Swing into summer with baseball movie series at ball park
Summer nights and baseball fields: not a new concept, but a welcome one.
But for two nights this summer, the fields won't just be for baseball. Well, not exactly.
That's because for the first time, a local banking group is using the Jim McDonnell Baseball Field at Newberg High School as a movie theater. And the subject for the movies? That's right, baseball.
The event is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Professional Group. Spokeswoman Ashley Achker said they will be showing two movies this summer. The movies will begin at 9 p.m., but movie-goers are encouraged to come earlier for games and other activities.
The first movie, slated for July 24, is the 1994 flick "Angels in the Outfield." On Aug. 21, they will preview another 1994 baseball film, "Little Big League."
"This is the first time we've put it on," Acker said, adding that her boss "wanted to find an event that would give back to the community and just have some fun."
She added that the baseball theme was settled on because someone else who works with the company is involved with the baseball community, so they worked out the location with the field on Elliott Road adjacent to the south high school parking lot.
"We were going to do it at the field so we wanted to do baseball movies," she said.
Acker said they are hoping for good turnouts for the movies. The company hosted a similar event in McMinnville in June, but only about 60 people attended because of rainy conditions. The forecast for July is more promising for "Angels in the Outfield," so they are hoping for a good turnout.
There will be free popcorn, candy and other treats available. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring lawnchairs, blankets and jackets in case it gets cool.
Acker said the company's goal was simple: "There's been some negative things in the community and we're hoping to bring some positivity to the environment."
Arts & Leisure briefs
The Newberg Public library will host Takohachi: Japanese Drum and Dance Ensemble today at 11 a.m. Wednesday (July 10).
The outdoor event features Portland's traditional Takohachi drum and dance ensemble and incudes songs in the modern Kumi Daiko style, popular amongst Taiko troupes in the United States, as well as many songs in the traditional Dentou Geinou style of ancient Japan.
For more about Takohachi, visit www.takohachi.org.
Floating troupe to perform Rogers Landing
A floating troupe of musicians will make their way to Newberg at 7 p.m. July 26 on the east end of Rogers Landing.
The group, Floatsoam, is a collection of musicians, circus artists and puppeteers performing at various stops on the Willamette River.
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