2005 Summer Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Expect the wacky, the whimsical, and the wonderfully creative when the 8th annual Floatable Artwork Regatta takes to the water on Sunday, July 10 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in Torrington, CT. Past entrants have ranged from a floatable seven-foot high skyscraper to a Loch Monster. Last year's first place winner was a version of ?The Owl and the Pussycat aboard a pea-green boat. The fun-filled event will be held at a convenient new location, Besse Pond near Torrington High School, where large areas of lawn provide ample space for picnics. The day will be especially gala this year as the Artwell Gallery, sponsor of the race, celebrates its tenth anniversary as a volunteer-run community center for the arts. A parade will start the festivities, with masks, costumes and musical instruments available for all the kids and young-at-heart adults who want to march. The regatta is open to would-be artists of any age who want to create floatable art pieces for this one-of-a-kind regatta. Entries may be anywhere from six inches to six feet in length. Winners are judged on originality and artistic merit, but everyone who enters the regatta receives a small prize. Registration for entries will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on the day of the race, July 10. The rain date is July 17. Everyone will be cheering for their favorite racers in the Rubber Ducky Dash, a contest of bathtub sized yellow rubber ducks. Many of the 30 to 40 ducks in the race are sponsored by area businesses to help support the event. There will be other family fun, as well, with a scavenger hunt, and lots of games. Area musicians often appear, providing entertainment during the afternoon. The Artwell Gallery, located at 19 Water Street in Torrington, was formed in 1995 to provide a space where area artists can meet and mingle. It has grown into a regional center for the visual and performing arts, with a dozen exhibitions each year and many special events and performances for adults and for children. Information on the Floatable Artwork Regatta is available at 860-482-5122 or at the website www.artwellgallery.org. For more information on spring scenery and activities and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the region, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273, call 800-663-1273 or "visit Northwest Connectiucut website!"