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KRISTIE FISCHER, LEFT, and Caroline Brumley of Ripon lounge on a blanket for a showing of “Toy Story 2.” The evening’s sponsor was Heidel House Resort and Spa.  Andrea Lyke photo

Saturday Night ‘Movies in the Park’ returns to Green Lake

by Andrea Lyke

What’s better than getting fresh air outdoors while kicking back to enjoy a favorite, family film?

Green Lake’s “Movies in the Park” event brings together these two elements for the second-consecutive year.

In 2011 Tracy Swayze, owner of Subway of Green Lake, joined forces with the Green Lake Parks and Recreation Board to bring the event to life.

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Above, kids enjoy the free film after Green Lake’s Summer Solstice event.  Andrea Lyke photo

“[Movies in the Park is] something they’ve talked about in town for a long time,” Swayze said. “No one organization could afford to put it on.”

Green Lake’s Subway provided the 10 feet by 20 feet screen, projector and sound system to play the films.

Happy Lawns of Berlin donated mosquito control products and area sponsors each covered the cost of broadcasting rights for a film.

Sponsors include Green Lake Bank, Green Lake Kiwanis Club, Heidel House, McConnell Inn, Kinas Excavating, PGI, Shoreline Boat Center and Alling Enterprises.

All of the films are approved by the city of Green Lake and are appropriate for all ages. A list of film titles and locations of the films can be found at

The movies consist of comedic, classic, adventure, musical and other genres.

The first showing was on Saturday, May 26, and one film rated G or PG will be played each Saturday through July 21. The movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

Due to work on the Deacon Mills Wharf, the films will be shown at different locations through the weeks.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to the free film showings.

Local organizations sold popcorn last year, but did not find as much community interest as they had hoped.

If attendance to the films increases this summer, popcorn may be brought back in the future.

The group putting the event on also decided to start advertising on the radio this year.

Attendance at the movies is around 35 to 40 people, but Swayze hopes numbers will climb throughout the summer.

“We’d like it to become established like Wednesday night concerts; 100 people a night,” Swayze said.

He plans to continue the event in future years if the community continues to come out for the films.