After the success of last year’s concert at Merwin Meadows, the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department is once again sponsoring outdoor summer concerts in Wilton.

This year’s series will feature local bands, all either Wilton based or featuring Wilton musicians:  Acoustic Wilton–Spotlight Sessions (July 16), Open Road (July 23), Wilton Rocks For Food Allstars (July 30), and One Bad Oyster (August 6), playing tunes from a variety of musical genres.

Concerts will be held on Sunday evenings starting July 16 through August 6 from 5-7 p.m.. The first two concerts will be held at Schenck’s Island with seating on the island and across the river at The Chess Park. The final two will take place at Merwin Meadows. The concerts will be free and concert goers are encouraged to set up a blanket or chair, bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy the music.

“We are happy to again be offering concerts for the community and anticipate they will be every bit as popular as they were in the past,” says Steve Pierce, director of Parks and Recreation. Dan Berg, a local musician, band member and Economic Development Commission member, has been assisting Pierce with logistics.

Vivian Lee Shiue, Chair of the Economic Development Commission expects Wilton residents will absolutely turn out for these concerts. “We think this is a great opportunity to bring our community together in a casual environment, and showcase our local talent, providing yet another reason why Wilton is a great place to live,” she says.

Organizers are hoping to work with local restaurants to develop tie-in opportunities for the concerts at Schenck’s, and they are planning to bring food trucks to Merwin Meadows as well.

Debra Hanson of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce recognizes that the event will be a great draw, and that the members of the Chamber will benefit.  “The Chamber Board of Directors and executive director are pleased to support and assist with this summer concert series. All of us are cooperating and working together to provide events and services that bring business into our town and enhance our town’s wonderful community.”

The cost of the concert is being underwritten by the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department, The FAIR Group – William Raveis Real Estate, and by a challenge donation from Lynne and Paul Vanderslice. Corporate or individual contributions in any amount would also be welcome. Please visit the Wilton Parks and Recreation website or contact Sarah Gioffre via email for information on how to make a contribution.