Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:02:22 -0500 HamletHub.com Wilton resident Gregory Bonini named to the Becker College Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49835-wilton-resident-gregory-bonini-named-to-the-becker-college-dean-s-list49835-wilton-resident-gregory-bonini-named-to-the-becker-college-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49835-wilton-resident-gregory-bonini-named-to-the-becker-college-dean-s-list49835-wilton-resident-gregory-bonini-named-to-the-becker-college-dean-s-list

Gregory Bonini, of Wilton,  was named to the Becker College Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester. Bonini is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactive Media Design, Game Audio Concentration.

The Dean's List recognizes all full-time students (24 or more credit hours earned for the academic year; 12 minimum each semester - September through May) whose term grade point average is 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B- and no incomplete (I) or withdrawal/failing (WF) grades.

Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,700 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College's Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a "Best College" for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.

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kerry@ducey.org (Becker College) Neighbors Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:15:13 -0500
Wilton Go Green’s 3rd Annual Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo on March 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49834-wilton-go-green-s-3rd-annual-zero-waste-faire-sustainable-living-expo-on-march-2949834-wilton-go-green-s-3rd-annual-zero-waste-faire-sustainable-living-expo-on-march-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49834-wilton-go-green-s-3rd-annual-zero-waste-faire-sustainable-living-expo-on-march-2949834-wilton-go-green-s-3rd-annual-zero-waste-faire-sustainable-living-expo-on-march-29

Wilton Go Green’s 3rd Annual Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo will be held Sunday, March 29 at the Wilton High School Field House from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 395 Danbury Road, Wilton CT  
 
The title sponsor for the 2020 event is Live Green/CT Southwestern Area Clean Cities. Other regional sponsors of WGG’s premier event include SustainneThe JunkluggersBay State TextilesChartwells, and Natural Awakenings: Fairfield County.
 
The Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo is a family-friendly event appealing to people of all ages. It will feature even more activities and interactive exhibits than those that received rave reviews from attendees of the two previous years. Citizens from Fairfield County and beyond will discover fascinating, feel-good ways to practice mindful living and creative resource conservation while minimizing the production of waste.
 
The Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo will once again offer FREE drop-off collections of the following household items:
 
Outside in the Clune Lot*:
  • Small household goods, furniture (no pianos) and appliances - Junkluggers
  • Footwear, clothing, stuffed animals, accessories, linens and more* - Bay State Textiles
  • Electronics Recycling* - Take2 Recycling 
  • Mattresses and box springs - Mattress Recycling Council 
Inside at the Recycling Collections Table: 
  • Higher end textiles, garments and linens 
  • Used and unwanted crayons, markers, highlighters, dry erase markers     
  • Eyeglasses
  • Corks
  • Ink cartridges
  • Candle stubs
  • Bikes (1 per family)
* For a complete list of acceptable collection items click here.
 
Many more details about the event will be announced soon, but this news is being released now so folks can plan for donations of items accordingly. Collected household goods will be recycled, upcycled or repurposed.
 
 
For more information about the 2020 Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo, follow Wilton Go Green on Facebook and Instagram. For up-to-date information on exhibitors and event features, visit the event webpage. Anyone interested in volunteering, or in becoming a sponsor, partner or an exhibitor, is encouraged to email info@wiltongogreen.org
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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Go Green) Events Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:47:25 -0500
Groundhogs, Shadows, and Light Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49833-groundhogs-shadows-and-light-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society49833-groundhogs-shadows-and-light-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49833-groundhogs-shadows-and-light-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society49833-groundhogs-shadows-and-light-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society

Groundhogs, Shadows, and Light Workshop for Kids on Saturday, February 1 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society

Linking shadow and light with the lore of Marmota monax, aka Punxsutawney Phil, kids will enjoy learning about the curious history of Groundhog Day on Saturday, February 1 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society. Museum educator Katherine Karlik will be talking about the origins of the holiday in Candleman’s Day, as well as the many amusing names associated with these large ground squirrels. The project for this Groundhogs, Shadows, and Light Workshop for Kids is making a paper-punch design for a votive to cast interesting shadows. Includes snack.

Suggested for children ages 6-12. Wilton Historical Society Members $10; Non-members $15.  

Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

The Wilton Historical Society 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 www.wiltonhistorical.org

Did You Know?

“Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers. The name whistle-pig comes from the fact that, when alarmed, a groundhog will emit a high-pitched whistle as a warning to the rest of his or her colony. The name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. Or chucking. It is derived from the Algonquian name for the critters, wuchak.” – Jason G. Goldman, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhogs, Scientific American Online.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:33:38 -0500
Wilton Library and Wilton District Schools get jazzed for Wilton Reads 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49832-wilton-library-and-wilton-district-schools-get-jazzed-for-wilton-reads-202049832-wilton-library-and-wilton-district-schools-get-jazzed-for-wilton-reads-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49832-wilton-library-and-wilton-district-schools-get-jazzed-for-wilton-reads-202049832-wilton-library-and-wilton-district-schools-get-jazzed-for-wilton-reads-2020

Sometimes things just come together in a certain way that make it easier for other things to fall in place. Such is the case with Wilton Library’s selection of its Wilton Reads 2020 community-wide book this year.

With the centennial celebration of the late jazz legend and Wiltonian Dave Brubeck, the very recent announcement of the Brubeck Collection archives coming to Wilton Library, and the collaboration of Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society’s “Jazzed Up – The History of Jazz” lecture series underway, it seems fitting that Wilton Reads 2020 focuses on American jazz.

Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of Wilton Library and Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools, announced tonight at the Board of Education meeting that the Wilton Reads 2020 book will be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age. This compendium of short stories by the august author delves into American social life and customs during the 20th century using the backdrop of jazz. The Jazz Age world that Fitzgerald so aptly evokes appears in his later masterpiece, The Great Gatsby.

Ms. Tai-Lauria said about the selection, “With the great jazz musician, composer and educator Dave Brubeck’s centennial, and the fact that he lived right here in Wilton where we have the Brubeck Room named for the Brubeck family, and now the Brubeck Collection is coming to the library, it’s all about jazz this year – from its contribution to music, to American culture, to social issues and justice.”

Dr. Smith added, “The rich conversations, discussions and programming for the entire community including all of our students made this an easy decision. We’ll be able to engage our students on so many levels – from relatable topics such as youthfulness, innocence, dreams and aspirations to the sheer joy of listening to music. We have been working with Miller/Driscoll, Cider Mill, Middlebrook and Wilton High School administrators and teachers to develop robust programming.”

As with all Wilton Reads events, free books will be given away this spring at the library thanks to Fairfield County Bank, so that the community can become familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories. Future activities this spring include book talks, films, music appreciation and historical context programming and more.

According to Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning, who will lead this initiative in the public schools, “The school district teachers will be choosing age-appropriate materials for the classes, with high school students reading the Wilton Reads selection.”

Details of the library’s programming will be on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org in February. The book giveaway date also will be posted shortly. The school district’s programming details may be found by visiting http://wiltonps.org.

This is the library’s fourteenth season of Wilton Reads. The program originated with a reading of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A complete list of all the books read can be found at https://www.wiltonlibrary.org/past-wilton-reads-selections. The media sponsor of Wilton Reads is GOOD Morning Wilton.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. Library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Life Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:33:45 -0500
Wilton Historical Society Colonial Cooking for Kids: New Year’s Cake for Everyone on January 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49831-wilton-historical-society-colonial-cooking-for-kids-new-year-s-cake-for-everyone-on-january-2549831-wilton-historical-society-colonial-cooking-for-kids-new-year-s-cake-for-everyone-on-january-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49831-wilton-historical-society-colonial-cooking-for-kids-new-year-s-cake-for-everyone-on-january-2549831-wilton-historical-society-colonial-cooking-for-kids-new-year-s-cake-for-everyone-on-january-25

Colonial Cookery for Kids at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, January 25, 11:00 – 12:30 - This Month:  New Year’s Cake for Everyone

According to the Food Timeline, there is a great deal of symbolism in foods we eat to celebrate the turn of the year, “In most cultures, foods prepared on New Year's Day bring good luck. Which foods? Depends upon the culture. Recurring themes are green (life), gold & coins (money/wealth) and pork/ham (because pigs root forward as they eat, embracing challenges).”

On Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society, kids can learn about a variety of ways the New Year holiday is marked around the world, including some American traditions. “The custom of paying New Year's calls originated in New York, where the Dutch held open house on New Year's Day and served cherry bounce, olykoeks [doughnuts] steeped in rum, cookies, and honey cakes. From New York the custom spread throughout the country.”*  

Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will be talking about a New Year’s Cake such as would have been served at a New Year’s Day Open House in New York City in the mid-1800’s – with plenty for everyone. The children will be baking a cake based on a historic recipe attributed to Eliza Dunne, which is in the collection of the New-York Historical Society.

The Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society teaches kids a “reciept” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region. While the food is prepared, they hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life. The monthly workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, adapted for modern kitchens. All participants will sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards - as well as any leftovers! The children will learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted. Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread, cranberry shortbread, New Year’s “cakes”, New England chowder, hand pies, cheese and ramp soufflé, pea and watercress Rappahannock, blackberry maslin, thirded bread, pound cake with “Oranges” juice, maple cup custard, pepper pot soup, scalloped tomatoes, dressed macaroni and cheese, gingerbread cakes,  maple syrup tart, quick pickling, Johnny cakes, and applesauce cake.

Suggested for ages 6 – 12.

Members: $10; Non-members $15. Space is limited --- please register by contacting info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 www.wiltonhistorical.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:46:02 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton: Hidden Gem Travel Consulting https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49826-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-hidden-gem-travel-consulting49826-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-hidden-gem-travel-consulting https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49826-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-hidden-gem-travel-consulting49826-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-hidden-gem-travel-consulting

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Hidden Gem Travel Consulting!

Three questions with Susan Wilson, founder of Hidden Gem Travel Consulting.

Why did you start your business?

I created Hidden Gem Travel Consulting because my love of travel has been lifelong, and I’ve learned a lot along the way to share with others. I mostly DIY’d my vacations until I learned that Virtuoso travel advisors not only provide insider access and expertise but add so much value to the process.  Virtuoso is the leading network of agencies that specialize in luxury (as defined by you) and experiential travel, and I’m proud to be affiliated with them.  My business offers a new way to travel – enriching, experiential and effortless. 

My mission is to be your personal travel consultant and desig that wow you through my signature consultative process.  I also work with special interest groups like golfers and foodies who travel together to dive deeper into their shared passion.

Finish this question in regard to your business: I wish I could...

I wish I could get the word out to everyone that they can travel better than they ever have before.  There are SO many amazing destinations in this big wide world – I’m here to help you find the experiences that speak to you.

Investing in experiences over things is truly life-enhancing. What’s more important than creating memories with your loved ones and friends?  Whether you want to explore more within the US or spread your wings internationally, my goal is to help you find the perfect match for your next vacation.

Best selling product or service?

I’d like to slightly rephrase the question to “what is my most exciting, new service” and that’s Wanderlist®! You haven’t heard of it yet, because it’s a brand-new service offered by Virtuoso, and I’m one of the first certified Wanderlist Specialists. Wanderlist® is a Netflix-style portal where you create a travel bucket list. It’s a family bonding activity that’s fun, engaging and enlightening, and at the end of the process, you have a 5-year (or longer) customized travel plan! I offer complimentary consultations via my website. 

Finally, I nominate Your Stories Ink, another new Wilton business, founded by Karen Reddington Sackowitz.

Visit Hidden Gem Travel Consulting online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:39:00 -0500
Wilton Library celebrates its 125th year with new logo and events https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49830-wilton-library-celebrates-its-125th-year-with-new-logo-and-events49830-wilton-library-celebrates-its-125th-year-with-new-logo-and-events https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49830-wilton-library-celebrates-its-125th-year-with-new-logo-and-events49830-wilton-library-celebrates-its-125th-year-with-new-logo-and-events

Wilton, CT – One hundred and twenty-five years ago some very forward-thinking people came together and decided that Wilton needed a library in its community. With 150 books in a private home, the Wilton Library Association was founded in May, 1895. That same Wilton Library Association today is in the heart of Wilton Center with more than 500,000 items in a beautiful modernist building, providing programs, services, and technology that could not have been imagined back then.

