Along with beautification and preserving the quality of life, one main goal of Clintonville Rotary is bringing people together.

Along with beautification and preserving the quality of life, one main goal of Clintonville Rotary is bringing people together.

Surely Gene Wilder and Judy Garland can help do that.

The next project for the service club will be "Movies in the Park," the showing of two treasured family films on a 28-foot screen set up on the lower soccer fields at Whetstone Park.

First up, on Saturday, July 10, will be "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." The 1971 film, based on the Roald Dahl book and screenplay, starred Gene Wilder in the title role.

The rain date will be Saturday, July 17.

On July 24, the classic 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown. The rain date is Saturday, July 31. Judy Garland was swept to stardom in the role of Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale, who gets swept to a land of danger and enchantment by a tornado, only to eventually discover that, "There's no place like home."

Those attending the free screenings are asked to arrive by 8:30 p.m. and to bring blankets, chairs, bug spray and flashlights, according to the announcement from Clintonville Rotary.

"We thought Whetstone would be a perfect theater," club spokeswoman Ruth Milligan said last week.

Outdoor movies have been successful elsewhere in central Ohio, notably in Grove City. Rotary members thought it would be worthwhile this summer to have two test screenings to gauge public interest.

"This event marks the second signature event sponsored by and hosted by the Clintonville Rotary," according to the announcement. "The first was the tree lighting at Whetstone last December."

Both gatherings involve "new and fun uses of our great park space," Milligan said.

"This is a service to our community," she said. "We're not charging anyone to attend."

Club members will serve light refreshments in exchange for a donation during both movie nights.

Rotary members hope that "Movies in the Park" becomes a summer tradition, according to Milligan.