Norwich Nostalgia Days draws a happy crowd Friday and Saturday
It was a celebration of all things summer Friday and Saturday in Norwich’s downtown core.
While events included a car show, fishing derby, horse-drawn carriage rides and live bands, for many it was the food that was the highlight of the two-day festival.
For Mary-Anne Pender spotting the caterer Kreamy Kakes and Market making poffertjes, or small Dutch pancakes, brought back memories of her homeland.
“I have been here for 50 years and this is the first time I have seen them,” she said. “My heart jumped into my throat.”
The pancakes were so popular that they were sold out by 3 p.m. on Friday.
For others it was the array of vendors at the festival that drew them to the downtown core.
“Being as how it is local, you want to support it,” said Dorothy Kleen. “I like to check out the vendors, sometimes there are quirky things you haven’t seen before.”
On Saturday the Norwich Museum was hosting an archeological dig, mural painting, as well as a tractor show, said Julia Dekwant, a summer student at the museum.
Dekwant said she enjoyed dressing up as a pioneer lady and talking to visitors visiting the downtown Friday.
“I was quick to volunteer,” she said. “I really enjoy my job.”
For woodworker Pete Caron the festival was a chance to show off his scroll saw work and maybe sell a few pieces, he said.
“I like to meet people and see their faces as they look at my work,” he said “Some of them – the expressions.”
Tupperware vendor Cindy Hertwig said she has sold her wares there for 15 years.
“I love the people in Norwich,” she said. “They come and talk to you and they are very friendly. People here support the festival and that is what I like.”