If you only get to one Fridays on the Square for the entire year, this is the event to attend.
The silent film has become a tradition of the annual summer film/concert series. What makes the event special is the live piano accompaniment by Adair McConnell, pianist for St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. Adair’s mother was an honest-to-goodness ragtime piano player, and he has obviously inherited her talent. Throughout the movie Adair will supply the piano music to accompany the action – entirely by improvisation. Matching the mood of each character’s emotion and the cadence of the plot’s lighthearted and melodramatic moments (melodramatic – this is a silent film after all), it’s easy to forget that you’re listening to a live musician. This is communal movie watching at its best.
Tonight’s film: Grandma’s Boy. Comedian Harold Lloyd is a timid wallflower pining for a lovely Mildred Davis. Threatened by the town bully, Lloyd musters up courage from stories of his ancestor’s heroic acts to go forth and win the affections of his beloved.
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