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Torrington's Main Street Marketplace. A huge success in year two....A vendors look.

POSTED September 05, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As the 2011 Main Street Marketplace gets ready to put a ribbon on their second year in the city, I don’t think it could have gone any better for anybody involved.

Downtown Torrington has been alive with action this entire summer and Litchfield County took to the streets on two Thursday nights and had a blast.

This event has grown in leaps and bounds in it’s first two years. What started as an idea to bring people downtown during the summer to show off what T-Town has to offer has turned into an award winning event that only looks to get better in 2012.

We had a booth on opening night, June 30 and another on July 14.

Our booth was a combination of sports memorabilia and a get to know our web-site happening.

From the moment we arrived on the scene at about 4 p.m. for our set-up time, the mood was electric.

There were volunteers everywhere, putting up tents in a flash while helping confused vendors find their way to their designated spots.

Jessica Hodorski, the tireless organizer of the 70-plus vendors, was a blur of energy and information as she roamed up and down the streets, helping those who needed it.

Hodorski works closely with Rose Ponte, the City Of Torrington’s Economic Director who has done a tremendous job of bringing people to the downtown area over the last five years.

Ponte was a driving force in the creation of the event and will continue to lead it into the future.

What did we get out of it?

Plenty. With our banner firmly secured against the main street wind, people by the hundreds stopped by to see what we had to offer and find out about the exciting things happening at Litchfield County

We sold some cards, hats, shirts and the like while giving out hundreds of business cards to people who have started to check out what we have to offer.

Old friends stopped by and we met a bunch of new ones.

It is a terrific way to get yourself noticed and we certainly did.

There is nothing better than to see a vibrant downtown on any day or night.

My family and I have seen shows at the Warner, attended two graduations at the famed theatre, and have spent our fair share of time in downtown Torrington.

On night one, my wife Deb tried to get us something to eat but found each of the local establishments, The Yankee Pedlar and Backstage, bulging at the seams with people.

A nice problem to have; joints too hopping with business.

We did however, remedy the food situation on our second night when we took advantage of a family connection by having my daughter Kimberly send us over some food from Bachi’s where she works.

In true good daughter fashion, she sent more food than dear old dad could ever eat, but I shared with other hungry folks around me.

Only once, in their last scheduled week, did rain get in the way of a great night.

John Ponte, the late husband of Rose, had delivered near perfect weather for nearly two years of summer Thursday’s. It’s all Rose had asked for when she started this.

Just a little help on Thursday’s. Overall, not a bad record if you only end up with one rain-out in two years. Nice job John!

I, like so many people from around the State and beyond, look forward to year three on the street.

This time though, I may take a week and walk the event myself.

Great job Torrington!


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