Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Thu, 27 Jan 2022 18:13:11 -0500 HamletHub.com The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51789-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community51789-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51789-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community51789-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:18 -0500
Michael Ferrigno of Wilton Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List at Hofstra University https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51786-michael-ferrigno-of-wilton-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university51786-michael-ferrigno-of-wilton-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51786-michael-ferrigno-of-wilton-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university51786-michael-ferrigno-of-wilton-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university

Michael Ferrigno of Wilton excelled during the Fall 2021 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean's List.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016).

kerry@ducey.org (Hofstra University) Neighbors Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:57:19 -0500
Wilton Garden Club Conservation Committee Announces Native Seed Giveaway This Sunday! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51788-native-seed-giveaway-this-sunday51788-native-seed-giveaway-this-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51788-native-seed-giveaway-this-sunday51788-native-seed-giveaway-this-sunday

Native Seed Giveaway This Sunday - Get, Learn, Give

Sunday, January 30, 11 AM-1 PM. FREE WILDFLOWER SEEDS!

Stop along the Norwalk River Valley Trail and pick up seeds ready to sow for summer blooming now. Join NRWA, NRVT, The Pollinator Pathway, Fairfield County Seed Swap and Wilton Garden Club Conservation Committee for a NATIVE SEED GIVEAWAY In honor of National Seed Swap Day.

PLACE: NRVT Sharp Hill Road entrance

GET: Packets of native plant seeds that support our local ecosystem including pollinators, songbirds, other wildlife, and our waterways

LEARN: Winter Sowing a simple seed starting method especially effective for native plants
GIVE: Back to our earth by supporting the health and vibrancy of our beautiful natural environment by growing native plants on your property

sherrybjohnson@gmail.com (WGC Conservation Committee) Events Wed, 26 Jan 2022 04:56:54 -0500
Help Us Light Up Wilton Center https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51787-help-us-light-up-wilton-center51787-help-us-light-up-wilton-center https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51787-help-us-light-up-wilton-center51787-help-us-light-up-wilton-center

Help Us Light Up Wilton Center!

Wilton Center sparkled over the holiday season thanks to the giant lighted snowflakes that adorned 54 of the town’s lampposts.  Next year, members of the Making Wilton Beautiful initiative and the Wilton Garden Club hope to make the town shine even brighter.  They are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $8,400 to purchase an additional 24 snowflakes.  This will enable them to extend the holiday light display all the way down River Road to Horseshoe Pond.  Currently, only the lampposts along Old Ridgefield Road, Center Street and a portion of River Road are illuminated.    

“Festively decorated town squares add a joyous feel and holiday cheer to the center of town.  It encourages people to get out of the house and stroll the streets.  It’s healthy and peaceful, which is particularly welcome during troubling times, and promotes a robust dining and shopping environment for the town’s merchants,” campaign co-chair Suzanne Knutson said.  

The idea for more lights sprang from the community.  “This past holiday season we heard from a lot of people urging us to extend the snowflakes all the way down River Road,” Knutson explains.  “We’d love to do that, but the snowflakes are expensive.  Each one costs about $350.  We figured we’d appeal to the community and see how much money we can raise.  That’ll determine how many snowflakes we can buy.  The supplier is having a sale right now, so there’s a sense of urgency to get this done immediately.  Raising $8,400 is an ambitious goal, but the snowflakes are a long-term investment in the town’s beautification.”

Contributions and donations of all sizes would be appreciated in order to complete the project, Knutson said.  “Every donation, large or small makes a positive difference in enhancing the beauty and festiveness of our town,” she said.

To make a donation, go to the Wilton Garden Club’s website at www.wiltongardenclub.org and click on the link “Making Wilton Beautiful.”  Checks made payable to “Wilton Garden Club” may also be mailed to Wilton Garden Club, P.O. Box 121, Wilton, CT  06897.  All contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

sherrybjohnson@gmail.com (Wilton Garden Club) Places Wed, 26 Jan 2022 04:43:10 -0500
Wilton Police Department is Hiring an Entry Level Police Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/51785-wilton-police-department-is-hiring-an-entry-level-police-officer51785-wilton-police-department-is-hiring-an-entry-level-police-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/51785-wilton-police-department-is-hiring-an-entry-level-police-officer51785-wilton-police-department-is-hiring-an-entry-level-police-officer

The Wilton Police Department is now hiring for the position of an entry-level police officer.

