WindhamARTS is dedicated to promoting the Arts, Cultural Resources, Tourism, and Economic Development of the Northeast Connecticut Region.
WindhamARTS was organized in 1999 by arts & community organizations and?individuals to foster and promote the arts and cultural life of the Windham Region. We have since become the State of CT, Office of the Arts’ Designated Regional Service Organization for Northeast CT.
We are proud to serve and support the rich heritage of all Northeastern Connecticut. Communities currently served include: Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Scotland, Willington, and Windham.
Higher Edge guides low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success.
Knight House – ECSU
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country. Since its inception in 1868, the Order of Elks has grown to include nearly 1.2 million men and women in almost 2,200 communities.
The B.P.O. Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism. To that end, Elks have now disbursed over the Order’s 142 years more than $2.69 billion in cash, goods, and services to the nation’s youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged and handicapped, and in support of patriotic and civic programs. In the 1998-99 fiscal year alone, the B.P.O. Elks expended in such fashion over $160 million, and the Order ranks as one of the largest private providers of college scholarships in the nation.
The Elks have created a quiet network of good deeds that has profoundly changed millions of lives for the better, yet there is little public awareness of the impact of their vital work. Why is this so? Quite simply, the Elks have rarely sought recognition, neither have they gone to the general public with fund-raising efforts nor received monies from any level of government. Indeed, the flow of money and goods moves in the opposite direction: the Elks donated to the government the first veterans hospital; contribute regularly to schools and police and fire departments; and assist the young and the needy throughout this great nation.
How could this powerful force have come into being? And where does all this charitable giving come from? From the generous hearts of Elks members whose willingness to share, whose prudent long-term planning, and whose time devoted to serve–for free and with enthusiasm–infuses the Order with an exuberant and enduring expression of the true volunteer spirit.
Of note is that the elected leadership of the B.P.O. Elks–from the Exalted Rulers of the local Lodges to the national president, known as the Grand Exalted Ruler, and other decision-makers at the various levels–serve without salaries.
The organization of the Elks is democratic representation, with overall statute
3rd Thursday Street Fest welcomes YOU from May through September. Join in the celebration of community, diversity, and warm weather delights. Featuring over 100 local vendors ranging from crafts goods and artisans to food trucks and 4 musical stages for diverse auditory appetites, the Fest will enhance and enliven your spirit. You are invited to socialize in the beer garden, take in the live street performances, or dance into the night! There is also always fun for the kids! Bring the children to the numerous free activities especially for them!
Brought to you by Willimantic Renaissance, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to revitalize downtown Willimantic by celebrating diversity, building community, and attracting consumers. 3rd Thursday Street Fests are truly a community event.
Free Parking Free Admission 6 – 9pm
Volunteers are always needed and welcomed!
To register as a vendor or merchant:
For questions and information regarding vendors and merchants contact:
For information regarding music, bands, street performances, and other Fest entertainment contact:
Become a sponsor or friend of the Fest! Please click below to donate:
For any further questions: