Here’s a quick list of great Wilton events and programs happening over the weekend, May 4-5, 2014.
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Friday, May 2
The Wilton Playshop Presents Neil Simon’s Hilarious Comedy, “Plaza Suite,” opening May 2: Hilarity abounds in The Wilton Playshop production of “Plaza Suite,” as Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel is visited by three couples, on separate dates in separate decades. The show opens May 2 at 8 p.m., with additional evening performances May 3, 8, 9 and 10; and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 4. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students/seniors. Visit the Playshop website for more information. 15 Lovers Lane
Saturday, May 3
Minks to Sinks, CT’s largest and longest running outdoor tag sale, opens at 9 a.m.: Started over 83 years ago, Minks to Sinks has been the place to shop for bargains on thousands of household items, including china, glassware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, garden and sports equipment, books, clothing, electronics, outdoor furniture, kids toys and games, bikes – and more, including minks and sinks! The 2014 sale starts Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. under the big white tents at the Wilton Town tennis courts. Entrance is free! The sale runs from Saturday, May 3–Monday, May 5. Sunday and Monday are bargain days and all the merchandise is half price. Proceeds from the sale benefit Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk. intersection of Danbury Road/Rt. 7 and School Rd.
The Wilton Historical Society is having a Barn Raising Day on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. What exactly is a Barn Raising? Leslie Nolan, director of the Historical Society says, “Back when Wilton was a farming town, a barn raising brought the community together for a building project, and it was a social event as well . . . our Barn Raising Day is like that. You can learn about all kinds of historical activities, from barn raising to blacksmithing to colonial militia. And our Great Letterboxing History Hunt kicks off! There will be demonstrations, crafts, and even a talk on the Battle of Ridgefield. It’s a great family day.”
Barn Raising Day activities include: march and musket firing drill with the 5th Connecticut Regiment; learn about the cannon; hear about spies of the Revolutionary War and Colonial Flags; raise a child-size barn; try your hand at spoke shaving (barn pegs); see a blacksmith at his forge; learn about embroidery (cross stitch, knotwork, blackwork, smocking and fine hand sewing); have a taste and vote in the Second Annual Heritage Baking Contest; play with colonial toys on the lawn; hear a talk on the 1777 Danbury Raid and Battle of Ridgefield; search for the hidden letterbox.
The First Annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt kicks off at the Wilton Historical Society: Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the First Annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on Barn Raising Day, and ends on May 18 with a party at the Wilton Historical Society from 4-5. Letterboxing, which originated on the moors of Dartmoor, England in the 1850’s, is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art and puzzle-solving in a treasure hunt-style quest. It offers a chance to learn about reading maps, following clues, and local history.
Signature Style Beaded Jewelry trunk show 12-3 p.m.: Join the style mavens at Signature Style for a trunk show of handcrafted, beaded jewelry by Kathy Snyder (our own Kim Burke‘s mom). Kathy makes bracelets, necklaces and earrings one bead at a time using traditional basketweaving techniques.
Sunday, May 4
4th Annual Wilton Go Green Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: This incredible tradition that showcases Wilton’s environmental heart, the Wilton go Green Festival features exhibitors and activities highlighting sustainable living. The Festival takes place on the Wilton Town Green and at the Wilton Library. There will be great food, live music from many local performers, and activities, including a visit from Atka the Wolf, the Woodcock Nature Center 5K, an electric car rally, a shredding truck, a May Pole, and lots of activities related to sustainable building and energy, food, land and water, waste, recycling and transportation.
6th Annual “Where the Wild Things Run,” at Woodcock Nature Center: Kicking off the Wilton Go Green Festival, Woodcock Nature Center will hold its annual “Where the Wild Things Run” 5K Trail Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. This 5K course is run almost entirely run on Woodcock’s bucolic woodland preserve, traversing 90 percent groomed trails and 10 percent rugged terrain, narrow bridges and boardwalks. The challenging terrain will highlight the ecological diversity and beauty of the WNC property. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome, although the trail is not stroller friendly. Preceding the 5K, children can enjoy their own Kids’ Fun Run. Race day registration for both runs 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.. 56 Deer Run Rd.
Wilton School Fine and Performing Arts Exhibit at Wilton Library: The colorful artwork of talented Wilton Public School students in grades K-12 graces the walls of the Wilton Library through May 29 in the Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Exhibit, which officially opens with a reception on May 5 at 6 p.m.. During the reception, student musical performances will also take place in the Brubeck Room. All are welcome! Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.
4-5 p.m. A talk by former U.S. Congressman Bob Steele, “The History and Future of Casino Gambling in Connecticut and the Nation”: Former U.S. Congressman Bob Steele will discuss the history and future of casino gambling both locally and nationally. His topic is timely. Connecticut’s two mega-casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the state’s casino revenue is falling, and there is growing controversy about the further expansion of gambling in Connecticut, including keno, video slots, casinos and Internet gambling. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd.
Do you have a daughter interested in Girl Scouts? This Sunday from 3-5 p.m., there’s a Girl Scouts Open House for all girls entering Kindergarten through 12th grade at Merwin Meadows Park. Learn what Girl Scouts has to offer and to get involved. For questions please contact Mary Hoermann at email@example.com.