HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition held its second-ever free movie night on Thursday with Disney’s original version of "Mary Poppins" at Wood Park, for which more than 75 residents brought chairs and blankets.

With HAYC3’s community events growing in popularity, creative director Deb Alter said many people have been wanting to start a film festival, the concept of which is just "coming into fruition. Last year we hosted a movie in the park: It was such a great time that we wanted to do it again," Alter said.

Having returned for a second year, Alter said the outdoor movies may eventually increase in frequency. HAYC3 hung a portable screen and projected the family movie onto the Wood Memorial Park gazebo, 26 Main St.

"When I first walked up to the park, people’s faces made me smile," Alter said. "Everyone knows Mary Poppins and everyone likes it. There were families, kids and even some adults who just came by themselves."

HAYC3 is holding one more free movie night this season in Wood Park on Thursday, August 21, with a screening of Disney’s "The Jungle Book." The movie is open to the public; Not just to Hoosick residents. In the event of rain, the movie screening may move to inside the armory.

The HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church St., holds community events for children and families as well as for adults. All events are open to the greater public.

On Friday, August 1, the monthly Texas Hold’Em tournament will take place at the armory starting at 6 p.


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m. Play will start at 6:30 p.m. The Hold’Em buy in is $35 with a $10 optional add on and a $5 high-hand pot. The tournament is open to experienced or new coming poker players 21 years of age or older.

Also coming up is an event to kick off HAYC3’s community barn quilt project on Saturday, August 30, at 10 a.m. For the past several months, Hoosick-area residents have sponsored the painting of dozens of large wooden quilt squares to be hung on barns and structures throughout the area to help augment tourism and travel.

HAYC3 is celebrating the community art project by printing maps displaying each quilt piece’s location and taking a caravan along the route between each location, starting at the armory.

To make it an all-day event, HAYC3 is bringing in a fiddler for live entertainment, a sewn quilt show in the basement art gallery, quilting demonstrations, paper piecing and an Underground Railroad quilting history presented by Maureen Hinton.

For more information about any of the summer’s end events at HAYC3, call (518) 686-9050, email contacthayc3@gmail.com or visit www.hayc3.org.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg.