Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:48:44 -0400 HamletHub.com Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Chateau Beaubois Blanc, certified biodynamic and organic (and delicious) for $11.99 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51582-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-chateau-beaubois-blanc-certified-biodynamic-and-organic-and-delicious-for-11-9951582-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-chateau-beaubois-blanc-certified-biodynamic-and-organic-and-delicious-for-11-99 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51582-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-chateau-beaubois-blanc-certified-biodynamic-and-organic-and-delicious-for-11-9951582-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-chateau-beaubois-blanc-certified-biodynamic-and-organic-and-delicious-for-11-99

Happy Flash Sale Monday!

Presenting Chateau Beaubois Blanc, a lovely white to pair with warm fall days, citrus-herb goat cheese and seafood fanfare to perfection. Certified biodynamic and organic.

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

Regular Price: $14.99

Flash Sale Price: $11.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

My tasting notes: 40% Roussanne, 40% Grenache, 10% Viognier, 10% Rolle.  Crisp, fresh white.  Aromas of meyer lemon and white flowers hit the nose and transfer to the palate.  Soft minerality is present.  A true pleasure in every sense!  Refreshing and acidulous mouthfeel.  Drink on its own on a warm fall evening, or pair with tomato-capers-basil brusquettas, grilled branzino, or a light no sauce pasta like spaghetti a la fruti di mare.  Simply lovely. 

Regular Price: $14.99

Flash Sale Price: $11.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

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kerry@ducey.org (Paula Alonso) Life Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:01:52 -0400
Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51583-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1751583-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51583-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1751583-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17

A great double-bill of classic rock is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage – Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm!

Krieger, who was the band’s guitarist and songwriter, leads a celebration of the music of The Doors with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger, his son. Hits include "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly" and many more!  Vanilla Fudge features original members Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Vince Martell with Pete Bremy. 

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. They are best known for their arrangements of “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and more!

This show is part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.  For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($77.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can 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.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:54:57 -0400
Celebrating Arbor Day with the Wilton Tree Committee https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51581-celebrating-arbor-day51581-celebrating-arbor-day https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51581-celebrating-arbor-day51581-celebrating-arbor-day

Celebrating Arbor Day and our Wilton Tree Stewards for 2020 and 2021!

The Wilton Conservation Commission and its subcommittee Tree Committee are pleased to invite all residents to join in celebrating Arbor Day on Wednesday, 20 October at 3:00 p.m. in Merwin Meadows. 

While most communities recognize Arbor Day earlier in the year, the Conservation Commission and its Tree Committee opted to move this attention to the Autumn season for Wilton.  Trees planted in this season are more likely to grow well because they are readying to become dormant for the Winter; they require less light, warmth, water, and nutrients as they go quiescent, and they are healthier when they start growing again in early Spring because they have not been stressed.  For these reasons, the Commission is planting all donated trees in Autumn each year.

As part of Wilton’s annual American Tree City status, each year on Arbor Day the Commission names an individual as Tree Steward.  This is someone who has brought a wealth of knowledge about conservation and an abundance of her/his personal effort to projects supporting conservation in our Town over the past years.  Because of the pandemic, last year’s Tree Steward was named, but not acknowledged.  Therefore, this year is special: the Town will celebrate our 2020 Tree Steward, Elizabeth Craig and our 2021 Tree Steward, Nicholas Lee.  

For Liz Craig, a white oak, Quercus alba, planted at Merwin Meadows outside the children’s playground, will remind residents of the various continuing commitments Liz provides Wilton as former Chair and member of the Inland Wetlands Commission, founding member of the Pollinator Pathway, Board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and former Co-Chair of the Wilton Garden Club’s Conservation Commission.  An advanced Master Gardener and an Arborist, Liz designed and led the project to replace invasive species with native plantings at the corner of the NRVT at Autumn Ridge and Sharp Hill, and she teaches classes on native plantings at Norwalk Community College.  

