If you’re going
What: Northside Hospital Movies in the Park
When: Saturday; festival begins at 7 p.m., movie at 8:45 p.m.
Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road
Cost: Free to attend; vendors charge for food items
For more information, visit www.gamoviesinthepark.com.
A chance to see a free movie is a rarity, but that’s what Northside Hospital-Forsyth will offer this weekend.
On Saturday, the hospital will hold its Movies in the Park event at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Southern Outdoor Cinema, a local company, will provide a 43-foot inflatable screen for the airing of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”
Susan Murray, who along with husband Paul owns the business, said the movie will feel a lot like a typical theater experience.
“[The screen] is three stories tall, so it’s very large, not the largest we have, but still very large, and it’ll be in high-definition so it’ll be just like a movie theater,” she said.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for viewing the film, which will begin at sundown, or about 8:45 p.m.
Gates will open at 7 p.m., when there will be a number of family-friendly activities available, Murray said.
“We’re going to have bounce houses, a professional face painter and there’s also going to be a clown show … a circus clown that does a 30-minute show and it’s all free,” she said. “We label it as a movie and a festival.
“Some families just come for the free stuff ahead of the time, and some people just come for the movie.”
The event is part of a series sponsored by the hospital, offering free outdoor movies to families around the north metro area.
“We’re doing this as part of the Northside movie series, so we’ll be going to Milton as well as Canton and Dawsonville, too,” Murray said. “But Forsyth’s our home, so this is the one that we always like because we’re giving back to our own community.”
Russ Davis, director of marketing and public relations for Northside, said hospital officials were happy to bring the movie events to the area.
“Northside Hospital is proud to help bring events to the community that offer families the opportunity to relax and unwind together,” he said. “These type events are fun for the whole family and are helpful for the mind, body and soul.”
Tracy Helms with the Cumming Fairgrounds said the event has been held there in the past, but not in recent years.
“This is really our first year of being involved with it,” he said. “In the past, they just rented from us and they did their own thing.”
This year, Helms is helping to organize vendors for the event, who he said would be selling food like hamburgers, hot dogs and shaved ice.
“They’ll be offering something quick, something fast, and then you’ve got your peanuts and popcorn for during the movie and drinks,” he said.
Helms said he’s hoping for a good turnout.
“Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us and it should be fun,” he said. “I hope it does grow legs and takes off running.”