Register Now for Woodcock Nature Center “Where the Wild Things Run” 5K Trail Run/Walk

woodcock nature center 5KSunday, Oct. 18 is the Woodcock Nature Center‘s “Where the Wild Things Run” 5K Trail Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. Previously a springtime event, this annual 5K has been moved to the fall.

The course is run almost entirely on Woodcock’s beautiful woodland trails. It will be approximately 90-percent trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow bridges/boardwalks. The challenging terrain will highlight the diversity and beauty of the WNC property, enhanced this year by the beautiful autumn foliage.

Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome (this trail is not stroller friendly). The Kids Fun Run course remains the same as previous years, taking runners around the grounds and rugged driveway past the Nature Center, Pavilion and Waterfall trail. This is a fun course appropriate for all ages. Parents are welcome to accompany their children.

Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m.. The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m.. T-Shirts will be given to the first 200 participants. For more information, to see the trail map and register online, visit the Woodcock Nature Center website.

Wilton Teen Builds Trail Kiosk on NRVT for Eagle Scout Project

Caleb Bryce Worley has been involved in scouting in Wilton since the first grade. Troop 20 has been a terrific experience for him. Over the years he has had the opportunity to serve the community, participate in fun campouts, go on high adventure trips and attend four years of Boy Scout Summer Camp (Camp Sequassen). His favorite trips were white water rafting in Pennsylvania and biking in Cape Cod. Caleb says that the thing he liked most about scouting is, “How it taught me to solve any problem that may cross my path in life and how it has given me many leadership opportunities which will help me succeed.”

Caleb made up his mind very early on that he was going to complete the rank of Eagle Scout. He started to talk to town officials a couple of years ago about what type of project might help the town. When he met Michael Lindberg and heard that the Norwalk River Valley Trail was in need of a kiosk, Caleb was up for the challenge. Not only did the trail need a kiosk, but he was also asked to create a blueprint and materials list for creating over 20 more identical kiosks. Fellow Scouts in Troop 20, close friends and his brothers all helped him complete the construction of his Eagle Project. Caleb is now a sophomore at Wilton High School and hopes to become a candidate for the one of the Military Academies. (photos courtesy NRVT)

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Daughters of the American Revolution (Drum Hill Chapter) Hosts Tasting of New England Beers

The Drum Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Tasting of New England Beers fundraising social event to support their scholarship efforts, on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6–8:30 p.m. at Trackside Teen Center (15 Station Rd.).. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be devoted to the group’s educational causes. The Drum Hill Chapter, in association with NSDAR, supports seven schools and two colleges for under privileged students, including Native American children; the chapter also gives scholarships and awards; and promotes education and good citizenship locally.

The tasting presentation, “New England Beers from Colonial Times to Now,” will be conducted by Gregg Glaser, editor-in-chief for Yankee Brew News. It will provide an overview of beer history in New England with emphasis on CT breweries both old and the new flourishing craft breweries. It will also include a discussion on beer terms; the differences among beers, ale and lagers; beer ingredients; the brewing process; the proper way to evaluate beer; and a sampling of representative styles.

The event will also feature a silent auction.

Tickets to the tasting are available to people 21 years old and up; they can be purchased for $35 apiece online and $40 at the door.

Wilton Library Debuts New Children’s Entrance with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Oct. 8

wilton library's new children's entranceWilton Library strives to inspire the imaginations of children and the new Children’s Library entrance is the first step in that journey. The new entrance will be marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m..

Members of the Shoff Foundation, Inc., who made the access way possible through their generous donation to the library, will be part of the festivities which include a reception that is open to the public. Richard L. Mason, president of the foundation and Douglas T. Adams, vice president of the foundation and son of Wilton attorney Tom Adams and the late Virginia Adams, will be the official ribbon cutters at the celebration.

The work is the creation of Wilton Library’s volunteer art chairman, Ed MacEwen, and his daughter, Bonnie MacEwen Sailer and granddaughter, Jesse Sailer. The project took a little over 14 months from conceptual design to painstakingly detailed painting of each flower and leaf to final installation of the multi-leveled, three-dimensional artwork.

According to MacEwen, “Our inspiration was Henri Rousseau, who is one of my favorite artists. Appropriately, I checked out a book about him from the library, and used his paintings to inform our work.”

The installation art encompasses a range of materials including aluminum from which the canopy of overhanging leaves was cut, more than 70 individual colors of acrylic paints, and wooden porch columns which were transformed by Jesse to make the tree trunks.

Elaine Tai-Lauria, the executive director of Wilton Library remarked, “The jungle-themed entrance is the gateway that invites children to explore what’s inside opening up limitless opportunities for discovery thanks to the Shoff Foundation.”