Last Saturday evening, June 14, I watched hundreds of people enjoy an old-fashioned drive-in movie.

The screen is setup, just waiting on it to get dark!
The screen is setup, just waiting on it to get dark!

The Village of Sugarcreek hired a company to construct a temporary drive-in theater in the same area where the Swiss Festival is conducted each year. I didn’t even know there were companies that did such a thing, but it turned out to be a brilliant idea. The screen was large and worked perfectly, the sound was wonderful, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. People spread picnics out on blankets, set up lawn chairs, or simply parked their cars and rolled down their windows.

Annie Kitral (who played Aunt Lydia) and Marianna Allachi (who played Aunt Anna) Signing my LFY Sugarcreek books with me :)
Annie Kitral (who played Aunt Lydia) and Marianna Allachi (who played Aunt Anna) Signing my LFY Sugarcreek books with me 🙂

For two hours before the movie started, I had the privilege of signing books with two of my favorite actresses in the world. Annie Kitral (who played Aunt Lydia) and Marianna Allachi (who played Aunt Anna) gave readers an extra thrill by sitting beside me and also autographing each book.

I love getting to talk with the readers!
I love getting to talk with the readers!

It was SO funny to see people’s faces when they recognized the two women–but it didn’t happen immediately. I’d sign a book, and then pass it down to Annie/Aunt Lydia. I’d ask the customer “Do you know who this is?” And whoever was standing across the table from me would stare at her and say, “Well, she looks familiar.” And then Annie/Aunt Lydia would say, “I LUFF to cook!” in that accent that she used in the movie, and Marianna/Aunt Anna would bat her eyes and say, “We got cookies!” just like she did in the movie. People would gasp, and throw a hand over their mouths, and then stand and talk until they had to move on to give someone else a chance to get their books signed.

Even the kids were getting into it!
Even the kids were getting into it!

So why am I going on and on about this? Because moments of sheer, pure joy are rare. June 14 was one of those times for me and I wanted to share it with you.

-Serena

Terry Cunningham, the director of Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio, just sent me a behind-the-scenes glimpse of working on the sound track for the movie. The shot in front of them is of Bertha (Kelly McGillis) telling Officer Rachel (Sarah Lancaster) that they will not compromise when it comes to doing God’s will.

At this point, we know for sure that UP TV will be airing it in June. Probably the 1st. I’ve seen a rough version of the movie, absolutely loved it, and can’t wait to see the final product.

Inside the sound booth - working on the audio for Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio. In this scene Bertha (Kelly McGillis) is telling Rachel (Sarah Lancaster) that they will not compromise when it comes to doing God's will.
Inside the sound booth – working on the audio for Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio. In this scene Bertha (Kelly McGillis) is telling Rachel (Sarah Lancaster) that they will not compromise when it comes to doing God’s will.

-Serena

 

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! We just got the ratings in for the premiere night of the movie and… we broke UPTV’s highest record for ratings! Check out more info here http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com

Anyways, if you didn’t get a chance to see it, or you wanna know what everyone is talking about, don’t worry! 🙂 There will be an encore Friday (June 6th) @ 9pm and 11pm est.

I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it! The reviews and comments have been Amazing!

Tom and Sarah