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Friday Night Flicks premiers at Two Rivers Park

JOHN GARDNERGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association loves film. This August it will premier the first Friday Night Flicks at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood.According to the chamber’s vice president of special events, Krista Kaufman, it’s going to be quite the event.”It’s pretty straightforward,” she said. “Food, fun and films.”So be prepared for end-of-summer-fun for the whole family.”It’s kind of like bringing back the drive in,” Kaufman said. “Even though you can’t drive in.”The Glenwood Chamber and the Roaring Fork Young Professionals (RFYP) worked together in making the event a reality after the City of Glenwood approved an $8,600 grant, green-lighting the program.Kaufman said the chamber is a long-standing member of the Colorado Film Commission and thought of the idea in the past, but just needed a little help to get things going.The RFYP members jumped on board and took it upon themselves to sell sponsorships to community businesses and help promote the film series. A list of films was voted on – by the community – and tallied to determine the final four films to be viewed.”One of the reasons for the event was that people were coming to us with the idea of movies in the park,” Kaufman said. “We thought it was a good fit and a new group of young professionals took it upon themselves and applied for the grant. Now, here we are.”Before the grant was approved by city council, Bighorn Toyota jumped on the movie wagon and helped out as a sponsor.”They really stepped up to the plate,” Kaufman said.The event will be similar to Summer of Jazz, Kaufman said – it’s free and open to the public. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand and a 13- by 24-foot inflatable screen will display the movies for all to see.”People can bring their picnic baskets and enjoy the park for the rest of the summer season,” Kaufman said.Coolers and alcoholic beverages are permitted, but no glass containers are allowed. Kaufman said they want to keep a family feel to the event and people are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and snacks, but leave the family pets at home.The inaugural film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, will show on Aug. 3. From there, all people are required to do is relax and enjoy.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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