Port Orchard to host Macomber movie premiere

Port Orchard Library Director Kathleen Wilson received a $5,000 check from Cedar Cove Days presented by author Debbie Macomber.  - Charlie Bermant
Port Orchard Library Director Kathleen Wilson received a $5,000 check from Cedar Cove Days presented by author Debbie Macomber.
— image credit: Charlie Bermant

Port Orchard will host the premiere of a screen adaptation of one of local author Debbie Macomber’s books next month.

The announcement came Sunday night at a party thrown by the sponsors of Cedar Cove Days to thank volunteers for their efforts during the Macomber-inspired August festival.

The party, held at Sk8Town in Port Orchard, also included presentation of a symbolic $5,000 check from the Cedar Cove Foundation to the Port Orchard Library.

During Cedar Cove Days, a TV movie based on a 1996 Macomber book was in production and scheduled to air during the Christmas season.

The movie, “Mrs. Miracle,” will be telecast Dec. 5 on the Hallmark Channel.

This will be preceded by a premiere event in New York City, which Macomber will attend along with cast members.

In the meantime, Macomber will make the talk show rounds with actress Doris Roberts, who portrays the lead character.

But the actual world premiere of the movie will take place Nov. 28 in Port Orchard, as part of a black-tie event that will benefit the South Kitsap High School Band and the Port Orchard Library.

“We’re really excited about this,” said Shannon Childs, who is helping to organize the benefit. “To be able to hold the premiere in Port Orchard is a great gift.”

Tickets will cost $50, with only 150 (the seating capacity of the Orchard Theater) to be sold.

Macomber will attend the premiere and travel to New York the next day.

The book’s plot is typical for Macomber. It centers around a widower with 6-year-old twins who is overwhelmed by life.

At his breaking point, a “heaven-sent housekeeper” (Roberts) arrives, helping him to let go of his past and find new love.

Macomber said this is the second time one of her books has been adapted to the screen.

She added that no other adaptations are planned, but there is a proposal circulating to develop a Cedar Cove TV series.

Cedar Cove Days co-chairman Jerry Childs said there are no firm plans for a repeat celebration next year, but it could happen if all the aspects aligned.

While the initial event took two years of planning, Childs said it wouldn't take that long to plan a follow-up.

“We’ve done it already, so everything is in place,” he said.

Port Orchard Library Branch Manager Kathleen Wilson was invited to the party and was told the library was to receive a contribution, but was surprised by the amount.

“I’m thrilled for the library,” she said. “We have a lot of projects planned and this will help.”

Wilson said there were no specific plans for the contribution, but that it would be earmarked for support of the Port Orchard branch.

Jerry Childs said about 350 people volunteered for Cedar Cove Days, and about one third of them attending the the party.

The week after the premiere "Mrs. Miracle" will be shown at the Orchard Theater for free as part of the Festival of Chimes and Lights. Show times will be announced at a later date.

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