‘The Sting’ for RDNA benefit film fun

Oct 05, 2018
Robert Shaw, left, plays the title target in “The Sting,” featuring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, right.

Rockland — Rockland District Nursing Association and the Strand Theatre will present a screening of “The Sting” (1973, USA) Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Doors will open 6 p.m. at the downtown venue, 345 Main St., and Midcoast pianist Sean Fleming will play ragtime piano.

Donations will be accepted at the door, suggested at $10. First Advisors, a division of First National Bank, again sponsors this event, supporting RDNA’s long-standing dedication to making our community a better place to live.

“The Sting” became one of the biggest hits of the early 1970s, picking up seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlisch's unforgettable setting of Scott Joplin's ragtime music. Set in the ‘30s, the film teams Robert Redford and Paul Newman to lead an impressive array of con men on a “sting” avenging the death of their friend. The twists and surprises that follow are too complex to relate in detail; suffice to say that you can't cheat an honest man … and you shouldn't accept everything at face value.

This year’s benefit event will showcase the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s 1933 Packard convertible sedan, parked in front of the Strand from 3 to 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Attendees are invited to start the evening with a photo with this stunning car, enjoy a Rockland DQ treat (while supplies last) and get into the spirit of the 1930s with the Rock Coast Rollers. Raffle tickets will be on sale, with the winner drawn prior to the start of the movie; winner must be in attendance.

All proceeds will support RDNA non-acute, in-home nursing and community health services.  The nonprofit RDNA nurses annually visit close to 200 residents, predominantly seniors, living independently in Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Union and Warren. Only through the generosity of this community has RDNA, for 89 years, continuously been able to focus on serving neighbors who otherwise may not have access to care.

For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call the Strand at 594-0070 or RDNA at 594-4522.

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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