Editorial: Back on track

One of the results of the upheaval wrought by the storms of the past few weeks has been less opportunity to publicize events going on around town.

Some events have not gotten the visibility they might normally receive, and so it is worth bringing them to mind.

On Friday night is the town’s first community spelling bee, presented by the Wilton Education Foundation. Sixteen teams of your friends and neighbors have signed up to do battle in orthography (the art of correct spelling). It should be great fun to see how everyone does without their electronic spell checkers. The head-scratching begins at 7. All proceeds benefit Wilton’s public schools. “Bee” there or “bee” square.

The Wilton Children’s Theater tells “a tale as old as time” with its presentation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. The young actors and actresses have an army of adult volunteers supporting them, and they always do a wonderful job with their sets, costumes, music, choreography, and acting. Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, and Cogsworth take to the stage along with Belle and the Beast Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Middlebrook School auditorium.

Tired of paying high electric bills? Builder Doug Mcdonald will talk about how he retrofitted a Westport home to use 90% less energy than a traditional house on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 to 6 at Wilton Library. Mr. Mcdonald will explain passive solar gain and energy recovery ventilations, as well as how family members’ body heat contributes to the net savings. Something to think about during the cold winter nights to come.

Wilton Library’s Wine Tasting fund-raiser has been rescheduled for the end of this month, Nov. 29. Guests may sample wines from around the world along with hors d’oeuvres from closer to home. A portion of the sales from the evening will benefit the library.

And finally, have you gotten your flu shot yet? There’s one date left in the series of clinics offered by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. You can roll up your sleeve Friday, Nov. 23, between 10:30 and 12:30 at Wilton Library. No appointments are needed; it’s first-come, first-served. For details, visit visitingnurse.net or wiltonlibrary.org.