Application and full job description can be found at policeapp.com

Patrol Officer salary range is $67,247- $92,075.

You must take and pass the CPCA entry-level written exam and CHIP test PRIOR to applying.

The closing date for applications is 02/19/2022.

The Wilton Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Police Dept.) Public safety Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:26:52 -0500
Wilton Family YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51784-wilton-family-ymca-lifeguard-certification-course51784-wilton-family-ymca-lifeguard-certification-course https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51784-wilton-family-ymca-lifeguard-certification-course51784-wilton-family-ymca-lifeguard-certification-course

Lifeguard Training is BACK in Wilton!

Interested in getting certified as a Lifeguard? The Wilton Family YMCA is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard training certification course which is valid for two years and accepted nationwide.
Register HERE.
kerry@ducey.org (Riverbrook Regional YMCA) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:17:14 -0500
Jackson Kelly IV of Wilton Named to St. Lawrence University's Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51783-jackson-kelly-iv-of-wilton-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list51783-jackson-kelly-iv-of-wilton-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51783-jackson-kelly-iv-of-wilton-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list51783-jackson-kelly-iv-of-wilton-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list

 Jackson Kelly IV from Wilton has been named to St. Lawrence University's Dean's List for achieving academic excellence during the Fall 2021 semester.

Kelly is a member of the Class of 2025. Kelly attended Wilton High School.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

Visit www.stlawu.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (St. Lawrence) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:31:02 -0500
Wilton Library Hosts Special Performance by Chinese Acrobat Li Liu Sponsored by Mitch Ancona https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51782-wilton-library-hosts-special-performance-by-chinese-acrobat-li-liu-sponsored-by-mitch-ancona51782-wilton-library-hosts-special-performance-by-chinese-acrobat-li-liu-sponsored-by-mitch-ancona https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51782-wilton-library-hosts-special-performance-by-chinese-acrobat-li-liu-sponsored-by-mitch-ancona51782-wilton-library-hosts-special-performance-by-chinese-acrobat-li-liu-sponsored-by-mitch-ancona

Wilton Library invites families to celebrate Take Your Child to Library Day and the Lunar New Year with Chinese acrobat Li Liu, who takes center stage in the Brubeck Room for a special performance on Saturday, February 5 at 11 a.m.

Children will be delighted by the amazing acrobatics of Li Liu, who will blend artistic cycling, hand balancing, plate spinning, and more spectacular tricks and stunts for a fun-filled program. She also tells stories and incorporates Chinese folklore into her solo act.

This program is generously sponsored by Mitch Ancona of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in Wilton and Ridgefield, who hosted the Annual Branchville Charity Lawn Bocce Tournament in October 2021. Teams representing local non-profit organizations have competed for prize money in this event every fall since 2015 (with the exception of 2020). The Wilton Library team, which is organized by Michael Crystal and includes Jon Waxberg, Bob Correa, and Peter Billias, tied for third place. Afterward, team member Michael Crystal presented the donation of prize money to Wilton Library’s Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria.

“We are thankful for Mitch Ancona’s generosity in hosting this fun tournament every year that highlights charity, family, and community, and we always appreciate the efforts of our dedicated Bocce team. In the spirit of Mitch’s tournament, we decided to use the funds for this special and unique performance by Li Liu that families in our community can enjoy on Take Your Child to the Library Day,” said Tai-Lauria.

Li Liu was born in Shenyang in the northeast of China. At age 6, she began her acrobatic training and the following year attended the Chinese National Circus School in Beijing. After she won a gold medal at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France, Liu traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa performing with the Liaoning Acrobatic Arts Troupe. She came to the United States in 2000 with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the country. Now a freelance performer, Liu is a regular on the NBA and WNBA half-time circuits and a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines. In 2010, she appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Registration is required for this event. Space is limited, so all participants on the waitlist will be sent a Zoom link by the morning of the program to watch it online. While it is the hope to offer this program in person, should circumstances require it the program will switch entirely to Zoom and all registrants will receive an email with the link the day before the program.

