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BALLSTON SPA: Big screen under stars

Who wants to brave a long line at the cinema and sit in a stuffy theater, when you can take in a movie under the stars in Ballston Spa?

On Friday, June 15, the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, or BSBPA, will present a free outdoor screening of Disney's Peter Pan in the quaint, old-fashioned Wiswall Park on Front and Low streets in downtown Ballston Spa.

The screening begins as soon as it is dark enough -- approximately 8:45 p.m.

Moviegoers are asked to bring their own seating, lawn chairs or blankets, and popcorn. There's also one other thing people won't want to forget.

"It's summer, so that means bugs will be out," said BSBPA board member Daniel DeFabio, who is helping organize the outdoor event. "Families are strongly encouraged to bring bug spray."

Last year, the village hosted the film "Madagascar" in the Eastern Avenue recreation field. Like a drive-in movie, families gathered under the dark sky before an enormous projection screen, but also battled the bugs.

"The really smart people used bug repellent and also brought citronella candles," said village Mayor John Romano.

"Madagascar" had a good number of viewers, but there was plenty of lawn space for more.

"We were competing with the opening night of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' at the Malta Drive-in last year," said Romano.

The film will be screened against the large wall adjacent to the park, and will run for one hour and 17 minutes.

"This is another fun, free activity we can offer the community, and we invite families from surrounding neighborhoods to experience more of what our village has to offer," said DeFabio. "We hope this will be the first of several films screened this summer."

Should a summer thunderstorm strike, the rain date for this event will be Saturday, June 16.

For information on the film and other BSBPA-sponsored activities, check out the organization's Web site at www.ballston.org. ""

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