Get Your Popcorn!
You gotta have popcorn with a movie, right? And where better to enjoy some poppin’ fresh kernels than at Lewisville’s Starlight Movie Nite at Shallowford Square?
This month’s Starlight Movie Nite (held on July 17, 2009) featured the movie, Iron Man. As always, members of the town’s staff were on hand, serving up popcorn, hot dogs, sodas and other concessions under the pavilion.
Upcoming Starlight Movie Nites
Be sure to mark your calendars for the remaining Starlight Movie Nites for the year. They’re held on Friday evenings at Shallowford Square, and they begin at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket — and some of your favorite people — to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie at the Square!
- August 14 — Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (RATED PG)
>> SPECIAL PRE-MOVIE EVENT: Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show at 7:00 pm!
- September 25 — Evan Almighty (RATED PG)
To see a few more POPCORN PHOTOS, please continue to the NEXT SECTION!
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Sometimes I wonder how much the presence of my camera affects a situation. For example, were the young folks pictured above extremely happy before I moseyed up to them at Shallowford Square? Or did a wild exuberance suddenly overtake them once I pointed my camera at them? Hmmm. Actually, I suspect that both ideas are true!
The occasion of our meeting was yet another Starlight Movie Nite last Friday evening (May 8, 2009). The highly popular Disney movie, High School Musical 3, was scheduled to play at Shallowford Square. As usual, prior to the movie, I roamed the Square, talking to old acquaintances, meeting new ones, and taking photos along the way.
I’ve noticed that an atmosphere of joy always seems to pervade the Square on Starlight Movie Nites. Whether it’s kids romping in the playground area, grandparents doting over their grandchildren, or couples chilling out after a busy week — most everyone seems especially happy.
Happy to be alive. Happy to be in good company. Happy to be attending a free movie!
After a brief spring break, I’m back now with more Lewisville photos! And first up, are scenes from the Starlight Movie Nite Kick-Off.
Last Friday evening, the Town of Lewisville kicked off its first Starlight Movie Nite of the season in Shallowford Square with the movie, Kung Fu Panda. New this year were games and prizes for children, facilitated by the town staff, as well as random drawings for assorted prizes.
From my perspective, I had fun trying to capture the energy and playfulness of the children. Some of them participated in the games, while others played in the playground area. Their ages ranged from around two years old to perhaps early teens. Whatever their age or their activity, they sure did put their heart into it. What a fun group of kids!
Plus, I did notice that one particular group of young ladies always seemed to find the camera! Thankfully, they had real personality and some great smiles. (I think you’ll know who they are when you review the gallery photos!)
Music and Movie
Following the games, Chrissie Hall and Michael Hoch treated the audience to some pleasant duets, with Michael also performing on guitar. A number of the kids let loose with, might I say, some rather unique dance moves!
Unfortunately, the threat of rain caused some families and couples to leave not long after the movie had begun. I decided to depart then, too, especially since photo opportunities were pretty much over by that time.
Check out photos of the evening’s activities and enjoy the children featured in the Kung Fu Panda Starlight Movie Nite photo gallery.
After a long day on assignment last Friday, I was tempted to pass up the opportunity to photograph the Starlight Movie Nite at Shallowford Square. The movie, Ratatouille, was scheduled to begin at dusk, and there would likely be a lot of children and families there. Looking back, I’m really glad I showed up.
That’s because some of my best new friends are energetic little fireballs — and they’re also camera hams! You’d think my cameras had magnets on them! Yet these little ones had an irresistible magnetism of their own.
Believe me, I tried to move on after snapping a few pics of them. But their enthusiasm kept pulling me (and my heart) back to them! To paraphrase Captain Jean-Luc Picard while under the influence of the Borg: “Resistance was fu-TILE.”
I’m so glad they “detained” me, though, because in one of the many wild moments during which they were bounding here and there, I caught this great shot. Aren’t they simply beautiful? Is it possible to look at this photo without smiling, even a little?
This is just one of several nice moments captured at Shallowford Square last Friday evening. There was a great energy in the crowd that made them fun to photograph and talk to. Many of them had come with blankets and jackets in preparation for the dipping temperatures after sunset.
Maybe it was the comfortably cool air, or the prospect of watching a great Pixar flick. Whatever the reason, there was something extra special in the air last Friday evening in Shallowford Square — and I’m glad I was there!
To see more photos from the evening, please visit the Starlight Movie Nite photo gallery.