Litchfield Hills Creative Festival to fill downtown Torrington with music, art and more

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TORRINGTON – A festival featuring live music, art, and activities for kids and adults will fill the city’s downtown core, and the only thing that’s not certain is the weather.

“Fingers crossed for the weather,” said Steph Burr, executive director of the Northwest CT Arts Council, which is hosting the festival in downtown venues on Saturday. “I’m going to run around taking pictures all day.”

The council organized the Litchfield Hills Creative Festival by reaching out to local artists and musicians to gauge interest, and the idea sprouted from there, Burr said.


“My colleague Maddie Stenson, who is our program director, invited a group of people to discuss it, and it’s since a collaborative project,” Burr said. “We let them each decide how they wanted to be involved. It got pretty big and pretty collaborative. It’s gonna be so cool.

Council members will sell water at kiosks in Franklin Plaza and Coe Memorial Park, Burr said. In the square, vendors plan to sell art and handmade crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Coe Memorial Park, bands play live music.

“Our idea was not to take over any place, but to let everyone be where they wanted to be,” she said. “The response from different organizations has been tremendous. “

The live music is sponsored by Red Room Sound Studio and the Warner Theater, with performances by Mike Cobb, Write Offs and Red Hots, and ends with a performance by Corey Glover of Living Color and Friends.

Also at the park, the Warner Stage Company presents two free performances of “The Stinky Cheese Man” for children and families.

Music sponsors are Flying Key Entertainment LLC / Red Room Sound Studio, Cook Funeral Homes, AKC Fund, and the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Building Healthier Communities Fund. Sound is provided by Orangetruck Audio and sponsored by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Eyes on Litchfield and Tommasina Pasqua Sideris, Litchfield Dental Associates and Dr Steven Sideris.

Street musicians playing their own music will be present at various locations around downtown, hosted by Rock Yer Block, and a walking tour of an open artist studio downtown is planned. Other participating organizations include Torrington Library, KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Water Street Potters, Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and Mental Health CT Mending Arts.

“We are delighted to host an event like this in the region and we are very grateful for the support of our collaborating organizations and sponsors,” said Stenson. “When we all come together as a community, we can create a unique and special experience for everyone. We hope this event grows organically over time and catches the interest of those who are not already familiar with all the creativity of Litchfield County.

“It’s all for families and adults,” Burr said. “We are really happy to have a bit of something for everyone.”

In addition to the many free events that run throughout the day, visitors can have lunch or dinner at a downtown restaurant and tour the many businesses and galleries on Main, East Main and Water Streets.

For more details on the Litchfield Hills Creative Festival, visit artsnwct.org/litchfield-hills-creative-festival/

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