Except for the occasional ringtone and laughter, the annual Screen on the Green held in Love Valley this past weekend was as quaint as a movie theater. On Sept. 6., Weekend West Georgia held their annual Screen on the Green event to help start the 2013-14 school year off. Several hundred students came out to Love Valley with blankets in tote to partake in a viewing of director, Zack Snyder’s, “Man of Steel,” which was released three months earlier in theaters.
This was the first time watching the box office hit for many of the students who came out.The moviegoers were excited to see the classic depiction of their favorite American superhero. Many of the students who attended the event appeared to be comfortable with the picnic like setting, and didn’t seem to mind sitting amongst nature for the screening.
This is the fourth year having the group, Weekends West Georgia at the University of West Georgia. The group hosts many social events such as screen on the green throughout the year to give students a chance to get involved in different activities around campus. As the lawn began to fill, students lined up as members of the staff passed out free popcorn and soda.
Members of the West Georgia Weekend staff were wearing shirts sporting their “fun and free” slogan.
“The idea behind our group Weekends West Georgia is like our shirt says,” said Jessica Faulkner, staff member of Weekends West Georgia. “It is easy for students to leave their dorm room and have something to do that is not too far from campus and students won’t have to spend money.”
“It’s great for students like me who are not able to leave campus on the weekends,” said Shay Freeman, a student at UWG. “Plus, it beat the theatres on student ticket prices and the Redbox in release.”
The promise of a good time filled with activities and food is always a perk. A fun filled weekend and possibly saving a few bucks is not the only incentive that students have to look forward to with this group. Once a student attends six events and receives their sixth punch on their West Georgia Weekend punch card, they will receive one of the groups “fun and free” t-shirts.
The group’s next event will include a free meal. Weekend West Georgia will be hosting a food truck stop in which students will receive a free meal from some of Atlanta’s tastiest mobile restaurants.The group plans on bringing a variety of other events including more food and movie nights to West Georgia bound students throughout the remaining weekends during the rest of the year.