(Nov. 27, 2019) To Michelle Keeler, watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a girl was like spending time with a gentle teacher and neighbor. To Beverly Hall, Fred Rogers was a real-life neighbor who lived down the street in his summer cottage on Smith’s Point. Hall didn’t grow up watching the show, and often found it boring as an adult. She did not know Rogers as the celebrity he became, but as a neighbor and a friend.
Keeler and Hall were at the Dreamland Theater Friday night for the release of a feature film about Rogers starring Tom Hanks, called “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
At the start of the movie, the Dreamland announced a plan Keeler first envisioned to install a Seward Johnson statue of Rogers in what will be called Fred Rogers Park, on what is now the brick-covered lot behind the theater on Easy Street.
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