CLINTON — The Jack Boynton Community Pool, in conjunction with the Clinton Youth Foundation and the Kirkland Town Library will be hosting Family Movie Night on Thursday evenings during the month of August.
Showtimes are approximately 7:30 p.m. and the admission is free.
Vice President of the of the CYF, Alison Peto said its event that supports family fun and encourages people to come out and spend time with the kids and your Clinton neighbors.
“It’s good, clean, safe family fun,” Peto said. “People come out and converse with each other, making friends and reinforcing past relationships. It’s a lot of fun.”
The CYF uses the large maroon soccer ball practice wall, which sits in front of the pool fence nearest the creek, to show the movies on.
“We use a big white sheet to project the movie on, and we borrow the projector from the library,” Peto said. “ We also get the movies from the library.”
Peto said families bring blankets and chairs and they just all sprawl out on the lawn and watch the show. The kids all see their friends and they start running around in the grass. We bring the Adirondack chairs out from the pool house and along with others peoples portable chairs the adults can just sit around talk until the movie starts. It’s great community atmosphere.
“We wait until later in August because it gets darker a little earlier,” Peto added. “We don’t want to wait until 9 p.m. to show a movie because the younger children have to be to bed around then.”
The movies they show are all family friendly.
“I suggest people check out our Clinton Pool Facebook page for updates,” she explained.
The movies scheduled to shown are “The Lego Movie: The Second Part,” also, “How to Train Your Dragon,” and finally there is a choice for the third and final movie the public can help select.
“We are asking people to vote for the last movie on our Facebook page,” she said. “ The two options we have are Spiderman; Into the Spider-Verse and Ant-man. We hope to get a big turn out on the online voting.”
Of course, no movie would complete without a wide assortment of snacks, and the money raised at the concession stand will be utilized for pool maintenance and general upkeep of the pool area, pool house and grounds.
“We have Snicker bars, M&Ms, ring pops, popcorn and other tasty treats.” she said. “As far as drinks, we only carry water, no soda...kids get enough sugar with the candy.”
She said sometimes they will make cupcakes as a special treat.
All the money raised from concession goes into the general maintenance fund to make improvements.
Peto said there are some things they would still like to accomplish.
“We’d like to make the necessary repairs of course,” she said. “But also, we’d love, in some way to heat the pool. We have a lot of people who say ‘I wish it was warmer.’ I mean obviously on really hot days the cool water feels awesome. But on cooler days, people say ‘OOh that water is chilly.’ So, heating the pool is one of our goals.”