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Vol. LX, No. 21
October 17, 2008
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12th Annual Free Outdoor Film Festival a Success

The 12th annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, held in conjunction with NIH’s Recreation and Welfare Association, enjoyed 10 straight nights of good weather in August, drawing thousands of patrons. One young man added flair to the evening when he proposed—successfully— to his girlfriend.

The film Transformers may have challenged Monty Python and the Holy Grail from 2006 as the largest turnout since the festival began—about 9,000 people attended, according to R&W.

The film festival used to be held, prior to 9/11, on the NIH campus, near the Metro station. Recently it has taken over a field abutting the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and Strathmore Music Center.

“It’s a great place to hold an event,” said Randy Schools, R&W president. “We would also like to send out a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us this year. Without your help we would not be able to pull this event off.”

The event raised money for the NIH Children’s Charities. The R&W also held a raffle, which garnered additional funds.

“For those of you who came out this year, we hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to next year,” said Schools. “See you at the movies!”

Staff from the Hard Times Cafe and volunteer servers pose at their booth.

Top: Staff from the Hard Times Cafe and volunteer servers pose at their booth.

Below: At left, a group of students from Walter Johnson High School get ready to enjoy the show. At right are volunteers who manned the candy booth.

Bottom: No, that’s not Woodstock. Rather it’s the movie grounds, about an hour before start time.

A group of students from Walter Johnson High School get ready to enjoy the show Volunteers who manned the candy booth
No, that’s not Woodstock. Rather it’s the movie grounds, about an hour before start time

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