Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
The growing multi-faceted Connecticut Film Festival celebrates its fifth season June 2-7 with six jam-packed days and night's featuring130 films, 100 musical performances and over 100 professional educational events. Festival goers also will be able to discover some of the many attractions of Danbury, Connecticut, in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, where two dozen locations, from the Danbury Ice Arena to the Ives Concert Hall will be home to these events.
Many films will be shown at the 1928 Palace Theater, a one-time art deco showplace that had been closed for 13 years until the festival inspired a continuing renovation that allowed its reopening as a main venue last year.
Other events will take place at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), known for its active music and theater arts programs. The midtown campus, where buildings are connected by landscaped avenues with benches and street lamps includes two theaters in Berkshire Hall and the 780-seat Ives Concert Hall, honoring the memory of Danbury native composer Charles Ives.
The Westside Campus of WCSU, on 3640 acres just three miles from downtown, is home to the Ives Concert Park, a unique summer outdoor amphitheatre accommodating 5500. The campus includes a preserve of 40 wooded acres, offering a pond and public hiking trails. One of the dirt trails through the woodlands and wetlands of the preserve is a wild flower amphitheater in a flat region beneath cliffs that is especially lovely in spring.
Danbury has several other special attractions for visitors. The popular Danbury Railway Museum offers rides on vintage trains in the rail yard on weekends April through November. The Museum also displays over sixty vintage locomotives and railroad cars, with several open for tours, as well as four operating model train layouts.
The Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority maintains the John and Mary Rider House (c. 1785) featuring exhibits reflecting the foundation of Danbury and life in the town before, during and after the Revolutionary War. The complex includes the John Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790) displaying the variety of hats manufactured when Danbury was a noted hat-making center and showing the processes used in hat production. Also under the auspices of the Museum is the Marian Anderson Studio celebrating the life and accomplishments of the famed singer who was a Danbury resident, and the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winner and father of modern American music, Charles Ives.
One of the unique Danbury offerings is the Military Museum of Southern New England displaying dioramas representing a cross section of twentieth century military history.
Outside are a number of World War II vintage tanks that can be explored during regularly scheduled Open Turret days.
Danbury's uniqueness extends to lodging. The Ethan Allen Hotel, down the hill from the corporate headquarters of the well known furniture manufacturer, is elegantly furnished with classic Ethan Allen decor.
And when it comes to dining, Danbury offers a variety of choices from the four-star Bangkok, where charming waitresses serve authentic Thai food in traditional dress, to Ondine Restaurant voted Best French Restaurant in Fairfield County by readers of Connecticut Magazine every year since 1998.
For more information on Danbury and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest CT Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.
For a detailed schedule of the Connecticut Film Festival, see www.ctfilmfest.com