Hill Valley (Georgetown) garners Back to the Future spotlight

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DeLorean owner Ellon Ruschell of Jarrettsville, Md., has emerged from her “time machine” upon arriving in Hill Valley (Georgetown) for Wednesday’s Back to the Future Day celebration. (Sussex County Post).

HILL VALLEY (GEORGETOWN), DE – The long-awaited date in Back to the Future movie lore arrived Wednesday around the globe and most notably in Georgetown – which on this particular day was Hill Valley, Delaware.

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Phyllis Discher of Talleyville, De., poses with one of four DeLorean “time Machines” on hand for the Back to the Future Day event.

Georgetown – Hill Valley for Oct. 21, 2015 as proclaimed by Mayor Bill West – rolled out the red carpet for a Back to the Future Day celebration that featured DeLorean cars, an electrifying re-enactment of sorts, a red carpet screening and even a Save the Town Clock raffle.

“This is such a beloved trilogy and people all over the world have been waiting for this day to come,” said Greater Georgetown Executive Director Karen Duffield. “But I had no idea this would be so big.”

Hundreds of people gathered in and around The Circle, joining millions worldwide in celebrating that iconic date in the second of the three Back to the Future movies.

In Back to the Future II, October 21, 2015 is the date that main character Marty McFly travels from his present-day 1985 to 30 years in the future.

“Back to the Future is such a cornerstone of American film history,” said Philadelphia-area resident Scott McMullan, owner of one of four DeLorean “time machine” cars on hand for the event. “It’s something we have shared since both of my kids were young. It has been such a huge part of our lives. It’s so much more than just a movie. The DeLorean community; the owners are great people. We’ve got generations of love for the movie, the car and the wholesome goodness that it all represents.”

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Sky Brady (Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown), left, entertains on stage, accompanied by Georgetown Mayor Bill West, center, and Sussex County Sheriff Robert Lee. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Tina Coleman).

Southern Delaware Tourism Executive Director Scott Thomas tendered the celebration idea to the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. From there it snowballed, gathering support from the town, county and even the state, whose Office of Facilities Management personnel were instrumental in providing the electrifying effect for the “electrified wire” re-enactment.

“It has been such a fun, cooperative effort to kind of focus on small-town America, which is Georgetown, which is so reminiscent of that community feeling that Hill Valley had. That is why it just fit in. It just made sense,” said Ms. Duffield. “And Scott Thomas from Southern Delaware Tourism, he gets all of the kudos for bringing the idea to me.”

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DeLorean Mid-Atlantic member Scott McMullan, left, of Haverton, Pa., shares information on his DeLorean “time machine.” (Sussex County Post).

Hill Valley’s celebration Georgetown-style included Mayor West’s proclamation of Oct. 21, 2015 as Hill Valley Day, a Save the Town Clock 50/50 raffle and at dusk the “electrified wire” lighting.

While 16 Mile Brewery served specialty BTTF Brew –“1.21 GiGawatt,” popular musician/DJ Sky Brady, dressed for the occasion as movie character Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, spun tunes and served up Back to the Future trivia.

He stayed up late Tuesday night, watching two of the movies in preparing for the big show.

“I made it through the first one and the second one I kind of drifted in and out,” Mr. Brady said, adding “1985 was one of the best years for me. I was a recording artist in Philadelphia and my record came out toward the end of 1985 and beginning of 1986 …”

Four DeLorean “time machines” drew waves of Kodak keepsakes.

“My mother; she loves Back to the Future movies,” said Millsboro resident Carlyn Hudson, who took a break from work to snap pictures.

“I grew up with the movie,” said Sam Savage of Milford. “I was born in 1986; I’ve seen all three since then. It was a huge part of my life.”

“It’s an iconic movie that has been I guess a cornerstone of what movies are,” said Ryan Jester of Milford.

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Taking a page from the movie script, the 50/50 was to raise funds to “save the town clock” on East Market Street, which recently was damaged by what Ms. Duffield’s coined “a lightning fast car. We’re going to raise funds to save the town clock just like they talked about (in the movie).”

Georgetown’s celebration drew regional, nationwide and international interest.

In recent days there was a live radio show interview with a station in Iowa and a call from a television producer in New York from Fuji Television. “And they broadcast to Japan,” said Ms. Duffield. “They had gotten the news.”

Wednesday’s celebration made NBC-TV 10 News in Philadelphia.

Mayor West thanked the Georgetown Chamber and Southern Delaware Tourism for setting the script for a memorable day in Georgetown/Hill Valley history.

“It means a lot with the impact that it has on the town; bringing people together, bringing people out to this lovely town,” said Mayor West.

“What I have gotten so excited about is the focus that it has brought to Georgetown and how cooperative the effort has been,” said Ms. Duffield. “And it has been in the spirit of incredible fun.”

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16 Mile Brewery, based in Georgetown, served up a special brew for the Back to the Future Day celebration. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Tina Coleman).’

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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