Varner Hogg Anniversary

People tour the mansion at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site in May 2018 during its 60th anniversary celebration in West Columbia. The site will show an Oscar-winning film on its front porch Saturday night.

WEST COLUMBIA — Known for its vast, green lawns and historical buildings, the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site will have a different focus at its property — feature-length films on a big screen.

Front Porch Films is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the site, 1702 N. 13th St. The feature film will be the 2019 Academy Award winner for best picture and is rated PG-13. Outside food or drink are prohibited, but refreshments will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The staff wants the community to fully enjoy the plantation site, site curator Angela Pfeiffer said.

Through different events, such as an Easter egg hunt, Halloween hay rides or a Christmas-themed extravaganza, she wants to create varying experiences for guests to enjoy the grounds and buildings, Pfeiffer said.

The movie night has been in the pipeline for some time, event coordinator Mandy Bragg said.

“It was something we had been kicking around for awhile,” she said. “It’s going to be a little bit of a learning process for us.”

The actual start time isn’t until 8:30 p.m. to ensure it’s as dark as possible for the projector to show the sharpest image, Bragg said.

The event is geared toward bringing residents together, Assistant Site Manager Shannon Smith said.

“We are putting this event on just for the community,” she said.

It’s about making sure residents in West Columbia and surrounding areas in the county don’t have to travel to Pearland or downtown Houston for some leisurely fun, Bragg said.

“Really, we are just trying to put on these events that are family friendly,” she said.

Front Porch Films should also entice people to return and tour the plantation later in the year, Bragg said.

“Hopefully, they will come back,” she said.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students and seniors. Veterans and active military members get in for free. For information or advance tickets call 979-345-4656, Ext. 22.

Connor Behrens is a reporter at The Facts. You can contact him at 979-237-0150.

Features Writer/Reporter for The Facts in Clute, Texas. I'm a communications graduate from the University of Houston. I have written for publications such as the Washington Post and the Galveston County Daily News.

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