Marna O'Brien park was the setting for another Movie in the Park event... coupled with Camp Out Night. I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the number of campers out there. I was just quipping to my brother that some people are "glass half full" types, and others are "glass half empty" types... but I think I'm more like a "the glass is bone dry" type. So I was expecting there to be about 3 tents out there.
Instead, last count had the number at 35 campsites. Pretty good for an event that doesn't have years of lore behind it. I can just imagine how packed the park will be as the 5th and 10th annual Camp Out at the Park roll around.
With the days already getting markedly shorter, the movie was set to start shortly after 8:00pm, and it was amply dark enough to see the screen. The last Marna movie night was a bit more difficult to see for the first 10 mins or so because of the lingering twilight sky.
In the run up to the movie, there were activities for people to participate in. The boy scouts had an area, as did the sheriff's department.
While walking my dogs around the perimeter, I ended up stopping to talk to many people. Four of our five city council members were in attendance... can anyone guess who was absent?
I can just hear the snide comments from the Cantankerotti now... let's check in with them, shall we?
|Lo and behold there were ants at the park. Though I'd be happy to dump a 50 gallon drum of DDT on them, somehow I'm thinking my esteemed friends prefer unilateral disarmament where we simply just padlock the parks instead.|
Well, if that were the case [campaigning by the incumbents], they sure are lousy at it. No banners, no shirts, no hats, no buttons, no chatter, no nothing about the campaign. Just a night for WildoMartinis to go out and enjoy an August evening. Come on guys (and Madam Mayor)... press the flesh until your palms turn white next time. ^.^
Missing from the smorgasbord of free publicity were candidates Andre and Leija. There are more events scheduled before the election, perhaps they will join in the fun next time... I mean, they do want to represent this city... right?
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A quick count on those that came out. The estimate is 150 that came for the movie. 20 or so that manned the various booths and 35 spots that were reserved with at least 2 campers, some with families of 6... and at least 2 (my wife and me) that came for the pre movie festivities only.
Check out a few more pics to get a feel of the evening.