Bring a blanket! Bring a snack! Bring the dog! We are showing Elf, starring Will Farrell, Sat, July 17 in Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park.

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell, as Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. After learning he was adopted, Buddy embarks on a quest to find his biological father in New York City. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner co-star. Elf was directed by Jon Favreau (Swingers) and produced by Peter Billingsley (best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story). The director and producer both have cameos: Favreau as the doctor who administers Buddy’s DNA test and tells him to stop eating cotton balls, and Billingsley, as a toy-making elf in Santa’s workshop

Elf begins at dusk on Sat, July 17th. The screening is free.

Our July 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