In Nick’s honor, a Nyssa sylvatica (Black Tupelo) was planted in the area between the Bank of America and Wilton Library parking areas.  This tree will remind our townspeople of Nick’s dedication to Inland Wetlands, where he currently serves as Chair, and where he also served as a member for ten years in the past, as well as his former decade-long tenures on both the Conservation Commission and the Tree Committee.  Nick generously provided the labor of his landscape business for many years to ensure the planting and tending of donated trees in the community would be accomplished properly and at cost.  In addition to all these other indicators of his extraordinary service to Wilton, Nick is currently one of Wilton’s two Tree Wardens.

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sherrybjohnson@gmail.com (Sherry Johnson for Wilton Tree Committee) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:44:58 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Pumpkins in Wilton, Halloween Dogs in Fairfield, The Machine in Ridgefield, and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51579-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more51579-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51579-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more51579-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more

 

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, look for a listing of weekend events and activities!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. 

Friday at 7pm, head over to MoCA Westport for another great show from the Music at MoCA series. The Figgs are a tried-and-true band with a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and a catalog of studio albums, EPs, and singles.

Maybe you’re in the mood for an amazing acoustic show? Friday at 8pm, Bridgeport’s  Bijou Theatre features the internationally acclaimed Mike Massé, performing some of the best classic rock songs from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, U2, Elton John, and more. 

Saturday afternoon is packed with a bountiful harvest of Fall fun. Fairfield Harvest Market & Dog Halloween Costume Parade begins at 10am on Saturday at the Historic Old Town Hall Green in Fairfield, featuring 70+ vendors offering artwork, crafts, pet products, jewelry, upcycled and rustic furniture, home décor items as well as food trucks and vendors from the weekly Fairfield Farmers Market. The Dog Halloween Costume Parade will start promptly at noon. Dress your fur baby in their Halloween costume and line up at 11:45am to parade along Old Post Road. 

Then at 2pm, the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society will be strewn with pumpkins, gourds, mums and corn for The Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest. Munch a donut and sip some cider, decorate a pumpkin, play cornhole or “Ring Toss with Pumpkins” and so much more.

Also at 2pm, in the heart of downtown Westport, you will find the Westport Downtown Association's third annual Westoberfest. With over 60 tastings from a variety of award winning and innovative craft breweries, an assortment of fun fall activities including live music, local food, air-cooled cars, a pumpkin giveaway, and a location steps away from the best shops and restaurants Westport has to offer, Westoberfest is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon with friends and family.

As the Saturday sun sets and evening arrives, Stamford’s Loft Artists Association opens its 8th Annual Juried Exhibit, Chiaroscuro: The Art of Light and Dark5-7pm, with a reception and awards ceremony. The concept of Chiaroscuro has been evident throughout art history since the 5th C. in Greece. Come and see why this effect has stood the test of time. 

Norwalk’s  St Philip Artists' Guild opens its doors to the public for the first time in over two years with  “Euphoria”, Saturday 5:30 - 8:30pm. Enjoy a live art exhibit with open studios featuring 21 artists at the magnificent Oakwood Estate Mansion in Norwalk. Opening their doors the Guild is eager for the community to experience this celebration of artistic excitement and creative joy with over 100 works of art and open studios for guests, live music and refreshments. 

Later on, join a night of “Lunacy” with the International Westport Astronomical Society when it opens up the Westport Observatory campus for International Observe the Moon Night. Take part in lunar viewing, hands-on activities, virtual and in-person events, and more. Come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide to honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon. 

If music is more your style, THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday at 7:30and Sacred Fire, the blistering six-piece Latin Rock SANTANA Tribute band, takes the stage at The Bijou in Bridgeport at 8:00. 

On Sunday, Connecticut’s non-profit mobile art museum, cARTie, is hosting an Open House celebration event from 3:00-6:00pm Food, drink, live music, student art, and unforgettable photo-ops aboard the art museum bus. Located at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, this celebration is in gratitude for everyone helping to bridge inequities in education and arts access across the state, bringing the museum experience to more than 1,000 PreK-2 students.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:25:13 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton: Knapp Tree https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51410-why-small-businesses-matter-knapp-tree51410-why-small-businesses-matter-knapp-tree https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51410-why-small-businesses-matter-knapp-tree51410-why-small-businesses-matter-knapp-tree

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 Knapp Tree!

