Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:02:24 -0400 HamletHub.com 200 College Representatives Join Wilton and Ridgefield High School Students at Annual College Fair in Wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49642-200-college-representatives-join-wilton-and-ridgefield-high-school-students-at-annual-college-fair-in-wilton49642-200-college-representatives-join-wilton-and-ridgefield-high-school-students-at-annual-college-fair-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49642-200-college-representatives-join-wilton-and-ridgefield-high-school-students-at-annual-college-fair-in-wilton49642-200-college-representatives-join-wilton-and-ridgefield-high-school-students-at-annual-college-fair-in-wilton

200 College Representatives Attend 2019 College Fair in Wilton

Students from Wilton and Ridgefield High Schools attended the annual College Fair Partnership held in the WHS Fieldhouse. The college fair gives students the opportunity to meet with college representatives, ask questions about the school and collect promotional materials. A wide range of institutions are represented on this night from the U.S. Army and Navy, to the Culinary Institute of America; from Fairfield University to The University of Glasgow.

Students seeking information about upcoming college rep visits, and more general information on applying to colleges should visit the College Career Resource Center page.

kerry@ducey.org (Nicola Davies) Neighbors Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:35:55 -0400
Wilton's Pumpkin Parade on Saturday! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49641-wilton-s-pumpkin-parade-on-sunday49641-wilton-s-pumpkin-parade-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49641-wilton-s-pumpkin-parade-on-sunday49641-wilton-s-pumpkin-parade-on-sunday

Pumpkin Parade on Saturday, October 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Have the kids (and adults too) trick or treat around Wilton Center! On Saturday, October 26th from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Old Ridgefield Road from Godfrey to Center Streets will be closed down as Wilton Center becomes the place to be where ghouls and goblins roam! Visit all our local merchants, shops and restaurants as they give you a treat on this very festive afternoon!

Learn more HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Events Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:50:22 -0400
Gov. Lamont and Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz Condemn Social Media Attacks on Female Candidates for Public Office https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/49640-gov-lamont-and-lt-gov-bysiewicz-condemn-social-media-attacks-on-female-candidates-for-public-office49640-gov-lamont-and-lt-gov-bysiewicz-condemn-social-media-attacks-on-female-candidates-for-public-office https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/49640-gov-lamont-and-lt-gov-bysiewicz-condemn-social-media-attacks-on-female-candidates-for-public-office49640-gov-lamont-and-lt-gov-bysiewicz-condemn-social-media-attacks-on-female-candidates-for-public-office

Governor Lamont and Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Condemn Social Media Attacks on Female Candidates for Public Office

Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz today released the following joint statement calling for civility on both sides of the political spectrum in light of recent online attacks targeting women running for public office:

“The repeated sexist attacks on Mayor Erin Stewart and threats of violence directed at Senator Cathy Osten are vile and reprehensible. While none of this is new, unfortunately – especially for women candidates and elected officials – this harassment must end now. At a time when women have made tremendous strides in elected office and made their voices heard, attacks like this only make the challenges they face more difficult. Our democracy works best when we display respect and dignity towards all citizens, including those who are willing to step up and serve, rather than shaming or attacking them.”

kerry@ducey.org (Governor Lamont's Office) Politics Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:46:24 -0400
Courageous Thinking - King School Open House Nov 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49638-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-349638-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49638-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-349638-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-3

At King School, we seek more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking. Every day, our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence as we teach, guide, and cheer them on. Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future. 

Register for Lower School Open House today

When young learners see education as a place to experiment, create, construct, and connect, they develop a more expansive mindset about what school can offer them. They feel encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries, so they become good listeners and critical thinkers who gain the confidence to take on challenges and seize unlimited possibilities. 

These ideas are grounded in the Reggio-Emilia inspired, project-based teaching and learning practiced at King School's PreKindergarten and Kindergarten program. We encourage our early childhood learners to collaboratively explore intentionally created vibrant classroom spaces to actively engage in the process of learning from the earliest ages. Our Grades 1–5 program is an interactive, hands-on experience, further nurturing a love of learning and working with others.

Join us for our Lower School Open House on November 3, 2019 and explore what interests YOU. Our Open House is truly OPEN. Arrive anytime between 12:30-3:30 p.m., visit classrooms in subjects that interest you, and meet faculty, students, and parents who share your passions. Children are welcome to join in on the activities during Open House. We can't wait to meet you!

King School is a PreK-12 independent school located in Stamford that serves the diverse families of Fairfield and Westchester counties. 

