Dog-Friendly Menu Items at Drive-Thrus

Next time you head out for a quick bite don’t forget to grab your furry best friend to hit up some of these drive-thrus and take out favorites! Wilmington is a very dog friendly location meaning there are alot of restaurants with dog friendly options. Here are a few great drive-thrus and take out locations around Wilmington, grab your pooch and take a little ride to grab some tasty treats! Just remember too many tasty treats can be bad for your dog, also be careful to watch out for any dietary restrictions.  

 

First up we have our chains which many people may or may not know that these places have treats for your pup.

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Starbucks 

Probably the most known is the “Puppuccino” at Starbucks. No this “Puppuccino” doesn’t have any coffee in it, it’s just a doggy sized cup of whipped cream and it’s free!

 

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts just like Starbucks has a doggy sized cup of whipped cream only Dunkin’ calls it the “Puppy Latte”. 

 

 Dairy Queen

At Dairy Queen grab yourself a tasty treat and grab a “Pup Cup” for your best friend. A “Pup Cup” is a free doggy sized cup of vanilla ice cream. 

 

Brusters

Have a sweet tooth? Go grab yourself a Brusters sundae and while you’re there grab your pooch a “Doggie Sundae”. The “Doggie Sundae” is a dog sized vanilla sundae that might even be topped with a dog biscuit! 

 

Sonic

One of the few drive-in restaurants, Sonic is the perfect place to bring your pup along! Some locations offer a doggy treat you just have to ask! If your location does not then you can get your furry friend a lick or two of your vanilla ice cream cone, or a plain no bread hot dog, grilled chicken or hamburger.  

 

Chick-fil-A 

At Chick-fil-A some locations offer doggy treats but if your location you can split an order of grilled chicken nuggets or a small vanilla ice cream cone. 

 

McDonald’s, Burger King, & Wendy’s

McDonald’s, Burger King, & Wendy’s a plain burger or grilled chicken plain, no bun, or a few licks from your vanilla soft serve.

 

Of course some local favorites have great dog treats, here are just a few! 

 

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PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille

There are some great options for your pup at PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille. Especially since you can customize all of their sandwiches. Some great options to pick from would be the P.T. Burger, P.T. Dog or the Turkey Sandwich all of these options should be plain and with no bread. PT’s is also part of our support location restaurants initiative, when you buy a vehicle from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet you will receive a $50 gift car, find out more here: Support Local Restaurants

 

Trolly Stop

Trolly Stop has been serving the Wilmington community for over 40 years and they love the dog family too! There are some great options for your pooch. They have the “Doggy Dog”, they also have the plain no bread burger option.   

 

Cookout

Cookout is a great Southern favorite! Like most of the other places they have the option of a plain no bread burger, grilled chicken or hot dog. If you want to give your pup an extra special treat, you could get them a small cup of vanilla ice cream. 

 

As you can see there are many great options for you and your pooch to enjoy a quick bite. Let us know if there are any other options for you and your pup. 

Paws Place November 2019 Available Dogs

Paws Place Dog Rescue is part of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet‘s Family through the Purchase with a Purpose program. Paws Place Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs. Since 1999, they have placed loving dogs with loving families in Wilmington, Southport and other surrounding areas.

Here are some of the available dogs for adoption they are looking for loving homes! There are many others as well, so be sure to stop by and find your new best friend!

Kolsch– Mix- male
D.O.B- 7/14/15
59lbs
Kolsch was a stray found from a local brewery which is here he gets his awesome name from! He loves to snuggle and give big sloppy kisses. Kolsch loves people!
Chichi– Black/ Tan Shih Tzu Mix- male
D.O.B- 5/4/09
11lbs
Chichi is a sweet handsome older boy. Unfortunately Chichi lost his dad and his mom wasn’t well enough to take care of him. He’s in good health, just a few bad teeth which have already been taken care of thanks to Paws Place! He’s active, affectionate and enjoys going for walks! He’s a little guy that can keep anyone company!
Dale– Plott Hound mix- male
D.O.B- 9/1/17
55lbs
Dale is a sweet boy mature boy who loves human interactions. He enjoys his toys but he also enjoys laying around snuggled up.

Micah– Husky mix- male
D.O.B- 12/6/18
34lbs
Micah is handsome ball of energy! He loves to run, play, jump and give big kisses. He’s a quick learner and great with other dogs!