Three questions with Diane Knapp, founder of Knapp Tree.

Why did you start your business?

We have the honor of carrying on the family business that Bob Knapp started over 45 years ago!

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling products are tree work and mulch!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

The majority of suppliers we use are local businesses - Auto Parts Plus, Levine Automotive, LoStocco Auto Parts, Mitchell Oil, Belardinelli Tire, East Coast Signs, Foley's Pump Service, Keough's Hardware, KMG Landscaping, Servco, T&G Sales and Service.

Visit Knapp Tree online on their Facebook page here or give them a call at 203-943-0690!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:15:09 -0400
Wilton Library in November: Poetry, Thanksgiving Take-and-Make Crafts, Holiday Dessert, and More https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51578-wilton-library-in-november-poetry-thanksgiving-take-and-make-crafts-holiday-dessert-and-more51578-wilton-library-in-november-poetry-thanksgiving-take-and-make-crafts-holiday-dessert-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51578-wilton-library-in-november-poetry-thanksgiving-take-and-make-crafts-holiday-dessert-and-more51578-wilton-library-in-november-poetry-thanksgiving-take-and-make-crafts-holiday-dessert-and-more

Wilton Library November 2021 Virtual and In-Person Activities

Tuesdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 23 Ready to Read Story Time, 4:15 – 5 p.m. Children ages 4-5 are invited to a story time adventure at the library! We will explore and chat about different exciting topics. There will be stories, activities and so much more. Story time will be in the Brubeck Room. Bring a blanket to reserve your space. Masks must be worn at all times by adults and children. Social distancing must be maintained, therefore space is limited. Registration is required for each session. Masked walk-ins welcome if space allows. Caregivers must remain on library property. Email contact for questions: tcoperine@wiltonlibrary.org. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10 & 17 Indoor Story Time, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 3-4 and their caregivers are invited to our in-person story time.  Story time will be in the Brubeck Room. Kids will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and rhymes. Bring a blanket to reserve your space.  Masks must be worn at all times by adults and children. Social distancing must be maintained, therefore space is limited. Registration is required for each session. Masked walk-ins welcome if space allows. Questions? Email alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Nov. 4, 11 & 18 Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy a fun virtual story time with music, puppets, picture books and nursery rhymes. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the program. For more details, email Mrs. Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Nov. 4, 11 & 18 and Dec. 2 Poetic Voices in Their Times: The Poetry of Robert Hayden and Mona Van Duyn, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Please join us in the Brubeck Room for a 4-week literature seminar led by Judson Scruton, who will take us through selected works by poets Robert Hayden and Mona Van Duyn.  Robert Hayden was a major black poet who was often denigrated by the literary establishment because he wrote in more traditional, classical poetic forms.  Mona Van Duyn won all the major poetic prizes but was often dismissed as writing about suburban female subject matter.  Both poets deserve far more recognition and study. Their poems are accessible yet filled with surprising insight. Advance registration is required. There is no charge for this program. By registering for the first session you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. This lecture series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley.  Please email Andrea Sato with any questions at asato@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Nov. 4 & 18 Teen Writers Group Write-In, 5 - 6 p.m. Join the Wilton Library Teen Writing Group for two November write-ins in the Brubeck Room. Work on a National Novel Writing Project or any other creative project. We'll have timed writing sprints and provide prompts to get your creativity flowing. This program is for teens in Grade 7-12. Registration is required. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Nov. 6 (Not) Just for Kids – Meet Mr. Mozart: Strings, 3 – 4 p.m. Children ages 4+ and their families are invited to this fun presentation by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in the library’s Brubeck Room. Meet the string section of the orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and bass) as we explore works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He began composing when he was only five years old! NSO's November concert features Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 40, and beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Ages 4+ with caregivers, masks required for all. Registration required for each member of your party. Call for more details (203) 762-6336. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Nov. 8 Children’s Zooming Zentangle Fun, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Calling all artists and doodlers!  If you love to draw or doodle, but think you aren’t a good artist, this is the program for you.  Using a few simple steps and techniques, anyone can learn to create intricate artwork that will make you go wow! So join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon of art. Whether or not you joined us for previous classes, this program is for you. We will be doing different tangles and this class will work equally well for first-timers and those who have a bit more experience. For children in grades 3-6.  Registration is required. Please register all attendees. Participants will be contacted to pick up supplies a few days before the program. The Zoom link will be distributed no later than the morning of the program. Please note: supplies and space are limited. We ask that patrons register only if you are sure you can attend.  Email alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.  

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Drinking, Smoking, Vaping: Trends in Teen Use and What Parents Can Do, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Join the Wilton Community in the Brubeck Room for this positive event supporting the well-being of our adolescents. What exactly is "normal" when it comes to adolescent "experimentation" with alcohol, vaping and other risky behaviors? Parents may not be aware that affluence is a risk factor for teens' exposure to and use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and liquid nicotine (vaping) and that many high achieving teens are secretly engaged in these behaviors. In this workshop, Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen, CADC, Director of Insight Counseling, will help parents understand the current trends in teen behaviors as well as the possible unique risk factors for these behaviors that parents can minimize or eliminate. Parents will also learn simple and effective ways to set and maintain reasonable limits and expectations for their child's safety and social life. Parents will have ample time to ask questions about their specific concerns. This program will also address the unique risk factors and considerations for prevention of substance use for teens with learning disabilities and other special needs. We will cover teens with ADHD and other disabilities that may pose significant challenges to parents setting and maintaining safety boundaries and helping teens navigate social life. No charge for the program. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council and SPED*NET Wilton. This program is appropriate for parents of 6th-12th grade students.  All interested adults are welcome to attend. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Police Officer Story Time, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 3 and up are invited to join Wilton Police Officers for an interactive, in-person story time! Officer Ackerman will read stories and answer questions. Kids will see the police car too! Masks must be worn at all times by adults and children since the outdoor space is enclosed. Registration required. Email children@wiltonlibrary.org with questions. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Divorce: What to Consider, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This Zoom seminar from experienced Divorce Coach Lisa Williams, Attorney Mediator Maurice Segall, and Financial Advisor Matthew Chamberlin will cover a variety of topics on the legal and financial process of divorce. They will answer common questions such as: How do you navigate the process? What are the steps that you need to take? What professionals will best serve you in this process? What common misconceptions do people have about divorce? This talk is appropriate for people who are getting divorced, contemplating divorce, people you know who may be thinking about divorce, and professionals who work in the divorce community. There is no cost to attend this program. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. FYI: Wilton Library does not share patron information from its registration list. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Nov. 10 & 17 Zooming Family Story Time, 9:30 – 10 a.m. Join us for an interactive Zoom story time geared especially for children ages 2-4 years.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a Zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 Wilton Library Readers: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Noon – 1:30 p.m. Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro this month. Space is limited and registration required. Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants before the meeting. Please note that the Zoom link will be sent to you from kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library Readers meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the book. Questions?  Please email kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 Inflation, Taxes and the Effect on Your Retirement, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us for an educational workshop that may help you in these volatile times. Veteran financial advisor Michael Alimo from USA Financial and Tax Services returns to Wilton Library to discuss how inflation and taxes may affect your retirement. Given the low level of inflation, is it still an issue for retirement savers and those using their savings to finance retirement expenses? Due to the low inflationary & interest rate environment, investors have found it next to impossible to receive an acceptable rate of return to keep pace with inflation in traditional CD’s & Money Market accounts. This erodes the “purchasing value” of your money for everyday needs. The question for retirement savers is how to mitigate the impact of inflation. The answer lies in creating a diversified portfolio that includes equity investments. Taxes have been a concern for many Americans for decades now. With rising deficits on the federal, state and municipality level, where does that leave the taxpayer? As they head towards retirement most Americans have squirreled away a fair amount of assets “tax-deferred”.  What are these assets truly worth when needed? Currently tax law changes are being discussed and changes may be coming. Get prepared. Advance registration required.

Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Contact asato@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Nov. 11 Make a 3D Printed Cookie Cutter with TinkerCAD, 5 - 6 p.m. Curious about 3D printing? Wondering how you can design and make your own 3D objects? Join us for this basic step-by-step TinkerCAD tutorial on Zoom. You'll learn how to make your own 3D cookie cutter design. After the program, participants will have the option to send their file to the library to get it printed by our 3D printer. This program is for adults and teens, grades 7 and up. Before the program, please create a free TinkerCAD account at TinkerCAD.com. Registration required. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the program. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 Firefighter Story Time, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 3 and up are invited to join Wilton Firefighers for an interactive, in-person story time. Children will hear stories and they will be able to ask the firefighters questions. We will also see the fire truck! Masks required for all adults and children. Registration for this program is required. Space is limited due to social distancing requirements. Email children@wiltonlibrary.org with questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Nov. 18 Holiday Dessert, 4 – 5 p.m. Join Food Explorers on Zoom to make Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts! You’ll make your own pastry, filling and glaze. You’ll need the following ingredients: flour, butter, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar and maple syrup. Pumpkin pie spice is optional, and you will need a rolling pin. For kids first grade and up. Registration required. A Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program. Questions? Call 203-762-6336. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Nov. 19 Thanksgiving Take-and-Make Crafts, 4 – 5 p.m. Children ages 4 - 8 are invited to make Thanksgiving-themed crafts with us! The program will be live through Zoom. Kits will be available at the Children's Library for each registrant. Please register each child separately. Call for more details (203) 762-6336. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Nov. 20 CT Poetry Society Workshop – In-Person Meeting, 2 – 4 p.m. Please join us for the next CT Poetry Society workshop live and in-person. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at rayrauth@optonline.net. He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but online registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Nov. 20 (Not) Just for Kids – A Holiday Classic: Mixed Ensemble, 3 – 4 p.m. Children ages 4+ and their families are invited to this presentation by Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in the Brubeck Room. Did you know that Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera? What is it like to sing and act with a full orchestra on the stage? Meet some of the cast, hear some of the music, and learn more about this beautiful holiday favorite. Local soloists join the Symphony to preview this very special presentation. Children ages 4+ with caregivers, masks must be worn by all.  Registration required for each member of your party. Call for more details (203) 762-6336. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Nov. 22 Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Join Amy, Wilton Library's certified Zentangle instructor, for a fun and relaxing virtual Zentangle art session. This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn't believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists.  For adults and teens, ages 13+. See the library’s registration link for suggestions of supplies needed. Registration is required and space is limited. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the session. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register and for short video tutorials. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Senior Center Book Discussion: Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, 11 a.m. – noon. Please join us as Ray Rauth leads a discussion of Elizabeth Kolbert's Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Wilton Senior Center at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Events Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:31:18 -0400
Nod Hill Brewery to Receive First Green Award Sunday and Host Electric Vehicle Show https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51580-ridgefield-action-committee-for-the-environment51580-ridgefield-action-committee-for-the-environment https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51580-ridgefield-action-committee-for-the-environment51580-ridgefield-action-committee-for-the-environment

This Sunday, October 17th from 12 to 3, the Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) is celebrating the presentation of its first green business award with an electric vehicle show that will be hosted at the Nod Hill brewery in Ridgefield. The award ceremony will be at 2 P.M.  

The electric vehicle show will include many current models as well as up-to-date information about home chargers and subsidies.  Dealers representing Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, BMW, and Chevrolet will be present to show their latest EV models. Tesla, Hyundai, Jeep, Toyota, Jaguar, and Ford EV owners will be there as well to answer questions from the EV curious.

The Green Business Award is a recent award to Ridgefield and surrounding communities. Alexia Anglade, a Ridgefield High School senior worked with community business leaders and non-profits, RACE and the Norwalk Watershed River Association to create an award to recognize and encourage local businesses with sustainable business practices. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award available to Girl Scouts as a result.

The Green Business Award is based on a points system and is available at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels. Interested businesses can learn more at https://www.greenawardct.com. Eligible businesses receive a decal designed by Alexia to display to publicize their eco business practices.

