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5 fun trivia facts about The Blind Side

Darien Summer Nights got off to a great start last Sunday with the music of John Cain and some perfect summer weather at Weed Beach.

This Saturday, July 17th, is our first music and movie event at Tilley Pond Park featuring Doug Allen and the movie, The Blind Side.

The Blind Side stars Sanda Bullock, who won the Oscar for best actress with her performance, Tim McGraw (minus the cowboy hat) and Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher on whom the film is based. If you saw it when it was in threatres, you know how great this movie is.

But I bet you didn’t know these 5 fun trivia facts about The Blind Side.  Did you know:

  • Julia Roberts was offered the lead before Sandra Bullock but turned it down.  I’ll bet she’s kicking herself for that.
  • Lawrence Taylor: The title of the movie is explained by Lawrence Taylor’s sacks.  LT came from the blind side, the side of the field towards which a quarterback is not facing when he drops back and therefore cannot see what is coming.
  • Tim McGraw’s acting debut was in Friday Night Lights, another great football movie.
  • Six real college football coaches make cameo appearances in the movie.  See if you can spot them.
  • Sandra Bullock, in addition to winning the Oscar for best actress in The Blind Side, also won a “Razzie” for worst actress in another movie last year, All About Steve.  I’ll bet she’s kicking herself for that.

So come on down.  Right now, the weather is forecasted to be as good as last Sunday.  Hopefully, we’ll get a little much needed rain between now and then. Here’s the 2 minute trailer.

Darien Summer Nights starts this Sunday

What a great beginning to summer this past July 4th weekend.  To keep these great summer weekends going, this weekend is the first concert of the Darien Summer Night Series at Weed Beach. 

This Sunday, 7/11, from 5 pm to 8 pm, it’s the music of guitar impresario, John Cain. The beach opens for the concert at 4:30 pm and, from 4:30 pm on, you won’t need a beach permit to get in.

John Cain is a guitar player’s guitarist and covers genres from rock, jazz, blues, country to folk.  “I love music…I love playing it and practicing it and performing it,” says John.  “I love everything from John Coltrane to Delbert McClinton…Jobim to George Straitt.” 

Maybe that’s why the critics say, “Cain takes beloved songs from the rock and folk eras and arranges them in inspired, solo performances…not only fun but worthy of repeats listens.”

The forecast for Sunday sounds inspiring too – 86 degrees and sunny.  Some welcome relief after the summer sizzlers we’ve been having this week.

Have a listen and look at John doing a beloved song from the rock era in the video below – an awesome blues jam of the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones classic, “Not Fade Away.” 

See you Sunday.

Darien Summer Nights Gets Social

Welcome to the Darien Summer Nights series of outdoor movies at Tilley Pond Park and concerts at Weed Beach… and our first blog.  This year, we’re adding social media to let you know what’s going on.

We have this website where you’ll find a weekly blog, schedule of events, movie trailers, musicians’ videos and our sponsors with links to your websites.

Plus, we have our own “Darien Summer Nights” Facebook and “Darien Nights” Twitter pages.  Be a “friend” or “follower” simply by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icons under the “Follow Us” tab on the right.

Or go to our Facebook and Twitter pages anytime at:
Facebook: Darien Summer Nights
Twitter: dariennights

We want to let you know what’s going on in as timely a manner as possible.  We also want to let you know about specials and offers from our sponsors so you’ll enjoy the evening even more with a special offer of appreciation from stores participating in Darien Summer Nights.

We hope you’ll “friend” or “follow” us and come out to Tilley Pond Park and Weed beach for movies outdoor and concerts.  We’re glad to be doing this for such a great town.