Shown here, the outdoor screen on which we showed Back to the Future II on Saturday, August 29. Over 100 people came to watch the time paradoxes that ensue when Biff Tannen gets his hands on the sports almanac from the future. It was a truly magical evening where the smell of popcorn drifted over the crowd and the bats swooped in keeping the mosquitos at bay. The sun set over the evening, as music and a series of short film clips (including a historical photograph slide show from the archives) welcomed in our main feature.
The Kent Historical Society, the Hills Film Festival, and the Kent Memorial Library co-sponsored the free-admission event, which was held at the Kent Town Hall rear lawn. The financial sponsors were Peter d’Aprile, owner of Kent Apothecary; Dave Fairty and Anne McAndrew, owners of Backcountry Outfitters/Annie Bananie Ice Cream and Billy Morrison, owner of Morrison Gallery.
The Society is indebted to Frank Galterio of the Hills Film Festival for providing his expertise and equipment all at no cost.
This is an anniversary year for the film. The movie, starring Michael J. Fox, was originally set in 1985 and jumped to the future of 2015. The event was a great way to celebrate the final summer evening before the area kids head back to school. Picnics were set up all around the town hall lawn and Annie Bananie Ice Cream was grilling and scooping! It was a magical evening of making memories.
The Kent Historical Society’s exhibition theme this year “Camps of Kent; Memories of Summer,” was the inspiration for this event.
“This movie is reminiscent of many summer camp memories I had as a child. We were thrilled to be able to share this same experience right here in Kent,” said Melissa Cherniske, a KHS Board of Trustee, who had the original idea to show the movie.