Cool Pursuits

In the classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the character Ford Prefect (his name is an English in-joke) is an alien who is amazed by Earth people’s tendency to state the obvious with such comments as “You’re very tall,” or “Oh dear, you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well…”

I’m not an alien and I’m not English, but I am now going to state the obvious:  it’s hot.  Terribly hot.  Mom-I-don’t-want-to-go-outside hot.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the kids are stuck indoors for the duration of summer vacation.  Online video games are fun, but what could beat hanging out with other kids…someplace cool?

The Sumter Opera House is hosting a Summer Kid’s Movies program, with shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 11.  Tuesday shows begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on Thursdays at 10 a.m.  Gather up your boys and girls, and head to Sumter’s historic venue for some indoor fun!  On the schedule:

July 19             Tangled
July 21             How To Train Your Dragon
July 26             Yogi Bear
July 28             No More Baths!
August 2         The Legend of the Guardians:  The Owls of Ga’Hoole
August 4         Willy the Sparrow
August 9         The Revenge of Kitty Galore
August 11       The Secret of NIMH

Admission is only $1 per person (adults are welcome!), and popcorn and bottled water will also be sold for $1.  The Sumter Opera House is located at 21 North Main Street, Sumter.  For more information, please call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640 or toll-free, 1-800-688-4748.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sumter County Library’s children’s programs.

Bring the kids (or grandkids, or play group, or just yourself!), and if you grew up in Sumter before the 1980’s, you’ll also re-live a moment when the Opera House was the most popular movie theatre in town.

Now, how cool is that? 

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