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Litchfield Merchants Team Up for a Holiday Event

By Daniela Forte

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LITCHFIELD—The holiday season is here, and the luminarias will be lit Dec. 5 for the first Light up the Commons: Holiday Open House event, which will take place in the Litchfield Commons Plaza on Route 202. It begins at 5 p.m.

Participating businesses include Litchfield Saltwater Grille, Litchfield Hills Wine Market, Pet Acoustics, DPZ North Hair Salon and Vintage Twist.

“How great it is that all the business owners are getting together to display our strengths … and what we really have to offer. And what a great way to do that, especially this time of year when people are getting out and getting to know us,” said Janet Marlow, owner of Pet Acoustics.

According to a release, the event is billed as “An Evening of Gourmet, Glitz and Glam” and invites guests to follow the luminarias and help kick off a toy drive to benefit The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. One unwrapped toy per person is asked as admission fee.

Brett Clugston, owner and sommelier at Litchfield Saltwater Grille, called the event a progressive dinner party.

It begins at Litchfield Hills Wine Market in the plaza for a “Holiday Wine Picks” launch. Owner Michael Higgins will offer some great holiday wine picks to bring to holiday parties or enjoy with family members.

Ms. Marlow will also give out festive dog treat bags for the holidays.

According to Dawn Blom, owner of DPZ North Hair Salon in Litchfield and DPZ on West in Danbury, they will be doing quick tips on how to get glamorous for the holidays. They will teach guests how to go from a day look to an evening look if there is a party to attend after work.

“We will have our massage therapist there from DPZ on West, who’s going to be doing chair massage, so anybody can bring their significant others. Men will not be bored,” said Ms. Blom.Also at the Wine Market, Janet Marlow, whose Pet Acoustics is located in The Cove on Route 202 in Bantam, will take over and explain how to ease the holiday stress in pets.

“I will be at Michael Higgins, setting up solutions for pets so people can understand how stressed out they get [when] the first 25 relatives walk in for Christmas dinner,” said Ms. Marlow.

She developed a sound system with holiday music that takes into account the hearing sensitivities of dogs and cats.

There will also be makeup tips and glitzy items and accessories available.

The next stop is Litchfield Saltwater Grille, where there will cocktails for the holiday season will be mixed and demonstrations led by industry experts. Guests will also have the opportunity to take home recipe cards, according to a release.

Ms. Clugston said another happening at the restaurant will be a port tasting, and the port will be paired with cheeses. A representative of the Sandeman Port Company will show guests how to drink port.

“People are going to be moving about the whole commons,” said Ms. Clugston. “This is just the first year that we’re doing this as a group. I think next year it’s really going to be bigger than ever. It’s going to be really festive.”

Vintage Twist Antiques will also be at Litchfield Saltwater Grille with a “Something Borrowed, Something Blue; Something Vintage, Something New” event. Guests will learn how to set the holiday table with a vintage twist.“It’s basically how to address pets during the holidays and how to give them an environment and especially designed sound system,” said Ms. Marlow of her talk.

“Very Martha Stewart like with a vintage twist,” said Ms. Clugston.

Vintage Twist Antiques will also decorate Litchfield Saltwater Grille for the holidays.

During the evening, there will be live music by singer and guitarist Steve Dunn. His music is rock, pop and contemporary with a twist, and takes place in the lounge at the restaurant.

Ms. Clugston said this event will bring people to this part of Litchfield.

“You don’t automatically think of the Litchfield Commons as a shopping destination place, You always think of the green, and there are a lot of great things up on the green, but this is like the cutest little cobblestone courtyard here,” said Ms. Clugston. “Even a lot of people that live in town don’t even know that this little plaza is here because we are so off the beaten path.”

Ms. Clugston said there are a lot shops between Litchfield center and Bantam that have great appeal.

“Hopefully people will read this from out of town and want to come to Litchfield to go shopping and to Bantam,” said Ms. Clugston.

The first 100 people who come to the event will get a goodie bag from each business participating in this event.

Those wishing to attend the event should RSVP by calling 860-567-4900.

From left, Janel Marlow, Debbie Barrigas, Dawn Blom and Brett Clugston. Photo by Laurie Gaboardi.


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