A Slightly Spooky Sharp Hill Cemetery Tour on Election Day
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, (11 a.m.-12 noon) Bob Russell will give a most unusual tour of Wilton’s oldest burial ground, the historic Sharp Hill Cemetery. Portrayed by re-enactors, six of Wilton’s intrepid early settlers (all are buried there) will describe their roles in Wilton’s history. Some of the historic figures portrayed will include the thrice married Sarah Lockwood Selleck Hickox (1678 – 1765), Matthew Gregory (1680 – 1777) and Hannah Keeler Gregory (1687 – 1767). The history of the cemetery itself will be explored by Russell, Wilton history expert and former first selectman.
The Sharp Hill Cemetery, owned by the Wilton Congregational Church, is the oldest surviving cemetery in Wilton, dating from 1738. The men and women who are buried in Sharp Hill Cemetery include founders of Wilton, church leaders, and 23 veterans of the Revolution or the French and Indian Wars. Many of the family names found here are still familiar in Wilton today in person or on street signs, including Abbott, Belden, DeForest, Dudley, Fitch, Gaylord, Gilbert, Gregory, Grumman, Hurlbutt, Lambert, Olmstead, Raymond, St. John, and Sturges.
The tour is co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society and the Wilton Congregational Church. To register, email or call 203.762.7257. Suggested donation: $10.
Library Offers All-Day ‘Jedi Academy’ Fun-raiser on Election Day
In honor of the new Star Wars Movie, Episode V11, the annual fundraiser for the Wilton Library Children’s Department will be an all-day Jedi Academy for young Padawans. On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., children in Grades 3-6 are invited to become apprentices and learn the ways of the Jedi Masters.
They will participate in activities that include an obstacle training class, how to make and safely use light sabers, classes in Jedi mind control and games of skill and accuracy. Lunch will also be supplied (donated by Pinocchio Pizza), plus there will be goodie bags and snacks as well, and the day will finish up with a highly competitive Star Wars trivia contest.
This program is a fundraiser for the Children’s Library. Sign up in-person at the library; cost is $55 per child. Offered for children in grades 3 through 6. The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..
Celebrate Business Co-operation for GOOD, as JoyRide, Hello Yoga and Wilton-Owned Jade Raise Money for Pink Aid
Jade, the New Canaan fitness- and lifestyle apparel store that’s owned by Wilton resident Maxine Berg, is teaming up withWilton and Hello Yoga to do some GOOD by raising money for Pink Aid. JoyRide
Berg is bringing lots of goodies in two trunk shows: on Thursday, Oct. 29 she’ll be at JoyRide Wilton from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (3 Godfrey Pl.) and on Friday, Oct. 30 she’ll be at Hello Yoga from 9-11 a.m. (80 Old Ridgefield Rd.).
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Berg will donate 10-percent of every sale to Pink Aid, a Westport-based organization that (according to its website), “helps underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, provides screening to women in financial need, and empowers breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others.”