‘Frozen’ draws huge crowd to final night of Movies in the Park; click for photo gallery

Final_Movies in the Park_2014_sliderThe popular children movie, Frozen, drew hundreds to Bywaters Park on Thursday for the final night of the popular, annual ‘Movies in the Park’ event, hosted by Paris Main Street and made possible by the many local sponsors that so diligently show up and work to make it a success.

At each movie showing, tickets are given out that coordinators encourage each attendee to take. These tickets have two purposes: 1) to enter each person into a raffle drawing for a $10 gift certificate to the concession stand, and 2) to try and keep a count of the number of attendees at each movie.

In what could have been a record-breaking attendance, likely topping last year’s showing of the Lion King, the ticket count at the end of the movie was just a few shy of 600.

In special arrangements for the last movie of the year, performances by Danielle McKee Dance Company and Zumba instructor Tammy Johnston took place before the movie started.

The Danielle McKee Dance Company offers a wide range of dance instruction in many different genres and age groups, such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, classical, and hip hop, and even boasts a nationally recognized and awarded competition team, while Tammy Johnston teaches Zumba classes for both adults and children in ‘body beat’ and ‘fitness’, along with other styles of dance like the salsa.

Although the popularity of Frozen was certainly a huge factor in the large crowd, it also shows what an awesome family-fun event ‘Movies in the Park’ is for the local community each summer.

If you’ve never been or taken your kids and family to a Movie in the Park, you’ll have your chance next year. Preparation will soon begin, as next summer will be here before we know it.

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By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

Canvases Being Painted for 6 Squared

The Paris Texas Main Street Program is preparing for its “6 Squared” fundraising event, which aims to engage and inspire the community using ART.

6sqCheri Bedford, Main Street Director says they originally ordered 700 canvases, but there has been such a response that they ordered 300 more.

Many individuals have picked up the 6×6 canvases but also several groups including: Chisum art students, North Lamar Students and the Paris Junior High. The Paris Junior College Art Department will be taking 25 canvases when classes start again.

Bedford told eParis that several canvases have been sent some across the state and country. Some were sent to Austin, Bastrop, Grapevine, Taos NM, Colorado, Florida, and Michigan.

In addition, a painting party will be scheduled at a local art gallery soon for guided painting. All supplies will be provided.

Bedford states, “We have received back 38 canvases as of today. We want to remind everyone that the event is approximately 6 weeks away, and this can sneak up quickly, so now is the time to finish the canvases and get them returned.”

Paris Main Street is asking citizens to participate by creating an art piece by picking up and returning one of the 6×6 canvases  or support the cause by coming to the Gibraltar Hotel, on September 6th at 5 p.m. and purchasing a piece of art. PUBLIC invited, and there is NO cost to attend.

The project goal has two goals:

  1. Raise much needed funds for Main Street/Downtown Project  goals beginning with the  public restroom to be located on First United Methodist Church Park.
  2. Showcasing the many talented people in the community.

For more information on how to pick up a canvas to paint or become a volunteer, email jillmdrake@gmail.com or call Cheri Bedford (903) 784-9293

“Frozen” will be Final Movies in the Park

Movies in ParkThe final “Movies in the Park” hosted by the Paris Main Street organization will be Thursday, July 24th. The extremely popular Disney movie, “Frozen” will close out the 2014 summer season.

Preceding the movie on Thursday night will be a special showing of several short films produced by aspiring, young local directors who participated in this summer’s PCT Film Workshop, led by Chase Ramsey and Cody Head.

Movies in the Park is located in Bywaters Park, at 400 S. Main Street in downtown Paris. The event is free for the whole family, and begins at 8pm.

Concessions are available for sale and include popcorn, drinks, cotton candy, snow cones, pizza and candy. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Cheri Bedford at 903-784-9293 or email cbedford@paristexas.gov.

2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Maxey House

Maxey HouseThe Sam Bell Maxey House will be having a stuffed animal sleepover on Friday, July 25th.

