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‘Drive-in’ movies, a Wild West show, and a ferocious trio

Steppin’ Out
April E. Clark

As a kid, drive-in movies were a special treat.

I remember piling in the car, in our pajamas, and pulling up to the old metal speaker. We attached it to the window to watch the Hollywood stars come to life on the gigantic screen.

If only we could all view the world through a kid-at-a-drive-in’s eyes.

I remember seeing family favorites such as “Benji” and scary movies such as Vincent Price’s “House on Haunted Hill.” I’m sure I wanted to sleep in the bed with my mom and dad after that. My dad will be the first to tell you that wasn’t happening.

Vincent has that effect on people.

This week, I’m back in the Midwest where drive-ins exist. They are few and far between, but are still making movie magic for kids of all ages in my home state. My best friend Megan’s youngest son, Nolan, is turning 11 and he chose to take his buddies to the drive-in for his big birthday celebration to see “Percy Jackson.”

He’s a kid after my own heart.

Happy birthday, buddy.


Carbondale may not have a drive-in theater, but this weekend they have the ACCESS 5Point Film On The Road festival. The organization that celebrates the Great Outdoors, 5Point Film hosts a quaint evening of food from Carbondale’s new eatery Town, micro-brews from New Belgium and inspiring adventure films. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. (films start at dark), right in downtown Carbondale at the Fourth St. Plaza. Admission is $5 for adults and kids 12 and younger are free. Wear your footie pajamas!


Anita Witt and her self-made wild west rodeo returns to Silt Historical Park with music, tricks and western tales. Her trick horses Jose Cuervo and Trigger and trick dog Spanky will be in tow to wow the crowd starting at 6 p.m.. Bring a smile and a lawn chair. Cowgirl Anita and her fantastic furry friends will appreciate it.


Looking for a rocking way to start the weekday? Steve’s Guitars features Mad Anthony, described online as a ferocious, volatile trio from Cincinnati. Sounds like my kind of party. The show gets going at 8:30 p.m. Bring a six-pack, a 10-spot and some blue suede dancing shoes. Actually, any color of dancing shoes will do. Now that’s a Sunday Funday.

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