13th annual ‘Bubbles & Truffles’ fundraiser to benefit town playground and athletic fields

Friends of Main Street, Winsted, Conn., will host its 13thannual “Bubbles & Truffles” fundraising event on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Crystal Peak wedding and events facility, 164 Torrington Road (Old Route 8), in Winsted.

Wine vendors, craft breweries, a distillery, and food and chocolate vendors will all offer free samples, with order forms provided for patrons to make purchases, in partnership with Ledgebrook Spirit Shop of Winsted. Attendees may also bid on silent auction and raffle items.

Area vendors include Little Red Barn Brewers, Noujaim’s Bistro, and Rowley Grill & Tap, all of Winsted; Norbrook Farm Brewery of Colebrook; and Litchfield Distillery.

“This year $10 from every ticket sold will go toward the purchase of a water fountain and bottle-filling station for the town playground and athletic fields at Rowley Street,” said FOMS Executive Director Lauren DiMauro. Previous beneficiaries include the American Mural Project, the Soldiers’ Monument Commission, and the Pearson School playground.

Tickets are $35 per person and available at these Winsted locations:

  • Friends of Main Street office, 398 Main Street (near the intersection with Elm Street)
  • Town Clerk’s Office and Recreation Department, both at Town Hall, 338 Main Street (next to the post office)
  • Hunny Bunns cafe & bakery, 314 Main Street
  • Morsel Munk outdoor gear, 118 Main Street
  • And, on the day of the event, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Crystal Peak

Tickets may also be reserved by texting 860-866-8460.

For more information, call 860-738-3351 or email Friends of Main Street is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the historic preservation, beautification, and economic growth of Winsted. (Bubbles & Truffles snow date: Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the same location.)

2018 Fall Foliage Festival

The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Winsted between Union Street and Case Avenue.

Attendees of this popular annual event will discover more than 50 exhibits provided by local artisans, businesses, and community organizations, as well as food trucks and live music and other demonstrations. The north (westbound) side of Route 44 will be blocked off from automotive traffic and filled with booths and entertainment of all kinds.

“This year’s festival will feature musical entertainment by Jim Moore, The Klerks, and Michael Hodorsky & Co.,” says Lauren DiMauro, Executive Director of Friends of Main Street, the non-profit organization that organizes the Festival. “Also live broadcasting by radio station WZBG, dance and karate demonstrations, as well as a professional magician. And there’s still time for exhibitors to reserve a booth. Don’t miss it!”

The Fall Foliage Festival is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank, R & M Insulation, Klebe Fuel, William P. Ryan, DMD, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Noujaim’s Bistro, and West State Mechanical. More information is available at the Friends of Main Street office at 398 Main Street, Winsted, by phoning 860-738-3351, or by emailing

Hello and Farewell

by Dr. Robert Beck

The Friends of Main Street Board of Directors would like to announce that Ms. Lauren DiMauro has been selected as the new Executive Director for Friends of Main Street.

Lauren is a 6th generation Winstedian; she loves the town and is dedicated to seeing Winsted thrive. She has extensive knowledge of the town’s history, and a long family and personal tradition of owning businesses in town. (Her first “job” as a young girl was working for her Aunt Rose at the Rose Sullivan Shoppe!)

Lauren has formerly been active as a PTO member at her children’s schools, and served as Chair of the Fresh Air Fund of NYC, where she recruited and vetted foster families for inner-city children who were able to spend summers in suburban CT as a result of her efforts. Lauren has also served in a supervisory position at the Wheeler Group, a Pitney Bowes Company, and was the office manager of The Winsted Journal for 12 years. She and her husband, Santo DiMauro, have also owned and operated a number of businesses in town, including two Car Phone Stores, and John’s Import Deli, which is now owned and operated by her brother-in-law.

Lauren’s knowledge of the town is both intimate and extensive. We think Lauren will be an excellent asset to our Board who will bring us to new, creative endeavors to support local businesses, beautify the town, and attract new business. If you have a chance, please stop into the Friends of Main Street office to say hello to Lauren.

We would also like to bid a fond farewell to a former board member, Mr. Dick Labich, who has moved out of state, and especially to Ms. Helen Ruwet Bunnell, who was the Executive Director of Friends of Main Street for the last 9 years. Helen has moved on to a new position, but will continue to support the board when she can. We wish Dick and Helen all the best.