Iconic 80’s films play at drive in

A trio of iconic eighties films, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, and The Empire Strike Back, will play at the Montana July 10-16. {Images Provided}

ESTILL SPRINGS —Watching a classic blockbuster again on the big screen enjoys a certain cool factor. Beginning on Friday, the Montana Drive in will play a trio of iconic eighties flicks: Ghostbusters (1984, rated PG), Karate Kid (1984, rated PG), and The Empire Strikes Back (1980, rated PG).

Starting Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Sigourney Weaver, the original Ghostbusters is a hoot. Released on June 8. 1984, Aykroyd conceived the films plot as a comedy device for John Belushi and himself. When Belushi died, he partnered with Harold Ramis to re-write the film – setting it in New York City. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected Ghostbusters for preservation in the National Film Registry. It will show nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Wax on … wax off. Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elizabeth Shue star in this first installment of the Karate Kid franchise. The plot follows a teenager as he learns karate to protect himself against a couple of bullies. The film earned critical acclaim for its action sequences, writing, storyline, acting, and music. Morita earned both Academy Awards and Golden Globe nods for his role as Mr. Miyagi. It will show directly following Ghostbusters each night.

Easily the most popular of the Star Wars franchise, The Empire Strike Back follows the original Star Wars as Luke Skywalker and friends pursue Darth Vader. It stars Mark Hammil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and others. It was the highest grossing film of 1980 and was also selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. It will play nightly following the 2015 Disney Pixar film Inside Out.

Through the summer, the drive in showings are $10 a carload. The restrooms are open but only two individuals are allowed in the at one time. To encourage social distancing, they’ll serve a reduced menu at their outside concession stand only. For more information, visit their website by clicking here. •

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

FridayFight Like a Girl Benefit for Breast Cancer at Twin Creeks Marina: Four female country music artist will play at Twin Creeks’ open air event center, The Honeysuckle, on Friday to perform for a good cause. Trick Pony’s Heidi Newfield, Anita Cochran, Suzanne Alexander, and Jamie O’Neal will play from 7-10 p.m. at the Fight Like a Girl Concert to benefit the Love Anchors Breast Cancer Fund. There will be limited seating due to social distancing. To get yours, click here. Doors will open at 5 p.m. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

FridayWaterfall Photography Class at Old Stone Fort:  Photographers love to take pics of waterfalls, but it’s a little more complicated than point and shoot. On July 10, David Duplessis of Tennessee Photographers will host an All Day Outdoor Waterfall Photography Class at Old Fort State Park in Manchester. Students should bring a DSLR camera, lenses, a tripod with shutter release, and wear clothing they don’t mind getting wet. There will be a small amount of hiking and since the class does not provide lunch or water, students should plan to bring their own. To learn more, click here.

FridayRolling Stones Havana Moon at Montana: In May 2016, the Rolling Stones played a historic concert in front of over 500,000 Cubans. It marked the first time a foreign rock band played an open-air concert in Cuba to a crowd that size. Director Paul Dugdale had the foresight to produce a concert film around it. That film, The Rolling Stone: Havana Moon, will play on Friday at the Montana Drive In. See our complete coverage here.

FridayNight Hike to Stone Door: Hiking to Stone Door at South Cumberland State Park is always fun but a guided night hike under a new moon is sure to be special. Ranger Spencer will guide this two mile hike through the beautiful Savage Gulf area. This hike is limited to the first 10 people to register and is $10 per person. Please meet the ranger at the Stone Door Station about 15 minutes before the start of the hike to check in. To register, click here.

SaturdayQuarantine Chameleon opening at Tullahoma Art Center: The COVID-19 quarantine has brought out a lot of unique expressions. On Saturday, local artist Joy Snead will open her Quarantine Chamelon show at the Tullahoma Art Center. The self-taught artist will show her works inspired by her time at home during the global pandemic. The opening takes place from 12-2 p.m. at the TAC located at 401 South Jackson Street. Click here for more details.

