Abbey Gardens is offering the community a night at the movies eachWednesday at sunset starting July 22 at the Little-Pit Drive In.
The new endeavour is a way to bring people together while staying safeduring the coronavirus pandemic and for some will bring back a flood of memories from the days when drive-ins were common.
“When I was achild our parents would dress us in our PJs under our clothes load usin the car with an enormous bag of popcorn a pile of pillows and offwe’d go” said Lesley English coordinator of the Little-Pit Drive In.“I remember desperately trying to stay awake to see the second featureand rarely succeeding. The whole thing was less about the actual moviesand more about the experience. It was a family favourite!”
The drive-in bills itself as the first off-grid drive-in; it will be powered by solar and wind.
Organizers said the concept fulfills the mandate of Abbey Gardens by educatingabout sustainable living while also providing a community gatheringthat is safe and fun.
“We have lost so many of the cultural outingsthat we in Haliburton are used to having in our backyard but are notable to access this summer” Barb Bolin committee member said. “AbbeyGardens and its partners see the Little-Pit Drive In as a safe way ofinviting the community to a fun outing and the opportunity to get toknow us better.”
The summer’s movie lineup hasn’t yet been releasedbut organizers said each night will offer a double feature with old andnew movies of various genres. Live intermission entertainment is alsobeing planned.
Space is limited and it’s expected demand will behigh therefore the Little-Pit crew asks that you reserve tickets aheadof time at abbeygardens.ca/