Shakespeare, music, more light up Arlington park

  • Fri Jul 16th, 2010 11:35am
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By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — Summer means plenty of free outdoor entertainment in Arlington.

The city’s parks and recreation department brings music, movies and Shakespeare to Terrrace Park throughout July and August.

The department’s “Outdoor Movies: Thursdays at Dark” program continues July 22 with a showing of the 1982 Steven Spielberg hit “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

On July 29, the movie is “Back to the Future,” another 1980s science fiction flick, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

The movie nights start at 7 p.m. with karaoke. Anyone brave enough to participate is welcome to sing. Movies get rolling about 9 p.m.

Free popcorn and water are provided by the Arlington Kiwanis Club.

Last Leaf Productions has been bringing “Shakespeare in the Park” to Arlington for the past seven years. Last Leaf works hard to make Shakespeare accessible for everyone, said city recreation coordinator Sarah Higgins.

A Winter’s Tale,” William Shakespeare’s romance, often is listed with his comedies. Even though it’s not funny all they way through, it does have a happy ending.

The play is sponsored by the city and Arlington Library.

Arlington’s “Music in the Park” is set for 6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening in August, also at Terrace Park.

On Aug. 5, “Boom Town” plans to perform a variety of country, rock and alternative music. From Lake Stevens, the band previously was known as “Strandyd.”

“Cherry, Cherry,” a nationally known Neil Diamond tribute band, is set to play on Aug. 12. On Aug. 19, the “Mowtown Cowboys,” a Seattle classic rock band, covers with hits from the 1960s to today.

The series finishes Aug. 26, with “The Grand Delusion/ Highway Run,” a Styx and Journey tribute band.

Food and drink concessions will be available at the park. The Point Church is volunteering sound equipment and helping coordinate the event.

Funding for the events comes in part from the city’s hotel-motel tax.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

Fun in Arlington

Bring your blanket and lawn chair for seating on the terraces of Terrace Park’s natural amphitheater, 809 E. Fifth St. For more information about Arlington’s free outdoor movies, concerts and plays, call 360-403-3448 or go to www.arlingtonwa.gov/documents/Parks%20Rec/Music%20in%20the%20park%2010.2.PDF.