1979 summer-camp movie “Meatballs” at Northbrook Canoe Company was a lot of fun. The weather was intermittently rainy, so we screened the film under the tin roof of the canoe barn (formerly a feed and grain store, before Ezekiel C. “Zeke” Hubbard started Northbrook in 1977.) Our friend and next-door neighbor Harold Ross brought a camera with an enormous, light-gathering lens, and took this awesome picture:
I can’t say enough great things about Northbrook. Kate, and I have been taking a trip there every year, and the atmosphere is unbelievably, authentically, and gloriously summery. Someday soon, a Hollywood location scout is going to come through with a polaroid camera and a battery of cellphones, and they’re going to make a breathy, yoga-powered shriek, and summon a battery of helicopters packed with movie cameras, second assistant directors, and makeup artists, and they’ll remake Meatballs as a Will Ferrell vehicle. So go there while you can, before it gets littered with plastic latte cups and craft-service tables! Hurry!
2 responses to “Guerilla Drive-In: “Meatballs” at Northbrook Canoe Company”
John, I just wanted to tell you how much fun my friends and I had on Saturday night. All I told them was that I had a surprise for them, and that they had to dress warm. They are used to my spontaneous and off-the-wall connections, but they were blown away by watching Meatballs in a canoe barn! We wait impatiently for the next one in June when we can bring more of our friends.
Hey Thanks for having us out! My wait was finally over..can’t wait for the next one.