District Del Sol: Music and movies in Castillo Park

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On Thursday evening at Castillo Park in St. Paul the playground was full, lawn chairs and blankets had been brought out, and smiling faces of all ages were prevalent. Hosted by the Riverview Economic Development Association, Music and Movies in District Del Sol, now in its seventh year, is a free summer event each Thursday night for eight weeks of the summer. If you’ve missed the first seven weeks, you still have one more chance on Thursday, August 6. Click here for slideshow.


Each Thursday includes arts, music and a movie for all to enjoy. Around 6:30 the arts and crafts table was busy, with many excited kids making funnel ball catchers using paper plates, string, markers and small wooden balls. Ecuador Manta, an Andean folk band, performed from 7:30 to dusk, offering beautiful folk music in styles from all around South and Central America. After Ecuador Manta finished and the sun had gone down, a large screen and projector was set up for the screening of La Perla, a 1947 film by Emilio Fernández based on a John Steinbeck novel. Good weather, an enthusiastic diverse community, and a fun free evening of arts, music and film made this yet another example of the wonderful summer arts events available to Twin Cities residents.

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