The first award recipient is the Nod Hill Brewery. Nod Hill is the first (and currently only) brewery in the state that is entirely solar powered. Nod Hill Brewery has a rooftop solar array that offsets 100% of its electrical usage and pushes at least 5,618 kWh per year back into the power grid.   They also send all their spent grain to local farms, implement clean wastewater practices, and the grounds adjacent to its Biergarten are part of the Pollinator Pathway Northeast.  In addition, the new parking lot has solar LED lighting and is wired for EV chargers. 

Dr. Ben Oko will be the master of ceremonies. Alexia Anglade will introduce the award and First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, will present the award. Local leaders including Representatives Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Ken Gucker; and State Senator, Will Haskell, will be in attendance.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment) Events Thu, 14 Oct 2021 09:49:58 -0400
The Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest on Saturday! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51577-the-great-wilton-pumpkin-fest-on-saturday51577-the-great-wilton-pumpkin-fest-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51577-the-great-wilton-pumpkin-fest-on-saturday51577-the-great-wilton-pumpkin-fest-on-saturday

Pumpkins everywhere! And much more... come to the Wilton Historical Society this Saturday, October 16 from 2-4.

There will be pumpkins and mums for purchase, cider and doughnuts, blacksmith demonstrations, lawn games for kids, pumpkin decorating and much more!

Don't forget to pick up your Scavenger Hunt Kit, and set out to follow the clues to a dozen places around town.  This is a great opportunity for family fun, get outside, explore Wilton and maybe even win a prize!

Learn about the Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest and Scavenger Hunt here.

Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Road.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Wed, 13 Oct 2021 15:11:24 -0400
Wilton's Southern Yankee Hosts 6th Annual Holiday Sip & Shop on November 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51576-wilton-s-southern-yankee-hosts-6th-annual-holiday-sip-shop-on-november-1851576-wilton-s-southern-yankee-hosts-6th-annual-holiday-sip-shop-on-november-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51576-wilton-s-southern-yankee-hosts-6th-annual-holiday-sip-shop-on-november-1851576-wilton-s-southern-yankee-hosts-6th-annual-holiday-sip-shop-on-november-18

Southern Yankee's 6th Annual Sip & Shop on November 18 from 10am to 8pm

Tickets are $20 - all proceeds benefit Circle of Care, a Wilton nonprofit that provides emotional and financial assistance to families impacted by pediatric cancer.

Southern Yankee, owned by Jennifer Angerame is located at 237 Danbury Road, across from Town Hall and right next door to Blue Star Bazaar. Angerame has built Southern Yankee into a brand; one that represents wholesome, trendy, fashionable apparel creatively crafted from vintage linens and other upcycled fabrics.

Be sure to check Southern Yankee and Monogramming by Southern Yankee on Facebook (Southern Yankee Monogramming by Southern Yankee) and on Instagram.

Southern Yankee online here.

Contact Jennifer Angerame via email:   southernyankeewilton@gmail.com

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 13 Oct 2021 11:00:08 -0400
Wilton High School Stadium Track and Turf Expected to Reopen on Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51575-wilton-high-school-stadium-track-and-turf-expected-to-reopen-on-friday51575-wilton-high-school-stadium-track-and-turf-expected-to-reopen-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51575-wilton-high-school-stadium-track-and-turf-expected-to-reopen-on-friday51575-wilton-high-school-stadium-track-and-turf-expected-to-reopen-on-friday

We are nearly at the finish line.  The Stadium track and turf are expected to reopen on Friday.  Sanitation of the field will take place tomorrow and Thursday. Sanitation requires an extra day because of moisture on the field in the morning. The field must be dry to apply the materials.

Installation of additional infill on the Lilly turf field begins tomorrow October 12th. Weather permitting, Lilly will be completed on Tuesday, October 19th.  During this time period, the Lilly field will open at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday.  No public access is available prior to 5:00 p.m. on those days. The field will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday.  

Again, thank you for your continued patience. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Places Wed, 13 Oct 2021 05:48:15 -0400
Wilton Police Department Hosts Tours on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51574-wilton-police-department-hosts-tours-on-saturday51574-wilton-police-department-hosts-tours-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51574-wilton-police-department-hosts-tours-on-saturday51574-wilton-police-department-hosts-tours-on-saturday

The Wilton Police Department is offering tours of the Department this Saturday, September 16 between 9 and noon. Members of the community are welcome to stop by any time during these hours for a tour. 

