Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Sinnissippi Aug. 19

Sinnissippi Park is home to family fun this summer with “Movies in the Park,” brought to you by Centre Events as part of Rockin’ Summer. The fun kicks off at dusk every Saturday through Aug. 26.

We all have fond memories of summertime fun with our families. Outdoor movies have become almost extinct, but this is a great way to create memories for your children, nieces, nephews or friends that will last them a lifetime.

Each time I attend an event at Sinnissippi, I spend much of the time taking in the crowd. It’s young and old, and has a great mix of ethnicities. There is always at least one child running up the aisle without a care or a fear of tripping, which we acquire with age. Puppies and senior canines alike make up the extended family enjoying the activities. I even saw a rabbit at a Charlotte’s Web concert; seemed quite appropriate to me.

Aug. 19, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes the screen in Spanish with English subtitles. This is a tremendous way to enhance your language skills, so if you are English-speaking, come on out and brush up your Spanish.

Free, quality family entertainment is something that is very important to partners such as the Park District, Centre Events and Rockin’ Summer. Aren’t we lucky as a community? Gregory M. Vending will be there to sell you the usual movie-going accessories: popcorn, soda, etc. Families may certainly bring their own refreshments, too! Please remember, no alcohol is allowed on Park District property.

The “Movies in the Park” season finale is the classic that introduced Drew Barrymore, oh, and Reese’s Pieces. Don’t miss E.T.! It will be like seeing an old friend again. For more information, visit

Bring your blanket, bug spray and enjoy the movie!

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue

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