No, it’s not the Reaping, but there will be some pretty intense crowds this weekend as fans anticipate the release of the Hunger Games film adaptation on DVD. There are actually websites devoted to helping a person locate a release party, and Toys R Us is really pushing its line of HG-themed toys and merchandise at its 12:01 event on Saturday morning. If this hullaballoo makes you feel like a shallow Capitol citizen, some events are more educational and meaningful. At our local YMCA (western NC) our Hunger Games event will be on August 19.
We’ll be showing the film on the big screen in the new Chapman Center at 7:30, but before that, we’ll have a host of activities related to the story, some of which are just for fun, of course: crazy Capitol face-painting, an inflatable obstacle course, cakewalk with prizes from the Mellark Bakery (actually, from volunteers who bring cakes and cookies, and donations from the local grocery bakery department, where the manager was baffled when I told him we’d be thrilled with items that were burnt or going stale; he hasn’t read the book), etc.
Other events are more thoughtful. We have volunteers demonstrating archery, trap setting, and native plant identification (um, no, there’s actually no such thing as nightlock, but don’t eat these poke berries, either). We’ll have a trivia competition (book, not movie questions), and I’ll do my talk on the novel’s Appalachian connections. In addition, the entire event is a fund raiser for a program that offsets Y membership costs for those who can’t afford to join (you shouldn’t have to go in the Reaping to train like a Tribute, right?). We’re charging folks $5, but only $3 if they bring a canned good for the local food bank, to help fight real hunger.
Thanks to Delee Scott, our Y membership and marketing director, and his team of great volunteers, this should be a super event that brings in some of the book’s deeper meaning. I am so glad I turned him onto this amazing novel!
So, what about you? Are you getting the DVD? Going to an event? Tell us about it!