Register for Lower School Open House today

Or Visit and tour on Tuesdays for PreK-Grade 11 Coffee & Conversation

kerry@ducey.org (Lakeya Graves) Events Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:42:42 -0400
Save the Date! Wilton Singers Feast will take place December 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49639-save-the-date-wilton-singers-feast-will-take-place-december-5-749639-save-the-date-wilton-singers-feast-will-take-place-december-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49639-save-the-date-wilton-singers-feast-will-take-place-december-5-749639-save-the-date-wilton-singers-feast-will-take-place-december-5-7

Wilton Singers Feast will take place December 5-7

Featuring the WHS Madrigals and an elegant dinner. BYOB.

Doors Open at 6:40 PM

The event will take place at WEPCO (Wilton Episcopal Presbyterian Church Complex), 48 New Canaan Road in Wilton.


Learn more HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 22 Oct 2019 06:35:27 -0400
It's Wilton Restaurant Week! Eat LOCAL! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49619-wilton-restaurant-week-oct-21-27-201949619-wilton-restaurant-week-oct-21-27-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49619-wilton-restaurant-week-oct-21-27-201949619-wilton-restaurant-week-oct-21-27-2019

Wilton’s fall restaurant week has arrived! Savor the flavor of local and WILTON beginning TODAY, Oct. 21-27, 2019. Please join us as our local restaurants feature their seasonal menus and specialties! Participating restaurants for this season are:

All restaurants and eateries located in Wilton, Georgetown and surrounding area are invited to participate by featuring special culinary selections, one-week-only pricing, prix fixe menus and even coupons to encourage diners to come for lunch or dinner or both!

For a complete list of participating restaurants please visit: FALL RESTAURANT WEEK and please support our local restaurants and businesses! See you there!



kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Life Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:47:00 -0400
Bag It Film Screening at Wilton Library on Wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49637-bag-it-film-screening-at-wilton-library-on-wednesday49637-bag-it-film-screening-at-wilton-library-on-wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49637-bag-it-film-screening-at-wilton-library-on-wednesday49637-bag-it-film-screening-at-wilton-library-on-wednesday

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Film Screening and Discussion at Wilton Library on Wednesday, October 23, 7-8:30 pm

Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library present a screening of the film: Bag-It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? as part of their Green Speaker Series with special thanks to Planet New Canaan. This 2010 American documentary film exposes the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise and their impact on land ecosystems, the marine environment, and the human body.
A brief Q&A session will follow the film with Jeannine Behr Getz and Lynne Vanderslice.Jeannine Behr Getz is the author of the award-winning book Think Green! Lynne Vanderslice is the first Selectwoman of Wilton whose administration has implemented a number of environmental initiatives.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Film starts promptly at 7pm.
Head over to www.wiltonlibrary.org for more details. Registration is recommended. There is no charge for this event.
kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Go Green) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:27:27 -0400
Can You Fly? Interactive Open House at Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49636-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy49636-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49636-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy49636-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy

Ridgefield Academy invites parents and students entering Grades 4-8 in 2020-21 to take part in a fun, interactive 2-hour Open House on Saturday, November 2. Parents can enjoy learning more about RA’s Middle School program, meeting our administrators, and touring RA’s facilities.

Students will take part in an aerodynamic design project in our beautiful makerspace. After learning about flight, students can try their hand at creating a cardboard flyer, and shape it on a laser cutter. Set a new flight record as we test all the flyers!

This program starts promptly at 9:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. We would be delighted to have you, but registration is required. Call Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment David Suter, at 203.894.1800 x112 or click here to RSVP for this exclusive event!

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity.

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:43:27 -0400
The Wilton Playshop presents THE LION IN WINTER https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49633-the-wilton-playshop-presents-the-lion-in-winter49633-the-wilton-playshop-presents-the-lion-in-winter https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49633-the-wilton-playshop-presents-the-lion-in-winter49633-the-wilton-playshop-presents-the-lion-in-winter

THE WILTON PLAYSHOP is proud to present the clever and witty drama, The Lion in Winter. Directed by Richard Mancini, the play will run from October 25 – November 9, 2019.   

Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

publicity@wiltonplayshop.org (The Wilton Playshop) Places Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:57:30 -0400
Have FALL FUN! Participate in Wilton's Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49635-have-fall-fun-participate-in-wilton-s-scarecrow-scavenger-hunt49635-have-fall-fun-participate-in-wilton-s-scarecrow-scavenger-hunt https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49635-have-fall-fun-participate-in-wilton-s-scarecrow-scavenger-hunt49635-have-fall-fun-participate-in-wilton-s-scarecrow-scavenger-hunt

Wilton Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is Underway!

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Parks and Recreation, and Wilton Department of Public Works Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is underway!

Click here to view the form and start HUNTING for items on select scarecrows around Wilton Center and record your findings on the form.  Drop your completed form at the designated collection bin at Lang's Pharmacy (28 Center Street), Wilton Library - Children's Library (137 Old Ridgefield Road) or Wilton True Value Hardware (21 River Road) by 3 pm on Friday, October 25th.

