Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Torrington

Antiques

Remember When

A little bit of every era, from Victorian times to the 1970s, is on display here. The original and restored lighting section is particularly interesting. Upstairs, you’ll sometimes find a speakeasy. Shhh . . .

www.remwhen.com

Arts

Five Points Gallery

Located in a historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a non-profit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces, and has earned the reputation as one of Connecticut’s outstanding contemporary art venues.

Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street, Torrington

860.618.7222
jmcelhone@fivepointsgallery.org
www.fivepointsgallery.org

Warner Theatre

Originally built in 1931, this beautiful building has been fully restored and now provides entertainment for us in many forms: comedy, opera, state of the art digital cinema, dance, concerts, plays, and musicals. Check out their calendar of events on their website.
www.warnertheatre.org

Causes

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) is a non-profit organization that breeds and trains dogs to become service dogs. Their mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs. They have a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of a specific population: veterans, persons living with disabilities, children as young as two with Autism, and facilities.

ECAD is always looking for volunteers to help train the dogs, take them home on the weekend, and raise awareness through events.

P.O. Box 831 Torrington, CT 06790

www.ecad1.org

860.489.6550

FISH NWCT

The mission of FISH NWCT is to provide the most basic of human needs – food, shelter and hope. Since opening its doors in 1972, FISH has evolved into the largest emergency homeless shelter (35 beds) in the NWCT corner, providing families, individuals and veterans a safe and secure haven as they await permanent supportive housing, as well as serving the residents (over 1500 annually) of area communities as a food pantry.

FISH NWCT appreciates and depends on the generosity of community neighbors to support our food pantry and homeless emergency shelter programs. Be sure to look on their website to find ways to help.

332 South Main Street, Torrington, CT

www.fishnwct.org

860.482.7300

Heritage Land Preservation Trust

The Heritage Land Preservation Trust (HLPT) is an independent nonprofit organization, founded in 1968. They have saved over 600 acres of land, and helped residents and landowners protect and conserve their land, forests, farmlands, ponds and rivers by creating public nature preserves. Their mission is to act as stewards of the land, waterways and wildlife entrusted to us by landowners, in perpetuity; and to engage in and otherwise promote the scientific study of and to educate the public in regard to the preservation of surrounding natural resources.

The HLPT is always in need of the time and expertise of new volunteers.

PO Box 596, Torrington CT, 06790

www.heritagelpt.com

860.294.4660

Kitty Quarters

Kitty Quarters is an all volunteer, all-cat rescue, adoption, and education center. Their mission is to pair cats with people, to benefit both. It is a place where people and cats can benefit from a unique approach to rescue and adoption.

If your heart is big enough, your body strong enough, and your love deep enough to fill this critical role in our community, Kitty Quarters wants you as a volunteer.

1188 New Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT 06790

www.kittyquarters.org

860.482.2888

Litchfield County 4-H

The Litchfield County 4‑H club empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. Through life-changing 4‑H programs, nearly six million kids and teens have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.

Volunteers play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of those in the 4‑H Youth Development program. Join the Litchfield County 4-H club as a volunteer today.

843 University Drive, Torrington, Connecticut

www.4-h.org or www.4-h.uconn.edu/LitchCo/

860.626.6240

Prime Time House

This outstanding agency provides assistance to adults with serious mental illness. Prime Time House helps these individuals to find their personal pathways to independence and productivity including employment, education, housing and friendship.

Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

www.primetimehouse.org
860.618.2479 ext. 102

Susan B. Anthony Project

Susan B. Anthony Project provides crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services are confidential, free, and available 24/7. They promote the safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and advocate for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.

Their website lists volunteer work and provides a wish list of items for women in need. The project also organizes an “Adopt a Family” program during the holiday season.

www.sbaproject.org
860.489.3798

Torrington Soup Kitchen

The Torrington Soup Kitchen has been providing meals since 1983. It is a place where people come for daily contact with others, as well as a place that provides an opportunity for individuals to meet staff from area agencies and programs for assistance with the many needs and problems they experience. The soup kitchen serves people from all walks of life, including homeless individuals and families, and the working disadvantaged.

