Dear Editor:

I have had a rush of memories flood back to me this week, thinking about the Mahoning Drive In. And the memories are great ones especially when mother nature seemed to rain down during a scene in Jurassic Park, adding to the tension. You could see the lights in other cars pop on, was a site to see.

That Drive In is special to us in this area, its a landmark full of memories and is reopening this very weekend as you all know. I wanted to share this poem i wrote for OUR Drive In Theater!!! Good Luck this season!!

Welcome Home Again

Drive up to the gate, Take me back in time,

The playground where the kids are at play

The smell of popcorn fills the air out here

As does the sound of family, friends, & life

Given to a place that is becoming whole

A little bit of paint and some new lights

Friends lending a hand where they can

To bring back something, their memory

Of a time when life was new and simple

Of a time where we came to be neighbors

Unfold your blankets and pull up a chair

The sun begins to set, more friends arrive

Friends & family underneath the stars

The starry skies framing the big screen

They come to remember themselves

A hand to hold, a first date, a first kiss

No better feeling in the chill night air

As when the first movie begins to show

Welcome home to the best memories

Escape for a while and enjoy the show…

Dedicated to the Mahoning Drive In, and all those helping bring it back again!

Thank you for the memories, the popcorn, and the stars in the sky!!

Mark S Driesbach

Jim Thorpe