Trappe Fire and Ambulance to hold first movie night

You don’t have to fly to Hollywood to be up close and personal with Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill. Just drive over to Trappe Fire Co. 1 and Ambulance on Thursday, July 17.

On that night, these Hollywood celebrities will lend their voices to animated characters in The Lego Movie, which Trappe company members will present to the public as part of a new fundraising event.

“‘The Movie under the Stars,’ which is what we’re calling it, is the first of what we hope will be an annual event,” said Kristin Norwood, chairperson of the fundraising committee.

“It’s a clever and unique fund-raising activity,” she continued. “Schools and townships have successfully hosted this type of event before. But to my knowledge, ours is the only fire company in Montgomery County to hold one.”

The movie will start at 9 p.m. and will be shown on a 9’ x 8’ screen on the grounds of the firehouse at 20 West 5th Avenue. Parking is free.

The movie will be preceded by a family-friendly happy hour, starting at 6 p.m. Activities will include a dunk tank, beanbag toss, face painting and a disc jockey spinning CD music. Typical movie food and beverages will be available for purchase, including hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, water ice, candy bars, ice tea, lemonade, bottled water and soda.

“It’s a nice family-night-out event — a perfect opportunity for parents and their children to come together, lay back and relax. Bring a blanket, chair and come over and have a ball,” urged Norwood.

Trappe Fire Co. and ambulance both operate under one roof from their headquarters on 5th Avenue. All monies received from the movie event, as well as from other fund-raisers, such as comedy shows, car washes and breakfasts, goes into one general fund, which allows company members to purchase firefighting tools, firefighting jackets, helmets, boots, medical equipment and supplies.

“Last year, we had a Beef ‘n’ Beer for one of our members,” stated Norwood. “It was so successful that we plan to make it a yearly event. The next one is scheduled for this fall.”