Food donations and volunteers are always needed.

www.torringtonsoupkitchen.com
860.482.0130

Fitness

Becoming Balanced

Besides Pilates classes, this studio offers yoga, Zumba, pregnancy yoga, ballet, and more. They also have private classes. Amy Merli teaches yoga and also hosts green events, such as workshops on Eating for Energy.

224 East Main Street

860.309.2709

www.becomingbalanced.com 

Sanctuary Power Yoga

This yoga experience is as chill as it is hot.  The vinyasa power yoga class offers an amazing workout that will strengthen and transform mind, body and spirit. In a heated room. A monthly-unlimited pass for $49 is an incredible value.

23 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
860.496.1500
www.sanctuarypoweryoga.com

Food

Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse

The Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is a great local sugarhouse that is open year round! Free tours available to watch syrup being made during the winter months, February through March. All visits are free, call ahead and book an appointment today! Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is also accessible to the handicapped. Groups welcome!  

998 Saw Mill Road, Torrington CT 

860-489-2719

facebook.com/pages/Brothers-Sons-Sugar-House

 

Marzano Pizza

Tucked away in the shadows of department stores and fast-food joints, you’ll find this wonderful pizzeria that sells consistently good, thin crust, piping hot pizza made from fresh ingredients. Once you taste their wood-fired authentic Neapolitan pizza, you’ll think you’re in Italy. Beer and wine is also sold at this hidden gem that’s worth the trek to the strip mall. Exceptional pizza and yummy salads.

1929 East Main Street
860.618.0875
www.pizzeria-marzano.com

The Venetian Restaurant

Nestle into a cozy booth and savor fresh, homemade pasta (made on the premises from old family recipes from Abruzzo) at the well established Italian Venetian Restaurant. Their ravioli, seafood risotto, and Caesar salad are particularly outstanding. The decor is formal and picturesque with large murals of Venice, upholstered booths, a tin ceiling, and stylish, old-fashioned light fixtures. A good place to linger over your meal with a glass of wine and good conversation. Nice salads. Prix fixe dinner is available. Reservations required on weekends.

52 East Main Street
860.489.8592
www.thevenetianrestaurant.com

Torrington Farmers’ Market

The Torrington Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday from 3 – 6 pm, and every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm, between June 1 – October 26.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
37 Charles St.

Torrington
nwctfarmersmarkets.com

Landmarks

Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum

Built by the Hotchkiss Brothers Company in 1900, this queen Anne-style Victorian house features elaborate woodwork, stenciled walls, original furnishings and a decorative art collection. The museum highlights local history and the carriage house features a working machine shop. Upon completion of the home in 1900, the Fylers and Hotchkisses quickly settled in. The residence remained in the family until the last occupant, Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss, died in 1956. In her will, Mrs. Hotchkiss bequeathed her estate to the Torrington Historical Society. This extraordinary gift included the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum and grounds, the adjacent house (now the history museum), and the Carriage House.
192 Main Street
www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

Warner Theatre

Built as a first-run movie palace by Warner Bros. Studios, this elaborate art-deco building was designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb.  Seating 1,772 patrons, the Warner was a stunning example of state-of-the-art technology and lush, elegant surroundings.

The theatre was purchased by the Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts, helping the structure to evade demolition. The theatre then re-opened on May 22, 1983. Today, the Warner Theatre is the largest performing arts center in Northwest Connecticut – over 100,000 patrons attended 200+ public events last season.  These included concerts, professional touring theatre/dance, movies, opera simulcast, community theatre, debates, dance recitals, high school graduations and dance competitions.

68-82 Main Street
www.warnertheatre.org

 

Outdoors

Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse

The Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is a great local sugarhouse that is open year round! Free tours available to watch syrup being made during the winter months, February through March. All visits are free, call ahead and book an appointment today! Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is also accessible to the handicapped. Groups welcome!  

998 Saw Mill Road, Torrington CT 

860-489-2719

facebook.com/pages/Brothers-Sons-Sugar-House

 

Wellness

Blondin Shea Eyecare

Dr. Matthew Blondin has been serving the eye care needs of the Torrington and Kent communities since 1979. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1978. He is both DPA and TPA certified, and currently offers a complete range of eye care services including blood pressure screening and glaucoma testing.

Blondin Shea Eyecare
5 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent

379 Prospect St Suite B, Torrington

860-927-0501

 

 

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