Summer Shadows will stay in the dark this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The offshoot of Shadows of the Mind Film Festival screens free family-friendly fare at Bellevue Park the last three weeks of August.
Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening during the pandemic allows for outdoor events attended by up to 100 people. But festival co-director Bill MacPherson says Summer Shadows always draws more than that number and enforcing maximum attendance would be difficult for volunteers.
The festival’s board decided about three weeks ago suspending the screenings for this year “was in everybody’s best interest.
“We felt bad,” MacPherson told The Sault Star. “We’re all about bringing families together and here we are making sure they stay apart.”
His group consulted with City of Sault Ste. Marie about its plans not to show movies this summer. The municipality, said MacPherson, agreed “it probably would be advisable not to carry on this year.”