SOUTHINGTON - The 17th Annual â€śTaste of Southingtonâ€ť at The Barnes Museum has been rescheduled to today due to rain on Wednesday.
â€śWe were disappointed that we had to postpone until Thursday, but weâ€™re really looking forward to getting the 17th Annual Taste of Southington going,â€ť said Marie Secondo, curator of The Barnes Museum and event organizer. â€śIt will still be the same, wonderful community event that we always have, just a day late.â€ť
The annual event, which has been exclusively sponsored by TD Bank since 2013, will be held this afternoon, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the museum at 85 N. Main St.
Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs but there will be a dining area set up under a tent. Several booths, featuring local restaurants, will be set up for visitors to sample for a small fee.
â€śNo two restaurants will be serving the same thing,â€ť said Marie Secondo, curator at The Barnes Museum. â€śThere are a lot of ethnic foods as well as American and Italian dishes. We have quite a bit of variety.â€ť
Five new Southington eateries will be participating this year, including CaffĂ© del Mondo, Craft Kitchen, Flair Restaurant, Ideal Tavern and Kettle Bagels. Returning restaurants include Catering by Chef Ralph, Paradise Pizza & Grill, Namaste India, Paul Gregoryâ€™s Bistro, Smokinâ€™ with Chris and Sweet Mango Japanese & Thai Cuisine.
Other activities at the â€śTaste of Southingtonâ€ť will include free face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals provided by Puttinâ€™ on the Ritz for the children.
Crooner Gregory Allen will perform on the veranda, singing favorites from Frank Sinatra, Michael BublĂ© and others, as well as hits from the â€™50s, â€™60s and â€™90s.
On a good year, Secondo said that The Barnes Museum attracts as many as 2,000 people for the event.
â€śThis is a wonderful community event and while it is smaller than the Apple Harvest Festival and the Italian Festival, it tends to draw a lot more people from within town,â€ť Secondo said. â€śOver three-and-a-half hours, people can have fun chatting with their neighbors, members of the town council and local politicians who have let their hair down and are just out to enjoy themselves.â€ť
Visitors will also have a chance to meet the new director of Southington Public Library and The Barnes Museum, Kristi Sadowski.
Secondo said that Sadowski is eager to get to know the community.
The museum will be open for free tours and visitors can come inside to view their exhibit of vintage hats.
â€śThere are more than 200 hats that belonged to the family ranging from the mid-1800s to the 1950s, from ladiesâ€™ bonnets to menâ€™s top hats to World War I and World War II helmets and Bradley Barnesâ€™ driving caps,â€ť Secondo said.
The Barnes Museum was the former home of the Barnes Family and was built in 1836. Bradley Barnes donated the home to the town after his death in 1973.
The museum, which features an extensive collection of the familyâ€™s belongings, has been open since 1974.
For more information, visit southingtonlibrary.org or call the Barnes Museum at 860-628-5426.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .