Grab the lawn chairs, blankets and favourite theatre snacks and head outside tomorrow as the Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen's Outdoor Movie Nights series kicks off its sixth season.
The first screening takes place at Winskill Park with a showing of 1985 adventure-comedy The Goonies. The movie nights bring the community and business sector together in fun, family-friendly and laid-back atmosphere, explains BIA executive director Barb Westlake.
"The business merchants come together. They want to make it fun. They want to make it interactive," she says.
The Tsawwassen BIA hosts the movie nights to thank the community for shopping locally, she adds. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger, Westlake says, noting former BIA executive director Ana Arciniega, who moved on to a position with Delta Gymnastics last year, did an "amazing job" with the initiative.
Westlake says the BIA couldn't do the event without the support of local service clubs and noted the Lions Club will be operating the concession at Winskill tomorrow, the Rotary Club for the second movie night and the TOOBs for the final movie. This year proceeds go to the South Delta Invaders '99. The girls' fast pitch team will be helping with the set-up, food sales, parking, information and clean-up.
While movies are scheduled to start at dusk, pre-show activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow's event includes a performance from Vitamin D, formerly known as Loose Change, as part of Delta's Concerts in the Park summer series. The band plays a mix of classic and current rock.
There will also be inflatable activities like slides and bouncy castles, notes Matthew Norris, events and communications assistant for the Tsawwassen BIA. Local businesses and community groups will run 15 booths with activities, he adds.
"They'll have their own activity in each booth," says Norris, mentioning examples like Frisbee toss and face painting.
The opening night of the series is sponsored by Randy's Tirecraft and Tsawwassen Collision.
Each of the three movie nights will be held on Saturdays. Next up is The Lorax on Aug. 10 at Diefenbaker Park, sponsored by Budget Blinds & Vancity. Doghouse, a local Celtic band, will perform.
The series wraps up with Pirates of the Caribbean on Aug. 24 at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall. The Flanagans will perform their brand of folk and contemporary music. The finale is sponsored by the mall.
The movie nights are free to attend and guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights. Bug spray is also recommended.
In case of extreme weather, the events will be rescheduled.
Visit the BIA's website at www.shoptsawwassen.com or check out the association's Facebook page (Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association) for updates before heading out to the park.
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