To celebrate the library’s past and to embrace the future, Wilton Library is unveiling its new celebratory logo marking the special occasion for its residents and supporters. The logo is a design informed by the existing logo, reflecting the clean lines of the building. There is a hued range of colors taking inspiration and color cues from the seasons and elements, which are organically infused into the library’s architecture as one sits and views the changing seasons from within. Blending with the W logo is the 125 typography honoring the celebration of the 125th year.

The refreshed logo design was created specifically for the anniversary year by Wilton Library trustee Sanford Stein and his design team.

Elaine Tai-Lauria said, “We are so thankful to Sandy for putting a fresh look on our Wilton Library logo to help us celebrate this important milestone. These are exciting times for the library and we’re particularly thrilled to have this vibrant new logo to help kick off all the festivities that are planned this year.”

Stein remarked, “When Elaine approached me to assist the library in creating a logo, I 

was honored, since I know how important a year this is for everyone. We are proud of our work and that we were able to help the library in this way. And we thank the library for putting its confidence in us.”

First up, people will be able to see the new logo on display in the form of an ice sculpture during the Wilton Winter Carnival on Sunday, Jan. 26. During the year, the community will be able to enjoy an ice cream social, the development of a “top books loved by the community” project, and the library’s March benefit celebrating its 125th year, to name just a few. The first program is on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, January 26 during the Wilton Winter Carnival, and again on Feb. 22 during regular library hours, when children can write their stories on “Why I Love Wilton Library.” Their musings and creative drawings will be permanently bound into a volume that will become part of the collection.

Wilton Library is a nonprofit association and the cultural and intellectual heart of the community in the center of Wilton. The library’s mission is to inform, connect, enrich and inspire the community, which it strives to do every day through conversations, thought-provoking programs, up-to-date technology and customer-centric services. For information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Places Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:44:32 -0500
Acoustic Duets Fundraiser at The Wilton Playshop on Feb. 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/49828-acoustic-duets-fundraiser-at-the-wilton-playshop49828-acoustic-duets-fundraiser-at-the-wilton-playshop https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/49828-acoustic-duets-fundraiser-at-the-wilton-playshop49828-acoustic-duets-fundraiser-at-the-wilton-playshop

Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Grab your loved ones and head to The Wilton Playshop for Acoustic Duets and More on February 8th at 8pm

 The live acoustic concert will feature talented local performers ready to inspire you with heartwarming tunes from multiple genres.  Produced by Donna Savage with musical direction by Andy Schlesinger, the show will be emceed by Gerry Lee.  A Valentine toast and sweet treats will follow the show. Tickets are $35 with all proceeds to benefit the Playshop.  

Tickets available here

For more information, visit www.wiltonplayshop.org

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publicity@wiltonplayshop.org (Wilton Playshop) Charities Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:27:27 -0500
Longtime Wilton Resident Louis John Medico Sr., has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49827-longtime-wilton-resident-louis-john-medico-sr-has-died49827-longtime-wilton-resident-louis-john-medico-sr-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49827-longtime-wilton-resident-louis-john-medico-sr-has-died49827-longtime-wilton-resident-louis-john-medico-sr-has-died

Louis John Medico, a longtime resident of Wilton, died peacefully on January 10, 2020, at the age of 94, surrounded by his family. 
 
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years in marriage, Florence, and his eldest son, Louis John Medico, Jr. He survived by his children, Patricia Ann Sepelak and husband Peter George of Shelton, CT; Gary Michael Medico and his wife Debbie of Westport, CT; Andrew John Medico and wife Therese of Fogelsville, PA; and daughter-in-law Mollie Medico of Norwalk, CT. He is also survived by his grandchildren Peter George Sepelak Jr., Walter Andrew Sepelak, Daniel Harrison Medico, step-granddaughter Audrey Carolyn Kirkland of Brooklyn, NY; and great-grandson Anthony George Sepelak.  
 