At 6:30pm, children can bring their stuffed animals, dolls or action figures to the Sam Bell Maxey House, located at 812 Church Street, for a sleepover. After introductions, everyone is invited to stay for an early bedtime story and a snack. At the end of the story, good-byes will be said as the children leave the toys overnight.

On Saturday, July 26th from 9am-4pm the children can come pick up their favorite teddy bear or doll and find out what they were up to in the historic home overnight.  Children will receive their toy back along with pictures of the fun that was had at the sleepover.  Children can then participate in some of the same activities and games will be set up outside.

This event is free.

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is run by the Texas Historical Commission. The House built in the High Victorian Italianate style in 1868 was the family residence of Sam Bell Maxey, a Mexican War Veteran, Confederte general and two-term US Senator.  Regular tours are given Tuesday -Saturday.

‘The White Liars/Black Comedy’ runs through this weekend and next at PCT; click for photo gallery

Paris Community Theatre is geared up for this weekend’s premiere of ‘The White Liars’ and ‘Black Comedy’, which are two comical plays that share the same cast and run together. The showings will start with a special fundraising performance tomorrow night and run through July 27 (July 18-20, 24-27). The play is sponsored by First Federal Community Bank and Harrison, Walker & Harper.


‘The White Liars’ – Eccentric fortune teller, Sophie, tells Tom his fortune, as he listens with apparent dismay. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

‘The White Liars’, directed by Lisa Martin, is a comedy, revolving around two young men as they consult a disillusioned and eccentric fortune teller living in a decaying seaside resort, while ‘Black Comedy’, directed by Will Walker, is a one-act farcical play that involves a young sculptor and a power outage that leaves all the characters unable to see in the dark.

“‘The White Liars’ is a wonderful character piece with lots of surprises,” Martin said. “It really shows how people present themselves to the world, versus how they really are.”

“‘Black Comedy is in the dark, although to the audience it will be lighted, and really reveals that everyone is honest in the dark,” Walker added.


‘Black Comedy’ – Brindsley embraces Clea, as Harold eavesdrops on the conversation.

Cast comments:

“‘Black Comedy’ has been a real challenge for me — a delightful challenge,” Haley Hines, who plays Clea, said. “It’s been hard getting the accents down, since it’s a British comedy, but I really think the audiences will enjoy it and get a good laugh.”

Dalton Smith, who plays Frank in ‘The White Liars’ and Brindsley in ‘Black Comedy’, added, “Both shows depict how you should be yourself over lying about your self. The comedy helps portray the message in a farcical style.”

JJ Freelen, who plays Tom in ‘The White Liars’ and Harold in ‘Black Comedy’, said, “I think audiences will enjoy the show. ‘White Liars’ is a classic British drama that tells the story of these peoples’ lives and how the white lies stack up to make who they are. And then, ‘Black Comedy’ is a perfect foil to the show because it’s ‘slap-sticky’ and all around fun — a fun show to watch and see what happens to the characters in the dark and the ridiculous situations that happen to them while they cannot see.”

“It’s been a real privilege working with Will directing these two plays, as well as the cast and crew,” Martin concluded.

Showtimes are 7:30 each evening, with matinee showings on each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The special fundraising performance tomorrow will go to the benefit of the New Hope Center of Paris and is being hosted by Premier Home Care & Hospice, as well as the play’s regular sponsors.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

'The White Liars' - Tom shoves Frank down after angering lies are revealed to him.

‘The White Liars’ – Tom shoves Frank down after angering lies are revealed to him.

'Black Comedy' - Miss Furnival is passed out after too much to drink, while Brindsley attempts to 'hide' Harold's couch.

‘Black Comedy’ – Miss Furnival is passed out after too much to drink, while Brindsley attempts to ‘hide’ Harold’s couch.

Brindsley prays for all to go well, as Carol is caught by surprise when the power goes out.

‘Black Comedy’ – Brindsley prays for all to go well, as Carol is caught by surprise when the power goes out.

'Black Comedy' - Millionaire Bamberger enters, while Brindsley and Clea hide from Harold and the Colonel (not pictured)

‘Black Comedy’ – Millionaire Bamberger enters, while Brindsley and Clea hide from Harold and the Colonel (not pictured)