Orange’s Movie in the Park starts tonight

ORANGE — Pack up the family, grab the lawn chairs and bug spray and head to the first Friendly Town Movie in the Park tonight.

The free outdoor film series kicks off with “The Lego Movie” at the soon to open Quabbin Harvest Community Co-op on 12 North Main St. at 8:30 p.m.

The new program, named for its intended location of Butterfield Park next year — once renovations are complete — begins a series of movies shown the third Thursday of the month, continuing through August and September.

Brian Eno, one of the projects organizers, received permission at a Board of Selectmen’s meeting back in May when he presented the family-friendly idea. Funded through a grant and fundraisers, Movies in the Park is part of the Third Thursday Project the town of Orange is rolling out in order to bring fun, cultured, artsy events to downtown Orange and drive local business traffic.

“The Movies in the Park serves several purposes to include bringing people together into the downtown to see the recent changes and to foster a greater feeling of community,” Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy said.

Eno said that with the Farmers Market taking place at the Amory on Thursdays, it would be great for people to shop there, grab some food and head to the movie. He says it’s just the first piece in the strategy to bring more activities to downtown Orange. Plans to show the hit Disney movie “Frozen” on Aug. 21 and then switch gears to a couple’s date night themed movie for Sept. 18 are in the works.

More information and updates can be found by following Friendly Town Movies in the Park on Facebook.

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