By ERIC X. VICCARO
Little girls were preparing to dress as Elsa, or maybe Anna, on Saturday, June 26, with “Frozen” set to be shown in Pere Marquette Park.
However, a line of thunderstorms made their way into Ste. Genevieve around 9 p.m. that night — soaking park grounds for about 30 minutes.
“Movie in the Park” organizers connected with the Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation board ultimately decided to cancel the presentation moments after the event was slated to begin, at 5:14 p.m. according to a Facebook post.
This forced the park board to have discussions on the matter during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on June 28.
“A make-up date is being looked at,” according to meeting minutes, “as well as possibilities to move the event to indoor viewing if the weather looks bad.”
All sorts of ideas were presented, including using the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District Performing Arts Center or the Orris Theatre as a indoor site.
Other unmentioned possibilities are Valle Catholic’s gymnasium or the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.
There’s the possibility “Frozen” will now be shown during the winter, maybe as a Saturday afternoon matinee.
“People are always looking for something to do,” park board member Samer Zoughaib said of moving “Frozen” to a different time of year.
The “Movie in the Park” series is a joint effort between the Ste. Genevieve park board and the Ste. Genevieve County Library.
“Jurassic Park in the Park” also was postponed two weeks due to poor weather conditions, with the movie finally presented on May 29.
The next movie in the series will go on as scheduled, with “Little Rascals” set for Saturday, July 31.
Programming will begin at 6 p.m. that night. Food trucks will be present. Donations are appreciated, with proceeds going toward Phase I of Marquette Park’s Master Plan. “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” is slated for Aug. 28.