To register, please visit the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org/events.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For more information, please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call (203) 762-3950.


kerry@ducey.org (Nuchada Julavits) Events Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:26:23 -0500
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Sicilian Wine Lovers, Rejoice! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51780-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-sicilian-wine-lovers-rejoice51780-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-sicilian-wine-lovers-rejoice https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51780-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-sicilian-wine-lovers-rejoice51780-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-sicilian-wine-lovers-rejoice

Ancona's Flash Sale Monday features Alcesti 'isola Del Satiro' Igp Terre Siciliane Rosso  

Sicilian wine lovers, rejoice.  Today we have a killer flash sale featuring a delicious red from the land of the eternal sun- Sicily, Italy.  One of my favorite Italian wine regions by far.

This wine is the warm hug you need on these freezing-temp winter days.  Will be just as perfect on a Tuesday night or a Sunday lunch. Organically farmed- 70% Nero D'Avola and 30% Perrione.  

You have 24 hours to shop these items, once the 24 hours pass, the offer is gone!

Regular Price: $14.99

Flash Sale Price: $10.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

My tasting notes: Shiny ruby red and violet hue in the glass. Aromas of dark berries and purple flowers, with subtle spice notes.  On the palate, raspberries, cherries.  Medium acidity.  Fine, delicate tannins.  Persistent, enjoyable, long finish.  Pair with swordfish, eggplant parmigiana or grilled pizza.  Delicious slow sipping.  

kerry@ducey.org (Paula Alonso) Life Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:30:14 -0500
Nickel Mines Opens at ACT of CT: You Will Be Moved to Dig Deep https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51781-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep51781-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51781-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep51781-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep

Thank you to ACT of CT for using your stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. 

Levine was not exaggerating - theater can move you in a way unlike any other medium can, and ACT’s production of Nickel Mines will do just that.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

The effects of this senseless act are so personal, each individual, from the family members of the victims to the wife of the shooter is thrust into an unfathomable situation and emotions are running wild. How do they cope? Anger? Revenge? Hate? Forgiveness? Love?

Dance movements and vocal performances are masterfully executed by the uber-talented cast of Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Milan Magana, Mark Bradley Miller, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Justine Veronica Rafael, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Jayme Wappel, and Emma Lou DeLaney.

They touch the audience in a profoundly powerful way.

We witness the incredibly personal struggle of a grieving father, a loving boyfriend, and a lonely sister as they try to struggle to cope and ultimately find a way when they choose forgiveness.

Before the performance even began, the audience had a glimpse into its impact and meaning. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine took the stage and was moved to tears as he spoke about Nickel Mines, a show that was in final days of rehearsal when COVID shut it down in 2020. 

Levine thanked Anita Donofrio who was instrumental in bringing Nickel Mines back. “She believes in this show as much as we do,” said Levine.

Those who were fortunate to see Nickel Mines this weekend were among the first to experience this incredibly powerful World premiere musical production, directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo.

Once again, the entire ACT of Connecticut team, including Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Bryan Perri, Music Supervisor, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Erin Craig, Producing Director deliver brilliance by way of Nickel Mines.

“Good theater can enter our hearts and change us,” said Levine. 

Nickel Mines does that.

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm* & 7pm

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

Sunday, January 23 at 2pm - Niro Feliciano (LCSW, Integrative Counseling and Wellness Group) and Alexis Koukos (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement)

Purchase tickets here.

