‘Screen on the Green,’ fundraiser planned at the Mimosa Inn

Published 3:40 pm Monday, May 1, 2017

Written by Kirk Gollwitzer

The Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) is planning a fundraiser to benefit the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m.

“Screen on the Green” is expected to be an evening to enjoy, on the grounds of the historic Mimosa Inn.  The setting will be bursting with the classic elements of Southern culture, including mouthwatering recipes, an art auction, music, lawn games and a special movie screening.    

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Mary Parker, the proprietor of the Mimosa Inn, which in its day was the center of many social activities, has agreed to open her family’s inn for this one-of-a-kind event. A feature film of local interest is planned to be presented outdoors, as folks relax on the magnificent porch of the Mimosa and enjoy the character and personality of this classic setting.   

“For years, I have passed by the Mimosa Inn and imagined how nice it would be to have an event on the lawn, porch and main living area of this most exceptional setting. As one might guess, the view from the porch is even more stunning than its presentation from the road,” said Kirk Gollwitzer, co-founder of the Tryon International Film Festival.

The event will provide the community with a sneak peek of the inn, grounds and renovation plans of the Parker family. “Along with our fundraiser, this will also be an opportunity for Mary and her husband, to welcome the community to their inn and the surrounding grounds,” said Gollwitzer.

PCFI is also asking interested artists wishing to take part in the auction to contact either him at 864-414-7765 or Beau Menetre at 404-379-5762. A call for volunteers in underway.  The Mimosa Inn is located at 65 Mimosa Inn Drive, Tryon, visible from N.C. Hwy. 108.

The Tryon International Film Festival is well into its third season of operation, and once again, strives for excellence, with an added equestrian film category and a scheduled tour-stop of the EQUUS Film Festival (New York City).

Ticket pre-sales begin soon!

For more information as it becomes available, visit the Polk County Film Initiative on Facebook or tryoninternationalfilmfestival.com.