One thing people love to do in the summertime is watch movies outdoors. And it kind of makes sense, right? I mean, who wants to be cooped up in a dark, quiet movie theater watching a movie, when you can be sitting outside in the heat, trying to hear a movie over police helicopters, people's pets and your neighbor's kids?
Well, Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., has a game-changing formula for watching movies outdoors. The brewery in Woodberry hosting its School's Out Summer Movie Series on Friday evenings this month.
It started with "Dazed and Confused" on June 7 and continued June 14 with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." This Friday, June 21, the brewery will be showing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and the series will end June 28 with "American Pie."
You can watch the movies on a 20-foot inflatable screen, while drinking Union Craft's beers. Admission is $5, the popcorn is free, cans of Duckpin and Balt are $4, and pints of whatever they feel like pouring are $5. Doors open at 7, and the movies starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.unioncraftbrewing.com.
Union Craft beer and an outdoor movie? That sounds like a good time.
Another summer activity people love is swimming. Swimmers will be happy to hear that there will be a free Friends and Family Party open to the community at the pool at Roosevelt Park on June 23. The party takes place from noon to 4 p.m. There will be lots of giveaways, raffles, activities and more. The pool will also be open seven days a week this summer, and on June 28, there will be an after-hours adult swim. For more information, contact Melissa Gregory at 410-916-3229.
For some, karaoke is a popular summertime activity (and if I wasn't trying to do a summer-themed column, I might admit that karaoke is a popular anytime activity). Be sure to stay hydrated on Tuesday, June 25 at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., as things heat up for "Karaoke Is For Suckers," starting at 10 p.m. at 10PM. They have a 14,000-song library. Practice your Hall & Oates and get ready to be a sucker for karaoke.
For nerds, video games are an excellent substitute for summertime fun. Be sure to head back to the Golden West on Wednesday, June 26th at 8 p.m. for the "NERDS OUT! WiiMBLEDON Wii Tennis Tournament, from 8-9:30 p.m. It costs $5 to play, it's free to watch and it's a 16 game, single-elimination double tournament. You can win cash and prizes!
And finally, one thing a lot of people like to do in the summer is read. Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St., is hosting a "Found Patrick Anthology Release Party" on Sunday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. This anthology explores the art of grief with artwork and found verse from around the globe, also including portions of essays taken from the work of the late Dr. Patrick Sokas. The readers will be Lynne Shapiro, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka and Regina Sokas.