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Winsted celebrates his birthday with community activities

WINSTED — Winsted’s 250th anniversary celebration includes activities from May 19-21, with a Family FunFest on June 5. Most events are free and families are welcome.

May 19: Little Red Barn Winchester Historical Trivia, 7 p.m. Come with a team or join one and test your knowledge of the town’s history. No charge to enter. Prizes to the best winners.


May 20: Seniors Center 250th anniversary concert in the Seniors Center parking lot, 1 p.m. Music will be offered. Bring your lawn chair and wear your dancing shoes.


Senior Center Senior Breakfast, 9 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches to ticketed members; Call 860-379-4252 x1 before May 19 for a ticket

10:30 a.m. Beardsley & Memorial Library Founding to Flood Book Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Author Virginia Shultz-Charette will present her 250th anniversary memorial book, Winchester, Connecticut: A History from Founding to Flood, followed by refreshments and a tour guided genealogy room

From 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The American Museum of Tort Law, Main Street, will be open and free to visit. See the Flaming Rat and other exhibits. A great opportunity while waiting for the parade.

2 p.m.: 84th Rotary Pet Parade and 88th Laurel Festival Parades. Historic parades combine to produce the Parade on Main Street. Prizes for the winners of the Pet Parade Poster Contest will be awarded at East End Park at the end.

4:30 p.m.: Winchester Green Winchester Green W1N World Wide Special Event Station, Winsted Amateur Radio Club wireless operators joined the American Radio Relay League in 1978. They will host a special event station operating live from the Winchester Green with a special QSL card. Learn about the hobby and importance of radio operators in today’s world.

4:30 p.m.: Winchester Green Community Picnic on Winchester Green where our town began in the 1700s. Bring chairs and/or a blanket and a picnic for your family. Hot dogs and burgers for the kids will be offered. Music by Anne DeMichiel. Tours of the historic church will be organised.

6:15 p.m.: Closing ceremonies at 6:15 p.m. will honor the founding of the city of Winchester, at Winchester Congregational Church, first established by the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut in 1768.

7:00 p.m.: Winchester Grange Dance Winchester Grange Dance, featuring dancing and fun with caller Rich Sbardella in the historic barn building.


9:00 a.m.: Moose fishing tournament for children Etang de Tatro until 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

June 4

East End Park 88th Laurel Festival Ball The Laurel Festival Ball returns to East End Park after the elegant evening of 2019. All are welcome. Tickets can be obtained by calling 860-733-5696.

June 5

11 a.m.: Rowley Fields Kid’s FunFest 250. Food trucks, a rock climbing wall and many other kids’ activities are offered by the Winsted Recreation Department. Everyone is welcome. Details at

Watch the opening ceremonies and the Soldiers Monument Commission play, “Winchester/Winsted: A City of Resilience” at