Archive for June 4th, 2010

June 4th, 2010

Weekend Events: Mexican Music and Albanian Food

by LonSeidman

This weekend promises to be a beautiful one, though a chance of thunderstorms may help with the humidity. Here’s a list of some of the events going on this weekend:

All Weekend:
Albanian Festival, 38 Raymond St., Waterbury
This free event will feature dancing, food and culture all weekend long. This is the 5th annual festival sponsored by the Albanian American Moslem Community Center. The event will run Friday until 11pm, Satuday 11 a- 11p, and Sunday from 12 noon until 6 pm. All of the food is home made and some of it has taken days to pepare. Come by to sample dishes of lamb and chicken sishkabobs, rice, vegetables, spinach and cheese pies, baklava and cookies.

Bristol Berry Festival – Imagine Nation Museum, 1 Pleasant St.

Chocolate fountains, jams, jellies and other treats will complement this Strawberry festival. Admission is $6, free for musuem members.

Military Vehicle Show – Golden Age of Trucking Museum
Owners of military vehicles are invited to bring their vehicles to this show from 10 am – 4 pm
Free admission to all active duty military from now to Labor Day to this and the main museum.

Miraculous Picture of Our Lady of Gaudalupe – St. Maria Goretti Church

This miraculous photo – only one of two replica relics in existence will appear at the church from 1 pm until 4. This photo was blessed by Pope John Paul II and the appearance by the Lady was poclaimed as Patroness of the Americas. Mexican musicians will accompany a procession and a brief talk on the photo and miracles surrounding this picture will take place at 2 pm.

Naugatuck’s Duck Day – 11 am -4 pm – A duck race and festival will take place along Water St. Thousands of rubber ducks will race down the river. Tickets for the race will be sold from 11 am- 1 pm. The Rubber City Blues Band will also perform.

All Month Long: Taste of Wolcott
Enjoy pri-fix lunches at $10.10 or dinners for 20.10 from Sunday – Thursday between now and June 30th at the following restaurants:

Bin 300 – 300 Wolcott Rd. 879-5858
J & M Restaurant 1512 Wolcott Rd. 879-2568
JD’s Roadhouse 1189 Wolcott Rd. 879-9554
La Fortuna 388 Wolcott Rd. 879-5128
Mona Lisa Restaurant 10 Wakelee Rd. 879-7300
Limosines Plus 879-0423 – 20% off Limo Service to any participating restaurant!

June 4th, 2010

Pizza Place Closes, May Re-Open

by LonSeidman

Goodfellas’ Pizza on Wolcott Rd. has closed again. After being open last year with a tasty Italian flavor, the latest re-start by another resident has again failed. A note on the door says the business will re-open pending new ownership.

Wolcott already has ten pizza restaurants, seven of them on Wolcott Rd. For many years the “one more” pizza place has been a struggle in a town with only 16,000 residents. Adding to the difficulty of opening a new small business in a tough economy is that many small businesses fail in their first year. Advertising and getting brand new customers in the doors is what will give these busineses promise to stay open or to cut their losses within a few months.

At the Whisper, we regret to see Goodfellas’ latest owner give up on his quest and hope the next one will have a better run. After speaking to the owner, we hoped to give him a little spotlight in this space, but even our time has been consumed. So we’ll appeal to you, the reader. Let’s give these and other business owners some publicity and a fighting chance to add a little something to our town. If you would lke to write for the Whisper, please contact us. Business profiles and othe stories of interest are always welcome. As we drive along the byways in town, we often wonder what’s being made or built behind some of the factories and walls around us. Or who’s idea it was to start a new business.These help our town tick. Be a part of it in letting yoru neighbors know too!