Big Picture: Holiday Stroll, Santa Times Two, Gingerbread Houses for a Cause, and Wilton Rocks

Wilton’s Annual Winter/Holiday Stroll

Residents of all ages turned out for Wilton’s Annual Winter/Holiday Stroll, sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Santa arrived at the Town Green and greeted dozens of families and children, and helped first selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice light the tree.

Afterward, people enjoyed warm reception at Wilton Center businesses and even crossed the bridge to Schenck’s Island for the Economic Development Commission‘s marshmallow roast bonfire.

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Wilton Rocks for Food

The closest thing to “Live Aid” in Wilton is the annual Wilton Rocks for Food fundraiser. This incredible show features a collection of 30-plus musicians-by-night who jam, entertain and wow the sold-out crowd at Trackside. This year’s concert brought in more than $80,000, which gets split in half and donated to the Wilton Food Pantry and the CT Food Bank. Organizer Andy Schlesinger, who is quick to thank the dozens of people who help him get the show produced and the party hopping, has created one of our favorite GOOD things about Wilton. (all photos courtesy Brian Kesselman)

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Gingerbread Houses on Display at Wilton YMCA

Habitat for Humanity strives to make communities aware of the need for adequate housing. This year, local Wilton youth are raising funds to build a fifth home in Bridgeport. Wilton students assembled gingerbread homes which will be on display during the next two weeks at the YMCA. Then, they will sell the homes as centerpieces on Saturday, Dec. 16 outside Stop & Shop, which donated the food supplies for the houses. Any contributions will go toward the building expenses for the Bridgeport home, with local youth supplying the building labor. Anyone interested in joining the group can email Margie Holcombe.

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Breakfast with Santa at the Wilton Family Y

The Wilton Family YMCA must have a special “in” at the North Pole, because they got Santa to pay an extra visit to Wilton once again, to enjoy some breakfast with residents. Everyone enjoyed a pancake breakfast and got the chance to meet with the big guy himself. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Melissa McFadden Scholarship Fund(all photos courtesy Christina Rikhoff-Foley)

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