This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the movie “Dirty Dancing,” and the resort where it was filmed has kicked off celebrations in honor of the milestone.
The movie was filmed at Mountain Lake Lodge – also known to fans as Kellerman’s. This weekend, the resort hosted events to bring back the dancing filmed there three decades ago.
“It’s like reliving it,” said Brenda Clark, who was visiting from Georgia. “Like you wanted to be here 30 years ago.”
“A lot of cables, lot of screens, lot of cameras,” said Michael Porterfield, who worked at the lodge when “Dirty Dancing” was being filmed on site.
Now the executive chef, Porterfield was working as a sous chef when film crews were there.
“They filmed in the kitchen, and they did it at night, and we had to turn off all the equipment,” he said.
Porterfield also got to meet some of the stars of the film, including Patrick Swayze. The chef said he once gave the actor a motorcycle ride into town.
“His nickname was Buddy,” Porterfield said. “He came back into the kitchen quite often, would order beer, sit down and chat with everybody, asked everyone to call him Buddy.”
“Fans love to come and see Kellerman’s,” said Heidi Stone, general manager of Mountain Lake Lodge.
New this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary – signage and self-guided tours around the resort showing where many famous scenes were filmed, Stone said.
There have been some changes at the lodge over the past 30 years, like a museum added to commemorate the film. But much of what is seen in the movie is still there today, attracting visitors from other countries, Stone said.
“This weekend, we have some folks from Holland,” she said. “We usually have folks from the U.K., Australia, Russia. We have people coming from all over the world. This is their first time in the United States, and this is where they come, it’s here.”
“Dirty Dancing” weekends are held every summer at the lodge, Stone said. Reservations for all four weekends this year sold out a year ago, she added, but are still on sale for next year.