A devout Catholic and devoted father, Louis was a Navy Veteran of WWII and a Mechanical Engineering graduate of New York University. He loved his vegetable garden and was an accomplished carpenter. 
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment and US Navy Funeral Honors will take place at a later date in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in care of funeral arrangements.
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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:55:36 -0500
Life In A Bottle: Ancona's Kicks Off 2020 with Orange Wine! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49829-life-in-a-bottle-ancona-s-kicks-off-2020-with-orange-wine49829-life-in-a-bottle-ancona-s-kicks-off-2020-with-orange-wine https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49829-life-in-a-bottle-ancona-s-kicks-off-2020-with-orange-wine49829-life-in-a-bottle-ancona-s-kicks-off-2020-with-orange-wine

Mitch Ancona, the owner of Ancona's Wines & Liquors unveils 2020's first Life In A Bottle Episode. What's in the bottle? Puiatti "Archetipi" Ribolla Gialla 2016, an orange wine! In this episode, Codey Foster, Juan Vega, and Kyle Martinez sip and talk.

Here's what Kyle has to say about this colorful beauty (that is currently on sale for $26.99)

Orange wine is what happens when you make a white wine in the same fashion you'd normally make a red wine.

When grapes are pressed for white wine, the juice is allowed to run off of the 'must', or crushed grapes, and fermentation can begin.

Red wines, however, are made red by keeping the skins in contact with the juice (called maceration).

Most folks who produce orange wine do so by crushing white grapes and allowing the skins to macerate in the juice for a while. This allows for a white wine with a bit more structure; usually providing a fair amount of tannin and bitterness.

With this wine, however, there's a bit of a twist. Instead of skin contact with the pressed grapes, the juice is completely vinified in stainless steel tanks with no oxidation allowed. Later, the wine is infused with individually hand-picked, fresh, and completely intact grapes, drawing color, texture, intense flavor, and tannin from the skins.

The resulting wine (made literally orange by grape skins) is super approachable, clean, and absolutely delicious. The infusion of intact grapes creates a much mellower, fresher infusion of very easy-going tannin, and although I normally avoid the "B" word when discussing wine, just enough pleasant bitterness to create incredible depth.

This'll pair stunningly with nearly any seafood, especially in dishes like paella or cioppino, but its also great with the typically tricky pairings: asparagus, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, etc. (and as evidenced by the video, great with hummus and crudite!)

My notes read: "Whoa. Fresh pressed golden apples and tangerine peels, fresh cut white flowers, and salty, stony mineral; and that's just on the nose. The palate shows more tart, fresh fruit and aromatic flowers, but more savory notes begin to appear. Fresh tender herbs, bitter greens, and saline mineral that follows through the long finish. Bone dry, squeaky clean, and the perfect apertif. Top-shelf, high class orange wine."

Purchase the wine here.

Cheers!

2016 Puiatti Ribolla Gialla Archetipi

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:03:26 -0500
Kids Make Valentine’s Day Chocolates at Wilton Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49825-kids-make-valentine-s-day-chocolates-at-wilton-historical-society49825-kids-make-valentine-s-day-chocolates-at-wilton-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49825-kids-make-valentine-s-day-chocolates-at-wilton-historical-society49825-kids-make-valentine-s-day-chocolates-at-wilton-historical-society

Kids Make Valentine’s Day Chocolates at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, February 8 from 11 to 12 pm

On Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 – 12:00 the Wilton Historical Society is again offering a very popular chocolate-making workshop for kids in grades K-8. Program participants will make something extra nice for their Valentine - delicious, professional-looking molded chocolates and a decorated box to put them in! The fun and easy one hour session will make use of an extensive collection of small, charming chocolate molds. Hearts, flowers, a multitude of animals, stars and even tools are just some of the shapes that will be on hand.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please register by email: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call (203) 762-7257 to reserve your place. Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Location: The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Learn more: www.wiltonhistorical.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Places Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:52:37 -0500
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49823-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society49823-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49823-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society49823-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society

“I Have A Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society this Saturday, January 18, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream was to see people of all countries, races, and religions living together in harmony. His ‘I have a Dream’ speech was delivered on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of 250,000. Dr. King made references to our founding fathers and the Bible, maintaining a positive and uplifting tone.  A famous passage includes, ‘ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character’. 

