Weather fails to derail Norman's Attic

ARLINGTON — Despite a last-minute postponement from Saturday to Sunday, locals and visitors enjoyed the 23rd annual Norman's Attic in Arlington.

St. James' Episcopal Church moved one of Yankee Magazine's top Vermont summer events from Saturday to Sunday due to the predicted thunderstorms and rain showers.

The decision paid off favorably, as Sunday was the perfect early August day for a town-wide tag sale and celebration on the Arlington town green.

John Miller, the church's priest since December 2017 and a Cambridge resident, greeted attendees with a smile. In his perspective, Norman's Attic is the perfect opportunity for the church to connect with the Arlington community.

"This event allows us to show who we are. We are welcoming, friendly people who want to bring people [to the area] and be of service to this community," Miller said.

Tents and even a mobile bus boutique lined Route 7A in the center of town. Fifty plus vendors offered a range of goods from leather bags and clothing, to handmade jewelry and handcrafted pottery, to vintage records and maple syrup.

John and Marge Currier of Adams, Mass., have sold a variety of leather items at Norman's Attic for roughly twenty years. "The atmosphere is very nice in Arlington.

The people who run it are superb. It's really nice working with them as vendors, and the buyers are pleasant," John said.

Angela Milligan, a native Vermonter, has attended Norman's Attic in the past. However, this was her first year as a vendor, selling children's bows and clothing. "The event brings a lot of traffic into town. It's a large, local event and well known too. People travel to be here. I'm excited to be a participant this year," she said.

Many residents looked forward to seeing members of the community at the craft show and showing out of towners how community-focused Arlington is.

"Every year I look forward to the people, the Cloggers and all the activity. It's fun to look around," said Arlington resident Ellen Quinn.

The event that gets its name from beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell, who resided in Arlington, continues to attract people from far and near. Jennifer Stock's family invites her to visit town every summer during the time of Norman's Attic.

"It's pleasant to get away from the city and madness of New York. Everyone's friendly and generous-spirited. The collegiality of it is so appealing. People seem just as excited to chat as they are about selling stuff," she said.

Gail Albright, the church's organist, performed a musical interlude at 1 p.m. And throughout the afternoon, members of the church manned the grill, providing hamburgers, hotdogs and additional picnic fare.


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