Palmetto Bay’s Drive-In Movie

Palmetto Bay’s Drive-In Movie

The Miracle League and Palmetto High School Baseball teams.

On January 30, Palmetto Bay brought back the 1950s in the form of a drive-in movie theater. Set up in the Village Hall parking lot, about 200 lucky people took part in this inaugural event.

The weather was perfect as dozens of cars, golf carts and pedestrians settled in to see Grease (the sing-along) version under the stars, as a throwback to the nostalgic bygone era.

Before the feature began, Tandem Theater Project, a group of late teens from area public and private high schools, got everyone in the mood by singing a bunch of the movie’s songs live.

The movie itself did have its technical glitches. The sound, both broadcast to cars on FM radio and amplified for those who walked or biked in, was hard to hear at times. Despite that, and the undersized projection on the blow-up silver screen, patrons generally enjoyed the night.

Palmetto Bay’s Drive-In Movie

Kayaking during the Coral Reef Park camp-out.

Miracle League and Blue & White Baseball Games

The Miracle League Facebook post summed it up best when they wrote: Thank you to Palmetto High School baseball teams, Head Coach Danny Smith, MPMS Booster Club, Booster Chair Scott Sarason, Booster Buffy Heldt, and the Village of Palmetto Bay for a wonderful day of Miracle League ball at Coral Reef Park – Home of the Panthers!

On the morning of January 30, before the annual Palmetto High School’s annual Blue & White Game, the Miracle League fielded their stars in a feel-good baseball game that brought smiles to participants, hosts and fans. The Miracle League is a volunteer group with the mission to construct a customized baseball field that accommodates wheelchairs, walkers and people with special needs.

After that game, it was time for the Palmetto freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams to scrimmage as a way to welcome the Spring baseball season.

Palmetto Bay’s Drive-In MovieThe day was special for many reasons, including the unveiling of the brand new scoreboard. It was the Parks Department of Palmetto Bay that also scrambled to make the field beautiful and playable after a few days of tremendous rain.

By mid afternoon, it was clear that this day of baseball had brought out a lot of heart in our kids and our community.

Suburban Camp-Out

Overnight on February 6th, Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Park Camp-out was a great success, despite the rains dampening things a bit. More than 150 tents were registered and 96 checked-in for this first-ever event.

Beginning Saturday afternoon, the park was converted into campgrounds as people pitched their tents and took advantage of volleyball, badminton, kayaking, carnival rides, hikes and tetherball.

As night fell, the events turned to the silver screen, where a special presentation of Ghosts if the Western Glades was shown, narrated by the film’s director, Richard Kern. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was supposed to be screened, but the rains fell too heavily.

However, that did little to dampen the spirits of the urban campers. They had a huge bonfire to roast s’mores and lots of company to share stories with under their tents.

Palmetto Bay’s Drive-In Movie

Marshmallows and S’mores around the Coral Reef Park campfire.

‘It’s all about community and this was a great starter event for people who are considering camping but have never tried it before,” explained Mayor Eugene Flinn. “We will have this event again so I’m asking those who attended to let us know what we can do to make this event even better. And for those who didn’t, let us know what it will take to get you and your family out there next time.”

The park’s conversion to handle this event was nothing short of amazing. There were floodlights, movie screens, food trucks, kayaking equipment and more. Mayor Flinn added, “I want to thank the staff and vendors who worked so hard to make this happen.”

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