Enjoy the scarecrows made by Wilton residents, businesses, and organizations for the 2019 Scarecrow Fest while searching for items on select scarecrows around Wilton Center. 


Prize drawing to be held on October 26th at the gazebo on the Town Green at the start of the Pumpkin Parade at 2:30 pm.  First three forms pulled from the box will win Wilton Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates.  Winners will be notified by email or phone; winners do not need to be present at the drawing. 

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Neighbors Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:50:40 -0400
Satisfy your appetite for superb Broadway and see ACT of Connecticut's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49634-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors49634-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49634-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors49634-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors

Sometimes, it takes blood, sweat, and tears to create something that’s so special, you leave hungry for MORE. 

Enter: Act of Connecticut’s Little Shop of Horrors.

For 2 ½ hours, you will leave the quiet, safe streets of Connecticut and enter an unsettling urban “hood” where street urchins linger, a doomed flower shop (Mushniks) and defeated owner (William Thomas Evans as Mr. Mushnik) exist. That is until suddenly, one shop employee (Robb Sapp as Seymour) unleashes his inner botanical genius. 

ACT's Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine kills it as the sadistic Orin Scrivello DDS, a role he revisits after earning acclaim 15 years ago as the “The Dentist”.  Watching Levine masterfully transform into eight different characters during the course of the musical had audience members sitting on the edge of their seats (with, at times, jaw-dropping gasps interlaced with laughs). 

Audrey, performed by Laura Woyasz (WORKING at ACT, Glinda in WICKED on Broadway) shines as Levine’s meek and controlled girlfriend whose self-confidence and character grow alongside her namesake "out of this world" plant.

The show is bursting with powerful voices in the form of three street-savvy urchins (with serious attitude) performed by Kadrea Dawkins, Rachelle Legrand and Ashley Alexandra Seldon with Jaclyn Mercer, Ian Shain and puppeteer Thomas Bergamo.

The musical is directed and artfully choreographed by Jason A. Sparks and P. Jason Yarcho (WICKED on Broadway). Bryan Perri is the resident music supervisor and Isaac Hayward is the associate music director.

When the show concludes, Little Shop of Horror attendees are invited to take a "selfie" with Audrey II while supporting ACT's free sensory-friendly productions. The suggested donation is $20.00. 

With limited shows remaining (the Broadway musical runs through November 3) buy your tickets and enter skid row, if you DARE.

The showtimes are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT and the upcoming Broadway Unplugged series, click HERE.

*Image courtesy ACT of CT Facebook Page.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:09:53 -0400
Wilton Travel Alert: Multiple Roads CLOSED https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49632-wilton-travel-alert-several-roads-closed49632-wilton-travel-alert-several-roads-closed https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49632-wilton-travel-alert-several-roads-closed49632-wilton-travel-alert-several-roads-closed

Be advised as of 3:00PM Thursday, October 17, the following roads in Wilton are completely closed until further notice:

  • Stirrup Ln - near #18
  • Indian Hill Rd - near Pin Oak Ln
  • Wilridge Rd - near #64
  • Borglum Rd - near #36

Visit the Town of Wilton online here for updates.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Life Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:19:49 -0400
34th Annual American Artisan Show at Wilton Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49631-34th-annual-american-artisan-show-at-wilton-historical-society49631-34th-annual-american-artisan-show-at-wilton-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49631-34th-annual-american-artisan-show-at-wilton-historical-society49631-34th-annual-american-artisan-show-at-wilton-historical-society

Show Open Friday, November 8, 10:00 – 5:00 and Saturday, November 9, 10:00 – 5:00

Hand-crafted contemporary + traditional furnishings and wearables

The Wilton Historical Society will host the 34th annual American Artisan Show on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. The event is an important benefit for the Society, supporting their education and historic preservation mission. 30+ highly-skilled artisans from across the country will be presenting their hand-crafted contemporary and traditional furnishings and wearables. Furniture, folk art, pottery, fine leather goods, Nantucket-style baskets, candles, Windsor chairs, art, tavern signs, fine jewelry, photography, and much more – will be available for purchase. The show is set in the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings at 224 Danbury Road/Route 7 in Wilton. New this year, some artisans will be demonstrating their process on both days of the show. Kim Mellin, Co-Director of the Society, commented “People love to see how something is made – a sculptor and a furniture maker will be demonstrating in the 1860 Abbott Barn, a blacksmith will be working in the historic blacksmith shop, as well as a ceramicist in the gallery.” Plus, Friday will be “Sip and Shop” day, with something bubbly to enjoy while browsing. The American Artisan Show will take place Friday, November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00. Judy Higby chairs the event.