Faith– Mixed breed lab- female
D.O.B- 4/23/19
30lbs
Faith has come along way since September, she came to Paws Place from Furever Friends Animal Rescue. She is affectionate, playful girl who plays independently and likes a good lap to snuggle in! Her favorite treat is peanut better. She’s a quick learner and has good house managers. She’s great at holding a conversation!

 

Polo– Hound mix- male
D.O.B- 8/5/13
38lbs
Polo got his name because he’s a typical hound that liked to explore. He loves going for walks and sniffing out all the fascinating smells. Polo is also a big cuddler, so if you’re looking for a lover Polo is your guy!

 

Lottie Bell– Lab mix- female
D.O.B- 10/1/15
50lbs
If you’re looking for a Southern Bell, Lottie Bell is your gal! She’s extremely affectionate and loves belly rubs. Paws Place is treating Lottie Bell for heart worms but she is still looking for a loving home to help comfort her during treatment and love her for when she’s heart worms free!

 

Paws Place 6th Annual Golf Outing

Dogs, Golfing and Chevy’s..oh my! Join Paws Place Dog Rescue on Monday, September 9th at Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Course for the 6th Annual Paws Place Golf Outing.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will be providing a 2019 Tahoe as a hole in one prize for the Paws Place Golf Outing. Other fun features will include milligans, par busters, cash prizes for winning teams AND participating teams help the sweet dogs of Paws Place get adopted into their forever loving homes! What could be better?

Oh yeah a partnership between Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Paws Place! Paws Place is now part of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet’s Purchase with a Purpose Program.

Paws Place Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs. Since 1999, they have placed loving dogs with loving families in Wilmington, Southport and other surrounding areas. 

As Partners, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet participates by offering photography services for their adoptable pets and sponsorship for their upcoming events. 

Here are some of the dogs that we had the opportunity to meet and take for a photo shoot! 

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Rambo

Name:  Rambo

Breed:  Beagle mix – male

DOB: 06/03/2015

Size:  38 lbs

Avail:     Ready

Info: Hi there – I’m not sure if you’ve heard my sad story. My mom, who loved me very much, passed away very unexpectedly at a young age and left me all alone. I miss her a lot, but Paws Place said that another family is going to come and take me home. I sure hope they’re right. I’m a little nervous at the kennel, but I’m really a very sweet and loving dog. I like people a lot, and I love to get visitors. Sometimes they even take me on a walk! I like to get my beagle nose sniffing, you know? Anyway, I hope someone will come take a chance on a sweet boy like me.

HW: Negative

 

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Nina 

Name: Nina 

Breed:  Pit bull terrier – female

DOB: 02/06/2014

Size:  67.5 lbs

Avail:     Ready

Info: Hi, my name is Nina! I’m a very sweet, loveable, five-year-old pit bull. I’m a big girl with a big heart, and I’m looking for someone to share my love with. I like to go on walks, and I’m a good girl on a leash. I know I’m big, so I try not to pull too hard, and I also know not to jump on people! I want to so bad because I just want to give everyone a big hug, but I just jump up and down in place instead – it’s actually pretty cute if I do say so myself. If you’re in the market for a big, goofy, loveable girl to share your life with, look no further. I just can’t wait to find myself a forever home. I love cuddling and I love to be around people. Please, won’t you take a chance on me?

HW: Completed treatments

 

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Niko

Name:  Niko

Breed: Mixed breed – male 

DOB: 01/29/2016

Size:  45 lbs

Avail:     Ready

Info: Hello! Are you in the market for a friendly, playful, happy, loving dog? You are?! I know that might sound cliché, but I really am just the epitome of a sweet dog! I love people; I think I would like other dogs, and I’m enjoying the good food and treats here. I even get to go on walks here! Do you like walks? I would love a family that could take me on adventures or even just play in the backyard. I would be a perfect family dog. I really hope you’re in the market for a medium-sized, loving sweet boy like me. Come out to the kennel to meet me!!

HW: Negative

 

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Callie 

Name:  Callie

Breed:  Small mixed breed – female

DOB: 04/29/2019

Size:  12 lbs (est 20 lbs at maturity)

Avail:   Ready

Info: Hi ya! If you’d like a sassy, playful, confident little pup, well…here I am! I came to Paws Place with my mama, Josie, maybe you’ve seen her picture? A good Samaritan found the two of us, and we were lucky enough to find ourselves here! I’m all caught up with vaccinations, spayed and microchipped. My mama is only 19 pounds if that gives you an idea of how big (or small) I’ll be. I’m a very curious little dog, and I like to play and explore! I sure hope a fun family will come and choose me to be their forever dog!

