Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #63, 29 March 2010

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Torrington, Connecticut

Torrington is located in northwestern Connecticut, where it is the largest city in Litchfield County. Torrington was first settled in 1735, and was incorporated as a town in 1740. It was incorporated as a city in 1923, just 87 years ago. The city is a former mill town. Torrington mills took advantage of the fast moving waters of the nearby Naugatuck River. Here is a map of Torrington.

The city of Torrington is home to the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. The Conservatory trains ballet dancers, many of which perform at the 1700-seat Warner Theater, located at 68 Main Street. The Theater opened in August of 1931, and is currently listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.

Art lovers will want to visit the Artwell Gallery, located at 19 Water Street. Artwell is a not-for-profit community arts organization. Now showing is an exhibition entitled, "An Exquisite Sense of Light." Their printmaking exhibition opens on April 17th, and continues through May 16th. Stillwater Pond

The Torrington Historical Society operates the Hotchkiss-Fyler House and the Torrington History Museum. Both are located at 192 Main Street. The House was completed in 1900, and was bequeathed to the Torrington Historical Society by its last occupant, Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss, when she died in 1956.

The Torrington Campus of the University of Connecticut is located at 855 University Drive. Undergraduate Degree Programs here include Human Development and Family Studies, Business and Technology, Urban and Community Studies, Phychology, and American Studies.

In the planning stages is a Torrington downtown revitalization project. The city hopes to attract residents and visitors to the downtown area and its shopping and cultural opportunities. Areas of discussion include Coe Memorial Park, retail expansions, and accessibility.

Coe Memorial Park and Botanical Gardens is a great place to relax and unwind. Located in the heart of the downtown area, the park contains a Civil War Monument Area in addition to the 31 completely organic formal flower beds.

There are a number of highly recommended restaurants in Torrington. The Winchester Restaurant at 144 Wolcott Avenue features great food, reasonable prices, and good service. Be sure to save room for the chocolate cake!

Scarpelli's Family Restaurant is located at 865 Migeon Avenue. Folks are raving about the Pot Roast, the burgers, and the soup and sandwich combinations. The service is excellent and they have good specials for senior citizens.

A great place to go for breakfast or lunch is George's Restaurant at 1203 Main Street. The salads are a big favorite, but the menu has a number of other fine selections, just waiting for you to try them.

When you're in the mood for pizza, nothing else will do. Make your way to Frank's Pizza at 836 Riverside Avenue. Frank's serves a great NY style pizza backed up by great service and affordable prices. Make mine pepperoni!

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