Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 14, 2014

‘Sunset @ the Square’ returns to weekly movie feature

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The popular “Sunset @ the Square” free, outdoor movie nights in Bluefield, Va.’s Jack Asbury Square will return to a weekly event next Saturday night — weather permitting — according to Mayor Don Harris.

The town started hosting the free movie nights a few years ago, but had to suspend the series last year because it had not paid motion picture showing licensing fees. Harris said the town could only budget enough funds this year to show the movies every other Saturday night.

Harris said that he approached several area businesses seeking support for the popular series, but was unsuccessful. “A Bluefield, Va., based foundation provided a grant so we can resume showing movies every Saturday night, weather permitting,” Harris said. He did not release the name of the foundation that stepped up to help.

Rachel Jenkins of Bluefield, Va., attended the showing of the 2010 version of  “Karate Kid.” Jenkins said the movies, “give you a chance to come out and socialize,” she said.

“This town is small and there needs to be things like this for people to come out and enjoy,” Jenkins said. “I think it’s great that it is returning to a weekly event during the summer.”

The series features family-oriented films that Nick Ball, assistant director of the Bluefield, Va., Parks & Recreation Department selects each week from the new releases. In addition to a free movie, the town provides free popcorn, chips, snacks, soft drinks and also door prizes throughout the movie.

“This is a great thing for families,” Rick Green of Falls Mills, Va., said. Green and his wife, Ashley, brought their six children with them to enjoy the show. “It’s like going to the movies with the Brady Bunch,” Green said.

A trio of interns including Coen Beck, a student of King College, as well as Braley Freire and Rodney Kasey — both students at Bluefield College — seemed to be enjoying distributing the snacks and soft drinks.

“It’s all for the kids,” Kasey said.

“I think that entire families enjoy it,” Beck said.

“It’s fun,” Freire said.

Ball will select next Saturday’s movie early this week and post the selection on the message board at the intersection of College Avenue and State Route 720 near the Sanders House, at town hall, as well as at Harmony Acres and on the Harmony Acres Facebook page.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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