Small Town Dinner Date


It’s Saturday morning about 9 a.m. The temperature is setting records at 20 something below, and I can hardly see out the kitchen window because of the drifted snow from our 36” that has fallen since Christmas Eve. But I’m smiling a big smile!

Last night Husband took me on a date! Dinner and a movie! And I can’t think of a better evening out, even though “Cabin Fever” may have something to do with it. The weather has had a frozen hold on Northeast Nebraska all week. The mail didn’t even get to town for three days. I’ve been making yummy soup and homemade bread and rolls (see recipe below), and the power has been on, and the TV working for football games. What more could we want?

Downtown with snow

Dinner and a Movie! Would there be a move tonight? Husband called Marlene. We know her from Car Club, and she directs the choir at “the other” Lutheran church, teaches school, and volunteers at the Community Theater/Movie House. She said, “Yes, there will be a movie, and because we expect a small crowd tonight, we have permission to add a showing on Monday to make up for it.”

I suppose I should back up and explain about our Community Theater/Movie House. This progressive town of 3,500 built a five-million dollar community center about 1½ years ago. It is a great state-of-the-art Conference Center that is well planned and very flexible for use for dances, receptions, graduations, business meetings and even car shows. At the time it was dedicated, the town planned to raze the “old opera house/community building” that sits on Main Street. The Community Theater Group (3 shows a year) proposed keeping the building and using it as their home, so they would not have to share stage time and space with things booked at the new Conference Center. So they mustered support and money and volunteers and were able to keep the building.

At some point in the process the idea of showing movies each weekend came to be. Too many volunteers to count came together to make the building safe and clean, and install the lighting and projection equipment needed. A theater that had closed donated 250 theater seats, “if somebody would pick them up.” The slope is not quite right on the seats, but they are comfy and you have that reclining seat effect. Using all volunteer help, movies that are about 1 month since release and rated G or PG are shown four times each weekend. The prices are $3 for kids and $5 for adults. The Kids Pack of popcorn, candy bar, and pop is $3. What a bargain! This great community wanted a place for kids and families to go and have fun, and they pulled together and made it work.

Nancy Retired
3/29/2010 12:36:17 PM

Rejoice!! Easter is coming! And the snow bank in our front yard is finally gone. We've had snow on the ground or in a pile in our yard since the first week in December! This is a great place to retire, but this year we should have gone South for the winter!

Nancy Retired
1/26/2010 10:27:53 PM

Nebraska Dave, We were in the city today. The pot holes were horrendous!! There are still things we miss about city life, but it is so great to "go to Town" and get our urban fix and then it feels so good to be back in our little nest again. We follow the Huskers with FB and BB tix, so we get to the Capitol City pretty often, too. Sounds like you have big plans for this summer and your garden. We will be out of town for 3 months, so the garden is not on our horizon this year. We had a big vegetable garden plus rhubarb, asparagus, and strawberry beds during the 11 years we lived on the farm. I still remember my 'friend' the black snake who sunned himself between the rows and kept the varmints down. Nancy Retired

Nebraska Dave
1/20/2010 1:26:52 PM

Nancy, I agree with you about small town rural Nebraska. Even though I reside in the big city just south of you, my heart is still all about country life. Being retired 2 years April 1st, I am getting more into gardening, growing flowers (what challenge), and building walls and features on my 50x100 foot Urban bio-intensive vertical growing property. Last year I went through the process of removing a stump in my back yard from an old Rosebud tree that out lived its time. This year an expanded garden, building a water feature, and installing a side yard patio are on the list of projects to accomplish. You and Cindy are so blessed to have the movie theatres that you have. Here in the some what big city the going price for a movie is $9.00 unless you are an old coot like me then it’s $8.00. Big deal. Concessions? No break there. I get a kids pack which is $6.00. It contains a two gulp drink, a teeny tiny bag of popcorn, and a pack of gummy bears. If a adult version of this pack was purchased it would come close to $15. Needless to say I don’t go to the movies much. It’s just cheaper to wait until it comes out on DVD. I wish you well in your retirement years. I’m looking forward to reading about them through your Grit blogging. Are you enjoying the summer time 35 - 40 degree weather? :)

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