Fun times ahead

People love movies, and showing them in memorable settings certainly is a way to enhance the experience. That’s just what the Columbus Young Professionals are doing with the inaugural outdoor Moonlight Movies film series.

Classic 1990s movies will be shown near some of the city’s famous landmarks in an effort to draw young people to the city and make them aware of their architecturally significant surroundings. “Independence Day” will show July 22 at City Hall; “Hook” on Aug. 12 at the Bartholomew County Library Plaza; and “Jurassic Park” on Sept. 9 at Mill Race Park. Doors open at 8 p.m. for each and the movies start at dusk, between 9 and 9:30.

Kudos to the Columbus Young Professionals for creating the fun and engaging entertainment opportunity.

Significant milestone

When a business serves a community for a half-century or longer, that’s pretty impressive. It shows a commitment from the owner to do a good job and a positive reception by the community.

Bob Franke and his family just marked 50 years operating the downtown Columbus Dairy Queen at 616 Third St. Over the decades of serving ice cream treats, hamburgers and other meals the Frankes have developed many regulars — some of which span multiple generations in families.

Congratulations on achieving such a significant milestone and establishing a positive relationship with the community.

Important contribution

Columbus owes a lot to the Indianapolis-based Efroymson Family Fund-Central Indiana Community Foundation, even if it is not a household name here. The foundation has supported art, architecture and historical preservation causes for years, and its generous $250,000 commitment to launch Exhibit Columbus made a huge difference in the event about art, architecture and design getting off the ground.

The result has been an event that is gaining widespread recognition and interest, and taking the city’s architectural heritage to a higher level.

The recent proclamation bestowed by Mayor Jim Lienhoop creating Efroymson Family Day in Columbus was certainly appropriate considering the contribution. So was making the fund the title sponsor for Exhibit Columbus. The Efroymson family’s contributions are greatly appreciated.