Visitors Crowd Warren for Annual Walkabout

Shops, art studios, and restaurants open doors to hundreds of visitors.

Warren's streets, shops and artist studios were filled with visitors on Sunday for the annual .

A free trolley, provided by , brought locals and guests to nine different stops around Warren where they could gobble on free food samples, partake in shopping sales, browse art studios and listen to musicians around town. In addition to the trolley, a spruced up tractor in the form of a dragon could be spotted around town bringing delighted folks back and forth to .

Along Main Street people could be seen having warm beverages at , looking at local photography at Main Street Gallery, getting discounts at area shops, or playing Bananagrams at Literacy Volunteers, among other things.

On Water Street, local musicians “The Honey Brown” set up camp in front of and serenaded strollers as they passed by. Local artist Nicole Pagnozzi set up a tent in her side yard with edible treats and an array of her artwork. Jack’s Bar hosted a potluck and book signing by John Lawless. passed out samples of their homemade apple bread, while restaurant gave out tastes of chowder.

At scores of people visited dozens of artist studios showing off a diverse range of creative work. Puppeteer Lisa Abbatomarco’s studio beckoned in visitors with a large illuminated mask, while filmmaker Mat Provost showcased a video he made of fellow Cutler Mills crafters Warren Chairworks. Painter Debbie Miller sold a few paintings and joked that the Walkabout was “a great excuse to clean up the studio.”

Shoppers couldn't have picked a better day to be in Warren, with discounts at most shops running the gamut from 10% at to 25% at the Selective Eye to 50% at jewelry and gift store.

Overall, visitors, artists and shopkeepers appeared pleased with the cooperative weather and large turnout.

"I hope people come back for the holiday season now that they know where the cool shopping is," said Walkabout organizer Ellen Blomgren of .


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