Community enjoys ‘movie night’
NAPPANEE — Several members of the Nappanee community took advantage of an enticing invitation for a night of entertainment within a historic local venue. Thursday, Oct. 4, Mayor Larry Thompson and his wife Linda sponsored an evening presentation of a free feature film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” at the Nappanee Theatre, in an event that is becoming something of a new hometown tradition.
Just prior to the 6 p.m. start time, Mayor Thompson took on the roles of dashing usher, congenial host, and welcoming presence as the crowds trickled in to find seats within the pristine, primitive charm of what was once known as the Fairy Theatre. The regionally-respected landmark was first opened back in 1926, and is now under the ownership of Bob and Shirley Adams.
The Thompsons have worked closely with the cooperation of the Adams’ to offer this outing over the course of the past several years. Thompson estimates that he and his wife have organized approximately six other similarly-themed occasions, and each film is chosen with careful consideration as to bearing heartwarming elements such as faith, family, and friendship.
Thompson believes that this is just one way to express his gratitude for the municipal workers, chamber volunteers, community supporters, senior citizens, and all other folks who have faithfully contributed to Nappanee’s ongoing mission of heritage preservation.
“We’ve invited all city employees and volunteers, for all they do for us, they deserve a fun night,” Thompson said. “We’ve also invited the chamber to this movie as a thank you for all the chamber members do for Nappanee, with little credit. Seniors are invited, as many of them never have a chance or can’t afford going to the movies. Our seniors are the ones who worked so hard to make Nappanee this way for our children and grandchildren.”
Thompson alluded to that appreciation as the theatre lights dimmed before the show, sharing a touch of gentle humor with older members of the audience. He thanked those in attendance for their efforts, “before us young folks came along and took over.”
“Linda and I have owned the funeral home here now for 30 years and I’ve been mayor for over half those years,” Thompson observed. “We love Nappanee and its people, we think the future is bright, and we hope to be part of it for many more years to come. This is a very small way to say thank you!”