Kingston Parks "Movies Under the Stars"

Month: March, 2012

Vote on your Kingston Parks Movies Summer Lineup

Movie Choices – You Decide! 


My rule of thumb for a great movie is a John Williams theme song. Think about every blockbuster burned in your memory – E.T., Superman, Star Wars, Jaws, to name just a few notables – and John Williams wrote the sound track.  Whatever your criteria is for a great movie night, we need your input.  We need your TOP 8 CHOICES that will be shown during our summer movie series Just a friendly reminder that they must be appropriate for all/most ages.  These will be family-friendly movie nights and while we will entertain some heavy themes if appropriate, the idea is to have some fun.  Voting will end April 20th to give us plenty of time to put together movie posters, post cards, and promotional materials.  Below are some ideas, but feel free to add your own.  The top 8 is what we will show based on availability.   

Fun Classics – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Grease, Superman, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Goonies, Wizard of Oz, Field of Dreams, Ghost Busters, Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music

80’s/90’s/00’s – Remember the Titans, Chronicles of Narnia, Apollo 13, Forest Gump, Dead Poets Society, Jurassic Park, Driving Miss Daisy, Chariots of Fire, Airplane, Back to the Future, The Last Emperor, Tootsie

50’s/60’s/70’s – The Candidate, Rocky, The Sting, American Graffiti, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, East of Eden, War of the Worlds (1953), 12 Angry Men, Sabrina, Casablanca, West Side Story

Family Movies – The Incredibles, Shrek, Toy Story, UP, Wall-E, Babe, The Muppets (2010), Puss & Boots

You can also search the Swank Movies Database  for even more choices.

We’ll see YOU at the movies!


The Concert/Auction Reviews Are In…

The Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars Concert/Silent Auction was a Blockbuster!

Many, many thanks go out to the Movies Under the Stars Planning Committee for pulling together an event that exceeded all of our expectations.  Thanks to the wonderful performers, generous donations from area businesses and supporters, and sweat equity from committee volunteers, our event cleared $3800!  We have now exceeded $11,000 in total money raised to bring movies back to our parks this summer.

A special thanks to:

Tony and Pete Levin, Harvey Sorgen trio w/ Teri Roiger, Machon Taylor, Charlie Knicely & Bob Shaut, and Rebecca Martin for putting together a great concert

Tamme Stitt Photography for capturing it all with special attention to making us all look 10 lbs thinner.

And our Silent Auction Donors- Adam’s Fairacre Farms, Mariner’s/Little Italy, Mid-City Lanes, Skate Time 209, Fun-E Farm, Maryann DeGroodt, Alderman Debbie Brown, Janai McDonough, KoKoKobi Chocolate, ArtCraft, Keith Bennett Karate Academy, Ulster Performing Arts Company (UPAC),  Alderman At-Large, James Noble, Mario’s Trattoria,  Alderman Shirley Whitlock, Rebecca Martin, Jen Fuentes, Pine Grove Ranch, Edelweiss Soap Company, Organic Nectars, Casa Villa, Family of Woodstock, Jay Mahler/Blue 57, Larry Grenadier, YMCA, Mike Madsen, Jesica Clark, Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, Mohonk Preserve Golf Course, Bearsville Theater, Burgevin Florist, Joe Beez Subs, Monkey Joe’s, Deising’s Bakery, JJ’s Rocking Cupcakes, Michael’s Candy Corner, Carly Williams, Saker Guitars, Transworld, Time McArdle, Woodstock Chimes, Andi Turco-Levin, Rendezvous Lounge, Samuels Pub, Armadillo, Nadine Lewis, JK Wines.

Finally, the beleaguered, bedraggled and just plain exhausted Movies Under the Stars Planning Committee, with special kudos to Concert/Auction “Executive Producers” Andi Turco Levin and Janai McDonough.  There will be a little well earned butt dragging for a few more days of recovery.

Check our Sponsors Page for updates on all of our Kingston Parks Stars, Co-Stars, Also Featured, and Movies Extras.  New sponsors are joining every week and bringing us closer to our goal.  Can you smell the popcorn yet? Soon our crazy “fun”raising will come to a close, and our committee can focus on promotion and logistics – all because of our Kingston Parks Movies Super Stars.  Thanks everybody!

We’ll see YOU at the movies!

Sneak Peak at the Silent Auction

The Movies Under the Stars Concert and Silent Auction this Saturday, March 24 at the Old Dutch Church is really coming together.  Here is a “sneak peak” at some of the great items you will have a chance to bid on:

“Foodies” Delight-

1.  Farm to Families Gourmet Dinner for 2.  Enjoy an elegant dinner prepared by Bruce Kazan and Main Course on March 29th, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Robibero Family Vineyards.

Donated by, Rebecca Martin.

2.  Gift Certificates to- Mario’s Trattoria; Mariner’s Harbor/Little Italy; Casa Villa; Armadillo; Joe Beez Subs; Dinner for 2, Rendezvous Lounge; Sam’s Pub.

3.  KoKobi Chocolates, specializing in delicious handmade chocolates complete with a movie star twist.

4.  A special basket of raw cacao chocolates prepared by Organic Nectars; Hand-crafted gourmet chocolates that are organic, vegan, and non-dairy Kosher.

