Flicks on the Hill is Back #Summer2015: Guide for the perfect evening picnic! 

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 Thursday July 9th, is the first night of: “Flicks on the Hill” Summer 2015 Movies Series presented by American Visionary Art Museum. If you haven’t experienced this outdoor movie extravaganza, Thursday night is your chance! We are all in for a treat, because the 1st movie of the summer series is: JAWS!!!!! This is perfect especially because it’s SHARK WEEK!

This being the 1st SUMMER movie event being held in Federal Hill Park this year, I am sure there will be a good amount of newbies coming to “the hill” for the first time. Here is a easy guide to help YOU PREPARE for a simple, but perfect picnic for your friends and family.

BE EARLY – Movie begins at 9PM, but you want to make sure to get to Federal Hill Park early to get a spot and set up. I suggest being at least an hour early. Also, remember the museum is open FREE to the public tomorrow night from 5PM-9PM. This is an awesome opportunity for you to roam the museum and see all the cool exhibits.
Bring a picnic Blanket – The more cushion, the better. Don’t be scared to use an old comforter you may have around the house somewhere. Its not a big deal if it gets a little dirty from food or a wine spill….its called a washer machine for a reason 🙂 Also, Lawn chairs are allowed at this event.

Camera – Yes, its great that we have smart-phones now that we can use to snap pictures, but if you have a “real” camera (digital or film), why not pull it out and bring it to the picnic. Snap some awesome pics of your friends and family enjoying the last days of summer. Plus, you can use that camera to take fabulous photos of Downtown Baltimore from the park, it’s an AMAZING view!

Pets- Dogs are welcome at this event. You know if your dog can handle the people and food being around or not.

Easy Foods To Eat- I love to cook, but if you don’t feel like preparing food, why not just order and pick up dinner for Flicks on the Hill?!?! Honestly, I suggest ordering take out and just bring it to the park. Even stopping at a sub shop or making your own sandwiches is a great idea. Keep it simple. Around 9PM when the movies begins it will be dark. You want to have food items that are easy to grab.

Examples of fun food options:
1.) Order a couple of boxes of PIZZA- yum!

2.) Grab Chiplote for everyone.

3.) Sushi

4.) Subs from a subshop

5.) Chinesse Take-out

6.) Salad’s from a salad bar at the grocery store or restaurant


Fruit & Veggies- Great finger snacks

Wine- Wine is ALWAYS a good idea.

(Picture from previous #FlicksOnTheHill Movie showing)

SOMETHING SWEET- Cookies, cupcakes, cake, candy, & chocolate.

Essentials- Water, napkins, plates, utensils, corkscrew, garbage bag.

Sweater/Light Jacket- Even though it’s summer, at night the temperature may fall and it may become chilly outside. I attended flicks on the hill last summer, and I was cold once the sun set! I saw others putting sweaters on and wrapping their blankets around the bodies because of the chill. Just a suggestion for ya!
Have fun Thursday night!

Also, I’d like to know your opinion! Please leave what you think are picnic essentials/ suggestions in the comment box!

Until Next Time,

The Author

Awesome! Alysha January is the Marketing Manager from the Historic Charles Street Association and co-owner of Busheler's of Baltimore. She is an activist who is very passionate about creating equality, inclusion, and diversity throughout the community. She created a blog and instagram account called Discover Charm City to highlight Baltimore’s small businesses, local food scene, and her personal life-style. Alysha wants to show others how to live, work, and play in Baltimore and beyond. Alysha also host women empowerment events she calls, Gap Pal Events. She invites women to come connect with other women from the community in a safe open environment.

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