Mike Valletta


What’s better than being in the city during the holidays? I can’t think of much. The twinkle of the lights. The store windows decked to the nines in holiday cheer. The magic of Rockefeller Center lighting up the city with the best Christmas tree in the world, while people discover the warmth of love while proposing right along side of it. New York City comes alive unlike any other place in the… Read More

What is it about small town U.S.A? They just get everything right. The charm of the people. The perfectly lined streets decked out ever so vividly for the holidays. Visions of yesteryear floating through your head instead sugarplums. What are sugarplums? The nearby town of Stockbridge, MA is perhaps center stage for all small towns. Nestled in the Berkshires, it is surrounded by foothills and with very little cell phone coverage. The… Read More

“Get the turkey! Shoot, I forgot the mashed potatoes. I’ve got wine! What? No vodka?! Shoot!” Ah, the holidays. We’re all scrambling to get everything just so, scratching off our shopping list item by item only to come home and realize, yes, there’s still more we need. There’s always more that we need! This year, I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and I too am scrambling. The house is finally in… Read More

Is there anything more warming to the soul then a store doing the holidays right? Many retailers go above and beyond when it comes to decorating for the holidays. They try diligently to capture the magic of the season by spreading holiday cheer to all in the form of seasonal decor and of course, the many happy faces of the stores staff. Only one retailer really gets it though. A retailer so… Read More

So this year I’ve been pretty excited about the whole holiday decorating thing. I mean, honestly who isn’t? Every year I, like many of you, unpack and search high and low for every single piece of decor I tucked away since the spring. I really hate that dreaded game. You think you know where everything is then boom, it’s not where you remember it to be! Well, this year I decided to… Read More

As Valentine’s day approaches, we continue to search for great ideas that will make the day with that special someone memorable. Wine, of course, tops the list as many enjoy a night in with dinner and a glass of wine. My personal favorite is a wine that has gained in popularity over the past few months. Cupcake Wine, from Cupcake Vineyards in California, is a wine that will captivate the senses. The… Read More

The Signer/Songwriter Network of Torrington,CT will host a Valentine’s Day performance featuring guest artist Dan Lowe on Monday, February 14 from 6-9 PM. The event, scheduled to take place at T-Place Sports Bar & Grill on Winsted Road in Torrington, anticipates to draw in crowds from around the local area as they offer some delicious dinner specials while enjoying a night of good music and fun for all. For those not familiar with… Read More

While so many of us have lost touch with the true magic of the holiday season, others continue to embrace it. The youth of our world today are certainly the ones that have become captivated by its essence, and that spirit can be seen so vividly at Torrington‘s Christmas Village. Christmas Village is a magical place, filled with wonder and excitement as families from all walks of life take time to visit… Read More

 We all have them. Those ugly sweaters that we get for the holidays that we never want to be seen in public with, and for good reason too. They are the ones that you just want to keep in the gift box that you got them in and give them away as a gift next year. Well, before you go ahead and start re-gifting, you’re going to want to have a little fun with it… Read More

I am a firm believer in just about anything local. Those mom and pop stores of ours are really doing all that they could to help bring back our local economies and turn around our Main Streets. One local company is doing just that, and they are hoping that you will buy your Thanksgiving dinner from them. The Meat House, located in Avon and Newtown, is ready to serve up a delicious… Read More