Picture Perfect Day at the Drive-In

In the months following the passing of Patrick’s father, we were very busy dealing the necessary duties, so things such as my birthday understandably fell to the wayside.  But yesterday, Patrick surprised me with a “birthday” trip to the drive-in, complete with ice cream and birthday announcement!  We went with two of my dearest friends, Angelina and Lizzie, and had an absolute swell time.

We picked up bubbles and a paddle ball (which is harder to do than you think!) at the Fred Meyer’s next door and enjoyed the sunshine (Patrick in his new sunglasses) as we waited for dusk to arrive.

The drive-in has an immensely special place in my heart, and sometimes I find it hard to put into words.  I guess one of the reasons I love it so much is that I find it one of the few things from the by-gone 50s that seems utterly unchanged and has not become a caricature like many diners and and even car shows have become.  For those in the Portland area, Newberg’s 99W is the closest to you.  Oregon is also home to three other drive-ins, one in La Grande, another in Milton-Freewater and the Motor-Vu located in Dallas.  For those outside Oregon, I recommend visiting Drive-Ins.com to located a drive-in near you.

Gingham Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Ponderosa Ranch belt: STARS Antique Mall
50s Jeans: Hollywood Babylon
Penny Loafers: Thrifted

7 thoughts on “Picture Perfect Day at the Drive-In

  1. You gals (and gent) all look as cute and summery as can be. One can see the fun you were having at the drive-in radiating from these terrific snaps.

    Thank you very much for your awesome blog comments, dear gal, I massively appreciate them and hope that the rest of July continues on just as upbeat and fantastic a note!

    ♥ Jessica

  2. I’d love to go to the drive but I’ve never had the opportunity. Actually, I think I may have been once when I was a toddler with my parents but apart from that… never.

    Looks like you had a wonderful post birthday treat!

  3. What a lovely belated birthday surprise!

    The drive-in near me closed down a few years ago. I went a few times with my family growing up, and I always loved it. They played a double feature so it was always a late night, but it was a lot of fun. It’s a shame that they’re slowly going away. I read an article a month or so ago about how the rise of digital projection has and will continue to hurt the remaining drive-ins, because many will close down as opposed to purchasing new projectors. It was very sad, because I hope to be able to go to a drive-in again sometime down the line. I know there is still one or two left in the province, so whenever I can buy a vehicle, I might get some friends together and make a trip out of it.

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