A guide to spotting the elusive species Beacher familia

Evening sightings of the ‘Pillow-toting popcorn-munching Beacher familia’ are expected to increase in the coming weeks in neighbourhood parks across Ward 32. These annual glimpses coincide with the arrival of Movie Nights, the popular summer film festivals hosted by the Beach Village BIA, Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and friends of parks groups.

The familia congregate in small groupings just before dusk. The juveniles can be easily identified not only by their diminutive size but by their spontaneous running in haphazard patterns around the adults.

Adults are identified by their call, a plaintively-whispered ‘Why didn’t you go before we left the house?’

The familia sits in small family groupings for about two hours until slowly dispersing at the end of the film.

To spot the familia in the Queen Street neighbourhood, visit Kew Gardens on Wednesday evenings, when the following movies will be shown: July 8 – Back to the Future; July 22 – Big Hero 6; August 5 – Maleficent; and August 19 – The Goonies. In Ivan Forrest Gardens Park, these movies will entice the Beacher familia: July 15 – The Princess Bride; July 29 – Pitch Perfect; August 12 – Despicable Me 2; and August 26 – Guardians of the Galaxy.

Farther to the north, and occasionally to the east and west of Queen Street, a variant – the Upper Beacher familia – flocks to smaller wooded venues where films begin around 8:30 p.m. To view, follow this schedule: July 11 at Secret Patch – Sponge Bob Square Pants; July 14 at Moncur Park – Paddington; July 17 at Cassels Park – Fantastic Mr. Fox; July 21 at Stephenson Park – Jupiter Ascending; July 30 at Norwood Park – Fantastic Mr. Fox; August 20 at East Lynn Park – How to Train Your Dragon 2; August 22 at Jonathan Ashbridge Park – Ferngully: The Last Rainforest; and August 26 at Fairmount Park – City of Ember.

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