A festive Preview and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 will kick off the show, giving guests the first opportunity to browse and buy, while enjoying fine hors d’oeuvres provided by Sarah Bouissou Catering at Bernard’s of Ridgefield. A signature cocktail will be provided by 5th State Distillery of Bridgeport. The Silent Auction will feature a series of exceptional and unusual “Experiences,” in addition to unique objects contributed by the artisans. Tickets are $125. The Preview Party Committee is chaired by Katy Williams, a Trustee of the Society.

Selecting the skilled makers are volunteers and trustees Moira Craw and Catherine Romer, plus Society Co-Director Kim Mellin. New to the show this year are contemporary leather goods made by Leitz Leather; fiber artist Sherry Dwivedi’s woven textiles; LMNT Jewelry; Mark A. Perry and his mixed media sculpture from Nantucket; Tatted Webs; Thaw Malin Art from Martha’s Vineyard; French Studio Design scarfs and textiles; mid-century/abstract style work from Rachel Paxton Fine Art; Steinhagen Pottery’s traditional redware; Paul Scott with 7 Barrels olive oils and vinegars; and Silverstone Design jewelry.

Returning artisans include: Josh Axelrod Photography; Barking Dog Jewelry Design Studio; Baskets in the Nantucket Tradition by Jane Theobald; Kristin Helberg with her tavern signs and vinegar-grained boxes; Meb’s Kitchenwares; Sue Brown Gordon jewelry; wood sculptor Chris LaMontagne; Kiara Matos Ceramics; William Morrison and his Windsor chairs; artist Kolene Spicher of Spicher and Company; and Villancourt Folk Art with their collectable holiday ornaments and figurines.

“Pop-up” artisans, Friday and Saturday only, include Lauren Mullaney Jewelry (new); Petit Felts, Emmy Starr Design jewelry, Greystone Bookworks, Madison Nally Jewelry (new), Salt Box Press stationery, and Nod Hill Soap. A full list of artisans and complete show information can be found at www.wiltonhistorical.org.

Coffee, tea, lunch and snacks will be available on-site from Bubble and Brew, Crazy Taco Mex and Melt Mobile both days. Ample parking.

Many community organizations and generous friends are supporting the American Artisan Show; lead sponsors include TD Bank, Gregory and Adams, Granite Group Advisors, and Wilson Properties. Town Vibe is the lead media sponsor.

The American Artisan Show will be held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897.

Learn more: www.wiltonhistorical.org

kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:54:15 -0400
Junior Golf Hub & GPC Host Fall College Prep Series November 9 & 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49617-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-1049617-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49617-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-1049617-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-10

College Prep Series Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, hosted by the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield

Back by popular demand, Junior Golf Hub and Golf Performance Center announce College Prep Series and deliver the information and evaluations junior golfers need to reach their goals in a fun, interactive environment.

Register HERE.

Top 5 Reasons to Register

1. College Coach Panel
2. Find out if your game is ready for college golf. How? We measure.
3. Player Panel
4. Get Top Tips on the College Golf Recruiting Process
5. Leave armed with your PDS Index, personalized report and road map for success!

What do these Top 5 Reasons mean to YOU?

Learn more and register here

Questions? Please e-mail: rick@juniorgolfhub.com

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 17 Oct 2019 05:20:00 -0400
King Upper School Students Stage Climate Week Strike To Raise Awareness & Encourage Action https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49627-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action49627-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49627-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action49627-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action

King School Upper School (US) students Samantha Berman '21 and Sarah DiModica '21 are taking a stand on climate change. On Friday, Sept. 27 they organized a Climate Week strike during the US Advisory period. The entire Upper School community was encouraged to join in for a variety of speeches and interactive features, which included:

  • sign-ups for further action, both on campus and beyond.
  • opportunities for students to record video messages in response to several prompts.
  • resources for contacting local governmental officials and advocating for political action.
  • opportunities to speak with student leaders as general sources of information on both the climate change issue as well as a variety of other pressing environmental concerns driven by student interest.

"We're really happy with the outcome of our climate strike. The enthusiasm we saw is evidence of the power and urgency of this movement," comments Samantha. "We are fighting for our right to a secure, sustainable future. The government and major corporations continue to prioritize the economy over the lives of billions of people, and that isn't permissible. Our planet is dying and we will not accept inaction or empty promises any longer."

King's commitment to service affirms the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive citizens, locally and globally. Samantha and Sarah certainly illustrated that belief on Friday as they planned the strike to raise awareness about the climate crisis and get King students involved in the movement.

"The support from our volunteers, King faculty and the student body was an amazing thing to see. In the future, we want to continue to fight for various ecological crises and decisive political action. This is a fixable issue, but only if everyone in the world commits to the solution," adds Samantha. 

Learn about King School HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (King School) Neighbors Thu, 17 Oct 2019 03:32:00 -0400