Now is your chance to catch a movie under the stars — and among the blueberries — in North Georgia.
Cool Springs Blueberry Farm in Gainesville started its Films on the Farm series a few weeks ago and is continuing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with the movie “Sing.” Tickets are $7 per person while children 5 years old and younger are free.
“We just kind of brainstormed all different ideas and ways to bring people in,” owner Jason Harper said. “We kind of put together a playbook of all the events we want to do and that was one of them … It's just kind of a unique experience.”
Harper bought the farm in August, two doors down from where his family moved to from Alpharetta, and was looking for ways to bring people to the 5-acre farm outside of its short harvest season.
“Our mission is to kind of transform this into more of a family-friendly place that's open beyond just five weeks of blueberry season,” Harper said.
Films on the Farm has also been a way to bring the community together, another of Harper’s goals for the farm. While waiting for the movie to start, guests are able to play games and mingle with each other.
They can play the outdoor games like badminton, Connect 4 or ring toss or pet the pony and goat.
There are also concessions and s’mores available.
“We hate that going to the movies for a family of four costs 100 bucks,” Harper said. “So we wanted to do something that was affordable and accessible to families.”
Becky DuBois has been to every Films on the Farm event the farm has hosted. She takes her husband and two children along with her.
“I have always wanted to go to a film on the farm or a movie on the green, so as soon as (Harper) told me they were going to do that, I was probably more excited than they were,” DuBois said.
For her family, it’s about the whole experience. Films on the Farm offers the same conveniences of a real theater, but adds a unique touch.
“They have pretty much everything you have at a regular theater, except way cheaper,” DuBois said. “And you get to hang out outside and watch a movie, which is really cool.”
Films on the Farm shows a movie every other week — “Dumbo” will be showing on Aug. 10. But it will continue with other events as the year goes on and include things like fall festivals and a trick-or-treat night.
Harper said when his family lived in Alpharetta, it “took for granted” the activities available to take part in that aren’t as readily available in a more rural community like the one he’s in now.
So, he hopes Films on the Farm gives those in the area an opportunity to gather and take part in fun, affordable, family-friendly activities.
“It's meant to be kind of an experience,” Harper said.
He said the screen the movie is shown on “is huge” and everyone is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and even a picnic to enjoy the movie.
It’s the perfect evening out for families, Harper said, and he hopes to see it become an event everyone in the area continues to look forward to.
“Each one keeps growing and we're slowly getting the word out and people are telling their friends,” Harper said. “Each one gets bigger and bigger.”