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Windsor

Windsor, Connecticut’s first town, has gone from a trading post in 1633 to a prolific agricultural and industry powerhouse in the 1700’s to the attractive suburban center that it is today.

Windsor center is the quintessentially traditional New England town center, clean, attractive, and pedestrian- and family-friendly. It is pleasantly walkable with handsome historic buildings including the Windsor Train Station built in 1869, which now houses several artists’ studios. The Town Green is a gathering place as well as a thing of beauty with old growth trees and a sense of quiet at some times and excitement at others. It is the site of many well-known annual festivals including the Shad Derby (season, parade and festival), Chili Challenge, Summer Concerts and other family friendly events throughout the year.

Windsor residents have reveled in the town’s natural beauty and enjoyed its convenient location at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers from the beginning of recorded time. Windsor is a town with much to offer travelers including, first and foremost, both a sense of, and hands-on experience of, history from the Windsor Historical Society’s changing exhibits and enviable genealogical library to the Luddy Tobacco and Agricultural Museum. For those who want to commune with nature, they can enjoy the natural beauty of Northwest Park with its hiking trails, snowshoe rentals, animal barn, butterfly garden and wildlife exhibits.

Windsor is full of things to do. Here are some ideas:
• Take a shady walk through the River Trails off Palisado Avenue and Mechanic Street
• Go out for some live music and drinks at a local tavern
• Research your family tree at the Windsor Historical Society
• Play golf at Keney Park, designed by eminent course architect Devereux Emmet in 1927
• Kayak down the Farmington River
• Enjoy the latest art exhibit on display at the Windsor Art Center
• Step back in time and browse radio and communications museum

For the tech inclined, there’s an easy-to-use mobile website that anyone can use to walk around and see learn about interesting sites that even lifelong residents of Windsor may not be aware of. Just point your smartphone, tablet or computer to www.TourWindsorCT.org to view the historic sites, points of interest, public art, restaurants, shops, and other interesting local businesses and attractions in Windsor.
Fun facts like these are also available on the site:
- The play and movie Arsenic and Old Lace is based on life of Windsor’s Amy Archer-Gilligan.
- Windsor Center’s volunteer fire company began in 1830 with twenty men, each subscribing $5.
- The oldest surviving stone in any Connecticut cemetery is located in Windsor’s Palisado Cemetery and commemorates Reverend Ephraim Huit, who died in 1644.
- The Route 159 bridge over the Farmington River commemorates Windsor’s famous polka maestro Ray Henry, whose real name was Henry Mocarski.

Windsor has several unique specialty stores and fun coffee joints, especially around its pedestrian- and transit-oriented town center, and several ethnic restaurants in throughout the town, from Indian to Thai, with something for everyone.


Events

Blood Pressure Screening POSTPONED
1st Wednesdays at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 1 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Art Opening Reception POSTPONED
Apr 5 at Council Chambers at Windsor Town Hall
Spring Art Exhibit POSTPONED
Apr 5 at Windsor Town Hall
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Start, Manage, &Grow Your Business
Apr 6 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 7 at Windsor Public Library
Preparing Estate Plan POSTPONED
Apr 7 at Windsor High School, Rm. A114
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
B.P. Educational Sessions
Apr 8 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street
Andy and Judy - Folk Music
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Job Application Appointments
Apr 13 at Windsor Public Library
Kids Acting Workshop
Apr 13 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Animal Friends Storytime
Apr 14 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Board of Directors Mtg
Apr 14 at Chamber Office
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 15 at Windsor Station, 55 Mechanic St
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Programs Committee Mtg POSTPONED
Apr 16 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
POSTPONED: Wine & Beer Tasting
Apr 18 at St. Gabriel Church Hall, 379 Broad Street, Windsor
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lunch Program - 60+ DELIVERY/PickUp
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting POSTPONED
Apr 21 at Chamber office
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Job Application Appts POSTPONED
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Screenprinting &Sustainable Fashion
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour POSTPONED
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 28 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 29 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 5 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Pressure Screening POSTPONED
1st Wednesdays at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at online
Duck Delirium Exhibit last few days
May 7 at 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG Nights at the Bean
May 9 at The Bean @ 226
Windsor Pet Food Pantry and Shelter
May 9 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 12 at Windsor Public Library
Board of Directors Mtg
May 12 at Chamber Office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
B.P. Educational Sessions
May 13 at Windsor Town Hall
Business After Hours
May 13 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Art Demonstration
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 19 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting POSTPONED
May 19 at Chamber office
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Lunch Program - 60+ DELIVERY/PickUp
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Programs Committee Mtg POSTPONED
May 21 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drop in Adult Games at Luppoleto
May 23 at Luppoleto Brewery, 20 Main St Windsor Locks CT 06096
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 26 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Veterans Coffee Hour POSTPONED
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT