Friends of Ballard Park’s 11th Annual MOVIES ON THE ROCKS series kicks off on Wednesday, August 3rd.  Four movies will be shown in the quarry meadow off of Hazard Road in Newport on Wednesday evenings during the month of August. A short provided by the Rhode Island International Film Festival will be screened prior to each feature.  The screenings are free and open to the public.

The series, which is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island State Senate, Rhode Island House of Representatives and Ken & Tia Scigulinsky kicks offWednesday, August 3rd with a screening of Hotel Transylvania.  Hotel Transylvania is a 91 minute, animated comedy featuring Dracula’s lavish “five-stake” resort where monsters and their families can live it up free from meddling humansIt is rated PG-13 and features the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez.

The series continues on August 10th with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 127 minutes.  It features Indiana Jones (Ford) embarking on a search for the Holy Grail which caused the disappearance of his father (Connery).  Another eighties classic, Dirty Dancing, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th.  Set at a resort in 1963, Dirty Dancing is the story of a romance between a sweet daddy’s girl (Jennifer Grey) and the camp’s rough-around-the-edges dance instructor (Patrick Swayze).  It is rated PG-13 and 100 minutes in length.

Newport Martial Arts will provide a demonstration prior to the screening of Karate Kid on August 24th.  The demonstration will feature twelve students of all ranks – white through black belt – ranging in age from 5 to 20 who are working to learn focus, self-discipline and self-defense like Daniel-san.  In Karate Kid,Ralph Macchio stars as Daniel a teenager who turns to karate after he is bullied at his new school.  Rated, PG the film is 126 minutes in length.

Prior to each movie, a short film provided by Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival will be shown.  The Rhode Island International Film Festival is the only Oscar qualifying festival for shorts in New England and hosts its 20th annual festival August 9 – 14th in various locations around RI including Ballard Park.

Ballard Park’s quarry meadow will open at 6:30 pm for blankets and picnicking.  Movies begin at dusk (typically between 8:00 and 8:15 pm). In the event of rain, movies will be shown on the following night.  Like regular movie theaters, smoking is prohibited.  MOVIES ON THE ROCKS is supported by BR Arnold Construction, Cox, Howard Johnson Inn, Kiki Finn, National Grid, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rhode Island Office of Film & TV and St. Clare Newport.

Ballard Park is a nature preserve located directly across from Rogers High School on Wickham Road in Newport. Those interested in attending should wear sturdy shoes as there is rugged terrain and bring a flashlight to use when exiting the park. Parking is available along Hazard Road.  Allow about fifteen minutes to park and make your way into the quarry meadow as the site for the movies is a considerable distance from the road.  Trails are steep and uneven in places especially when accessing the park from Wickham Road.

Friends of Ballard Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport’s Only Nature Preserve. Cultural events and educational programming help to advance stewardship of the park and decrease negative park activities.

Visit www.ballardpark.org or call 619.3377 for more information.

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