SundayBeginners Cookie Class at Promise Manor: Tullahoma-based small business Sami Kay’s Cookies will host a Beginner’s Cookie Class on Sunday at Promise Manor from 1-4 p.m. Students will learn tips, tricks, and secret to creating gorgeous iced cookies with a summer theme. To register for the event, click here.

Rolling Stones concert film plays at the drive in

The U.S. issued an embargo on Cuba on February 7, 1962 prohibiting all exports after Cuba nationalized an American-owned oil refinery without compensation. It’s why Cuban cigars became the holy grail of the aficinado world and why modern day Cuban drivers are still fond of 60’s era vintage American cars.

During his second term, then President Barack Obama re-established diplomatic relations after Cuba agreed to a prisoner exchange. On May 29, 2015 the U.S. State Department rescinded Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Less than a year later, on March 25, 2016, the Rolling Stones performed a free, outdoor concert at a sports complex in front of an estimated 500,000 Cubans. It marked the first time a foreign rock band played an open-air concert in Cuba to a crowd that size.

On Friday, July 10 the Montana Drive In will show The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon – the concert film from that performance that explores the first time in their 50 year career that the Rollings Stones played live in Havana, Cuba.

Music as a tool for social change

The concert took place five days after President Obama visited Cuba. It was the first time a sitting president visited the island nation in 88 years — since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Prior to their performance, The Stones were guests at the British Embassy in Cuba where over 200 people, including many Cuban musicians, attended. Following the concert, The Stones launched  a “musician-to-musician” charity initiative in which musical instruments were donated by major instrument suppliers to Cuban musicians of all genres.

“This was no ordinary concert. People hugged and shared looks of disbelief. Coming at the end of a run of shows in South America and Mexico, last night might have marked at least a temporary pause for the legendary group, but it had all the markings of a new chapter for music in Cuba,” said Rolling Stone author Richard L. Dewey at the time.

The film explores the ways in which music can be used as a tool for social change. It will cost $8 per person (car load prices will not apply to this screening). For more information, visit the Montana Drive In website by clicking here. •

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Southern Festival of Books goes virtual

The Southern Festival of Books will take place as planned in October but this year as a free, virtual event. {File Photo}

Books and other forms of the written word are helping us get through this global pandemic. It’s for that reason among others that the organizers of the state’s largest literary event will transition the annual Southern Festival of Books to a free, virtual event.

Organizers recently announced that this year’s Southern Festival of Books will take place virtually, and for free on October 1-11 in order to maintain the health and safety of not only the authors but also the hundreds that attend the annual Music City event. Humanities Tennessee will transform the three-day festival to virtual access during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will miss being at the beautiful Nashville Public Library and on War Memorial Plaza, with all of the buzz and energy that the Festival weekend brings. But the important traditions will carry on in new and exciting ways; the opportunity to hear writers read from and discuss their works, and the chance to engage in ideas and discourse that are vital today. Writers will join us from around the country, and we will also share some sites and literary history from Tennessee,” said Humanities Tennessee Literature and Language Program Director Serenity Gerbman.

“We are energized by the chance to reach audiences of all types who aren’t able to visit Nashville in person but who will be able to join the Festival from anywhere in the world. The celebration of the written word will continue, and we hope you will join us Oct. 1-11.”

Confirmed authors include actor, comedian, and writer Michael Ian Black, poet Nikky Finney, Devil in the White City author Erik Larson, author and Parnassus owner Ann Patchett, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethway. The full roster of 100 authors will be announced soon.

“Now more than ever we need to find ways to connect with each other and foster community.  Ingram Content Group proudly supports Humanities Tennessee and its decision to virtually host the Southern Festival of Books this fall.  The free programming offered during the festival and throughout the year is vital to the region as it prompts us to reflect upon stories and ideas of all kinds,” said Ingram President and CEO Shawn Morin.

By necessity, the Festival’s annual Authors In The Round fundraising dinner will also transition to a virtual format with details forthcoming.

“We look forward to all we will learn presenting this year’s Festival online, so that when we return in 2021 with the Festival and “Authors In The Round” dinner in person, both events will be energized to celebrate community, literature, and learning as never before,” said Humanities Tennessee Executive Director Tim Henderson.

