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.
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