Arts and Entertainment

Arlington, Marysville host free movies, concerts, theater in the park

A crowd gathers for a showing during the city of Arlington’s Outdoor Movies and Karaoke event during the summer of 2011. - Courtesy Photo
A crowd gathers for a showing during the city of Arlington’s Outdoor Movies and Karaoke event during the summer of 2011.
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Local residents looking for a way to blend outdoor activities and entertainment in their hometown can find several events this summer, sponsored by the cities of Arlington and Marysville.

The city of Marysville is hosting a free summer concert and movie series, which continues on July 12, when Shameless Hussy, a rock n’ roll and blues band, is set to perform at 7 p.m. at Jennings Memorial Park.

“Jennings Park is a wonderful setting to relax and enjoy some great music,” said Shameless Hussy drummer Dan Pakinas. “As a band it is what we enjoy the most about performing.”

Based out of Northwest Washington, Shameless Hussy has been performing together for four years, playing songs with great horn sections and backup singers. “We are all dads and moms, and some of us are even grandparents,” Pakinas said. “It is a wonderful thing to be surrounded by such talented and professional people. Definitely a must-hear band.”

All city of Marysville summer concerts are sponsored by the Cottages at Marysville, and are held at Jennings Memorial Park’s natural amphitheater near the Lions Centennial Pavilion on 6915 Armar Rd.

On Thursday, July 19, the Marysville Parks and Recreation department is presenting Shaggy Sweet.

“Shaggy Sweet has a rock n’ roll sound with a reggae twist,” said Maryke Burgess, Parks and Recreation coordinator. “We try to have a new, fresh and varied lineup every year, while still catering to the audience that does attend.”

The city of Arlington is hosting Outdoor Movies and Karaoke each Thursday evening at Terrace Park, 809 E. Fifth St. “Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster” is set to play on Thursday, July 12. Movies are preceded by karaoke at 7 p.m. with the showing beginning at dusk, approximately 9 p.m. The Arlington Kiwanis Club provides free popcorn and water. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is set to show on July 19 and “Cars 2” is set for July 26, both at Terrace Park.

“They are really fun events,” said Sarah Lopez, Arlington Recreation Coordinator. “Quite a few people show up. It’s a good chance to get outside in the summer, in the community, and watch a good movie. Plus it’s free.”

Marysville’s outdoor movie series, Popcorn in the Park, continues as well, with a showing of “Happy Feet 2,” on Friday, July 14, in Jennings Memorial Park.

All summer Popcorn in the Park movies take place at the Jennings Park baseball field and begin at dusk. The Marysville Kiwanis Club provides free popcorn at each showing, though families are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. The film “Big Miracle” is set to show on Friday, July 20. “As a staff, we like to pick movies together that the general public will enjoy and that are fairly recent and family friendly,” said Burgess. “It will equate to a great time and great family fun.”

For more entertainment, the city of Arlington is hosting Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Last Leaf Productions, on Saturday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in Terrace Park. The group will perform Julius Ceasar as part of their Summer, Bloody Summer Tour 2012.

Also scheduled this summer is Arlington’s Outdoor Theater for Kids on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. in Terrace Park when the Blue Stilly Players present a production aimed just for children.

“It’s a new event and Blue Stilly Players is a new theater group,” said Lopez, who noted that the group would be performing Hansel and Gretel. “They are going to teach a new drama class too, which is only $10 per child.”

For more information on Arlington events visit or contact Arlington Parks and Recreation at 360-403-3448.

For more information on Marysville events visit or contact Marysville Parks and Recreation at 360-363-8400.


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