It was a beautiful sunny summer evening for the first in a series of free family movies at the Marin Country Mart (MCM) in Larkspur. Over 100 kids and their families gathered and set up their chairs, laid out their blankets, received free popcorn and juice boxes and settled in, to enjoy the movie Mary Poppins.
The Tutu School of Ballet, at the Marin Country Mart presented a pre-movie show. The littlest of ballerinas were dressed in colorful tutus leaping and doing plies.
Cynthia Pillsbury, the marketing manager of MCM, told me, “I have 3 children under the age of 6 years old and wanted a family event that the little ones could enjoy before their bedtime.” So Marin Country Mart purchased a special movie screen that is visible during the daytime hours.
Pillsbury continues, “We are featuring Mary Poppins as our first movie of our Marin Country Mart movie series, which runs Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm from June 22 – August 31st. We will be showing kid friendly titles. Our schedule is at our website. We always provide food for purchase and free popcorn for the kids. So we hope to see you there!”
I spoke with Cara and Joe Hunt who brought their 3 children (7 years, 3 years and 9 months), “We love activities down here…the family nights are great!”
Kimber Hirsh, from Mill Valley, was there with her 2 god daughters, Maya, 6 and Anais, 3. She shared, “I think the movie nights are absolutely spectacular. I love that it brings the community together and I think it is wonderful for the children…I think it’s a great meeting place right in the middle for so many different areas. It was perfectly easy to get here from work…it is such a fun thing for all of us to do together.”
I checked Twitter when I returned home and saw this local tweet, “I’m coming to this (MCM) every week…just for the food! And it’s so sweet for the kids.”
There is great food for purchase. Pig in a Pickle, owned by Damon Stainbrook has wonderful barbeque. He tells me, “I started Pig in a Pickle back in February. I grew up in Corte Madera and I always wanted a great little barbeque joint here that focuses on local foods and more traditional barbeque styles.” They have pulled pork, beef and smoked chicken sandwiches, ribs and more. There are delicious sauces at the condiment table. The chow chow relish is fabulous. All meats are pasteurized, high quality and many are organic.
Kendra Kolling from Sonoma is the owner of Nana Mae’s Organics. She was there with her 3 children (and helpers) Elizabeth, 11, Liam, 13, and Alaina, 7. She told me, “Many people ask me if I am Nana Mae…she was my husband’s grandmother. I am the Farmer’s Wife!…I do organic salads, gourmet grilled cheese and baguette sandwiches…I serve the food that I make for my family and I’m bringing it down to Marin.” She will be opening a store called The Farmer’s Wife at MCM in the fall.
So bring your blankets, chairs, sun hats, and children to Movies on the Green at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, for a high energy, fun filled family and community event! The movie this Wednesday is Cars, so pack up YOUR car and head on down to MCM. And, save your appetite, so you can have some dinner from the local food purveyors.