Bring a blanket. Bring the dog. Bring a chocolate bar (but don’t give it to the dog). Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum star in this 50th Anniversary screening of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, about a zany chocolatier and a poor boy who hopes to win a tour of the magnificent, mysterious chocolate factory. (1 hr, 40 min)
Willy Wonka will start at dusk on Friday, July 30th in Bryan Park.
(Roald Dahl reportedly was not a fan of the film—then again, what does he know? Warner Bros. recently announced plans for a prequel, which will star Timothée Chalamet.)
Our July/August issue is on the virtual newsstands. Here is your hand-delivered copy. There’s some good stuff in this month’s issue including:
Where Do We Go When We Die? The ongoing Covid-19 catastrophe has tasked us to confront mortality on a daily basis. By Pennfield Jensen
Friday Night at Dinky’s Dinky’s is the name and auction is the game at this Amish-owned-and-operated institution in Daviess County. The auctions take place inside two of the biggest barns you might ever see and attract hundreds of bargain-seekers from far and wide. By Mason Cassady
Middle Way House: Candid Conversations We are running a series of interviews with Middle Way members in recognition of the domestic violence shelter’s 50th Anniversary. This month features conversations with Penny Gaither and Cindy Houston. “I lived in fear,” Penny says about her life before joining Middle Way. Cindy Houston’s dream is that one day we can “close the shelter, because nobody needs it.” Interviews by Robert F. Arnove
We hope to resume weekly, in-person film screenings in August when campus re-opens (assuming there are no surprises). We may also resume the print edition of the magazine. Let’s all cross our fingers and keep them crossed.
In the meantime, please help keep the Film Series and The Ryder magazine going and consider making a donation