The Exeter Cultural Arts Council's (ECAC) first attempt at organizing a movie night in City Park was a huge success with the showing of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

More than 100 people sat on benches, lawn chairs and blankets to eat pizza and popcorn while watching the 1960s family classic on Thursday night, July 15.

"This has been more successful than we thought for our first try," said Teresa Ogas, ECAC member.

In addition to the movie, the ECAC also arranged to open the wading pool from 7 p.m. until the start of the movie at about 9 p.m. after dark. There was a lifeguard on duty.

"We wanted to do something in the summer time for the whole family," said Jennifer Davis, another ECAC member.

Dubbed Classics In The Park, the ECAC's movie night is one of the few community events held in Exeter during the summer months. The ECAC is most known for its organizing of Art Affair, which traditionally displays art from local artists throughout downtown Exeter and sponsor a chalk-art competition.

The next Classics In The Park movie will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 5. The ECAC is asking those interested in attending to vote for their favorite of the following classic family films:

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Mary Poppins

    To vote, go down to Classics in Flowers, 125 S. F St., or the Wildflower Cafe, 121 S. E St., and enter the name of the movie you would like to see.

    The Wading Pool will be open again from 7 p.m. until the start of the movie. VIP Pizza will again provide the food and Video Plus will again lend the council its popcorn machine. The projection equipment is provided by the Visalia Unified School District. The sound equipment is provided by Primetime Sound of Exeter.

    Admission is free and donations are encouraged. The Exeter Cultural Arts Council's mission is to provide artistic and cultural activities for the community of Exeter.

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