TORRINGTON >> Need a wonderful reason to have a great time this afternoon, with or without your family?
The first in a planned yearly series of Aaron Maziarz Music Festivals kicks off today at 1 p.m. at Torrington’s Elk’s Pond, 180 Guerdat Road.
Tickets are $25 for adults, kids under 12 free.
Besides the music, which last until 8 p.m., there’s a raffle and a beer/wine tasting from 2-5 p.m. while supplies last.
Best of all, the tax-deductible donations go to the Maziarz Children’s Benefit Fund and the Litchfield High School Baseball program.
Maziarz was a star baseball player at Litchfield High School and for the Torrington Rebels in the Tri-State League, which organized today’s effort.
One of the pistons in three Rebel league championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007, he died of a heart infection at age 36 last January, leaving a wife and two kids behind.
“It’s a celebration,” said former teammate Darrin Gould in January as one of the pallbearers at Maziarz’ memorial service.
There, several hundred friends, relatives and teammates celebrated Maziarz love of life and sports.
Today, his teammates expect his spirit to do what he did best — lead the pack in having a good time.
What better reason for having your own good time than packing up the family and singing along at Elk’s Pond in his honor?
If you can’t make it today, you can still honor Aaron’s memory by coming out to Fuessenich Park Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
Maziarz’ son throws out the first pitch of the Rebels’ 2014 season, just before a game against a new team in the league, the Canton Crushers.