Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday: Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion

From Deborah Moore, Executive Director
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown is hosting their annual Open Air Market and Festival on Sunday August 28, 2016. The Festival will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. The event is free.

The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where a variety of vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut grown or made products. One can stroll from tent to tent purchasing fresh produce, fruit, cheese, breads and prepared foods. Local artisans, such as potters, painters, and jewelers have been invited to sell their work. Visitors will be encouraged to lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Families can bring their children and spend the day. It will be a day to discover the Wadsworth Mansion, enjoy music and art, and experience the tradition of shopping at an open-air market.

Over eighty Connecticut vendors will be participating this year including: Cold Goats Farm, Ballek’s Garden Center, Cato Corner Cheese, Hometown Bakery, Alison Designs, and Summer Glass. Liv’s Oyster Bar, selling their warm lobster rolls, will be back by popular demand. Grand Gourmet will bring their pizza wagon to sell brick oven pizza.

New food temptations include Cyr’s Bbq.

Children’s and musical entertainment will be featured throughout the day. The Middletown Symphonic Band will play from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and Jazz Affair will entertain from 12:00-1:45 p.m. Legacy Coverage will close out the musical entertainment. Docent-led historical tours will be given by the Friends of Long Hill Estate throughout the day.

Convenient shuttle parking will be available from Snow School and Vinal Tech. Additional parking is available at Snow School, Mercy High School and Vinal Tech.

For a complete listing of performers and vendors visit

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