Sunday, May 24, 2015

#sol15 Times are a' changing in Stormville

Stormville, NY
Memorial Day Weekend

Stormville is close enough to NYC for people to ride up to the country for an afternoon.  It's close enough for people from Connecticut drive over for the day. Thus, the Stormville Flea Market has grown from it's humble 6 table beginning in 1970 to an impressive truck-camper-tent-media strewn event taking place only on holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day). Hands down, it is Stormville's claim to fame and attracts far more people than our next biggest attraction, Green Haven Correctional Facility! 

Last weekend there were the usual vendors hawking tee shirts and kettle corn alongside the dedicated greyhound rescue people. There was also a crew from a reality show, headed by local TV personality Lara Spencer, filming people shopping, presumably with the intent to "flip" their purchase and make money!  There was also some of THE BEST PEOPLE WATCHING on Earth, if you are into that sort of thing.  There were people wearing outfits that made even me, certainly not a fashionista, wonder, "What WERE you thinking?"

There were, however, a few signs that things are always a' changing.  There was an all-the-refills-you-want-soda-vendor (I thought that was an interesting idea, but wondered if they would survive a hot day?).  There was also a sign for an ATM!  Just for the record, there are NO banks in Stormville. However, now I know that a few times a year, you can get cash at the "food court"!  

For those of you who live in a big city or suburbia, that may not seem like a big deal; however, for those of us here in Stormville, who have one pizza parlor, one deli, and one gas station, this is newsworthy! 


Anonymous said...

It's true, times change. In my sister's small town, there's just one theater, and movies show only on weekends. The Pizza Shack and the North Pole are the favorite eating places, but they now compete with McDonald's.

Terje said...

The transformation of everyday life of a small place into a large event center is an interesting one. I can imagine that after the fairs you enjoy the small and quiet again.

LInda Baie said...

It looks like quite a 'happening', Anita, and fun, too. The people watching in crowds like that do make the time interesting. Did you find any bargains?