Written by Paige Mcatee Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
The weather called for perfect outdoor-movie night conditions. “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful night,” said Greene.
The movie began at dusk, but families started coming into the park area at six at night to lay out their blankets, set up their chairs and brought snacks to get ready for an enjoyable night under the stars.
Last year’s movie night brought in around 300 people, and Greene expected even more this year. In the previous two years, movie night has featured The Lorax and Despicable Me.
“It’s definitely getting bigger and bigger every year,” Greene said.
The Mineola Junior Fire Department ran a concession stand for moviegoers that included snacks, hot dogs and sodas.
Erin Park and her 4-year-old daughter Anikka were both excited for the movie night and arrived early with her sister Megan Romito and her 10-month-old daughter Lucia.
This is their first time attending move night.
“It’s a nice way to see people that you know,” said Park, who was born and raised in Mineola, but now lives in Saugerties.
“They loved The LEGO Movie,” said Park of her daughter and her niece. “They saw it in the theatre but haven’t seen it since, so they’re excited.”
The Park’s made sure to participate in the raffle, which was giving away two DVDs of The LEGO Movie. Available for all of the guests were The LEGO Movie activity packets, as well as glow sticks, crayons for the kids and chip clips for the parents.