Wilton Library Lands World Class Swimmer Diana Nyad

diana nyad library

Wilton Library will host real-life inspiration, long distance swimmer Diana Nyad on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. Her engaging talk is based on her brand new book, Find A Way, which is releasing on the same day.

Nyad captivated the world with her historic open-water swim from Cuba to Florida in 2013. When the 64-year old stood on the shore of Key West after completing the 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim, she said three things:  “never, ever give up; you’re never too old to chase your dreams; and it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.” Millions were inspired by her dedication, determination, and the will that drove her to achieve her dream—one which she had tried and failed at four times before. In Find A Way, Nyad relates her incredible life story in her own words.

From her tumultuous upbringing in which swimming provided a refuge from her often chaotic home, she became a world-class swimmer by the end of high school. She turned to open-water swimming in her 20s and never looked back. She swam around Manhattan in 1975 and became a star, appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A year later she made her first attempt at the Cuba-to-Florida swim; a year after that, she broke the open-ocean world record for men and women on her 30th birthday after which she did not swim another stroke for three decades.

Nyad tells the story of how she came into her sixties and felt she had one more quest – Cuba. Readers can find out what inspired her to pick up her sport again, and the drive, determination and teamwork it took to make her dream come true.

Karen Danvers, program manager at Wilton Library remarked about bringing Nyad to Wilton, “Her story is about so much more than swimming – it’s about setting your mind to something and the perseverance, motivation and strength it takes to make it happen. It’s such a great message for young and old, athletes and non-athletes, someone dealing with adversity or change. There’s something in it for everyone. We’re looking forward to this very special night.”

Tickets for the event are $30 which includes two seats at the talk and a hardcover copy of Find A Way. A portion of the book sales will benefit Wilton Library. Books will be distributed at check-in beginning at 6 p.m. on the night of the event. Additional books will be available for purchase at the program courtesy of Elm Street Books. There will be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. To purchase tickets, visit the Wilton Library website or call 203.762.3950, ext. 247.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..

Our Lady of Fatima Holds “Beauties and Old Bags” Ladies’ Night, Benefitting OLF Theater Program

Our Lady of Fatima School is holding a “Beauties and Old Bags Ladies Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the OLF Church Parish Center (229 Danbury Rd.). Proceeds will benefit the OLF Theater Program. This is the schools first social of the year.

Organizers promise a gorgeous assortment of new and gently used handbags, evening purses, vintage styles, and totes, including designs from Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley and Cole-Haan. Prices range from $1-$20, plus a $10 suggested donation at the door. Cash and checks only.

To attend, RSVP by email to Julie Price.

Kiwanis Club Installs New Officers

Kiwanis officer change

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Kiwanis Club of Wilton installed the
officers for the 2015-2016 year. Pictured is incoming president John
Savarese (right) presenting a memento gift to outgoing president Paul
Hannah, as a keepsake for his outstanding job serving the club for the
past year.

The Club’s new officers include: immediate past president Paul Hannah; president John Savarese, president-elect Rudi Hoefling, vice president John Kalamarides, treasurer Bill Brautigam, assistant treasurer Bob Tortoella, secretary Ken Post, assistant treasurer Judy Zucker and directors Mary Ann Franco, Dan Mahony, Ray Moskow, Mike Safko, Fred Wernig, Marty Clancy, Jerry Holdridge and Bud Taylor.

Volunteer Opportunity:  Relay for Life Event Planning Committee

relay for life

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is looking for volunteers for the Relay for Life Event Planning Committee. ACS staffer Lindsey Hanley says, “Relay For Life is a great way for people to get involved with the community, as the event brings hundreds of people together each spring to fight back together against cancer.”

Wilton residents interested in joining the committee can email Hanley or call 203.563.1514. For more information about the event, please visit the event website.