The Memorial Day Ceremony, held at East End Park, begins with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and the playing of our National Anthem by The Gilbert School Yellowjacket Marching Band. Then the reading of the names of 115 fallen soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War by members of the Soldiers' Monument Commission. During the reading of names, scouts from local troops place a flag for each name read in front of the grandstand. The ceremony closes with the VFW firing squad salute with Bugler and Echo bugler -- Jennifer Collins, Grade 12, The Gilbert School, and Alec Marvin, Grade 8, The Gilbert School. The Soldiers' Monument on Crown Street is open on the first floor from 2 to 4 pm on Memorial Day.
It's Spring – Plant your seeds and grow them in Winsted!
We are encouraged by the many positive developments happening both on and around Main Street. It's exciting to see all of the new businesses opening, the Town's support with Facade Improvement and New Business Start-Up initiatives, Infrastructure Investment Plans and the growing sense of energy and community pride.
In 2021 Friends of Main Street made more memories with our Earth Day Clean up, Summer Concerts in the Park, Halloween Window Painting, a 12 Days Before Christmas giveaway events, maintaining our Food, Brew, Fun & Necessities - shops, take out, inside/out dining, salons, recreation & entertainment listings, while promoting daily and weekly community news.
This year, we are looking forward to extending the flower baskets from Case Avenue to the YMCA (four more baskets), so we need your help. Please consider donating to help us have fresh flowers in our downtown and volunteering for future events. Your support makes a difference in our organization's plans. ❤️
Thank you very much for your support.
President, Friends of Main Street – Winsted
For all you do • For all you are • All our thanks
For supporting and growing our community and vibrant downtown, helping local non-profits, feeding the needy, supporting other startups, renovating and façade/signage improvements while struggling to stay afloat during these challenging times. Friends of Main Street would like to thank ALL our downtown businesses for their perseverance and resilience.
Let's also take a moment to celebrate these diverse businesses and entrepreneurs who opened or expanded their operations in 2021. We wish you all much success in 2022. Let's continue to support and take care of each other. Let's make it a great year!
Note: Studio (Whiting Mills), Loft (Mad River Lofts)
We thank our donors, Northwest Community Bank, for sponsoring community events, Winchester Economic Development Commission and their ribbon-cutting ceremonies, town departments, volunteer boards and commissions, and emergency responders for their help and aid. And Eversource for the gift of newly refurbished decorative poles on Main Street and East End Park with LED lightheads and a fresh coat of paint. Yes, it takes a village, of which we are proud to be a part of since 1999.
We had our largest crowds this season and many were dancing and enjoying themselves!