The tours are offered in conjunction with the work of the Police-Town Hall Building Committee that was charged with studying the deficiencies and needs of the police headquarters and subsequently made a recommendation to the Board of Selectman for a new headquarters in front of the existing police building.

The BOS is expected to recommend a plan to voters at a special town meeting in early 2022. 

To learn more about ht project, click HERE.

For more information, contact Captian Tom Conlan of the Wilton PD at 203-834-6256.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton PD) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 11:41:49 -0400
Weir Farm Announces Art in the Park Contest Winners https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51573-weir-farm-announces-art-in-the-park-contest-winners51573-weir-farm-announces-art-in-the-park-contest-winners https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51573-weir-farm-announces-art-in-the-park-contest-winners51573-weir-farm-announces-art-in-the-park-contest-winners

Weir Farm NHP would like to thank and congratulate all of the artists who entered this year's Virtual Art in the Park Contest and Exhibit! Artists from all over submitted an image of a piece of artwork inspired by or made at Weir Farm. Winners of each category can be seen below.

A Special Thanks to Contest Judges and Partners

A warm thank you to the three contest judges, Weir Farm art instructors Bobbi Eike MullenDmitri Wright, and Pat Hegnauer, for their expertise and generosity in determining this year's winners. Also, a huge thank you to park partners G&B Cultural CenterFriends of Weir Farm, and Weir Farm Art Alliance for your support of local artists and Weir Farm's Art in the Park programming.

Virtual Art Exhibit

All artwork entered in the contest is now featured on the park's website as part of an online exhibit. With 126 submissions, the 2021 Virtual Art in the Park Exhibit focuses on showcasing the artistic inspiration and creativity that Weir Farm NHP inspires! To view the virtual art exhibit, click on the images below. The art exhibit is split into six different categories.

Visitors' Choice Award

The Visitor's Choice Award is getting a virtual spin this year with two rounds of online voting! Round one begins October 1st and will be open through end of day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. View the exhibit gallery and look through all the works of art. Then go to this Microsoft Form and pick your favorite! Only one vote per person/email address will be accepted. The top six works from Round One will advance to our social media voting that will take place on the park's Facebook during the week of October 24, 2021, where the first, second, and third place winners will be decided. Vote for your favorite today!


Full List of Winners and Honorable Mentions

Advanced/Professional Artist Awards

1st, Weir Masterpiece Award: Justin Wiest, "Spring Morning"
2nd: Leslie Carone, "Young Studio, Weir Farm"
3rd: Maya Rodriguez, "Woodshed in Winter"

Honorable Mentions:
Alice Hayes, "Shadow by the Barn"
Day R. Shields, "Painting in the Meadow -Dmitri's Class"
Sharman Wheatley, "Sunken Garden, Weir Farm"

Adult Artist Awards

1st: Christina A. Tugeau, "Memory Shed"
2nd: Mark Taylor, "Weir Pond 2021"
3rd: Cathleen Nardo, "The Buttercup Trail"

Honorable Mentions:
Cynthia Dunn, "Moody Morning"
Michael Franco, "Ice House and Weir Barn"
Michael Jaykus, "The Shed at Weir Farm"

Teen Artist Awards

1st: Gisella Castagna, "Burlingham Bunnies at Dusk"
2nd: Josh Arouni, "Breathe In"
3rd: Brenden Shean, "Foliage on the Lake"

Honorable Mentions:
Caroline Richey Elliott, "Flower in the field"
Chloe Kiernan, "Peace and Serenity"
Alex Lopes, "Burlingam House at Weir Farm"

Junior Artist Awards

1st: Adelaida Rogova, "Dragon on the Farm"
2nd: Skanda. R, "The good times spent in the park"
3rd: Will, "The Old Oak"

Honorable Mentions:
Reagan Bohnemann, "Cora's House and Potting Shed"
Lilly P, "The Weir Bench"
Cecilia Tremante, "Tree and Stone Wall"

Photography Awards

1st: Dylan Miller, "Sphagnum Grove"
2nd: Susan D. Ferguson, "Weir Farm in Winter"
3rd: Diane Daskam, "A view in May from the hidden garden"