His speech was televised and brought favorable exposure to the movement and the landmark passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At this “I Have a Dream” Workshop for Kids, Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will have the kids listen to an excerpt from King’s famous speech, and talk about his vision – and their dreams for a better world. The workshop project is creating a small canvas banner, personalized with their dreams.  The kids will help make their own snack.

Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.  

Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:03:44 -0500
Poet Jericho Brown Will Host Workshop and Reading at The Aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49824-poet-jericho-brown-will-host-workshop-and-reading-at-the-aldrich49824-poet-jericho-brown-will-host-workshop-and-reading-at-the-aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49824-poet-jericho-brown-will-host-workshop-and-reading-at-the-aldrich49824-poet-jericho-brown-will-host-workshop-and-reading-at-the-aldrich

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce that American Book Award-winning poet Jericho Brown will host a masterclass workshop and poetry reading on Thursday, February 13 at the Museum. Registration is required for both events at www.shop.aldrichart.org.

In the masterclass workshop, which will take place from 1 to 3 pm on February 13, Jericho Brown will help students generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep their ears open and fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it. Participants will read, discuss, and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead them to a further honing of their craft. The workshop also features exercises for writing the duplex, a form Brown invented that blends the ghazal, the sonnet, and the blues. ways to repurpose good but failed lines in new poems and use the duplex as a catalyst for our conversation.
 
From 7 to 9 pm on February 13, Brown will conduct a poetry reading followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Ridgefield’s Books on the Common will be on site selling his latest poetry collection, The Tradition
 
“There are countless poets of the body, but the body in Brown’s poetry serves as a nexus of the corporeal and conceptual. The ‘body’ of his work isn’t just a physical, individual one; it’s a stand-in for various (flawed) institutions of power and belief: national history, religion, mythology, the justice system.” —The New York Times
 
Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington ReviewBuzzfeedFencejubilatThe New RepublicThe New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:05:02 -0500
Wilton High School Student Wins The Greens Holiday Card Competition https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49822-wilton-high-school-student-wins-the-greens-holiday-card-competition49822-wilton-high-school-student-wins-the-greens-holiday-card-competition https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49822-wilton-high-school-student-wins-the-greens-holiday-card-competition49822-wilton-high-school-student-wins-the-greens-holiday-card-competition

Each year the Greens at Cannondale invite Wilton High School students to submit original works of art for consideration as the Greens annual holiday card. The winning design is featured on the card sent to all families of residents and to the professionals that the Greens works with.

This year is the 13th year of the competition and this year was won by freshman student Madison Lawton, a student in Megan Kounnas’ painting class. All students in Mrs. Kounnas’ class were encouraged to submit an entry and this year around forty students submitted original works in either paint or pencil.

Madison was inspired to create a scene of a traditional New England winter. ‘I started with the trees, something that I had been taught to draw in a different class, and I took it from there, all in all it took around two hours to complete’ said Madison who created her work in acrylic paint.

Painting is a one-semester course at Wilton High school and one of the many art courses available for students, others include drawing, computer graphics, digital illustration and photography.

Madison was surprised to have won ‘It’s the first art competition I have ever entered, although now I am inspired to enter more.’ Ms. Kounnas is very proud of her student’s accomplishments. “She has become a strong artist and painter since taking the class, she has definitely grown in class and is very open to learning. She is a very deserving winner’

Kristen Johnson, Community relations director at The Greens added ‘It means a lot to us to work in partnership with Wilton schools and to make intergenerational connections in our community, Madison produced a beautiful card, it captured a New England winter and pictures of home which is what The Greens is.”

Madison will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship by The Greens at the Wilton High School awards ceremony in late spring

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Public Schools) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:49:00 -0500
Ambler Farm Food Drive for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/49789-ambler-farm-food-drive-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service49789-ambler-farm-food-drive-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/49789-ambler-farm-food-drive-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service49789-ambler-farm-food-drive-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Ambler Farm on Monday, January 20th between 8am-Noon

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we are holding a food drive to benefit Wilton Social Services. Please drop off paper goods, cleaning supplies, personal care items and non-perishable food items at the White Carriage Barn.

**Please check expiration dates to make sure items are not expired or soon to be expired (within 6 months)**

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kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Charities Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:16:00 -0500