By Joy Opp
When a community offers its green spaces to its residents, and provides food and entertainment, something magical happens. People see their neighbors, and they find themselves surrounded by a sense of community. This is the foundation of why Localworks in Wheat Ridge presents Friday Night Live for three nights every summer on The Green along 38th Avenue.
The annual series of events started three years ago and continues to expand. What started with some fabulous local musicians offering their talent before the movie has turned into an all-out dance party for two hours headed, of course, by the children of Wheat Ridge.
Music and movies in the park has become a summer staple across the Denver metro area. From Centennial to Westminster with stops at Red Rocks, Stapleton and Civic Center Park, many local communities have similar events. Monday Movie Madness in Glendale has five movies playing weekly throughout the summer and has a huge lineup of food trucks. Flicks on the Square in Arvada is a series of movies and live music in August. And Dive-in Movies offers attendees the chance to soak in the pool at Elitch’s while they enjoy a movie. (Sounds like a recipe for wrinkly skin!)
Perhaps this summer activity has gotten so popular because people long for the way-back days of drive-in movies. You might find better video and sound quality at a theater, but the feeling of snacking on your favorite movie food while feeling the outdoor air on your skin lends a certain perfection to the whole experience.
For three nights this summer, Localworks in Wheat Ridge will host hundreds of locals and guests from neighboring communities at Friday Night Live on The Green along 38th Avenue. On June 22, we’ll show “Cool Runnings” with crafts by Sweet Ridge Studios and music by Jakarta. On July 13, we’ll show “Coco” with crafts by Teller Street Studios and Gallery. Our final movie of the summer will take place on Aug. 3. We’ll show “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with crafts by Teller Street Studios and Gallery and music by the 17th Avenue Allstars.
Localworks hosts this fabulous event that starts around 7 p.m. with live music, food trucks and plenty of activities for kids. At dusk, everyone settles in to watch the movie. Picnics are welcome, alcohol is prohibited, doggies make the whole thing perfect, and seating fills fast. A special thanks to our movie sponsor, West + Main Homes. We can’t wait to see you there!
Joy Opp is the Secretary of the Localworks' Board of Directors and a Realtor with West + Main Homes.