Gift of Warmth film fest in Culver this wkd

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

The L;Max "Gift of Warmth" Film Festival returns this weekend, combining Friday evening's annual fund-raising event with Saturday's evening of activities, including a movie on the big screen in the park. And, as in years past, it's all geared towards collecting gently used items of clothing and financial contributions to help children in needy families in the Culver area stay warm this winter.

The Friday evening, Sept. 4, Gift of Warmth event is the committee's fundraiser for which members have sent out letters to previous patrons as well as several new names of people who have not yet participated, according to Katy Lewellan, co-chair this year along with Connie Deery. That event will feature short student films by both Indiana and Purdue University students, and the audience will vote on their favorites.

According to Lewellan, "It's akin to a Visual Arts version of the storied Oaken Bucket rivalry! This event is for donor-patrons only and seating is very limited. The funds raised from that portion of our weekend film festival will be used for local families in need of a little help with heating expenses during the winter."

The Saturday, Sept. 5 event at the Town Park is for the entire community and will feature entertainment such as the Culver Academies band led by Bill Browne, singer Taylor Smith, and more. Served will be the event's traditional pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs, with dessert hosted by Culver's Antiquarian & Historical Society.

This year's featured movie is the classic "Field of Dreams," so people can wear their favorite baseball team's shirt or hat if they want and be ready to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th Inning Stretch, adds Lewellan. And this year, the Culver Beard Club will be assisting the Gift of Warmth committee during the Saturday festivities.

"All we request for Saturday evening admission to dinner, entertainment, and the movie is that each person bring a new or gently used article of warm outer clothing for children: coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, gloves, all are appropriate," Lewellan explains. "This winter apparel goes to local children, and their teachers remark every year that it makes an enormous difference when a student arrives at school warmly clothed."

It should be noted that the Saturday event in the park will be cancelled if rain and thunder are in the area. There will be no rain date.