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Moonlight Movie enters third year with 'Up'

PLATTSBURGH - Families will gather Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Macdonough Monument to watch a movie under the stars.

Moonlight Movie, an event which began three years ago, is an idea the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department director Melanie Defayette said she got at a conference for New York State Recreation and Parks.

"Other towns were doing it. I kind of researched it ... and said 'what a neat idea,'" recalled Defayette.

The first year the movie was held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, bringing in nearly 50 people. The following year it was moved to the monument, with an even bigger turnout.

The change in location was the decision of the co-sponsors, Reality Check, a statewide program which educates people about the marketing practices of the tobacco industry.

"They decided in their second year that they really wanted to try to move it into the city," Defayette explained of Reality Check. "So we could try to get people walking and all that."

"And down at Macdonough, you've got the lamp seating, the hillside," she added. "It's just an extremely pleasant place to hold it."

Defayette said Reality Check has been sponsoring movies along with recreation departments across the state.

"Reality Check uses it as an opportunity to spread their good word about smoking in movies," explained Defayette. "They preview the movie with their own video ... about just making people aware of how tobacco companies basically sneak their way into movies."

This year's movie event will feature "Up," which Defayette said features no tobacco marketing.

According to the movie's official Web site, this family-friendly movie features Carl Fredicksen, a retired balloon salesman who ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets out for an adventure. It is rated PG.

The movie will be held at 7:45 p.m. and people are asked to bring their own blankets or low-rise chairs. It is a tobacco, alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call the recreation department at 562-6860.

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