|The Luxury performs on the Worcester Common before the movie|
I have to point out that the musical part of these shows is a major plus. The whole point of the show is to see a movie on the big screen outside during the summer for free (it is called Movies on the Common after all). You certainly get that, but there's so much more too. Last year the first musical act didn't appear until the second show and by the third show there were two acts. This year the schedule included two acts before each of the three shows. It really is tough to beat this program for free summer entertainment!
Back to the show. After The Luxury finished up the stage was transformed into a movie screen while the band packed up. A member of Worcester Film Works let the growing crowd know that the movie would start up once it got dark enough.
With a break in the action it was time to check out what else there was to see around the Common. The Little Monster was ready for some ice cream so our first stop was the Sweet Sister truck for a Pink Panther ice cream bar.
|Vendors lining one of the Common's walkways|
|The Sweet Sister Ice Cream truck|
|A happy Little Monster!|
Next we stopped at The Theatre Cafe's table and I got one of their tasty pulled pork sandwiches for myself. Both of these vendors were present at last year's shows, but because of ongoing construction were set up on the opposite side of the Common this time.
|Tables for The Theatre Cafe and That's Entertainment|
Worcester Film Works had their own table set up as usual of course. And probably the most exciting news of the night was that WFW's popcorn machine was actually working! Last year they had a popcorn machine at each of the three shows, but it became a bit of an unintentional running joke because it failed to work at all of them! It was a pretty big deal to see them selling popcorn that was actually popped in the machine on this night. They had small bags available for a dollar and big buckets for three dollars. Of course I HAD to get one of the buckets to celebrate the fact that the machine actually worked.
|Worcester Film Works' table|
|Admiring the poster for the Movies on the Common series|
|Freshly popped popcorn! (at last!)|
There was one new vendor set up at this show too--Worcester comic book store That's Entertainment (aka That's E!). Actually, calling That's Entertainment a comic book store is selling them short. A better description would be the one that they use--it's a "Pop Culture Emporium". They had a selection of Worcester T-shirts for sale and also had a box of free comic books! I got a copy of The Walking Dead and The Little Monster got an issue of Archie Comics. We returned to our seats to eat ice cream and pulled pork and browse through our comics while waiting for "Raiders of the Last Ark" to start.
|Pulled pork and free comic books, a great combo!|
|The Little Monster reads Archie while waiting for the film to start|
Because this show was put on during some of the longest days of the year it wasn't until about 9:00 that it got dark enough to start the movie. Film buffs might be a bit disappointed to learn that these movies are projected off of DVDs rather than being true film presentations. It's hard to complain though when you remember that you're getting this wonderful outdoor entertainment for free!
|Darkness (gradually) falls on Worcester Common|
|Firing up the DVD projector|
|And it's Showtime at last!|
|Just when you thought it was safe to go back to The Common!|