3rd Thursday Street Fest
July 17, 2014
Historic Downtown Willimantic
On a hot summer night in July, what better way to beat the heat than a ride along eastern Connecticut’s cool country roads to Willimantic’s 3rd Thursday Street Fest? We'll save a special parking spot for you, if you approach our Historic Downtown eastbound on Main Street or via High Street. Have some dinner, duck into a downtown merchant for some AC and shopping, dance in the streets, then a nice cool ride back home. Aaahhh.
Enjoy the music from 5 stages as you stroll down Main Street. It’s rock and roll month! Depending on where you are standing and when, expect pop/rock, classic rock, hard rock, southern rock. OK, let’s mix it up with some Texas Country, Blues, folk, and a gospel jam. The Capital Theater Arts Academy will be performing selections from their summer production of “Brigadoon” in Way Uptown. We top it off with something completely different and very special: the New Inca Son. Dressed as either their Inca forebears, with feathers and gold earrings, or in the resplendent wool ponchos still worn in the Andes Mountains, Inca Son is, in the words of Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, “the indispensable cultural ambassadors of this nearly lost South American folk tradition. Their music is of the highest caliber.” You’ll find the complete schedule at www.WillimanticStreetFest.com.
At the monthly 3rd Thursday Street Fests, there is always something for everyone. In July, Johnnie’s Childrens’ Area will be back on the street in front of the library. And, we’ll have face painting, a bounce room, a climbing wall, and more.
On Church Street, teens will enjoy the 3 on 3 basketball challenge. Or, bring your skateboard or bmx bike and have fun on the ramps on North Street.
The whole family will love a horse-drawn wagon ride to benefit the Mill Museum, leaving from Railroad Street in the Downtown section. What fun!
As you stroll down the street, you can choose from an amazing selection of quality, local, ethnic foods: Mexican, Syrian, Indian, Puerto Rican, BBQ, Jamaican, and all kinds of American foods. Now that’s diversity! Yes, there’s pizza, hamburgers, and hotdogs, too.
On your walk back to your bike, sample an array of desserts: delicious cannolis, cupcakes, fresh fruit, and home-made ice cream or ices. Yes, there’s fried dough, popcorn, cotton candy, and kettle corn, too.
Indulge, then quench that thirst with a Hosmer Mountain Soda, or head to the Beer and Wine Garden to sample a refreshing micro-brewed beer. Proceeds from the sales of beer and wine are used to fund the festivals and bring us that great entertainment. We also sell special buttons for only $5 to show that you support the Fests. As a bonus, you’ll get a 20% discount in the beer and wine garden all season.
Shoppers can browse at downtown merchants, like Swift Waters Artisans Coop, featuring all locally made goods. Or Kerri Gallery, with bags, cards and artwork by outsider artist, Kerri Quirk. Don’t miss the BENCH SHOP, with the best card selection in CT, as well as incense and smoking goods. On the street, we showcase over 50 local and regional vendors with handmade jewelry, body arts, candles, home improvements. You’re sure to find that one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person in downtown Willimantic. In August, we'll be featuring crafters and makers from all over the region.
All this is packed into 3 hours on a Thursday night. You won’t want to miss a minute of the fun: July 17th from 6-9 pm. The Festival and Parking are Free. For info: 860.450.0918, but it’s all at: www.WillimanticStreetFest.com