If you are in town on the Third Thursday of the month between April and October, go to the downtown area. It is closed to car traffic from 6 yo 10 p.m. and is open to only foot traffic. They have a huge festival... Street Fair if you will. All different kinds of Ethnic foods, face painting and such for the kids.. Lots of arts and crafts booths. Best of all there are three different stages set up with live music all evening long. Great fun for the whole family.
Everyone that comes to Willimantic must see the Frog Bridge. There are four frogs, each side of the bridge and they are sitting on spools of thread! I know that there can not be a bridge like this one anywhere else!
The story of the frogs goes somethig like this... Back in the days of the Revolution the townspeople heard the sounds of a great battle, they could hear the screaming from miles away, so they all huttled in their homes waiting for the invasion to commence. When waking the next morning, and there was no invasion, the townspeople came to see thousands of dead frogs. That is what the heard in the night, the Battle of the Frogs. Now the spools of thread come from... Willimantic used to be the leading produce of Thread in the United States. To pay homage to those that worked in the mills, they put the frogs sitting on spools of thread.
Come see our frog bridge that connects Jackson St. to South St. Each ridiculous, stupid frog cost two million dollars a piece. After seeing the magnificent frogs, take a ride around our town. Make sure you visit Windham Heights, Chapman st., West Av. and the infamous Hotel Hooker. As your driving, notice the prostitution, drug dealers, heroin addicts, and the homeless. As your driving notice the amount of people living in poverty in the town, in comparison to the jobs available. Willimantic is a great place to live if you have given up in life, having lost any inspiration whatsoever to make anything of yourself, as you can sit around, smoke crack, shoot up, be a broke ass bum, make babies........and fit right in as a decaying piece of insignificant matter, as you wait to die. Or, you can live here, having not given up your dreams and you can take one day at a time while still having a goal and ambition for success --and you can look up to the frogs and wonder " Why the *** did they spend so much money on those stupid ***ing things."