 

These are just four of the loving pups that are at Paws Place they have many more friends that need adopted too! Head over and check out the dogs that are available for adoption. 

 

Don’t forget to sign your team up for the Paws Place Golf Outing and have your chance to win a 2019 Tahoe. You have to play to win and this is a win win situation! 

 

Jeff Gordon is the Cover Athlete for NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition

On August 15th 704Games, NASCAR Team Properties announced that beginning in September in North American four-time NASCAR Champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon will grace the cover of the very special NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition. Only 20,000 copies will be sold and are available for pre-order at select retailers and NASCARHeat.com. The limited release will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC.

 

 

By purchasing the Gold Edition of NASCAR Heat 4 fans will be able to race as NASCAR Legend Jeff Gordon, use Gordon as their spotter and have access to Gordon’s Axalta paint scheme from Homestead-Miami Speedway, his final No. 24 paint scheme as a driver in the Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports.

In a press release Colin Smith, President of 704Games said; “We’re thrilled to provide NASCAR Heat fans the opportunity to race as a true legend in the sport. Paired with the enhanced look and feel and elevated game play of NASCAR Heat 4, fans who purchase the Gold Edition will have the ultimate racing experience, and a collector’s item to go with it.”

NASCAR Heat 4 has an upgraded look with a brand new interface complete with stunning visual and audio enhancements for race fans a brand new look and feel. Making for an even more realistic racing experience there will be new tire models for the 38 tracks represented in the game. For the first time fans will be able to start in any of the four series included in the game, with a deeper career mode where players can operate and manage their own team and.

Gordon stated in a press release; “It’s a great honor to be featured in the NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition, NASCAR fans have really rallied around the NASCAR Heat franchise; it’s served as a tremendous platform for fans to stay engaged with the sport all year long. This game is as real as it gets. I’m excited to return to the track in this capacity, and I’m looking forward to my fans making me look good out there!”

 

NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition is available to pre-order  for $69.99 at NASCARHeat.com and other retail websites. The NASCAR Heat 4 Standard Edition is also available for pre-order for $49.99.

 

North Carolina Equinox Lighthouse Tour

We know the end of summer is quickly approaching, so before summer is over we want to take you up the coast on a North Carolina Lighthouse Tour, follow us! Let’s all jump into our Chevrolet Equinox and begin our coastal adventure!

1.Oak Island Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: Our State

To start your trip it’s only right to visit the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. First stop is the Oak Island Lighthouse built-in 1952 replacing the Cape Fear Lighthouse. Made out of concrete long and skinny tower had the brightest light in the United States from 1958-1962, standing on Bald Head Island since 1817. Old Baldy has rightfully earned its right to be the first stop.

2. Cape Lookout Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: OuterBanks.com

 

The next lighthouse on our list is on the beautiful Crystal Coast we have Cape Lookout. This lighthouse is on the Outer Banks in the southernmost part and it’s painted for directions with black facing north and south and white east and west. If you’re lucky you might even spot some wild horses!

3. Ocracoke Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: OuterBanks.com

As simple and remote as the Ocracoke Lighthouse may seem it had been guiding sailors and boats since 1823. The lighthouse stands 75 feet tall, diameter narrows from 25feet at the base to 12 feet at its peak. Being one of the most remote stretches of the Outer Banks, this could be a full-day experience from seeing Ocracoke Lighthouse to exploring the island.

4. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: The Outer Banks of North Carolina 

Can’t miss the tallest brick lighthouse in the US and we are lucky to have it right on the North Carolina coast on Hatteras Island. Originally built in 1803 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built as a ‘guiding light’ to help sailors navigate through the graveyard of the Atlantic. There are 269 steps from the group level to the lens of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Always impressive to see the brick lighthouse standing at 210 ft.

5. Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: Odyssey

The Bodie Island Lighthouse has been replicated three times since 1872, standing 156 feet tall. It is located on the Roanoke Sound, it is located amongst the marshland. The view from the top is incredible and totally worth it.

6. Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: OuterBanks.com

Currituck stands out being the only natural-brick lighthouse on the coast with 1 million bricks. Towering over the northern Outer Banks historic Corolla Village making for a beautiful sight at the top with expansive views of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Currituck is the largest of seven Fresnel lens sizes being known as a first-order lighthouse.

