it.”
McLain said she feels like she is a part of connection building within the community, and the effort she puts into planning the summer series is truly a labor of love. She said that she feels closer to community members, and it’s nice to be a part of something that has become so meaningful to so many.
“The park itself,” McLain said. “Was built with the idea in mind to engage the community, and this is just really in tune with that whole thing.”
On some nights, Mortensen said there are nearly a thousand people gathered in the town square for movie night. Many of them, he said, come as early as 7 p.m. when activities start, even though the movie doesn’t start some nights until nearly 9 p.m.
“Movie time is different every time we do it,” he said. “Because it doesn’t start until sunset and sunset is always at a different time.”
He said he brought his family – Including his three-year-old daughter – to the Frozen viewing on July 11. He said his little girl had a blast when the whole park had a sing-along to the movie’s infamous song Let It Go.
In addition to the group activities, McLain said there are fun booths that set up each movie week, which is the second and fourth Friday of every month during the summer. She said the vendors are also sponsors for the bi-monthly event, and their fees help to ensure the movies could be shown in the first place.
McLain said that tonight’s activities would include a watermelon contest, water balloon tossing game, face painting and lawn bowling.
The last weekend of Sunset on the Square will be August 22. The feature movie that night will be The Blind Side, and McLain said that it will be chamber night, meaning all St. George Area Chamber of Commerce members will receive discounts at the vending booths.
More information about the Sunset on the Square Summer Movie Series is available at www.sgcity.org
The video attached is of the July 11 sing-along featuring Let It Go, the song from the Disney movie Frozen.