ROCKLAND — The Rockland District Nursing Association (RDNA) and The Strand Theatre invite the community to a red carpet screening of Auntie Mame, Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m., in honor of RDNA’s 90th anniversary.
1920s cocktail attire is encouraged for this glamorous evening to celebrate RDNA's founding in 1929. There will be photo ops on the red carpet and with a 1914 Rolls Royce from the Owls Head Transportation Museum in front of the theater (weather-permitting). Inside, a live jazz ensemble will set the tone for this high-spirited film classic.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $10, and will be accepted at the door with all proceeds benefiting RDNA. The screening’s sponsors are First National Wealth Management, Courier Publications, LLC, Camden National Bank, and Allen Insurance and Financial.
Auntie Mame is the story of Patrick Dennis (Jan Handzlik), orphaned in 1928 when his father unexpectedly dies, and is placed in the care of his father's sister in Manhattan, Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell).
Mame is a flamboyant, exuberant woman, who hosts frequent parties with eclectic, bohemian guests. Patrick is quickly introduced to his aunt's free-spirited lifestyle and her motto: "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective, and Patrick is soon sent off to a nearby prep school. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick's childhood and the great depression, amidst some zaney adventures.
Funds raised will support RDNA non-acute, in-home nursing and community health services. 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. The majority of RDNA's budget is covered through donations, keeping services accessible and affordable. Only through the generosity of this community has RDNA, for 90 years, continuously been able to focus on serving neighbors who otherwise may not have access to care, according to RDNA, in a news release.
For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com, or call The Strand Theatre (594.0070) or RDNA (594.4522). The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. RDNA is a 501(c)(3) organization.