It's outdoor movie season!
You all know we don't watch T.V., but we are big movie buffs.
Last week, during Spring break, we hosted the official outdoor movie night opener with one of our favorite movies "The Apple Dumpling Gang" staring Don Knotts and Tim Conway.
Some of you have asked what projector we use and how we set this up, so I thought I would let you know well in advance of the summer.
Last summer we knew we were going to be getting a little bit of money back from our tax return so when talking about what we should spend it on, we decided we wanted to get something that would be not only a family present, but something that would be a gift to our community of friends as well.
Ours is an Epson Moviemate 55 Portable Projector. It is super easy to hook up I can do it myself...easier than our regular DVD player. The only problem we had was that the speakers on the projector were not loud enough. So S hooked up some old computer speakers we had in the garage and now you can hear everything just fine.
For a screen, we took a plain white sheet and added medium sized grommets across the top and down both sides. It is not necessary to grommet the bottom side. We just leave the nails in the fence so that we are ready at a moment's notice to pop the sheet up.
Some of our favorite family movies to watch outdoors include:
- "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938)
- "Babe" (1995)
- "The Apple Dumping Gang" (1975)
- "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" (1979)
- "Back to the Future" (1985)
- "The Bad News Bears" (1976)
- "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
- "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
- "Field of Dreams" (1989)
- "Fly Away Home" (1996)
- "The Iron Giant" (1999)
- "Mary Poppins" (1964)
- "Peter Pan" (1953)
- "Pinocchio" (1940)
- "The Princess Bride" (1987)
- "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
- "The Rookie" (2002)
- "The Secret of Roan Inish" (1994)
- "Star Wars" (1977)
- "Swiss Family Robinson" (1960)
- "The Three Musketeers" (1974)
- "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)
We've also been collecting previously loved (meaning very worn) quilts and blankets. The kind you don't mind if juice gets spilled on them or cheesy popcorn fingers get wiped on them because you just throw them in the wash. We have about 5 now, so they are at the ready.
Could there be anything better?