This summer, Prattville is sponsoring new family friendly entertainment events for residents to enjoy free of charge. "Prattville's Free Family Fun Summer" will feature two free outdoor movies in June, the annual Independence Day celebration in July and a back-to-school street dance in August. The movies under the stars and dance are new additions to the city's summer lineup.
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "The Tale of Despereaux" will be shown on a large inflatable screen at the amphitheater at Cooters Pond Park. Residents are urged to bring folding chairs and blankets to take in the outdoor movies. Food vendors will be on hand, and no alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
Originally, the city had planned to show one outdoor movie in June and another in July.
"We talked about it and decided that it was too hot in July to have an outdoor movie," said Mayor Jim Byard Jr. said with a grin. "We want folks to have a good time and enjoy themselves; we don't want them to be miserable."
Patricia Baxter applauds the city for offering the outdoor cinema events.
"I love it that Prattville has all these things to do during the year," she said. "Even though we are a city, I like it that we hold onto those small-town traditions of parades and events that bring the community together."
The state of the economy played a role in the expansion of the free events this year, said Kellie Cook, the city's special events director.
"Everyone is focusing on 'staycations' lately, but sometimes there is not anything fun and exciting going on for families to do," she said. "These events will give everyone the opportunity to participate. They are fun for the entire family, but best of all they are free."
Source: "Prattville summer plans free and family-friendly" by Marty Roney -Montgomery Advertiser. Read full article at: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20090530/NEWS01/905300309/Prattville+summer+plans+free+and+family-friendly