On Golden Pond is one of those timeless stories that conjurs up memories of family relationships. The setting–although in the northeast–is so very reminiscent of the four seasons on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, that it’s difficult not find yourself looking for landmarks. Heart warming and heart wrenching, this is one of my all-time favorite movies. One of the few I will allow myself the time to invest in for more than one viewing. If you haven’t seen it, you should treat yourself! Writer Ernest Thompson, who came up with the original stage play of On Golden Pond and adapted it for film, is lucky to have two giants of the screen give dignity and breadth to his sometimes trite dialogue. Henry Fonda, in his last role, plays a prickly English professor at the disagreeable age of 80. Visiting his summer house by a Maine lake with his wife (Katharine Hepburn), the old man forges an unlikely bond with a lonely boy, comes to terms with his daughter (Jane Fonda), and suffers disorienting effects of mild dementia. Even playing a tired old man, Fonda is an absolute lion of a movie star, and Hepburn brings her special spirit to the part of his worried bride. The onscreen relationship between Henry and Jane Fonda naturally makes one think about their much-discussed difficulties offscreen, but that’s a side benefit in a movie that is really just a celebration of simple human decency. Directed by Mark Rydell (Harry and Walter Go to New York). –Tom Keogh
One of the greatest places to camp is the Smith Mountain Lake State Park here in Virginia. Life’s Good brings back those feelings of how campfires and vacations should feel! And long sleeve t-shirts are considered formal wear here on Smith Mountain Lake! Enjoy!
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Ahh, there’s no time like river time, as depicted on the Life is Good Men’s Crusher Innertube Drink Tee. Did you know that Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia was created by damming 2 rivers? Yep that’s right, The Roanoke River and The Blackwater River! So…if you’re lazing in your innertube on Smith Mountain Lake you’re actually experiencing the best of both water worlds!
This setting is quite reminiscent of Smith Mountain near the Smith Mountain Lake Dam.
a wonderfully whimsical scene that reminds you of life on the lake.
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