The Waxahachie town square was filled with more than 200 visitors enjoying music and old fashioned, homemade ice cream before taking in a movie under the stars.

The evening’s activities were jointly sponsored by Historic Waxahachie, Inc. and the city of Waxahachie to bring awareness of the city’s historical town square.

This is the fourth year for the Movie Under the Stars series, sponsored by the city. For the first time, Historic Waxahachie Inc., held its annual ice cream social on the historic courthouse lawn in conjunction with the movie series.

“This is the first year we have partnered with the city with its movie night to bring families out for a night of free entertainment,” said Wayne Norcross, president of Historic Waxahachie, Inc.

“We also wanted to collaborate in an effort bring an awareness to Historic Waxahachie, Inc. and recruit new members,” Norcross said.

By the early evening, the courthouse lawn was filled with visitors sampling many of the homemade ice cream flavors that lined the serving table.  

“Well, not all of the ice cream was homemade,” Norcross admitted. “We bought some for back up. Of the homemade ice creams there were several that were original recipes.

“Jim Chapman brought his famous pasticcio and almond ice cream,” Norcross said.

Whether homemade or store-bought, visitors enjoyed cooling off with a cup of the sweet treats on the courthouse lawn.

“We came down here to watch other people and have some quality family time,” said Laura Hargrove.   

George Susat and his wife are both members Historic Waxahachie.

“We came down tonight to see what kind of turnout we would have and enjoy a fun evening,” Susat said.

While working on their cups of ice cream, visitors were entertained by members of the No Name Band. “They are members or relatives of our members that help us out by playing for our events,” Norcross said.

As the sun began to set, the crowd began to set up lawn chairs and blankets near Pocket Park in front of the streetwide movie screen set up by Downtown Development Director Anita Williams and several helpers.

“This is our fourth year for Movies Under the Stars,” Williams said. “We normally hold these on Friday nights, but we wanted to partner with the historical group to bring more families out to our beautiful and historic downtown area.”

This is the second in this year’s series of moonlight movies.

“Generally we have a lot of animated movies for the younger families and children. We chose ‘Blind Side’ to attract the ice cream social people that are already down here,” Williams said.

Dina Rolen and her family were one of the early families setting up in front row spots on Jackson Street near the blow up screen.

“This is not something every city does. No other city I’ve lived in does anything like this. This is really cool,” Rolen said.

Other first-time visitors were Tina and Rick Stowe of Red Oak.

“We have some friends that live down here and came to join them for an enjoyable evening,” Rick said.

Both Williams and Norcross were pleased with Saturday’s turnout.

“I think we have a very good turnout here tonight. This is very good for the community and promotes our historic downtown,” Norcross said.

The next Moonlight Movie will be held Friday, Aug. 16. Movies are located on Franklin Street between College and Jackson streets in downtown near the Pocket Park. The Waxahachie Lions Club provides concessions.