Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Milton’s summer series involves movies, food trucks.

Courtesy Nicole Dow; Neighbor Newspapers

Friendship Community Park in Milton will be the site of an entertaining evening of activity Saturday as the city kicks off its Family, Fun, Flicks and Food Trucks summer series.

Now in its third year for an outdoor movie series, the city has enhanced the events with the addition of popular Atlanta food trucks.

“We’ll have two to three [food trucks] at each movie,” said Angela Thompson, Milton’s special events and projects manager.

The types of food trucks have yet to be announced, she said, adding that the crowd’s response to the first event will help determine what food trucks will be at future movie nights.

“We’re also going to have Olde Blind Dog’s food truck out there, which is amazing,” Thompson said. “I know a lot of our Milton residents will be really excited about that.”

The number of movies shown will be increased from two last year to three this year.

“Again this year they are throw-back movies,” Thompson said. “We decided to go with movies that were really well known from the ‘80s. There’s nothing much better than ‘Back to the Future,’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘The Princess Bride.’ Those are pretty good classics.”

The film Saturday will be “Back to the Future.” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will be screened July 12 and “The Princess Bride” will be shown Aug. 2. Each night, the event will kick off at 7 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk — about 9 p.m.

Thompson said attendees are encouraged to bring games, balls or Frisbees to entertain themselves before the movie begins.

“The venue’s beautiful,” she said. “The park was almost built to hold an event like this.”

Thompson estimated about 400 to 500 attendees will come out for each movie.

“The movies have been really well received every year,” she said. “We realized after our first year that when it gets dark and the movies start around 9 o’clock, it really makes more sense to turn the movies to a more mature crowd because it is rather late for children to be out when the movie’s not ending until 11 o’clock.”

While the movies are rated either PG or PG-13, Thompson encourages parents to learn about the subject matter and content of each movie before deciding whether to bring their young children to the events.

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