One of Delaware’s most historic estates will host an outdoor screening of the adventure film “Jumanji” starring Robin Williams on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. The event will take place on the lawn of the Buena Vista mansion located at 661 S. Dupont Highway (Route 13), in New Castle, Del. Visitors are invited to bring blankets and chairs or they may sit directly on the grass. Insect repellent is recommended. Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., activities will include lawn games, live music and the Professor Looney Photo Booth. Food and beverages will be available from the following food trucks: Out of The Ordinary Catering, Kona Ice and the Sweetest Rose Cupcake Company. Screening of the film begins at 8:30 p.m.
Admission to Buena Vista Movie Night on the Lawn is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date. For notice of cancellation, or for questions, call 302-323-4430, or visit https://www.facebook.com/BuenaVistaConferenceCenter.
Released in 1995, “Jumanji” tells the story of a man-child (Williams) who, after being trapped in a jungle board-game for 26 years, wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them.
The main section of the Buena Vista mansion was built between 1845 and 1847 by John M. Clayton, United States secretary of state from 1849 to 1850 under presidents Taylor and Fillmore, and United States senator from 1829 to 1836, 1845 to 1849, and 1853 until his death in 1856. The home later became the residence of C. Douglass Buck, governor of Delaware from 1929 to 1937 and United States senator from 1942 to 1948. Buena Vista and its grounds were donated to the state by the Buck family in 1965 and now serve as a conference/event center administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.