Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

We have a new Lodge Committee – the Odd Fellows “Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee” Committee – and we are offering our first film – open to the general public – on Sunday, September 3, in the Upper Hall of the Lodge. On that afternoon we will present some old-time cartoons followed by our feature film: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This is the original classic film from 1971 with the late great Gene Wilder. Remember all the iconic aspects of this film: the coveted Golden Tickets, the eccentric Willie Wonka, Mr. Slugworth, the Oompah Loompahs, the river of chocolate, and more.

Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors. This is not just for Odd Fellows and Pledges – it is open to the general public. It is free of charge (although small donations at the door are gratefully accepted). The attached poster (created by Chuck White) gives all the details, including start times. We will offer a number of snacks for sale at the Matinee, including ice cream, juice and chocolate. A number of “firsts” will be offered on September 3:

* This will be the first film in what we hope will be a series of Sunday matinees featuring children’s movies. All films will be suitable for children, and adults, and the entire family. Willie Wonka, for example, is enjoyable to children of all ages – but adults find it entertaining as well – there are nuances in the film (particularly in the performance of Gene Wilder) that only the adults in the room will pick up.

* This will be the first use of our new big-screen projection system which will be installed in the Upper Hall this summer. The equipment is state-of-the art and the screen is larger. There are no windows in the Upper Hall, so the reduced lighting will allow for increased visibility of the film. I expect a much better video and audio presentation in the Upper Hall. Be the first to see the new big-screen performance!

Members of the Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee Committee are Jean-Paul Montreuil, Juelie Roggli, Beth Dovi, Lea Rosenberg, Marisa Browne, Kelli O’Day, Lisa Salinas, and me.

No RSVP’s – just come by for the first Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee at the Lodge on Sunday, September 3. Mark your calendars!

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Children’s Movie Matinee Committee

p.s. If anyone is interested in serving on this committee for future presentations, please let me know!

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