Hart Park will get Silents under the stars later this year

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A film-fan favorite summer series is returning to Hart Park in Santa Clarita later this summer, organizers announced Thursday.

The Friends of Hart Park group is inviting the community to enjoy a classic film with a local tie as part of their summer series of event offerings.

“We have had the same Silents Under The Stars event for 20 years and it gets more and more community,” said Sherron Blowers, a member of the Friends of Park, which hosts the event annually, “and we get people who are big fans of William S. Hart and his silent films and the Santa Clarita area.”

The park is hosting a screening of the 1920 silent movie, “The Toll Gate,” starring William S. Hart and his pinto pony Fritz, on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.

The movie is scheduled to start around 8 p.m., with original, live musical accompaniment by Ray Lowe on the keyboard. In addition, the bluegrass band, The Grateful Dudes Cowboy Band, are also expected to perform.

A western silent auction and barbecue dinner catered by Rattler’s Bar B Que will take place at 7 p.m. on the Hart Hall patio. Vans also are going to be available to take people to the top of the hill for 45-minute evening tours of the Hart Mansion before dinner begins, according to organizers.

To buy tickets, or for more information, visit friendsofhartpark.org/silents/ or call (661) 222-9542. Tickets are $50 for individuals or $500 for a reserved table of 10. This event is hosted by “SCV In The Movies,” and all proceeds go to Hart Park and its animals.

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