With a big time planned in downtown Neosho surrounding this weekend’s third annual Herman Jaeger Festival, a new twist will be put on an old standard when the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce joins with the Neosho Arts Council to present the first Cinema in the Park of the season this Friday evening, May 2, 2014.

However, there’s a twist to the free, family-friendly movie the chamber commonly screens several times each year in Big Spring Park, according to Lauri Lyerla, interim chamber director.

“We’re going to hold it in the Civic, so we’re calling it Cinema in the Civic,” said Lyerla. “The movie is being sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council,” she continued. “It’s going on during the Herman Jaeger Festival and so, since they had the Civic reserved for that weekend and weren’t utilizing it that evening, they decided they would like to sponsor our first movie this year.”

Lyerla invites movie-goers to bring blankets to find a spot on the floor, and the balcony will be open for seating.

“We just request that if there’s children that the parents are with them too, in the balcony,” she said.

She said Teen Challenge of the 4 States will man a concession stand.

Lyerla said Steve York and Laura Mills will again provide the screen and the sound system that regular Cinema in the Park movie-goers are accustomed to. She said they will present last year’s block-bluster, Disney’s “Frozen” at 7 p.m.

“They say it’s the biggest movie of last year in animation and it will be the most requested movie from the place that we get the movies from,” she said. “So, we are excited to kick off our cinema season with that movie.”

The Neosho Arts Council hosts the Herman Jaeger exhibit in the Civic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and will host a Saturday night concert there from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Jimmy Buffett cover band, Jim Graham and the Concrete Speedbumps. That follows “Art Out of the Closet” and a silent auction in the Civic Saturday.  

Meanwhile, One14 Coffee Bar hosts the all day Dr. John Galey Art and Music Festival just off the other side of the square Saturday; and the chamber sponsors the Car & Bike Cruise Night on the downtown square from 3 to 7 p.m. The downtown square will remain busy Sunday, as the Mason Dixon Blessing of the Bikes will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.