*Photos by Jeff Butchen Photography 

kerry@ducey.org (KA) Neighbors Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:13:41 -0500
Wilton's Brubeck Brothers Quartet To Celebrate 100 Years Of Dave Brubeck At The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51778-wilton-s-brubeck-brothers-quartet-to-celebrate-100-years-of-dave-brubeck-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse51778-wilton-s-brubeck-brothers-quartet-to-celebrate-100-years-of-dave-brubeck-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51778-wilton-s-brubeck-brothers-quartet-to-celebrate-100-years-of-dave-brubeck-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse51778-wilton-s-brubeck-brothers-quartet-to-celebrate-100-years-of-dave-brubeck-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

It would be an understatement to say Connecticut is proud to have had jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, as one of its residents. On January 30th his sons Chris and Dan will make their return to The Ridgefield Playhouse when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performs as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series

With their refreshing and modern treatment of “straight ahead jazz”, this homecoming performance celebrating their father’s centennial will be one not to miss!  Brubeck Brothers Chris and Dan started performing and recording with their father in the 1970s, and in honor of a century of music, developed a multimedia show that blends music and storytelling to bring audiences on a journey through Dave Brubeck’s remarkable life and career. The deliciously abbreviated “BBQ”, led by Chris and Dan Brubeck on bass and drums respectively, alongside guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, forms a rare combo that expands the bounds of creativity and improvisational interplay, all the while honoring and elevating the traditions of jazz established by legends like their father. Behind the compositional acumen and instrumental mastery is a degree of communication that even among siblings is rare, making each one of their performances a unique and exciting experience.

Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together since their earliest childhood days, with their first record cut back in 1966. It was a surprise to no one that they gravitated towards jazz given it’s in their DNA; their father Dave Brubeck was one of the most celebrated performers and composers in the history of the art form. It is also no surprise the Brubeck Brothers Quartet loves to experiment with nonstandard time signatures, a musical twist encapsulated by Dave Brubeck’s most famous song, “Take Five.” While their musical lineage is closely linked to their renowned father and his legacy, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet is a powerful and dynamic collaborative in its own right, often referencing styles beyond the borders of what is typically known as “straight ahead jazz.” As funk, blues and world music have stretched and blurred the definitions of jazz for the past 50 years, these influences are naturally integrated into the Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s nightly performances. They are tradition with a twist, referencing the ever-expanding language of contemporary jazz music.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($39) go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. Visit Tequila Escape Kitchen + Bar for dinner before the show and enjoy 10% off your check when you show your ticket! The EventVIP Party Pass is also available for an additional $50, and includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:00 – 6:30pm; contact the box office to reserve a pass. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/



kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:25:08 -0500
Wendy Souppa Named 2022 New Leader in Banking by Connecticut Bankers Association https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51779-wendy-souppa-named-2022-new-leader-in-banking-by-connecticut-bankers-association51779-wendy-souppa-named-2022-new-leader-in-banking-by-connecticut-bankers-association https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51779-wendy-souppa-named-2022-new-leader-in-banking-by-connecticut-bankers-association51779-wendy-souppa-named-2022-new-leader-in-banking-by-connecticut-bankers-association

Wendy Souppa, Vice President and Manager of Deposit Operations at Fairfield County Bank, received the 2022 New Leaders in Banking award from the Connecticut Bankers Association. This award recognizes an up-and-coming class of noteworthy bankers across the state, who have made significant contributions to their organization.

“Wendy has demonstrated leadership qualities in a multitude of ways, but none more so than her ability to recognize and utilize the talents of the team around her. This ability to engage talent and new ideas has elevated her department to a level of the organization where employees seek the opportunity to work for and with her,” said Andrea Coreau, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales and Operations Leader. “Wendy is an independent thinker who sees her responsibility as not only for how her area functions, but also how the development of new processes from her team will help frontline Bank employees meet the needs of our clients.”

Nominees who demonstrated they made a notable impact within their bank and community were selected by an independent panel of judges.  The honorees were celebrated at the New Leaders Awards Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun on January 13.

