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Giant Movie Screen Coming to Summer Fest's Family Night in the Park

Posted July 1st, 2013

It’s sure to be a fun night under the stars, as Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. hosts Family Night in the Park on Aug. 3.  Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, and some popcorn, to relax and watch “The Lorax” on the Great Lawn of Phoenix Park.

Construction on S. Barstow St. is shaking DECI’s summer schedule up a bit this year, said Salina Heller, DECI’s communications and promotions coordinator.  Summer Fest, which has always been held on S. Barstow St. and its side streets, won’t be able to go on as normal.  Instead, a few of the components of the festival will be held in Phoenix Park, where, for the last few years, there has been a Family Night in the Park to cap off Summer Fest activities.

“It’ll be a wonderfully fun night out for everyone.  We’ll celebrate all that’s happening downtown and provide great activities for people to relax and have fun for free!” Heller said.

New this year is a 25 by 14 ft. movie screen that will be brought in from the Minneapolis area, sponsored locally by Citizens Community Federal.

“We can’t explain how excited we are to have this new feature,” Heller said. “We’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of Phoenix Park at night and we’ll truly be able to come together and have everyone simply ‘hang out’ as a community.  It’ll be a unique experience.”

While there won’t be Summer Fest activities on S. Barstow St., Volume One will be hosting Chalkfest, as normal in Wilson Park.  People are encouraged to stop down and take a stroll along S. Barstow, support the local merchants, and take a look at the street progress.

At Family Night, there will be crafts related to “The Lorax,” inflatables, some food for purchase, kid’s games, and free popcorn.  Admission is also free.  Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s Golden Trunk Players will perform an interactive show at 8:00 p.m.  It will be Dr. Seuss themed so kids can dress up in their favorite Dr. Seuss outfit.  “The Lorax” will be shown at dusk, which will be approximately 8:30 p.m.