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Movie in the Park Promises Good Times and “Happy Feet”

July 16, 2008

By Kandace McCoy, Mt. Vernon Register-News, Ill.

Jul. 16–MT. VERNON — With daycamp winding down to just under two weeks, campers have been enjoying Water Week at Mt. Vernon Veterans Park. And, as an added bonus to the fun-filled week and in recognition of Movie in the Park, campers competed in a Penguin Relay Tuesday afternoon.

Friday’s Movie in the Park, “Happy Feet,” is sponsored by Walgreen’s Distribution Center. Events kick off at 7:30 p.m.

“It is a great movie that the entire family will enjoy,” states parks director George Bryant of the movie. “Happy Feet,” which won a 2007 Academy Award, is a story about penguin born who cannot sing, but can tap dance.

“It is an animated movie that has a terrific story line, music and dancing. I’ll warn you now that you will probably find yourself tapping your feet along with the movie,” added Bryant.

Daycampers participated in the Penguin Relay Tuesday, racing in swimming flippers and goggles and carrying a bag of ice. After removing those items, they jumped into the water for a race across the pool, then putting the flippers and goggles back on before climbing out and carrying the bag of ice to their teammate.

Friday’s Movie in the Park is a free event and is also part of the Family Adventure Series. The idea of the Family Adventure Series is to provide exciting inexpensive family oriented programs, Bryant stated. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks. A kettle corn vendor will be present cooking hot, fresh popcorn throughout the movie.

At 7:30 p.m. penguin games for children will be played prior to the movie. “Everyone likes to come out early and find the perfect spot to watch the movie and this will give us a chance to play some games,” recreation coordinator Wes Plummer said. All activities will be held on the north side of the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building. In the event of rain the movie will be moved inside the building.

Happy Feet is the second installment of four movie nights planned throughout the summer by the City Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information about Day Camp or about Movie in the Park, you may contact Plummer or Bryant at 242-6890.

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