2003 Spring Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com March is the official beginning of hunting season in the Litchfield Hills, not for four-footed quarry but for the special treasures often to be found at those browsers' delights known as flea markets. Those in the know recognize that this scenic corner of Connecticut is headquarters for happy hunting and mid-March is when the fun begins. It marks the opening of the New England's largest outdoor market, the Elephant's Trunk, covering 55 acres on Route 7 south of New Milford and the Woodbury Antiques and Flea Market nearby with over 150 dealers from throughout New England. At the Elephant's Trunk, (860-355-1448), over 300 dealers offer a bit of everything--antiques, tools, plants, books, baseball cards, clothing old and new, weather vanes, used furniture, toys, crafts, electronic equipment, foods and more. The owner's estimate that about 30 percent of the market is antiques, another 15 per cent collectibles for treasure hunters to explore. Weather permitting, the market runs every Sunday. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but savvy shoppers know that one gate opens at 6 a.m. and they are on hand for first pick at the selection. Admission is $1. The popular Woodbury Antiques and Flea Market (203-263-2841), a fixture since 1967, is held on Main Street (Route 6), about 1/4 mile below the junction of Routes 6 and 64 on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through November. The afternoon allows time to visit the 40 upscale antique shops located on Woodbury's historic Main Street. Nor need March winds or April showers deter dedicated Litchfield Hills' flea market fanatics. Some 100 dealers are found year round at New Milford's indoor Maplewood Flea Market (860-350-0454), the biggest in the state, held Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in New Milford's Maplewood Park, 458 Danbury Road. Another year-round indoor treasure trove is Wright's Barn and Flea Market, Wright Rd., off Route 4, Torrington. (860-482-0095). Some 40 dealers are usually on hand, selling antiques and collectibles each Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Book lovers know to time their visits for the first Saturday of the month when the regular book sale goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunts Library on Main Street in Falls Village (860-824-7424). Serious antique collectors should mark the calendar for May 16 and 17th when the 4th annual Litchfield County Antiques Show takes place indoors at the Fair Grounds on Route 63 in Goshen, featuring nearly 40 distinguished dealers. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.