7. Roanoke Lighthouse

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Photo Credit: OuterBanks.com

We are at our last stop of the trip often one of the most overlooked Outer Banks lighthouses we have Roanoke LIghthouse. Don’t be discouraged by it being tucked away in the quiet east end of Manteo waterfront with small stature and limited visibility, it’s still a lovely sight to see. It jets out 40 yards into the Roanoke Sound with a prim white exterior with black shutters and red shingled roof, capped off by a 2′ ft., 4″ in. the tall lens gives this lighthouse a classic coastal look. Enjoy the fantastic waterfront view and stroll the wooden boardwalk to explore the exterior.
We have completed our North Carolina Lighthouse tour! We hope you had fun and enjoyed our roomy Equinox, be sure to stop back again for another road trip!

2019 Summer Solstice the Longest Day

 

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet we have already kicked off our summer with Summer of Chevy, but technically speaking summer does not officially begin until Jun 21st also being the summer solstice and the longest day of the year for anyone who lives north of the equator.
Now you may be asking yourself what is the summer solstice and why is it the longest day of the year?
The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5 degrees north latitude, meaning it will occur exactly at 11:54 am ET on Friday the 21st. Due to the Earth orbiting around the sun on a tilted axis, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day between March and September. Then the rest of the year the Southern Hemisphere gets more causing the season changes. Fun fact; longest day to ever happen in Earth’s history dated back to 1912.
Depending on where you live depends on how much sunlight you will see. Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider created this terrific guide:
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Not only is the longest day well the longest day of the year but it is also when thousands of participants all across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Participants choose an activity that they desire to participate in to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Interested in participating? It’s simple!
First things first choose an activity that you would like to turn into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s. Then follow the steps below!
Register– Sign and select the fundraising activity you’d like to do.
Fundraiser– Set the fundraising page and add details about your activity.
Invite Others– Ask others to fundraiser with you or just simply donate to help meet your goal!
The earlier you start fundraising the great difference you make! Staff and volunteers from the Longest Day will be there every step of the way to assist with tools, tips, and coaching. By working together we can strengthen our light to outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s!
Support our Jeff Gordon Chevrolet team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Chevy Equinox panoramic roof
Enjoy the extra long day cruising around town with the wind blowing through your hair because the Chevrolet Equinox has a panoramic power sunroof giving everyone in the vehicle a wide-open view. Road trips don’t need to boring ever again because you have the panoramic roof which is great to search for constellations or cloud spotting. Working on the road, or need to entertain the kids? The Equinox offers available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, as well as  The Equinox,  offers 39.7 inches of rearseat leg room with enough room for 5 passengers. One of the worst things about summer is crawling into a vehicle with hot seats but in the Equinox you never have to worry about that again because there are ventilated seats.
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DIY Drive-In Movie Theater

