‘A Christmas Memory’ on library screen

Dec 02, 2017
Young Eric Lloyd and Patty Duke star in “A Christmas Memory,” a Hallmark television movie based on Truman Capote’s short story.

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series offers Christmas Treats in December. Films are screened Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The series is presented by Friends of the Thomaston Library.

The series continues Dec. 8 with “A Christmas Memory” (1997, USA-TV), a non-rated film that runs 97 minutes. When Buddy (Eric Lloyd) is abandoned by his parents at age 7, he is dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older unmarried cousins. Without friends of his own age, Buddy develops a close friendship with one of the older ladies, the “simple” Sook (Patty Duke), and the two undertake many adventures together.

At Christmas time, Buddy and Sook bake 31 fruitcakes, which they give as Christmas presents. Although Buddy is eventually urged to move on with his life by his cousin Jennie (Piper Laurie), the memories of his friendship with Sook live with him forever. Based on the original short story by Truman Capote, “A Christmas Memory” is a heartwarming story of love and friendship.

The series continues Dec. 15, “A Christmas Without Snow” (1980, USA-TV); Dec. 22, “Silent Night” (2002, Canada-TV); and Dec. 29, “The Bishop's Wife” (1948, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance, where there is plenty of parking; and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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