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Concert is an example of Stay at Home in Wilton’s social offerings

Dr. Joe Utterback

Stay at Home in Wilton invites seniors to chase the winter chill away at a concert featuring songs from the 30s through the 60s with pianist, singer and raconteur Dr. Joe Utterback. Dr. Joe, as he is known, will present the Great American Songbook on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.
The concert is an example of the type of social activities offered by the organization, which is dedicated to helping older Wiltonians stay in their homes by providing volunteers to help with certain tasks beyond their ability.
Stay at Home in Wilton offers both social and practical services.
Social events include outings — such as to the New York Botanical Garden — holiday parties, monthly ladies’ luncheons, monthly men’s brunches, seminars, and informational programs.
The organization also has a cadre of volunteers who help people with light home chores, such as changing lightbulbs and providing rides in the local area, whether to run errands or visit a friend.
Membership drive
The concert on Sunday will also function as a membership drive, although it is not a fund-raiser, said Ken Dartley, vice president of Stay at Home in Wilton.
“We have about 65 members and we can handle more,” he said. “We have lots of volunteers, although we would love more.”
The organization, which was begun in 2010, is trying to update its image.
“We live in an area where there is a strong Yankee attitude of ‘I don’t need that yet,’” Mr. Dartley said. Stay at Home in Wilton is for people of varying physical abilities.
“People who are 80 are not dead,” Mr. Dartly said jokingly. They may simply find getting around a bit more difficult, particularly if they have had to give up driving.
“We’ll take you down to get a cup of coffee or to meet your friends,” Mr. Dartley said.
For the homebound, the organization has “friendly visitors” who will drop in for some conversation.
Stay at Home in Wilton, which has a paid coordinator who arranges services, also offers referrals to vetted tradespeople. Although members must pay for their services, they are offered at a discount, and “they do a proper job,” Mr. Dartley said.
The concert is planned to appeal to Stay at Home’s target audience.
“Dr. Joe Utterback is a superb pianist, but even a better storyteller with music,” the group said in a press release.
“I’ve heard him a couple of times,” Mr. Dartley said. “He does show tunes, movie music, the Great American Songbook.”
Dr. Joe is also an internationally recognized composer, having created jazz-influenced works for piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, and instrumental combinations.
Members of Stay at Home in Wilton will be on hand to answer questions about the organization, and membership applications will be available.
Reservations for the concert are strongly recommended. Visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950, ext. 312.

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