Friday, August 18, 2017
Where Dreams Are Made
It's funny sometimes how we lose appreciation for things. Years ago when riding Ragbrai (Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), we were in a theater in some little town along the route cooling off and taking in a movie. It just so happened that Field of Dreams was playing and when they got to the line, "Is this heaven? No it's Iowa." the roof of that theater almost lifted off from the volume of the cheers. It was a moment that has stuck with me all these years.
Now nearly thirty years later, on our trip to Dyersville, my wife wanted to stop by the movie site for that movie and see the ball field. I admit I was reluctant since it really had no value to me other than being in the movie but we made the trip over there and I guess I wasn't disappointed. It was a beautiful day and even though it was in the middle of the week, there were still a couple dozen people poking around the site and even a few that were playing catch with their sons just like in the movie. Thirty years later and the movie still has a lot of power over others.
We walked around the ball diamond, took the obligatory photos of all of us coming out of the cornfield in the outfield as in the movie and ate a picnic snack of sorts underneath some shade trees near the house and also in the movie. I read about the storied and somewhat checkered past of the field and the owners of the land. Even as recent as two years ago there has been attempts to change the surrounding area to cash in on the power of that movie.
At the end of the day, there isn't a lot to do at the site other than reminence scenes of the movie. There is a defunct gift shop just off left field (leftover from owner feuds of yesteryear) and another in the driveway of the house from the movie. It wasn't a walk in shop and there was a long line standing there in the blazing sun waiting so I never went over to check it out.
A couple evenings later when we were home again, I rented the movie online and we watched it again, me for the umpteenth time and others for the first time. I must say, it was a masterfully done movie and still holds up all these years later.