"The overall intent is to offer a free, family activity for local people, but to also encourage people who might be visiting Jonesborough to make a weekend out of it and stay in town," The Lollipop Shop owner Jeff Gurley said in a press release. “The event is a cooperative effort between the town of Jonesborough, (Jonesborough area merchants) and The Lollipop Shop.”
Gurley estimated that about 200 to 400 people attend the event, and hinted at some “special guests,” telling moviegoers to “bring your autograph book and camera to meet some very famous characters.”
During last Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting in Jonesborough, the board commended Gurley for for putting on the event, calling it “a great event to have,” with Alderman Stephen Callahan saying “I appreciate you doing it.”
The board did, however, cancel the Aug. 10 date because of a potential conflict with the Pioneer 5K run, but Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest said they could revisit rescheduling the event should they reach a compromise. An Aug. 31 Movies on Main was briefly debated based on whether or not there would be a conflict with the inaugural Mill Spring Makers Faire, but was left on, with the board saying it would be “a great festive afternoon.”
For the event itself, Candy Bingo and the movies are free, but those attending are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to the local food bank. It is also encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to sit on while enjoying the movie. For more information about Movies on Main, call the Lollipop Shop at 423-913-2663.