This Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day, a day to remember the sacrifices that members of all U.S. military services have made for our freedoms and rights as Americans. Wilton has weekend activities planned to commemorate and memorialize our heroes as well as festivities for residents to enjoy during the long weekend. GOOD Morning Wilton has your definitive guide to everything that’s going on and when it happens on Memorial Day in Wilton.
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.
The theme for Wilton’s 2016 Memorial Day Parade is “Salute Our Heroes.” Leading the beloved, traditional procession is 2016 Grand Marshall James Turnbull, a veteran of the US Navy. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will march from the staging area in Kimco’s Stop & Shop River Rd. Plaza, along Old Ridgefield Rd., past the Veterans Memorial, up Ridgefield Rd., past the Wilton Congregational Church to the Hillside Cemetery. There, the parade keynote speaker, Chris Ladd will address the gathered crowds to further honor the veterans both living and dead.
Village Market Annual Hot Dog Sale
Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30
All weekend, Village Market will be holding their Annual Boar’s Head Hotdog Cookout. Stop by the tent in the Village Market parking lot (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.) for hotdogs and drinks for only $0.50 each. Veterans eat free.
Wilton Rotary Club Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Saturday, May 28, the Wilton Rotary Club will be holding their 26th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. Held at the Wilton Town Green, the show features up to 25 vendors offering a wide variety of handmade items. The yearly show is always an opportunity to discover new artists and beautiful handcrafts. The show will be held rain or shine, and there is no cost to browse, shop and enjoy.
Wilton Education Foundation’s ‘Get Smart for Wilton 5K’
Sunday, May 29; Registration begins at 8 a.m., Race starts at 9 a.m.
The Get Smart for Wilton 5K is being presented by Blue Buffalo and other community partners in support of the Wilton Education Foundation. This family-friendly charity event is a chip-timed race on a USATF certified course and attracts runners of all levels, from elite racers to beginners, raising visibility and funds to support the Wilton Public Schools.
The fundraiser’s 5K route starts and ends at the Wilton High School track, and features Cider Mill and Wilton High School prominently along the course. Cash prizes are given to the top three male and female runners, and awards go to the top three runners in each division. Registration is open online. Pre-registration fees are $27 for adults, $25 for runners 13 and younger; race-day registration costs $30 for adults and $25 for runners ages 13 and younger.
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Monday, May 30, 8-10 a.m.
A tradition that is more than 35 years old, the Kiwanis Club of Wilton will hold its annual pancake breakfast at the Wilton Congregational Church (70 Ridgefield Rd.), to start the day’s festivities. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, blueberries and coffee, all served to you by the men and women of the Wilton Kiwanis Club.
Kick for Nick’s ‘Nick Madaras Memorial Day Soccer Challenge’
Monday, May 30, 12 p.m.
The 10th Annual Nick Madaras Memorial Day Challenge is a free soccer event that honors America’s fallen heroes, in the name of one of those fallen soldiers from Wilton.
Growing up in Wilton, Nick Madaras was an avid soccer player, coach, and referee. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from WHS, and while home on leave during the summer of 2006, Nick told his family about all the Iraqi children he saw playing soccer. If balls were scarce, he saw them playing with tin cans. Nick thought if he collected balls to give to the children, his gift would be a way to connect through a shared love of soccer despite the atrocities of war. He never got the chance–on Sept. 3, 2006, Nick was killed in Iraq. He was only 19 years old.
Now in its tenth year, the event features teams in round-robin play, including one team called the Ancient Warriors, a men’s team in the over-40 division of a statewide soccer league, with many players who are Wilton dads. Another team is made up of Nick’s high school teammates, affectionately called Wilton Blue.
The match takes place on Kristine Lilly Field, (Wilton High School) immediately following Wilton’s Memorial Day parade. Admission is free.
As a tribute to Nick, attendees are asked to bring a soccer ball to place in the collection net alongside Lilly Field.