Mark’s turn to post:
Despite the calendar telling us March 20th was the first day of Spring, two momentous annual events have recently taken place that really mark the official transition from Winter to Summer for me. One is Opening Day of the Major League Baseball Season. As a big fan of the game of baseball and since I grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Phillies is my team of choice. Opening day in Philadelphia is more than a baseball game — it’s an Event. Some small businesses in the city are forced to close as their employees take the day off to go to the ball park. Philadelphia sports fans are notorious for their fanaticism and the first home game of the season is anticipated with much excitement.
The second event that signals Spring has arrived does not draw the same attention that a Major League Baseball game receives, but here in Rockbridge County, Virginia, it’s awaited with the same degree of anticipation: the Annual Opening of Hull’s Drive-In Theater. Hull’s started showing movies in 1950, and is now the first non-profit community-operated drive-in theater in the country. Check out their website for a list of upcoming movies and also to learn how a few people, fondly known as “Hull’s Angels”, managed to save this landmark from the wrecking ball several years ago. Like Opening Day at the ball park is more than a baseball game, attending Hull’s Drive-In is more than seeing a movie — it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. The movies start at dusk (usually around 9 pm in the summer), but cars are lined up to get in when the gates open at 6:00 pm. Carloads of people of all ages (and dogs, too!) arrive early, feast on tail-gate picnics or goodies from the snack bar, toss Frisbees around, and enjoy a lazy, relaxed summer evening. Hull’s shows a double feature every weekend April – October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights), and is well worth the price of admission.