SOMERVILLE, NJ - The hospitality igloos on Division Street were dismantled Tuesday, and though the brightly-colored tables, chairs and umbrellas that will replace them are still packed away, the Downtown Somerville Alliance is forging ahead, making plans for the summer.
"Here in Downtown Somerville we’re anxiously awaiting better days and hope to be able to host you downtown sometime mid to late summer," is part of a message posted on the DSA website by Natalie Pineiro, DSA executive director.
Ever optimistic, Pineiro has asked for public input on the line-up of movies that will be featured in the popular "Starlit Cinema" series. The online message from the DSA includes a movie survey.
"One of our favorite summer staples is our Starlit Cinema outdoor movie series, and we want to know what you would love to see playing on Division Street, if we are able to move forward with this year’s movie series," her message continued.
There are 12 options; those who vote are asked to select six.
Choices include: "Aladdin;" "The Sandlot;" "Star Wars Rise of Skywalker, " "Frozen 2;" "Grease;" "JAWS;'" "Maleficnet;" "Detective Pikacha;" "Moana'" "Toy Story 4;" "Spiderman Far From Home" and "Mulan."
Vote for your top six movies at this link: https://poll.fm/10542831
Voting ends May 1; Starlit Cinema dates are TBD.
"Yeah, it was like a breath of fresh air," Pineiro said. "The past couple of months has had everyone on edge; it's refreshing to start to feel a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel and - providng we can re-open in a timely fashion - it's time to plan, it's a summer staple, people look forward to it every year,"
The survey was sent out Friday - by the end of the following day, the DSA had received 2,000 responses.
"Clearly, people are excited," Pineiro said.
"We're giving people a range of options," she added."We want to include things that are current, classic blockbusters, kids' movies and something for adults. The lineup we have has everything from :"JAWS" and "Grease" to "Spiderman Far From Home."
Social distancing will be a challenge.
"The thing about this pandemic is it's changed the way we think about our personal interactions with each other and that's not necessarily a bad thing," Pineiro said. "We have to keep our health and personal hygiene in mind."
One solution might be to create stalls to separate the crowd, according to Pineiro.