B'ville: Free movie night

The big screen's coming to Paper Mill Island.

On Friday Sept. 7, everyone is invited to the popular island venue for a free screening of the classic, "The Wizard of Oz."

"This is one more opportunity to utilize Paper Mill Island and welcome people to our village," said Lee Wilder, executive director of the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. "We all know there's just not too much out there free anymore and we hope the community embraces this opportunity. We hope the families will come together, pack a snack, grab a lawn chair and come relax."

Sponsored by the village of Baldwinsville, the GBCC and Anheuser-Busch, the movie will begin shortly after the 7:20 p.m. sunset on a 15- by 20-foot screen.

"We're watching Dorothy and Toto," said Mayor Joe Saraceni, who spearheaded the project.

"We thought (The Wizard of Oz) would be a great flick to show on a large screen, although, I've always had a problem with those flying monkeys," added Wilder. On a more serious note, she said, "It's a classic movie that has all the key components: adventure, family, fantasy and music. Not to mention, it was written in 1939 by Chittenango native Lyman Frank Baum."

This is a free event for all to enjoy. Boaters are also welcomed to dock on the island and take in the show.

In the event of foul weather, a rain date has been set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 8. No alcohol will be permitted on the island and youth 16 years old and younger will require adult supervision.

When asked if the event will be repeated, Wilder said absolutely.

"We anticipate more movie nights next year," she said. "We wanted to get at least one in this year to see how it adapts before future planning. Hopefully, this will stay an easy, low cost event so that we can take this occasion to give back to the residents of our community."

School groups and non-profit organizations are welcome to utilize the event as a fundraising opportunity, namely to sell snacks to moviegoers. Interested parties should contact Wilder at 638-0550 or at bchamber07@verizon.net to make arrangements.

"The chamber would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Saraceni for spear heading this project and really making it happen," Wilder said. "With everything else on our mayor's plate, he took the time to acquire our funding through Anheuser-Busch and is working very closely with us."

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