Joyride Wilton Hosts Spin Class Instructor Certification Course

Joyride Wilton is hosting a Schwinn Cycling Instructor Certification – Classic class on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9:15 a.m..

This one-day certification progressive indoor cycling instructor-training course includes includes bike fit, cycling science, class design, music, and the Schwinn® Cycling Coach’s Pyramid, a specialized system that simplifies teaching. Join JoyRide for the course that offers continually-updated material for repeat attendees to refresh your skills and inspire your teaching.

The course is offered with Schwinn master trainer Robert Sherman at Joyride Wilton, located at 3 Godfrey Pl.. For more information on Joyride location, email Kevin Manley or call 203.529.5091. For questions or information about the course content email Becky Muck or call 360.823.1906. Register for the course online.

Cannon Grange Holiday Market

Cannon Grange is hosting a Holiday Market on Monday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..

A wide range of artisans and vendors will be on hand all day offering special gift items:  antique-vintage & fine jewelry, holiday decorations, florals and boxwood arrangements, pressed flower gifts, baby organics and accessories, glass giftware, art, sculpture, pottery, quilt and felted accessories, Swedish Christmas collectables photography and Wilton calendars, among others. Organizers say there’s something for everyone.

Food and refreshments will be offered for shoppers, including baked goods and a casual lunch service will also be available.

The Cannon Grange is located at 25 Cannon Rd., across from the Cannondale Train Station.

Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Honor of Walter Smith

Walter Smith

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. a memorial will be dedicated to Walter R. T. Smith at the historic Comstock Barns located on the corner of Belden Hill Rd. and Ridgefield Rd. (70 Ridgefield Rd.).

Walt Smith was a master builder, building historian and preservationist of Wilton’s architectural history. As the proprietor of W.R.T. Smith Builders, he was responsible for the new construction and historical renovation of many residential, commercial, institutional and civic projects in Wilton.

Among the Wilton landmarks bearing the stamp of his craftsmanship (either as builder or through renovation) are the Village Market, Old Town Hall, Ambler Farm, Covenant Church, the Chase Bank, the ABC (A Better Chance) House, the CommonFund Building and the Wilton Library.

For all his accomplishments, Walter became best known for the work he loved best: melding his expertise as a master builder and preservationist with his untiring commitment to community service. A perfect example was his decades-long involvement with the Wilton Congregational Church. In 1959 he built the structure to support the church’s pipe organ. He constructed the Religious Education Building (now Children’s Day School). He installed a very necessary steel support structure to reinforce the church’s iconic steeple. In the 1970’s, with the aid of an apprentice, he set up scaffolding, climbed the steeple and personally re-shingled it. Walt also created the cross above the chancel in the Sanctuary and, more recently was involved with the preservation of the Comstock Barns, personally overseeing the restoration of the fieldstone foundation.

It is with great respect and appreciation that the Wilton Congregational Church dedicates this memorial, (with a memorial plaque crafted by Ian Tesar) located at the cornerstone of Wilton Center Historic District, with a view toward his beloved church and family home, in memory of Walt Smith.

Friends are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served immediately after.