Atkinson's 250th Celebration Vintage Market went off with a BANG.....literally!!! I was near the cannon taking this picture for one of the explosions and it was quite a feeling going through the body. It makes a person think about what it was like way back when, which was the recurring theme at this celebration. I heard that there was a Civil War demonstration to happen as well. As can be seen by this picture, it was a beautiful day for all the fun to be enjoyed.
Paolo, in error I did not ask your mother for permission to use your photo, so I cropped a bit, but still included you. Thank you and thank you for your help as part of the team to assist the vendors in setting up.
Much more was on display inside the Historical Society Building
The organizers had many reminders and hands-on examples of life back then and there was no lack of participation and interest.....from the youngsters......to the adults.
The Historical Society building had many more exhibits and demonstrations that my limited ability to roam could not check out. The life-size forms to the left of the building were there to take photos with and post on Facebook, what fun! There was also some intricate face painting around the corner of the building. It was done by Lil' Peeps Face Painting and was beautiful, colorful and artistic.
Thank you so much Karen, you were such a pleasure!
My very first customer, Karen, was one of my most insightful ever. It seemed like everything I concentrate on, pride myself on and try to get across to others about my items.....she got!! She made me feel that my goals are not lost and unimportant. She bought multiple items, but the best example of her insight was that she purchased one of my newest ideas, the wristlet! Not that the wristlet is a new invention, but I had the idea when at the Made in NH Expo 2017 at the Radisson in Manchester, a woman bought a smaller drawstring bag and adjusted it right in front of me to hang on her wrist so that she could browse and hold items hands-free. I loved that idea!
So then I redid the strings on some of my long eye-glass/iPod size bags and added a flexible bracelet. I made the two on the right below as gifts, but I used one of the ones on the left below on a night out and it freely hung from my wrist while I sat, walked and danced around. As I demonstrated it to Karen, she agreed and purchased one.
My bags for glasses, iPods, etc., that holds just a few items.
These two I made as gifts for a special night out.
Lisa bought this adorable beaded bag and after a little hesitation, she allowed my to take her cheerful picture. And I love taking a group picture and Joanne, Jamie and Kay were so nice to let me. I gave them a long leather string to make the bocote dot inlay heart to hang as a necklace.
Joanne, Jamie and Kay....thanks!
I always feel that music adds so much to festivities and this well-run event felt that way also because there was entertainment all day. As I said previously, I am limited to walk around being a single vendor (had help later in the day, thanks Alyss!) and there was another solo (I think) performer, but I couldn't get away to take a photo. All kinds of great, popular songs were played.
The event was held in Atkinson center at the Dow Common and at the Atkinson Historical Society and the crowds were great.
The Atkinson Historical Society area on the left and the Dow Common area on the right
There were many vendors and artisans for the crowds of attendees to browse as well as a flatbed farmer's market.
Atkinson Historical Building area
The 6th Maine Battery cannon fires were the highlight of the day though. It was only supposed to happen I heard twice, but that was changed to two fires every hour. Everyone would crowd around. It was exciting!
What a terrific event! It was very organized and full of fun, participation and community. If you would like to find out more information about the organizations or performers, just click on the links below and please like and share with your friends to show support to these great participants. If I have any information incorrect, please send me a message so that I can fix it. Thank you!