It’s the “Back in Time” Cruise-In @ Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday


Wednesday (October 21) is officially Back to the Future Day, the date Marty McFly and Doc crashed the future in the second of the three time-hopping, Back to the Future, sci-fi adventure films.

In celebration, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge is hosting the “Back in Time” Cruise-In from 11am-5pm on Saturday (October 24), featuring a classic car show, a screening of the documentary “Back in Time” (a new feature documentary that examines the cultural phenomenon of the time-travel trilogy), music, artwork and talks. Of course, many of Norman Rockwell’s works evoke the era of the 1950s from BTTF, and there’s also the artist’s original studio, which is literally a step back into time.

Another highlight of the fest is an original car featured in “Back to the Future II.” Jeff Chabotte from Connecticut will be “flying in” his futuristic BMW, which he has restored. This real movie prop is going for auction on the same day (a large “We’re Going Back” festival dedicated to the movie series, being held in Los Angeles), so this might be the last chance for people to see it.

Members of the production team behind the Back to the Future: The Ride Film – including production designer Robert U. Taylor and model-maker Dai Ban, will also be on hand. Film visionary Doug Trumbull still works in the Berkshires, as do many of the artists behind the acclaimed amusement park ride which is currently in operation at Universal Studios Japan.

Of course, there will also be a DeLorean, among other vintage cars from throughout the 20th century, and legendary artist Drew Struzan, who designed the iconic movie poster for BTTF, has donated a rare, signed conceptual print from the movie series, that we will be showing that day.

Admission to the “Back in Time” Cruise-In is free with museum admission, or $10 per carload visiting just the car show and outdoor activities. Museum admission is $18; $17 seniors; $16 veterans; $10 students’ $6 for kids age 6-18; FREE for museum members & children age 5 and under.

Museum-goers are encouraged to come dressed in their best threads – from the ’50s, ’80s, 2015 or even (in a nod to BTTF3) steampunk.

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