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City entertains residents this summer

Sandy, with business support, offers theater, concerts and movies


What could be better than free? The city of Sandy is offering free movies and music concerts throughout the summer.

All free.

All in Meinig Park.

This is the annual program called Sandy Summer Sounds and Starlight Cinema. Printed schedules are available at City Hall, Sandy Library, Sandy Community Center and the Sandy Historical Museum.

On stage

But to begin the festivities, the city is throwing in a performance of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare in the Park is an outreach of the Portland Actors Ensemble, a nonprofit organization, and will be performed at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, on the Theater in the Woods stage.

This year, the play will be “The Merchant of Venice.”

Theater in the Woods is the small amphitheater in Meinig Park, which generally fills up quickly.

So that everyone can enjoy the show, bring a stadium chair or a blanket. Folding chairs and high-back lounge chairs do not fit in the amphitheater.

Concerts

Each concert series begins with a festival.

The Wine in the Woods Festival opens the Sunday concert series, and the Brewgrass Festival gets things rolling at the Wednesday Main Stage shows.

This year the concert series includes music from all over the world — from the United States to Cuba, the Caribbean, Japan, the Middle East, Ireland and more.

Event coordinator Katie Murphy suggests that park visitors welcome some new sounds and new styles of music.

“Open yourself up to something new,” Murphy said. “Even if it’s not your cup of tea, you’ve still had an opportunity to enjoy a summer evening with friends and neighbors in a beautiful park. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new musical interest.”

Movies

Reserve the five Saturday evenings in August for a special family treat: an outdoor movie each weekend that didn’t require driving a car alongside a post with two speakers that are to be hung on the windows.

No, this is a walk-in movie theater without walls and Meinig Park’s tree branches as a ceiling.

Murphy says there are some fun family movies this year that are going to be popular.

“If you’ve never been to a movie in the park, it is really something you should experience at least once,” she said. “Bring coats and blankets because it always gets cooler than most people realize. Also bring a blanket to sit on or a lawn chair, preferably one that sits low.”

The city of Sandy and area businesses have been generous and made it possible for local residents to enjoy events of interest to all members of the family.