Wendy began her banking career more than twenty years ago, starting as a teller with Fairfield County Bank in 2000. After learning the basics of banking, Wendy transferred to Deposit Operations and quickly became an integral part of the team. She was promoted to Assistant Deposit Operations Manager in 2016, and then again to Vice President and Manager of Deposit Operations in 2019, the roll she currently holds. 


kerry@ducey.org (Jillian Fernandez) Neighbors Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:15:11 -0500
Wilton Historical Society's Booked for Lunch: Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51777-wilton-historical-society-s-booked-for-lunch-free-the-beaches-the-story-of-ned-coll-and-the-battle-for-america-s-most-exclusive-shoreline51777-wilton-historical-society-s-booked-for-lunch-free-the-beaches-the-story-of-ned-coll-and-the-battle-for-america-s-most-exclusive-shoreline https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51777-wilton-historical-society-s-booked-for-lunch-free-the-beaches-the-story-of-ned-coll-and-the-battle-for-america-s-most-exclusive-shoreline51777-wilton-historical-society-s-booked-for-lunch-free-the-beaches-the-story-of-ned-coll-and-the-battle-for-america-s-most-exclusive-shoreline

A Black History Month Presentation by Wilton Historical, Author Talk via Zoom

Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline By Andrew Kahrl on Thursday, February 24, from 12:30 – 1:30

The story of our separate and unequal America in the making, and one man’s fight against it

This book is the first to tell the story of the controversial protester who gathered a band of determined African American mothers and children and challenged the racist, exclusionary tactics of homeowners in a state synonymous with liberalism. On Thursday, February 24 from 12:30 – 1:30 Wilton Historical will host a talk with Andrew Kahrl, author of Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline. During the long, hot summers of the late 1960s and 1970s, one man began a campaign to open some of America’s most exclusive beaches to minorities and the urban poor. That man was anti-poverty activist and one-time presidential candidate Ned Coll of Connecticut, a state that permitted public access to a mere seven miles of its 253-mile shoreline. Nearly all of the state’s coast was held privately, for the most part by white, wealthy residents. A Black History Month program, the presentation is part of “Booked for Lunch” a book discussion group that focuses on history.

Coll’s legacy of remarkable successes—and failures—illuminates how our nation’s fragile coasts have not only become more exclusive in subsequent decades but also have suffered greater environmental destruction and erosion as a result of that private ownership.

“In Free the Beaches, Andrew Kahrl not only tells the remarkable story of activist Ned Coll. He also shows that on the Connecticut shore, white liberalism and racial exclusion went hand in hand.”—Jason Sokol, author of All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

Winner of the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards, Non-fiction category and Winner of the Homer D. Babbidge Award, sponsored by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History

Andrew W. Kahrl is Professor of History and African American Studies and Co-Director of The Repair Lab at the University of Virginia. He is the author of the award-winning books The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South and Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline, and numerous articles and essays on the history of racial segregation and environmental inequality in the 20th century US.

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

Suggested contribution: $10 

kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Fri, 21 Jan 2022 09:14:32 -0500
Wilton Library and Wilton School District Explore the Rich Local History of Wilton for Wilton Reads 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51776-wilton-library-and-wilton-school-district-explore-the-rich-local-history-of-wilton-for-wilton-reads-202251776-wilton-library-and-wilton-school-district-explore-the-rich-local-history-of-wilton-for-wilton-reads-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51776-wilton-library-and-wilton-school-district-explore-the-rich-local-history-of-wilton-for-wilton-reads-202251776-wilton-library-and-wilton-school-district-explore-the-rich-local-history-of-wilton-for-wilton-reads-2022

As the town of Wilton welcomes the arrival of many new residents, Wilton Library decided it is an opportune time to educate all Wilton residents – from the newest arrivals to the longest established – about the rich and vibrant history of the town of Wilton. The history of Wilton over the last three centuries is the topic for Wilton Reads 2022, the library’s community-wide reading program.

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, Elaine Tai-Lauria, Executive Director of Wilton Library, and Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning, Wilton Public Schools, announced the Wilton Reads 2022 selection: Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress by Robert (Bob) H. Russell. The library will again collaborate with the Wilton School District to facilitate discussions and conversations throughout the community on all levels.