Fun Theme Baskets-

1.   Everything you need for Movie Night, you supply the coach and flannel jammies – videos, candy, and popcorn of course!

2.  Cocktail Hour Baskets- Ave “Margarita,” and Good “Old Fashioned” Fun, Donated by, Jen Fuentes; Wine selection, Donated by Jay Mahler

3.  Garden like a Pro- 2 Hour consult with our very own urban organic farmer Jesica Clark, the Encyclopedia of Gardening, and gloves.  Everything you need to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood.

4.   A Summer of Family Fun – 12 Passes to Skatetime 209; Unlimited Bowling for up to 6, Mid-City Lanes; Renegades Tickets with preferred parking pass, donated by Maryann Degroodt, and $25 gift card at the Fun-E Farm to get your bounce on.

5.  Basket of Toys, Compliments of Alderman Shirley Whitlock.

6.  Best of Broadway – An assortment of Mid-town Broadway delights including Gift Certificate and Gourmet coffee, Monkey Joe’s; Certificate for 6 yummy JJ’s Rocking Cupcakes; Deising’s Cookies, 3ft. Joe Beez Sub; and more!

7.  Romance Basket – Champagne, gorgeous Champagne glasses, and a cozy throw all wrapped up in a beautiful wicker basket.  Donated by, Alderman Debbie Brown (Sorry, Debbie not included).

8.  Edelweiss Soap Company selection of products to pamper and spoil yourself.

For the Music Lovers

1.  Refurbished Electric and Acoustical Guitars

2.  2 Tickets Levon Helm Birthday Bash Ramble 5/25, donated by UPAC.

3.  4 Tickets Hudson Valley Philharmonic 3/31, donated by UPAC.

4.  Train CD and signed Train T-shirt, donated by Alderman Debbie Brown.

5.  A private one-hour acoustic bass lesson with world-renowned bassist Larry Grenadier.  Larry tours the world with the biggest names in Jazz that include the Brad Mehldau trio, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Fly, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd and many others.  This is a very special opportunity open to any instrument at any level.  Donated by, Larry Grenadier.

6.  A private one hour songwriting/singing lesson with world renowned singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin.  Rebecca has released eight critically acclaimed albums and toured throughout the world with her group playing notable venues that include The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  Donated by, Rebecca Martin.

But wait that’s not all!!

1.  2 Hours Plumbing Consult, Jim, “Master Blaster” Noble.

2.  3 Hours Handyman/Home Improvement Services, Mike Madsen.

3.  3 Month Family Membership, YMCA.

4.  Art donated by Nadine Lewis, Varga Gallery.

5.  2 Tickets to Joan Rivers 4/28, compliments of UPAC.

6.  1 Hour Massage, Tim McArdle, LMT.

7.  Golf for 4 with cart, Mohonk Preserve.

8.  2 $75 Gift Certificates, ArtCraft.

9. Keith Bennett’s Karate Academy

And this is just a sneak peak!!  But you have to be there to bid on it.  

Special thanks to the amazingly talented Tamme Stitt Photography for agreeing to photograph the entire event.  Many thanks to all of our Silent Auction sponsors and friends. This project is a fantastic reflection of the great businesses and individuals that make our community a great place to live, work and play.  We’ll see you at the Movies Under the Stars Concert/Silent Auction.  This Saturday at the Old Dutch Church, 3:00pm-6:00pm (Silent Auction closes at 5:15).   Tickets are available by calling 845.332.6600 or at the door.  $15/pp or $25/couple.

“The Sound of Music” is Coming to the Old Dutch Church, March 24 at 3:00pm

ImageIt’s all hands on deck for the Movies Under the Stars Planning Committee as we prepare for our “Concert and Silent Auction” Saturday, March 24 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Old Dutch Church.  Bring your check book because Bethany Hall will be the place to be to bid on fabulous dinner gift certificates, family fun packages, concert and event tickets to UPAC, massage, art, home improvement, music lessons, and a ton more.  Special thanks to Tamme Stitt Photography for agreeing to photograph the entire event. Check back over the weekend for a full listing of auction items – some really amazing items that are yours for the taking if the price is right!

But wait, there is more…  This is a concert after all.  The lineup will knock your socks off with a collaboration of local talent including Charlie Knicely, Bob Shaut, Teri Roiger, John Menegon, Harvey Sorgen, Machon Taylor, Tony Levin, Pete Levin, and Rebecca Martin.  The Old Dutch Church will be alive with “The Sound of Music” to support bringing movies to our parks this summer, and for years to come.  $15 per person/$25 per couple.  For tickets, please call 845.332.6600. 

Our “Fun-raising” is really taking flight.  The community is stepping up and Movies Under the Stars is destined to be a summer blockbuster.  Visit our Sponsors link to see the wonderful organizations who are Starring, Co-Starring, Also Featuring, and working as Movie Extras to make this event possible.  New folks are being added every week.  After a successful day of bowling, raffle ticket sales, and new sponsors we have reached the $7,000 mark!!  And if anyone is wondering who took home the Big Lebowski prize at our bowling event, it was “Master Blaster.”  But you know him better as Common Council President and Movies Under the Stars Planning Committee member, Jim Noble.  With the support of a local business, we have also been able to save $2,000 off the cost of equipment, bringing the project cost down to $15,000.  We are almost half way there and the excitement is growing.

We’ll see YOU at the Movies!