Movie night at Summerfield Park kicks off with "Hotel Transylvania," live music and face painting

Justin and Stephanie Garrison chased tee balls their 3-year-old twins batted at the annual town barbecue featuring the first-ever movie night on June 19 at Summerfield Park.

The couple left the hustle and bustle of Virginia and District of Columbia for the open space of Northern Colorado. They moved to Timnath about a month ago and haven’t had many opportunities to mingle, Stephanie said.

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“I like the family event,” she said, as she chased her daughter Kennedy. “It’s good to get families out and meet people.”

Songs from The Backline, a local five-man rock group with members from Fort Collins and Longmont, echoed throughout the neighborhood as kids and adults twirled in the grass to familiar cover songs such as “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel and “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens.

Alyssa Kraus, 3, and Cadan Kraus, 1, bounced to the stage music and circled their mother Tricia Kraus, as she stood in line for face painting at the Drake Parlor Face Painting Booth. The children had their fair share of cotton candy and were working to burn it off.

“It’s amazing. They thought of everything a family could need,” Tricia said.

Gayle Timm, owner of Drake Parlor Face Painting, decorated more than 100 faces in the two hours her stand was open. Of all the options available, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” designs beat “Frozen” character Elsa in popularity.

“I love them all,” Timm said. “I love seeing kids happy.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers distributed 810 of its famous Oreo custard sandwiches, said Tealana Hegespeth, a Freddy’s employee.

Other in-town stores, such as Costco, supported the event by donating ice-cold water and soda for residents, said Costco Employee Roxy Shedd.

As the crowd began to settle and claim spots for the evening movie, Sony Pictures’ “Hotel Transylvannia,” Justin Garrison reflected on the sudden change of pace in his life.

“I like the families – how quiet it is – and the location is great,” he said, as he watched his children Kennedy and Weston play in the field. “I just miss the family.”

The Town of Timnath Movie Night films at Summerfield Park start at dusk. “Frozen” will be featured on Friday, July 17, and “Maleficent” on Friday, Aug. 14.