Silver Screen Viewing (at Netflix prices)
Our friends Jon and Ramona have a lovely Portland property for hosting gatherings. And gathering they do! We jumped on a recent invite to enjoy a movie night outdoors on their lawn with a diverse group of Portlanders. Ramona always has great ideas. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of her movie night to share some of ways she made the experience both comfy and cinematic.
The Key Ingredient.
Food is secondary on a movie night to the importance of the visual and audio experience. A movie screen can be made from something as simple as a bed sheet or blanket secured to a deck, wall or fence. The crucial movie night factor is the technology and someone to run it. Don’t forget to have access to power, plenty of extension cords and something to secure them so people don’t trip. And since this was Oregon in August, a few pop-up shelters were handy to keep the high-tech stuff safe. It rained pretty hard earlier that day, but ended up being a dry and somewhat cool summer night. This resulted in a blazing fire pit being added last minute off to the side. A nice gathering place after the film for people to discuss. No photos of that, as June did not make it through the entire film and we snuck out early.
Get Out The Vote!
Guest were invited a few hours before dark so everyone had time to mingle, set up their seats and read up on the film choices. Movie goers could vote for one of four titles, all family friendly, but from different decades in cinematic history. Since the crowd of about seventy was a generational mash-up, it was interesting to see how the votes were being doled out. Ramona set out four clear jars and a bag a colorful marbles. To cast your vote you simply dropped a marble into the jar aligned with the DVD case of your choice. Easy!
And the winner was: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.