Tai-Lauria credited Lauren McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Wilton Library, for the selection. “In Wilton, we are in the midst of a sea change. Our community is growing and changing so quickly, and we are seeing history happen right before our eyes. We believe it is the perfect time to look inward and explore Wilton’s fascinating story, and we could not think of a better selection than Bob Russell’s Wilton, Connecticut, which is the definitive history of our town,” said Tai-Lauria of the choice.

“As with Wilton Reads collaborations in the past, the school district will choose age-appropriate reading selections and create supplemental activities for the various schools,” said Kompar.

“We believe that the library’s selection for Wilton Reads 2022 provides a wonderful learning opportunity for all Wilton residents. For our students, we’ll be able to engage them on so many levels – such as virtual author visits and other educational programs,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools.

Author Bob Russell led Wilton as First Selectman for six years after his 35-year business career with IBM. He also served on the boards of several Wilton organizations including Wilton Library. His lifelong interest in history led him to research and write Wilton, Connecticut, a comprehensive record of Wilton’s 300-year past, published by the Wilton Historical Society in 2004. To write the book, Russell drew upon records at Town Hall and local libraries, including the extensive archives in Wilton Library’s History Room, as well as the personal accounts of many Wilton residents.

The Wilton Reads program will culminate with an author talk by Bob Russell in the spring. During his talk, the author will be recognized with the Grodin Family Fine Writers award.

The library plans to offer free copies of Wilton, Connecticut this spring, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. However, copies of the book are currently available via the library’s catalog at www.wiltonlibrary.org.

For Wilton Reads 2022, a slate of programs featuring local and state history is being planned for this spring. The library will also provide educational resources for further exploration. Further details of the library’s Wilton Reads 2022 programming will be posted this spring on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Public Schools’ programming details may be found by visiting the school district’s website at www.wiltonps.org.

This is the sixteenth season of Wilton Reads. The program originated with a reading of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A list of past Wilton Reads selections 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. For more information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, call the library’s reference librarians at 203-762-6350 or email reference@wiltonlibrary.org.


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Wilton Historical Society & Wilton Go Green Host Energy Efficiency and the Historic House https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51775-wilton-historical-society-wilton-go-green-host-energy-efficiency-and-the-historic-house51775-wilton-historical-society-wilton-go-green-host-energy-efficiency-and-the-historic-house https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51775-wilton-historical-society-wilton-go-green-host-energy-efficiency-and-the-historic-house51775-wilton-historical-society-wilton-go-green-host-energy-efficiency-and-the-historic-house

Energy Efficiency and the Historic House on Thursday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 on Zoom

Presentation by Marena Wisniewski and Todd Levine/CT State Preservation Office (SHPO)

Presented by Wilton Historical in collaboration with Wilton Go Green

It’s the age-old adage: “the greenest house is the one already built.”

Historic houses are inherently sustainable, with features built in to capitalize on using and retaining energy. Historic houses can also be updated in appropriate ways to make them even more efficient, some of which you can do yourself. Join us as we share helpful tips and case studies to help owners save money on their bills, help the environment, and maintain your home- all at the same time! Marena Wisniewski and Todd Levine of Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will present their program on zoom on Thursday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00.

Don’t miss this detailed presentation by two experts!

Marena Wisniewski

Marena Wisniewski serves as the State Register Coordinator for the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, as well as an environmental reviewer and coordinator of the Women’s and Minority History Trail. Prior to coming to Hartford, she was the Preservation & Public Engagement Officer at the Providence Preservation Society, as well as a private consultant serving New York City. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a MA in World History from NYU. With a specific concentration in materials science, she spends most of her free time researching building performance and arguing with window salesmen.

Todd Levine

An architectural historian with a Master's degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, Todd has worked at inspecting, studying, and preserving Connecticut’s historic resources since 2003. Todd was the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s (now Preservation Connecticut) Preservation Services Officer from 2006-2009 and from 2009-2012 he was Director of the Historic Barns of Connecticut program, one of the most comprehensive barn programs in the nation. Todd is the chairman of the Historic Properties Commission of the Town of Hamden and has been at the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office as an architectural historian, Freedom Trail coordinator and environmental reviewer since 2013.

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

Suggested contribution: $10

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


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