Free movies, concerts kick off seasons June 7 and 9
It's the time of year when Pickerington residents and visitors can take in a movie under the stars or dance in the grass to an eclectic mix of musical acts and artists -- all for free -- courtesy of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
The second weekend in June marks the start of the city's 2013 Friday Night Flicks, sponsored by Fairfield Federal, Friday, June 7, and the 2013 Summer Concert Series Sunday, June 9.
Both events will be held in the friendly confines of Sycamore Park throughout the summer until mid-August.
The format for both series will be the same, especially as it relates to the weather.
"Safety is our main concern," said Steve Paullin of the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department.
"If the weather becomes dangerous, the events will be canceled," Paullin said.
"Parking is available in the lot off of Hereford Drive, Covered Bridge Lane or Hilltop Drive," he said.
Schedules and information for both series can be accessed on the Parks and Recreation page on the city's website at www.pickerington.net.
Here's a quick look at what is planned:
Friday Night Flicks
Friday Night Flicks begins at dusk in Sycamore Park. The movies will be projected onto the park's historic white barn.
"The series has been going on for 13 years," Paullin said.
"All the movies are rated PG this year. (The) movies run between 86 minutes and 141 minutes in length," he said.
The series starts Friday with a showing of the movie Brave followed by ParaNorman June 14, The Lorax June 21 and Space Jam June 28.
July's lineup has Hotel Transylvania July 12 and Madagascar July 19.
Aug. 2 National Treasure will be shown, followed by Hook Aug. 9 and ending with The Odd Life of Timothy Green Aug. 16.
There will be no movie showing July 26 because of the Violet Festival.
Paullin said the city appreciates "Fairfield Federal for continuing to support Friday Night Flicks."
For the seventh year in a row, the Summer Concert Series will take place on Sunday evenings in the Sycamore Park Amphitheater from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
"People can bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit and enjoy the event," Paullin said.
"People can bring their own food, or purchase pizza from Pompeii's Inferno on-site," he said.
Paullin said the series opens Sunday with the Red Hot Rhythm Review, a popular act that brings its full rhythm section, dynamic horns and powerful vocals to the city.
June 16, a nationally-recognized Jimmy Buffett tribute-band, Parrots of the Caribbean, appears on stage.
Other shows include soul and funk outfit The Floorwalkers June 23, Dan Orr Project June 30, local favorite Chris Logsdon July 14 and country/southern artist Simba Jordan July 21.
The series will present, for the first time, local blues rock mainstays Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers Aug. 4, Paradise Island Aug. 11 and culminates with '60s tribute band The British Invasion Aug. 18.
A special concert will be presented in conjunction with the city's Independence Day festivities on July 4 as the Reaganomics play their brand of 80s dance and party music from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in Victory Park.
Paullin said the series remains without a sponsor after Giant Eagle's sponsorship agreement ended in 2012.
"The funds (to support it) will be coming out of the Parks and Recreation budget," Paullin said. "We are open to any sponsors who are interested in sponsoring the Summer Concert Series to contact the department at (614) 833-2211."