This weekend will be a very busy time for the Kiwanis Club of Wilton as they bring two community activities to Wilton.


On Saturday, Sept. 17, Kiwanis has teamed with the Wilton Congregational Church (WCC) to present an authentic German Oktoberfest at the Cannon Grange, 25 Cannon Rd., from 5–10:30 p.m.. Organizers promise a fun-filled evening for the whole family, with authentic German food, beer, wine, soft drinks, continuous music, fun and games, as they transform the Historic Cannondale District into a patch of Bavaria in Wilton.

To keep spirits high there will be continuous live music by the renowned Chris & Ronnie band as well as a roving accordion troubadour clad in lederhosen. Adults will be able to dine on authentic German food and bier. Also available will be kid-friendly food and beverages.

The WCC approached the Kiwanis with the idea of combining resources to partner on a high-quality Oktoberfest for the Wilton community. Proceeds from the event will benefit community youth programs. The focus on generating support for youth aligns well with the Kiwanis mission of serving children, according to Wilton Kiwanis president-elect John Kalamirades.

“The Oktoberfest event has everything we strive for in an activity. It allows our members to work with a highly respected organization of like values to provide a great time to share with the entire Wilton community.”

Admission is $15 for adults, while teens and children are free. Tickets purchased in advance on the Kiwanis Club of Wilton’s website include pre-event discounts (adult tickets include entrance to the event entrance and one free drink; also, food and drink tickets are $1 apiece or 25 food/drink tickets for $22).

The event will take place rain or shine.

Weekend Food Drive

All weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-18, the Kiwanis Club will be holding a food drive to help fill the shelves of the Wilton Food Pantry at Comstock Community Center. Kiwanis Club members will be collecting donations at both the Village Market and Stop and Shop, and will be outside the markets from 11 a.m.-3 p.m..

Members of the club will be handing out lists of the items that are most in need. Gift cards from either food store are also welcome, as are cash donations.