Scituate Preservation Society’s ‘Biggest Little Farm’ movie night raises funds for grange

Scituate Preservation Society’s ‘Biggest Little Farm’ movie night raises funds for grange

Volunteers paint the exterior of the Scituate Grange, headquarters for the Scituate Preservation Society. The group will host an outdoor movie and trivia night on July 30 to help fund painting and other renovations.

SCITUATE – The Scituate Preservation Society is holding an outdoor movie night of “The Biggest Little Farm” on July 30 to help raise funds for repairs a the historic North Scituate Grange at 706 Hartford Pike.

Member Linda Kornatz said the SPS’s main source of income is its food booth at the Scituate Art Festival, and after the festival’s cancellation last year, members of the group were left scratching their heads for a way to raise money.

The spark that ignited the idea for the movie night came as they brainstormed outdoor events to be held during a pandemic, Kornatz said. SPS will host the outdoor movie night at Frederickson Farm, 985 Chopmist Hill Road, on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. The rain date is July 31.

Kornatz saw “The Biggest Little Farm” at the Newport Film Festival. It is about a couple in California purchasing an old, overworked farm and the process of getting it back to producing.

“This beautiful and entertaining film features breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call,” Kornatz said.

She said it “provides a blueprint” for creating a better and healthier planet, similar to SPS, she said, which is focused on protecting the cultural legacy of Scituate, as well as the nature here.

“Protecting our natural landscape, living in harmony with nature rather than trying to eradicate or conquer it, is a message we all need to hear,” Kornatz said.

Rated PG, the film is created for adults but great for children as well.

Kornatz said guests should show up early to catch Scituate history trivia on the big screen starting at 7:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 8:30 p.m. There will be ice cream for sale at Frederickson Farm, as well as movie snacks and water for purchase. There is a suggested donation of $5 for individuals or $10 for families.

Money will go toward the preservation of the historic Scituate Grange No. 39, including indoor and outdoor painting and plaster work. Kornatz said volunteers do the work, and it is “really hard work.”

The hall, built in 1895, was originally a chapel for the Wayside Gleaners, who gifted it to the Grange. For years, the hall served as a community hub for the town, Kornatz said, including hosting dances, clam bakes and theatrical events.

It was donated to the SPS, which uses it as a headquarters and storage facility for its archives. It can also be rented out for events.

“It’s a really beautiful building and a great piece of Scituate history,” Kornatz said.

Following renovations, Kornatz said SPS will focus on creating a website for the group outside of its Facebook page, where they hope to upload and share historic documents for public use.

“That’s going to take more funding,” she said.

Kornatz said the SPS food booth will be back at the Scituate Art Festival this year serving its famous chicken fajitas, which she said is a healthy option among the sweets and treats at the festival.

For more information, visit the SPS on Facebook. Watch “The Biggest Little Farm” trailer at www.apricotlandfarms.com/biggest-little-farm/.