by Patricia Grandjean
Jun 29, 2011
02:20 PMBox Office
More than 70 crafts exhibitors, a farmers market, outdoor dining, street performers and evening jazz concerts are just a few of the attractions offered at Torrington's Main Street Marketplace, which kicks off tomorrow 5-9 p.m. for its second summer on the downtown streets. Running every Thursday through Aug. 25, its weekly highlights include:
The Street Beat Open Jam Session, acoustic sets open to the participation of all comers;
The Northwest Connecticut Art Out, in which regional artists create their works on the street as the marketplace swirls around them;
A public knitting circle with weaving and spinning demonstrations;
A Local Authors Spotlight at the Torrington Library, allowing visitors to meet and greet their favorites;
The Litchfield County Screen Project, a multimedia art installation showcasing works in short vignettes projected on screens in downtown storefront windows;
A weekly afterparty starting at 9 p.m. in Bogey's Restaurant, with complimentary appetizers and music by Jacques Williams.
A weekly free outdoor film festival, also at 9, presented by Connecticut Academy for the Arts (beginning with a screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
Tomorrow's schedule features performances by The Blue Grass Boys, the Matica Strolling Circus Performers and The Rob Zapulla Jazz Band—and at 8 p.m., don't forget, the Warner Theatre hosts Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers for a night of bluegrass. In upcoming weeks, look for Torrington's first Equity theater production (The Last Train to Nibroc), award-winning jump-rope squad The Forbes Flyers and "Christmas in July" (a visit from the National Association of Santa Clauses).
Arrive early and take a walking tour of T-Town's many National Register of Historic Places sites (and the abundant art deco architecture), check out the Artwell Gallery, the Torrington Historical Society and Brazen Betties (a boutique devoted to creations by Connecticut artists and designers). Or dine at one of it's acclaimed restaurants: The Venetian, Anthony's and Bachi's Ristorante.
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