For more information, visit the Humanities Tennessee website by clicking here.

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

7 Things To Do July 4 Weekend

All Weekend — Going to the drive in is as American as baseball or apple pie. Southern, middle Tennessee is lucky to have one of our very own located in Estill Springs. The Montana Drive In will show a couple of vintage flicks this weekend that are perfect for a little socially distanced fun. They’ll play Gremlins (1984, PG), Batman (1989, PG-13), Curse of la Llorona (2019, R), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, R), The Jungle Book (2016, G), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13) this weekend. Click here for showtimes.

Friday — Oh hello grandmother … kick off July 4th weekend with the musical styling and overall entertaining DJ Dusty D at Hard Dock Cafe at Tims Ford Marina from 5:30-8:30 p.m.. He’s a local fourth grade school teacher and Jack Daniel’s tour guide who also spins a few mean tunes. You’ll have a good time … we promise.

Friday — A July 4th weekend shrimp boil? Yes please. The Mercantile Cafe offers a Friday night shrimp boil each first Friday of the month and in July that lines right up with the July 4th holiday. The Shrimp Boil starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. and take out is available. Click here for more info.

Friday — The River Bistro is one of the hidden gems in the southern, middle Tennessee dining scene. Nestled in quaint downtown Normandy, they offer seafood, pasta, steaks, as well as a meat and three lunch menu. On Friday night, they’ll host live music by Rosenthal + Fox. Seating is limited due to social distancing and reservations are highly recommend. Click here for more details.

Saturday — Pssst. Come here and we’ll tell you a secret. A certain Moore County resident throws a huge Independence Day bash each year complete with fireworks. Though it’s a private event, the fireworks rival anything that a surrounding county puts on. You can view them from anywhere near the intersection of Highway 129 and Highway 55 on Saturday starting around sundown.

Saturday — There may not be a Frontier Days celebration this year but one Moore County tradition lives on. The Metro Volunteer Firefighters will be on the Lynchburg Square on Saturday with their famous roasted corn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will offer corn for a donation and all proceeds will go to Moore County-based non-profits.

Saturday — July 4th and fireworks go hand-in-hand. Drafts and Watercrafts Restaurant at Twin Creeks will host their annual Light Over the Lake event on Saturday at 9 p.m. Seats at the restaurant will be available via reservation only. Call 931-201-5516 to reserve your spot. Even if you don’t snag a spot, the fireworks will be visible at both the Dry Creek Boat Ramp and the Winchester Bass Club area. Click here for more information.

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Library’s book club announces July selection

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler is the Brown Bag Book Club’s July Pick. {Art Provided}

LYNCHBURG — The Moore County Brown Bag Book Club is back at it and they’ll be reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swylar for their July pick.

The novel follows the life of a young, research librarian with an interesting family tree. His mother – long dead – worked as a circus mermaid and died mysteriously on July 24. One day a book arrives on his doorstep … fragile and water-damaged. It chronicles the life of a traveling carnival owner in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned – always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Is his sister next?

According to Publisher’s Weekly, it’s a book, “in the tradition of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. The Book of Speculation – with two-color illustrations by the author – is Erika Swyler’s moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.”

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at the Moore County Public Library. The group ends and begins a new book on the last Friday of each month. They will begin The Book of Speculation on Friday, June 26. •

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Smokey and the Bandit playing at the drive in

Smokey and the Bandits screens at the drive in through June 25. {Graphic Provided}

ESTILL SPRING — Who would have ever imagined that a movie whose plot revolves around bootlegging Coors beer across the southeast would become a classic American film? But that’s exactly what happened with the 1977 American road comedy, Smokey and the Bandit.

The film’s a quaint nods to a bygone time of CB radios and souped up muscle cars, and follows two friends – Bo “The Bandit” Darville and Cledus “The Snowman” Snow – as they take off on a 28-hour run from Atlanta to Texarkana and back again to bootleg 400 cases of Coors beer.

