Medway Commons Drive-In – A Taste of Normalcy Series Continues Monday nights in Sept., Portion of Proceeds to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)Aug 31, 2020 12:12PM ● By J.D. O’Gara
In a time where most events are being canceled, Medway Commons in August began offering drive-in movie nights, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The space can accommodate 46 vehicles, with a charge of $10 per vehicle, and a portion of those proceeds will help support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). These will continue into September, scheduled for:
• Monday, September 7th-
Jurassic Park (Rated PG-13)
• Monday, September 14th- Field of Dreams (Rated PG)
To attend, you must make advanced reservations on Eventbrite and either bring a printed copy of your ticket or have your ticket ready to present on your smartphone via the Eventbrite pass for check-in.
• Vehicles will be allowed entry starting at 7:30 p.m.
• Vehicles will be spaced 6 feet apart. You must stay in the space surrounding your vehicle.
• In case of inclement weather, we will show the movie on the next night (Tuesday).
“The whole idea behind the drive-in was that the owners of Medway Commons wanted to give back to the community,” said Colleen Stripp, Medway Commons spokesperson, in mid-August. Owners had done drive-ins at their other property, The Loop, in Methuen, with some success, she said, continuing, “People are just so cooped up in their homes, and kids aren’t able to see their friends. (It was) one of the things you could do as a family, to be with a group but still be separated, even in or around their car, and enjoy their time.”
Medway Commons’ Drive-Ins will support the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, in fact, during National Suicide Prevention Month, September.
“For mental health, this is something to positive to look forward to – being outside, which is always great,” said Stripp. The problem of suicide, she said, “is something that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s important. Everyone needs attention on the physical as well as mental health.”
In fact, Stripp added that one anonymous person in August reached out, expressing interest in purchasing a large group of tickets to one of the Drive-In movies at Medway Commons. The purchaser confided that they recently “lost a family member to suicide, and they would like to quietly honor their family member while spreading good karma and awareness for suicide prevention,” said Stripp.
Inclement weather pushed the first Drive-in up a day, but on the 18th, Medway Commons was raring to go with its first drive-in experience.
“I think we’re all starving for that feeling of normalcy. Anytime we can grab it, it’s a good thing,” said Stripp.
For more information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.