More than a half-century after they posed for roles in Norman Rockwell paintings, former models smiled for a picture in Southwestern Vermont.
They came to Arlington from all over the state and country to re-connect with each other and the art that binds them together.
Ruth Skellie McClenitian remembers, "He was looking for a girl with red hair freckled face, brown eyes and pig tails."
McClenitian became one of the famous illustrator's first models after Rockwell moved to Vermont in 1939. She didn't like pigtails much, but her father loved the final print.
"It came out in September and when Dad heard about it, he rushed down to the drug store and he picked up every single Saturday Evening Post with the picture on it." said McClentian.
Don Trachte is one of the last subjects from the area immortalized by Rockwell before the artist left for Massachusetts in 1953.
"He had what I call a rubber face, he would walk up to you and he'd make big faces. Frankly life went on, we took our five dollar modeling check and spent it, and that was it." said Trachte.
As a six-year old he says he felt awkward holding a girl's hand, but with time realized the indelible mark the artist left on him and others.
Now, he helps organize events like these.
"It's fun for me to because I just love to listen to the stories that they have." added Trachte.
Ruth Skellie McClenitian said, "I think it's great that we can still have a chance to get together, it's really nice."
Rockwell and many of his models are now deceased. But his works along with those in them are keeping the memories alive.