Norman Rockwell Museum Goes “Back In Time” with Family Festival To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “Back To The Future”

Afternoon To Feature Classic Car Show, Documentary Screening, Talks, and Other Retro/Futuristic Fun

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Going and Coming," 1947

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Going and Coming,” 1947. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

Stockbridge, MA, October 15, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Back in Time,” a family cruise-in festival on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the film “Back To The Future,” the event will feature a classic car show (including a DeLorean, and original car used in the movies); music from the 1950s to 1980s; talks on the movie series, locally-produced Ride Film, automobiles, and the art of both Norman Rockwell and Drew Struzan (who designed the movie series’ iconic posters); seasonal art activities; vintage costumes; and a screening of “Back in Time,” a new documentary that examines the cultural phenomenon of the time-travel trilogy. Support for the event has been made possible by the Pittsfield Piston Poppers; and R.W.’s Inc., offering full service towing, repairs, and car rentals in the Berkshires.

Starting at 11 a.m., meet classic car owners for a family tour of their vintage vehicles, which will be on view throughout the day in front of the Museum. Kids will be invited to vote on their favorite automobiles, with a winner awarded later that afternoon. At 12 p.m., join Museum Curator of Education, Tom Daly for a talk that explores Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of automobiles and car culture. At 1:30 p.m., meet Dean Forsman of Donovan’s Motors, who will lead a discussion on collecting vintage cars.

From 12 to 3 p.m., create your own retro, futuristic, or scary artwork, with pumpkins available for painting. Find inspiration from the art on view, including Rockwell’s classic works, the quirky cartoons of Roz Chast, or a trip back in time through Norman Rockwell’s original Stockbridge studio, reinstalled to look as it did in the year 1960.

At 3 p.m., meet local artists/filmmakers Robert U. Taylor and Dai Ban, who worked on the acclaimed Back To The Future Ride Film for Universal Studios. Created by film visionary Doug Trumbull, learn about the process of bringing the film to life —literally up the road from the Museum—in the Berkshires.

At 4:30 p.m., join us for a special screening of the new documentary, “Back in Time.” Exploring the impact the “Back To The Future” movies have had on our culture, the film not only looks at the unique story and time machine made out of a DeLorean, but also features interviews with fans; collectors; Executive Director, Steven Spielberg; Director Robert Zemeckis; Writer Bob Gale; and the movie’s stars, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and more. Space for the 1 and 1/2 hour movie is limited; pre-registration is recommended.

Throughout the day, enjoy golden oldies from the 1950s to 1980s, with M. ob Entertainment spinning tunes and offering karaoke for visitors interested in showcasing their best Marty McFly. Vintage and futuristic cosplay is encouraged, with a number of art and auto photo opportunities available. Light refreshments, the Museum’s terrace café, and a number of food trucks will also be available onsite during the day of the event.

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. For more information, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2221.

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