A summer classic is going to the drive-in movie theater with a vehicle packed full of your friends or a romantic date night. Unfortunately, though there aren’t many drive-in-movie theaters around anymore.
There are still alternatives though! Around Wilmington, there are movie nights where you can go to a park and watch movies for free sitting in the grass. You could always host your own movie night in your backyard just be sure to invite the neighbors so they don’t get upset. Or if you’re looking for a more romantic night, crawl into your vehicle and set up your movie.
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Here are some places around Wilmington where you can watch movies in the park:
Where: Leland Municipal Park
When: Saturday at sunset
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: Pets or alcohol
Concessions available
Where: Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
When: Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
 Light refreshments available for purchase.
Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park
When: All summer long every Sunday film begins at dusk
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: No alcohol or glass allowed.
Concessions available.
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DIY Backyard Movie Theater
It may not be a drive-in-movie but it’s still a lot of fun for a nice summer night with friends and family, here is everything that you’ll need to make your own outdoor movie theater right in your backyard!
There are 4 key components that you will need when setting up your backyard theater;
Video Source: Some options for this would be your laptop, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, or gaming console.
Video Projector: What your projector will need:
  • Brightness – go for 2000 lumens or better
  • Resolution – look for a 720p or 1080p model HD is also a great thing to look for.
  • Sound- Don’t worry about if the projector has a built-in speaker, they do not help for outdoor settings.
Sound System: Think about something that you have that produced enough sound and can be plugged into your video source. Some ideas are:
  • Stereo amplifier
  • A good set of computer speakers
  • Take it old school with a boom box – as long as it has auxiliary outputs
  • Home Theater in a box
A Screen: Really any white material will work, but here are a few ideas to make your screen.
DIY Sheets:
  • What you will need:
  • Two white king sized flat/top sheets.
  • 40 feet of 1 1/2 inch SCH 40 PVC Pipe
  • (2) 1/4 inch x 3-inch eye bolts
  • (2) 90° PVC elbows
  • (3) 1 1/2 inch PVC  “T” pipes
  • (3) five-gallon buckets
  • Sand
  • Cord or Rope
How to make the screen:
  • Cut 2 pieces 100” X 56”
  • Turn right side out with the seams on the inside, ironing down the seams will help it lay flat
  • Make pockets for the pipes by sewing the seam around all four sides about 4” away from the edge
  • Fold and iron the raw edges from the final side that has not been closed.  Stitch the edges together to close the final side.
How to make the frame for the screen:
  • Lay your screen you just made flat on the ground. Take a 90° elbow and connect it to a ten-foot piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe.  Slide the pipe through the top pocket of the screen.  Measure from the left to the right side of the screen and mark where you need to cut it.  Take the pipe out, cut the pipe, and slide the pipe back through the screen.  Place the second 90° elbow on the opposite end of the top pipe.
  • Place the “T” PVC connector into the bottom left-hand corner of the screen where it would belong.  Measure from the top 90° elbow connector to the bottom tee connector to determine the length of the side pipe.  Cut the pipe and slide into the side pocket of the screen and fit into the 90° elbow and then attach the “T” connector. Repeat for the right-hand side.
  • There should already be a hole in the screen for this, place the final tee connector in the center of the bottom pocket in the screen. Measure from the left tee to the center tee and cut to fit.  Slide it in and attach to both tees.  Repeat, by measuring from the center tee to the right tee, cutting and attaching.
  • In case of winds you will need to tie down your screen so attach one eye bolt to each side pipe.
  • Cut three 1 1/2 inch PVC pipes in lengths of 41 inches each.  These will be the legs of the screen.
  • Stand the legs in the center of the 5-gallon buckets. Fill the buckets with sand to hold the legs in place.
  • Attach the “legs” to the 3 tee connectors on the bottom of the screen.
Now you have your screen, time to go pick out your movie and invite your friends over, don’t forget the popcorn!
If you do not have the time or simply do not want to build the screen there are other options, you could always do a projector screen although they are typically not that large, there are inflatable screens, as well as outdoor movie screens that you can buy. Another simple option if you have the space for it and location is to project the movie on the side of your house, garage door, tall fence. There are endless options for a movie screen, it’s all just a matter of how creative you want to get. Most importantly is to have fun, enjoy the movie, and eat popcorn!
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Looking for something more romantic? Get in your vehicle with WiFi and have a movie night!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • A vehicle with WiFi capability
  • Quiet place
  • TV, tablet, laptop
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Snacks
Most of our Chevy’s have a WiFi hotspot, but here are some of our favorites that would be perfect for your in-car-movie night.
With a large truck bed, the Colorado makes for the perfect night under the stars, watch a movie or both! Featuring a  6-speaker system you’ll have surround sound, plus there is a WiFi hotspot so just connect your laptop to your trucks WiFi and you’re set or a movie marathon! Don’t forget to bring plenty of blankets, pillows, and snacks.
Turn your date night of two into four and make it a double date or bring the pets along! With a HUGE truck bed large enough for the whole family to join! Featuring Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots offering a fast and reliable internet and 6-speaker system makes for the perfect in-car movie dates! Bring your friends, family, or pets and pack into your Silverado for a movie marathon, don’t forget the snacks, pillows, and blankets!
The Chevrolet Blazer, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban are all great cars to have your in-car movie date. Just like the Silverado, they all feature Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. You can lay the seats down, back or take them out whatever your preference whatever the vehicle it will be a great night! Just don’t forget your snacks and your date!
Drive-in-movie theaters do not have to be a thing of the past with all of these fun ideas you can bring it back and enjoy those long summer nights with some movies! Remember the 3 most important things about a drive-in-movie; 1. pick a good movie 2. enjoy it with friends family or a date and 3. you must have snacks lots of snacks. Now that you have these ideas and a checklist go make this the best summer yet, and do it in a Chevrolet!