After checking in with this blog, I realized that some more explanation is in order.
You may care to examine the blog for The Meadow Amphitheater where you can see the photos posted of the vandalism, which brought an end to the activities in Tamanend Park, with both the Shakespeareans and the Cinema Under the Stars.
It is my intention to continue with this program at another time and another place, but both of those are uncertain. Essentially, the stage you see here was disassembled, after the backdrop which held the screen was broken down by vandals. I and the other folks who helped with this program said "enough". We effected repairs on a regular basis and the energy expended to, not only repair the stage, but to set the program up every two weeks was extensive. The park did not maintain the field, nor the stage, that was up to us, as was the cost of presenting the program. The Southampton Library did allow us to use their equipment and that was wonderful and most appreciated, but overall the burden of the operation was on us as private individuals. We were attempting to operate under the premise of donations and other fund raising activities, concessions and such, but this was simply not enough to keep it going. We also discovered, the hard way, that outdoor activities can be devastated by the weather.
So all in all, it was a good experiment... which may yet live to see another day.
My intention is to rebuild the stage with weather resistant materials and to do so as a rental stage. Just before we took the stage apart, we were attempting to implement reconstruction of it with stone, so that it would be resistant to weather and vandalism. But it was also determined by the collective thoughts of the park, the township, the police and those of us working on it, that the vandalism issue was a problem that could not be solved. And so, the community looses as a result of a few nere-do-wells.
Well, if anyone cares to see this project advanced or participate in rebuilding the rental stage, do contact me - Arthur Greisiger
Tamanend Park is located at 1255 Second Street Pike in Southampton, Pennsylvania (at the intersection of Maple Avenue halfway between Street and Bristol Roads).
Show times take place at dusk, which starts around 9:00pm but as the summer wanes, the times become earlier as the sun sets earlier, ending at around 6:00 pm.
The trails are illuminated with solar lights so you can feel confident that the lights will lead you to The Meadow Amphitheatre. If you arrive earlier you can check out the stage before it gets dark. This might help you feel better about where the films are shown because they are not right next to the parking areas. You will need to walk a little ways into the park. It is very enchanting and a lot of fun!
I suggest you get there a half an hour before dusk/dark. You are welcome to picnic in the Meadow while we set up for the film and you may end up getting a performance from the stage.
We have a concession stand where we sell canned soda, bagged chips, pretzels and popcorn. This year we tried ice pops and candy which worked well. For next season we hope to have purchased a popcorn machine.
We also sell insect repellent in case you forget to bring some, but the insects are really not that bad because we have tiki torches with citronella which seems to work pretty well.
We have a raffle which you can view on the IMS Virtual Studio and there is a countdown clock for the next film at that site also.
There are more pictures of the set-up for Cinema Under the Stars and you can also view a slide show presentation which will help you to locate the stage or find directions. To see this slide show go to;
The IMS Virtual Studio or The Shakespearean Journal.