Honorable Mentions:
Zaac Chaves, "The Green Elf Cup: Chlorociboria aeruginascens"
Maryann Lennon, "Celebration"
Jonathon K. Rosen, "Weir House"

NPS Staff, Partner, and Volunteer Awards

1st: Shelby Street (Take Part in Art Volunteer), "Dusk"
2nd: Charlotte Simons (Take Part in Art Volunteer), "Weir Farm Glow"
3rd: Tom Barberi (Park Staff), "Beauty Amongst the Enemy"

Honorable Mentions:
Chris Burke (Park Staff), "Sunrise on the Porch"
Leslie Cullen (Studio Docent), "Through the forest"
Barbara Kaplan (Garden Crew), "Feeding Time"

 Visit Weir Farm online here for additional photos and information.

 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Weir Farm) Neighbors Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:40:33 -0400
21st Ambler Farm Day Brings Thousands to Enjoy A Spectacular Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51572-21st-ambler-farm-day-brings-thousands-to-enjoy-a-spectacular-day51572-21st-ambler-farm-day-brings-thousands-to-enjoy-a-spectacular-day https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51572-21st-ambler-farm-day-brings-thousands-to-enjoy-a-spectacular-day51572-21st-ambler-farm-day-brings-thousands-to-enjoy-a-spectacular-day

“Wilton enjoyed the 21st Ambler Farm Day last Sunday, Oct. 3, in a return to the farm’s in-person traditional event. Thousands of fans flocked back to enjoy the many activities during the day and celebrate the historical and contemporary charm of the farm.”

Read more from our Media Sponsor Good Morning Wilton here

Photo credits: Saul Goldberg

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kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Places Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:36:34 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton: Your CBD Store https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51545-why-small-businesses-matter-your-cbd-store-wilton51545-why-small-businesses-matter-your-cbd-store-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51545-why-small-businesses-matter-your-cbd-store-wilton51545-why-small-businesses-matter-your-cbd-store-wilton

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 Your CBD Store Wilton!

Three questions with Peter Bogdan, franchisee at Your CBD Store Wilton.

Why did you start your business?

To provide all-natural health and wellness supplements that help people to feel more like themselves and live a happy healthier life.

What is your best-selling product/service?

We sell many different CBD products. Some of our best sellers are our Award Winning Topical Cream and CBD Tinctures.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Having been open only 4 months, our first and most important goal is to educate anyone who comes into our store about our products, and how CBD has been shown to help many people with issues such as pain, stress, and anxiety and enjoy a more restful night's sleep.

Your CBD Store Wilton is located at 5 River Rd Unit C01 in Wilton. Visit Your CBD Store Wilton online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:09:00 -0400
Frothy Forage at Woodcock Nature Center with Nod Hill Brewery on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51571-frothy-forage-at-woodcock-nature-center-with-nod-hill-brewery-on-saturday51571-frothy-forage-at-woodcock-nature-center-with-nod-hill-brewery-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51571-frothy-forage-at-woodcock-nature-center-with-nod-hill-brewery-on-saturday51571-frothy-forage-at-woodcock-nature-center-with-nod-hill-brewery-on-saturday

Frothy Forage at Woodcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 16 between noon and 5pm (rain date is Oct. 17)

A good hike should be savored…. and so should a great beer.

Why not do both at the same time?

Bring the whole family for a one-of-a-kind hiking and beer tasting experience at FROTHY FORAGE. At secret locations along the Woodcock trails, we’ll feature a unique craft brew from our partner Nod Hill Brewery plus soda tasting with Hosmer Mountain Soda!

And, if that isn't enough, we'll delight the senses along your trek with everything from animal encounters, to live music, and food for purchase from our on-site food truck.

*You must arrive and leave at the start and end of your scheduled time slot. Advance purchase only.*

Register HERE.

Learn more HERE.

Furry family members will enjoy some sips and goodies along the trek courtesy of Ridgefield Pet! All proceeds support the nature center.

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kerry@ducey.org (Woodcock Nature Center) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:23:20 -0400