Movies on the Wall opens season with baseball classic

The Slaton Legacy Project’s “Movies on the Wall” will kick off the summer screenings Saturday (June 2) with a family classic set for 7 p.m.

“The Sandlot” — presented by OHMTECH — will be the premiere for the fundraiser, which is slated to run the first Saturday evening of the month through November. Proceeds will go toward the construction of Legacy Park on Texas Avenue.

“We are so excited to start up the ‘Movies on the Wall’ series again,” said Legacy Project member Chad Wilson. “It’s a great way to hang out with your fellow townspeople and be neighbors. We also have great memories of growing up here in Slaton and want to create those for our next generation of Slatonites.”

The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. and will feature music and games until sundown when the film will begin. Popcorn will be provided free, courtesy of Centennial Bank.

The lot planned for Legacy Park sits between the Slaton Police Department and Centennial Bank at 110 Texas Ave., and Wilson said the pocket park will be a featured attraction on the square.

“It will be a place for townspeople to have live music, weddings, events and more. We took an eyesore close to our downtown and are in the process of making it an asset for our community,” he said.

The park project is one of many renovations taking place in Slaton and on the square. Wilson said the Kessel Building has been renovated and that Caprock Sante Fe Credit Union and Centennial have undergone remodeling. Justin Martin Construction is renovating a building for offices and Dalton Storage has constructed a storage facility near the railroad, while the caboose at Harvey House has recently been restored.

“This is a lot of development in a small town like ours and a step in the right direction for bringing Texas Avenue back to a more beautiful and vibrant part of our town,” Wilson said.

OHMTECH, owned by Bobby and Melissa Barrera, is sponsoring this week’s showing of the 1993 coming-of-age baseball comedy “The Sandlot.” Each week’s film sponsor will pick the movie to be shown. Wilson said the schedule for rest of the films is being worked out.

While each week’s film will have a sponsor, the overall project is sponsored by Caprock Sante Fe Credit Union, The Kessel Building, Kylito’s Salsa, Slaton Chamber of Commerce, SEDCO and United Supermarkets.

Members of the Movies on the Wall project are Jim and Lori Andrus, Isaac and Ashley Arellano, Cooper and Bergan Downer, Jeff and Jessica Kelly, Rugby and Courtney Stafford, James and Misty Uribe and Chad and Jessica Wilson.

Cost for the movie is $5 per person with a $20 maximum for a family of four or more.

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