Village offering movies at Viola Stone Park

Written by on June 10, 2019

As the sun started to set Saturday night, people began setting up their chairs and blankets at Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara for the showing of “Wreck-It Ralph.” The Santa Clara Action Committee started Movies in the Park on June 1 and will continue to show movies every Saturday throughout the summer.

Stephen Estrada told village trustee and his mother-in-law, Olga Amador, one day that “it would be a really good idea if maybe we can do something for the kids.” He told the village trustees that if Santa Clara did Movies in the Park, then Estrada, who is a DJ, would host a dance that would benefit the project. 

“We let him use the Armory for free [in 2017] and he charged money,” Amador said. “It was a teenage dance.”

The money raised from the dance allowed Santa Clara to buy a projector and DVD player, while the screen was donated by Pat Abalos. This is the third year Movies in the Park has been going on.

Movies typically start at sundown — the movie that played Saturday started around 8:30 p.m. The movies are shown at Viola Stone Park and are free to the public. If it is raining or there’s lightning in the area, the movie won’t play. 

Amador, who is the chair of the Santa Clara Action Committee, said movies that have been shown include “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Sandlot,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Dog’s Purpose.” Requests are welcome.

Amador said people are welcome to bring their own chairs, snacks and drinks. Or, folks can purchase popcorn, hot dogs, drinks and chips there at Viola Stone Park, and the money raised will head to the Action Committee to help with events like the Lighted Christmas Parade. 

“We got a lot of kids last year that were really rowdy and noisy while the movie was going on,” Amador said. “We asked the officer to patrol a little more. We do ask them to stay off the playground.”

Amador said folks come from Hurley, Silver City and Hanover to watch the movies. Silver City resident Alyssa Vigil, who attended Movies in the Park last year, was at the park Saturday ready to watch “Wreck-It Ralph” and said “it’s just so relaxing to sit here.” 

“There is nothing to do over here for kids,” said Estrada before turning on the film. “It brings the community together. As long as one or two families come, it’s worth it.”

C.P. Thompson

(Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson) Folks look at a screen during Movies in the Park at Viola Stone Park on Saturday. Movies in the Park began on June 1 and will continue throughout the summer.

(Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson) Folks look at a screen during Movies in the Park at Viola Stone Park on Saturday. Movies in the Park began on June 1 and will continue throughout the summer.

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