COVID-19 has turned us all into a bit of a “Man of Constant Sorrow,” but after an outdoor a screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou” was a hit over the weekend, more Nac at Night drive-in movies are coming to the Oldest Town in Texas.
“The community played great. People were COVID compliant. It was really just a text book perfect event,” said Sherry Chaney Morgan, director of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We would love to emulate that and build on the success moving forward to give us sort of a break to the monotony of our lives and COVID.”
The inaugural drive-in movie event was Saturday night at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport as the 2000 Cohen Brothers’ retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey” was projected onto the side of a hangar. The event was in conjunction with the public library’s involvement with the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, which this year centers around Madeline Miller’s novel “Circe” The titular character of the novel is a minor character on “The Odyssey.”
Morgan did not announce any future dates or films for the series while speaking to the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, but she did promise tickets would be easier to come by.
“We are going to make some adjustments here and there, make some of the tickets available offline for those people who aren’t comfortable or aren’t familiar with securing tickets online to sort of level the playing field,” Morgan said.
Meanwhile, the Judy McDonald Public Library has shifted much of its annual Big Read activities into a virtual format because of the pandemic, but copies of “Circe” by Madeline Miller are still available for free in the library lobby, 1112 North St.
Closed to the public since March, the library began opening to patrons by appointment on Oct. 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The pick-up service currently in place will remain for those who want to check out materials without coming inside. All items returned will continue to be quarantined before being checked in and re-shelved.
For information or appointments, visit the library website at nactx.us/library or call 559-2970.