Pintastic NE 2019 The Big Finish

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Pintastic NE 2019 The Big Finish

Sun­day is the “extra” day of Pin­tas­tic NE added a few years into the event. By Sun­day morn­ing only one ven­dor remained and their machines with them, the extra ball lounge was closed and the machines moved into the freeplay room to make up for those who had left.

Nev­er­the­less there were dozens of machine still there to play and the South­ern New Hamp­shire Pin­ball Club was still there leav­ing some machines for folks to play while oth­ers were being packed up.



They where not the only peo­ple who were deter­mined to stay as late as pos­si­ble to give those who paid for a pass their money’s worth



The num­ber of machine he brought was amaz­ing as you could see from this very full Truck



That’s quite a haul but even that batch of machine is dwarfed by the 28 pin­ball machines that Gabriel D’Annunzio the founder of the feast brought. As always he was the last there and those who lin­gered to the very end were still play­ing a few machines as he packed other up paus­ing only for our annual final interview



That ends the story of Pin­tas­tic NE in Stur­bridge as it moves to Boxbor­ough next year but there is one final story left that is told by the image that leads this post, (albeit with the wrong date because I never both­ered to fix it)

If you are famil­iar with my “Inter­views with Immi­grants” series (If you’re not I highly rec­om­mend it as some of my best work) you might remem­ber Hanna from Iraq. That sun­day she had gone off with my wife shop­ping and turned up around 2:30 PM and sur­prised me there.

Hanna had never played a pin­ball machine in her life and so I took the time to intro­duce her to a few. She played one game of Okto­ber­fest, and enjoyed a game of Willie Wonka with my son but absolutely fell in love with Tales of the Ara­bian Nights for­sak­ing both a clos­ing ice cream and the time she planned to get home to play it.

The joy I saw on her face in the game was the joy I saw on many that week­end, chil­dren and adults in play­ing the games, in meet­ing the cast of Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory and in shar­ing the hobby they enjoy so much with others.

That’s what Pin­tas­tic NE is, come down and see it for your­self next year, June 25th through the 28th at the Regency Hotel in Boxbor­ough, Massachusetts.


This site and our Pin­tas­tic NE cov­er­age is paid for by you. If you think what we do worth­while please con­sider sub­scrib­ing to help keep our writ­ers and the bills paid.


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Either way it’s most appreciated.

Sunday is the “extra” day of Pintastic NE added a few years into the event. By Sunday morning only one vendor remained and their machines with them, the extra ball lounge was closed and the machines moved into the freeplay room to make up for those who had left.

Nevertheless there were dozens of machine still there to play and the Southern New Hampshire Pinball Club was still there leaving some machines for folks to play while others were being packed up.

They where not the only people who were determined to stay as late as possible to give those who paid for a pass their money’s worth

The number of machine he brought was amazing as you could see from this very full Truck

That’s quite a haul but even that batch of machine is dwarfed by the 28 pinball machines that Gabriel D’Annunzio the founder of the feast brought. As always he was the last there and those who lingered to the very end were still playing a few machines as he packed other up pausing only for our annual final interview

That ends the story of Pintastic NE in Sturbridge as it moves to Boxborough next year but there is one final story left that is told by the image that leads this post, (albeit with the wrong date because I never bothered to fix it)

If you are familiar with my “Interviews with Immigrants” series (If you’re not I highly recommend it as some of my best work) you might remember Hanna from Iraq. That sunday she had gone off with my wife shopping and turned up around 2:30 PM and surprised me there.

Hanna had never played a pinball machine in her life and so I took the time to introduce her to a few. She played one game of Oktoberfest, and enjoyed a game of Willie Wonka with my son but absolutely fell in love with Tales of the Arabian Nights forsaking both a closing ice cream and the time she planned to get home to play it.

The joy I saw on her face in the game was the joy I saw on many that weekend, children and adults in playing the games, in meeting the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and in sharing the hobby they enjoy so much with others.

That’s what Pintastic NE is, come down and see it for yourself next year, June 25th through the 28th at the Regency Hotel in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

This site and our Pintastic NE coverage is paid for by you. If you think what we do worthwhile please consider subscribing to help keep our writers and the bills paid.
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Of course one time Tip jar hits and always welcome too.
Either way it’s most appreciated.