Summer comes to the downtown Colonial Theatre, 163 High St., Monday night, Feb. 26, via a Grownup Movie Night to benefit the Cornerspring Montessori School Tuition Assistance Program. Snow date is the following night, Feb. 27.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour of food, cash bar, raffles and a costume contest, followed by a screening of cult favorite “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001, USA). The R-rated, low budget satire spoofs the sexy teen comedies of the early 1980s.

Screenwriters David Wain, who also directed, and Michael Showalter based the story on their own camp experiences. Although Wain attended camp in Belgrade, and the movie is set outside Waterville, “Wet Hot American Summer” was actually filmed at Camp Towanda in Honesdale, Pa.

Many in the cast have gone to bigger projects in the years since the movie was made. “Wet Hot American Summer” includes Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni and more. Cheap laughs, and effects, abound.

The costume contest calls for summer duds. Prizes will be awarded for Most Commitment To Theme, Best Retro Hair and Best Summer Camp Outfit. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 12 for $10. The raffle includes gift certificates, products from local merchants, as well as gifts from the Cornerspring Montessori community.

Admission to the evening of retro fun is $15. All proceeds will benefit the tuition assistance program of Cornerspring Montessori School, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more information, call 338-5800 or email For more information about the school, visit