Two short years ago, lily pads caked the top of Wilton’s gateway waterway, Horseshoe Pond. Today, thanks to a few dedicated residents, “Project Lily Pad,” now called “Friends of Horseshoe Pond,” clean-up and restoration of the pond was able to improve the appearance and health of the Wilton jewel. Anyone who drives past Horseshoe Pond can clearly see the benefits and improvements that this group of individuals made.

However, to maintain the quality of the pond, more funds must be raised to pay for the necessary treatments to maintain its sparkle and cleanliness. Jeff Stahl of the Lake and Pond Connection, oversees the three-year project which began during the Summer of 2014.

“If we can raise the $10,000 we need for this year, next year , and maintenance for a few years, we will be in good shape” says Anne Deware, Wilton resident and the group’s volunteer leader.

Marley’s Bar and Bistro offered to host “Guest Bartender Evening” for Horseshoe Pond, this Monday, June 8 from 6-10 p.m. The Pond fund will receive all tips from the bar.

Additionally, raffle tickets for a landscape oil painting by Jeff Lavaty will be sold at the June 8 Marley’s event. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the fund allocated for maintenance of the Pond. The Wilton Library frequently exhibits Lavaty’s paintings and many Wilton residents recognize his works.

For more information, contact Deware at 203.762.8256.