Tybee Island, GA (July 8, 2015) — Movies in the Park continue July 18, courtesy of the City of Tybee Island’s Development Authority / Main Street Program. Each month this summer, on the third Saturday beginning at sundown, family friendly movies are shown at Memorial Park, compliments of the City of Tybee.
This grassroots effort, originally launched by the City’s Development Authority / Main Street Program last summer, is more high-tech with improved sound and an outdoor screen this season thanks to generous contributions made by Doc’s Bar on Tybee, Mermaid Cottages, Tybee Time Sports Bar, and Tybee Vacation Rentals. Movies will be shown immediately following the setting of the sun in Memorial Park (located off Butler Avenue between the library at 405 Butler Avenue and City Hall at 403 Butler Avenue) next to the gym. Big Hero 6 will be shown on July 18 and Earth to Echo on August 15.
The Program’s Executive Director, Chantel Morton, states “Part of the Program’s vision is to improve the quality of life for those that live, work, and visit Tybee Island. The events, such as these, that we host throughout the year bring the community together on Tybee.” Program Director (Brenda) Marion, who is also the Main Street Promotions Committee liaison, added, “There was a great turnout and perfect weather for last month’s showing of The Lego Movie. Our hope is that even more people grab their blankets or lawn chairs, pack a picnic, and join us for the upcoming fun, free movie nights. The City’s Program purchased the temporary rights to show the films through a distribution company, so we are covered on any copyright issues for showing the movies to a crowd. Tybee YMCA staff are assisting if we need to relocate into the gym in case it should rain. All we need now is to spread the word!”
The City of Tybee Island, Georgia is located on the northernmost barrier island off the Georgia coast. With a wild bird sanctuary, over three miles of ocean beaches, and salt marshes on the back river, outdoor recreation activities abound for residents and visitors to the island. As a key defense point to the important Savannah port, Tybee’s Fort Screven, Tybee Post Theater, Fort Pulaski, and the Tybee Island and Cockspur Lighthouses combined with the unique architectures of the island’s raised cottages form a rich backdrop for history buffs. Attracting a strong artistic community, there are several local art galleries. Keeping the island interesting year round are several art festivals, community based events and activities, and annual parades and festivals. The Marine Science Center cooperates with Georgia’s DNR to protect threatened sea turtle species by searching for nests, protecting their eggs, and making sure hatchlings make it to sea. For more information, click here.
The Tybee Island Development Authority/Main Street Program is managed by a staff person and a volunteer board of directors and committees working with partners to ensure the vision of improving the quality of life for those that live, work, and visit Tybee Island and enhancing the cultural experience while preserving the community’s barrier island heritage. The program follows an annual work plan which improves all aspects of the town, while focusing on economic development within the context of historic preservation to enhance the quality of life. With broad-based community support, it integrates a practical management strategy by using the proven Four-Point Approach®. For more information, click here.