Friends of Ballard Park will show Dirty Dancing on Wednesday, August 17th as part of its 11th Annual MOVIES ON THE ROCKS The screenings is free and open to the public.

The series is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island State Senate, Rhode Island House of Representatives and Ken & Tia Scigulinsky.

Break out your dance sneakers and head down to Ballard Park’s quarry meadow which opens at 6:30 pm for picnicking and set up. The eighties classic is the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a sweet daddy’s girl, who goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle(Patrick Swayze), a man whose background is vastly different from her own. When Johnny’s dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby’s father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings.  The movie is rated PG13 and runs for 100 minutes.

Movies begin at dusk (typically between 8:00 and 8:15 pm). A short provided by Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival will be shown prior to the feature film.  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.

Visit or call 619.3377 for more information.

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