The town of Wilton is trying to strike a chord with residents, planning a Summer Concert Series to be held in two Wilton Center parks. There will be four concerts this summer, all held on Sunday evenings: two at Schenck’s Island (July 16 and July 23) and two at Merwin Meadows (July 30 and Aug. 6).
The concerts will be free for people to attend, and will likely run from 5-7 p.m. on the four Sundays.
Steve Pierce, director of Wilton’s Parks & Recreation Department, says that the band lineup will be finalized some time this week, but as of now, local band One Bad Oyster is scheduled to appear, as is Open Road, an acoustic band whose members include Wilton residents Dan Berg and Scott Weber.
“We’re trying to fit the music to the venue,” Pierce says. “It should be a nice event out. It’s like bring a picnic, sit out on a Sunday night, and enjoy the music and relax before the week starts.”
The idea is one that has been discussed between the Parks & Recreation Commission, the Economic Development Commission and the first selectman, Lynne Vanderslice.
“The idea is to bring people down to Schenck’s Island. There’s a Schenck’s Island/Merwin Meadows committee looking to bring improvements to both sites. Lynne’s idea was to have a couple concerts there to bring people down to see what it’s all about down there and where they might be going with it. The committee will be there talking to people,” Pierce explains.
Organizers are hoping to work with the Wilton Chamber of Commerce to involve local businesses and restaurants.
The cost of the concert series is being underwritten in part by a $1,000 gift from Vanderslice and her husband, Paul.
At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Vanderslice noted that additional sponsors interested in helping to underwrite the concerts would be welcomed by the town.
Pierce also said there may be a poster contest run at the high school, for designing the posters to promote the series. “We’re trying to involve the community as a whole.”