Month: May 2011

The Best of Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival

Forget the maps and the snack foods, the itineraries and the Twitter updates. The most important thing you need to know about taking a road trip, is that it is supposed to be FUN. On Friday, Cameron was in the middle of moving apartments and I’d been on the road with my (real) job for a couple of days. We were tired, we were stressed out. That is, until we arrived at Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival. It started out like this: Hilarious right? We thought so too. And things really only got better from there. Popcorn in hand, the lawn chair audience was treated to the top 17 films – some were funny, some were confusing, some were scary, some had a real message to them. All of them were great. But of course, it was a film festival, not a “all-these-film-are-great-celebration,” so there had to be winners. Here they are: • The Golden Lawn Chair Award: “Mr. Duffy Finds a Friend” – Christian Loftus and Brenna Howard won the grand prize of the evening, materialized …

Destination Danville: Swirl, Sip, & Shop

If you’ve been following the blog, you already know we were really excited to go check out Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival this past weekend (more on that later). We were pleasantly surprised (and excited) however, to receive an invitation to The Heart of Danville Swirl, Sip, & Shop that took place throughout downtown right before the film festival. Now that Boyle County is no longer a dry county, the door was open for a really great benefit event featuring the shops and business in downtown Danville. With wines selected by V The Market (a GREAT shop by the way), downtown businesses such as The Purple Pearl, The Community Arts Center, Carol’s Bridal Shop, Buttonheads, and Myrtle’s Market (among MANY others) kept their doors open late for guests to come sample one specially selected red wine, and one specially selected white while browsing around the shop and running into and meeting all sorts of wonderful people. Now, not to sound like a couple of lush’s, but this event was definitely up our alley. We discovered some great …

Pull Up a (Lawn) Chair: We’ll See You at Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival

Post by Blair:  When I was a kid, my parents used to load my brother and I up in my dad’s pick up truck, toss a couple of lawn chairs and blankets in the back next to a cooler and bag of snacks, and we’d head to the drive-in. I remember a few of the movies we saw — Jurassic Park scared my mother to death. In fact, I remember quite clearly her terror when the skunk pranced by our truck in the middle of the movie, she claims she thought it was going to spray us … really, she thought it was a Velociraptor — but what I remember most about those trips was sitting in lawn chairs in the back of my dad’s truck, listening to the movie through those static-filled little metal speakers that hooked onto the side of your vehicle, and contently watching the films play out on the gigantic screen in front of me. In my memory, those lawn chairs were better seats than any cushy movie recliners. It could …

Exploring Dinosaur World, and going back to a Land Before Time

OK, confession time: the only experience either of us had with Dinosaur World prior to this weekend’s trip was laughing at the giant T-Rex waving at us from the side of the highway. We’re sure you’ve seen him, and we’re also sure you’re probably no less guilty than we are of smirking at the bright orange, scaly, prehistoric monster beckoning at you along I-65. (By the way, if you look really closely as you’re driving past him-although not recommended if you’re the person behind the wheel- you can see the Wooly Mammoth Garden hanging out in the trees!) However, it is also our confession that Dinosaur World is AWESOME, and totally worth taking Exit #53! Childhood Memories When Cameron was a kid, the only movie she ever cried during was The Land Before Time, and no, not the scene you’re thinking of when Littlefoot’s mom dies (although that’s pretty heart-wrenching too for a 4-year-old), but when they finally make it to the Great Valley and the music swells and all the dinosaurs co-exist happily with the waterfalls …

Stop and Meet Leroy at Cave City’s Olde Gener’l Store

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the best discoveries you will make on road trips are those you don’t plan for at all. It was under that truth, that we stumbled upon The Olde Gener’l Store in Cave City. Let me backtrack a little. After finishing our awesome tour of Mammoth Cave, we headed to the Wigwam Village No. 2 to check in to our teepee suite. After getting settled there, we went back out on the town to see what Cave City had to offer. Here is where we encountered a problem: With the exception of a few restaurants, there’s not much open in Cave City past 7. At least not in what the locals told us was the “off season.” In the summer months — most likely after Memorial Day and before Labor Day — Cave City is thriving with restaurants, novelty shops, miniature golf courses and alpine slides (yeah, that one confused us, too). Only the biggest attractions stay open year round. Now that’s not to say you can’t find ways to …