It’s a plot line that is – interestingly enough – based on a true story. Famous Hollywood stuntman, Hal Needham, directed the film and once lived in Burt Reynold’s pool house. As he and Reynolds worked on the set of the comedy film, Gator, one of the driver captains keep sneaking cases of Coors onto the set. Neddham learned that due to archaic beer laws in was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River and thought, “that would make an cool plot to a movies” … and so a classic was born.

The film stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, and a hilarious Jackie Gleason, who steals every scene he appears in. It managed to be the second highest grossing film of 1977 behind the original Star Wars and legend holds it was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite films.

Smokey and the Bandit screens through June 25 at the Montana Drive In in Estill Springs. It plays on screen 2 at 8:30 p.m. followed by Fast and Furious. Both films are rated PG. For more information, check out the Montana’s website or Facebook page. •

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New Motörhead biopic sure to feature Jack Daniel’s

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Lemmy of Motörhead poses with a bottle of local product for a publicity picture. Hollywood is working on a biopic of the iconic rockers life that’s sure to feature a bottle of Jack. {Photo Provided}

Product placement anyone? A film about an iconic rock star is coming to screens soon and it’s sure to feature his preferred whiskey … Jack Daniel’s.

Musician biopics are all the rage. First, we learned about Freddie Mercury and Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody and then Elton John’s life inspired Rocketman. Now, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmster and Motörhead are up next and of course, it will feature a scene with Lemmy drinking his fave cocktail, a Jack and Coke.

The film’s director, Greg Olliver, says he plans to use the myths surrounding Lemmy to tell his story and one of those involves his love of our local product. Reportedly one scene will involve Lemmy famously drinking Jack Daniel for breakfast.

The English singer, songwriter and bass player died on December 28, 2015 at age 70. His death happened just days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Lemmy so loved Jack Daniel that after his death their was a change.org petition that garnered nearly 50,000 signatures asking that the official name of a Jack and Coke be changed to the Lemmy. The distillery also loved his right back. In 2016, Jack Daniel’s introduced a special single-barrel whiskey in honor of Motörhead. It enjoyed an extremely limited 288 bottle run.

Oliver also directed the 2010 documentary titled, Lemmy. His new biopic is set to go into production next year, and no release date is yet set. The lead role is also yet to be cast. •

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Drive In goes retro with a pair of classic movies this weekend

ESTILL SPRINGS — The Montana Drive In will kick it eighties style this weekend with a pair of classic films. On Friday, June 12, Dirty Dancing (PG13 / 1 hr 40 minutes) and Footloose (PG / 1 hr 47 minuntes) will screen on Screen 1. Dirty Dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. and Footloose will screen after … approximately 10:25 p.m.

Released in 1987, Dirty Dancing is an American romantic drama set in a fictional Catskills resort. It was filmed in both North Carolina and Virginia. It premiered at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and earned $214 million worldwide. It stars Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman.

Footloose debuted in 1984, and tells the story of a Chicago youth who moves to a small Oklahoma town where dancing is banned. It stars Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and a host of others. It’s famous warehouse dance scene used four stunt doubles (a stunt double, a dance double, and two gymnastics doubles) to get Bacon’s performance just right.

The Montana is one of southern-middle Tennessee’s only remaining drive-in movie theaters. It’s located at 10251 Tullahoma Highway. These shows will cost just $10 per car. For more information, check out the Montana Drive In’s Facebook page or website. •

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Library summer reading kicks off June 1

The staff at the Moore County Public Library have been busy transforming it into a fairy tale landscape for their summer reading program. {Photo Provided}

LYNCHBURG — No, the Moore County Public Library isn’t quiet ready to re-open it’s doors just yet, but that doesn’t mean its summer reading program is on hold. Castles, dragons, knights, princesses, and all thing fairy tale will take over on Monday, June 1 with an outdoor story time.

Kids can drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and enjoy multiple themed stories, the Kona Ice truck, take and make crafts, and more. The library will also sponsor a summer reading contest again this year with some cool prizes.

Library staff will have books ready for check out. All ages are welcome, and staff ask that everyone follow social distancing guidelines while on site. For more information, contact the Moore County Public Library at 931-759-7285 or get more details on their Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}