Halloween hauntings this weekend
All manner of scary and not so scary things happen at Wilton Library this weekend beginning with The Haunted Library, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to stop by anytime during the two hours to roam among the dark, haunted stacks. Scary beasts and ghastly lost souls are known to pop out from time to time. Ghoulish snacks will be served and ghostly games will be played. The fee at the door is $5 per child. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. On Saturday, kids of all ages can create their own Halloween crafts and take them home in the Drop-in Halloween Crafts program from 10 to 5 in the children’s library. Also on Saturday, spectators are reminded to join in the fun of watching zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the Thrill the World simultaneous dance event happening at 2 p.m. sharp. Costumed dancers will re-create a six-minute “Thriller” dance to be part of breaking a world-wide record. A reception with healthy snacks follows the dance. The program is sponsored by the library and the Wilton Family Y.
Sunday concert series begins
This season’s first performance of the Connecticut’s Own Sunday Concert Series takes place Oct. 28, from 4 to 5, with Nick Revel and Nora Krohn presenting a program they call Folie à Deux. The duo performs viola duets ranging from classical to contemporary compositions. The program name, Folie à Deux, comes from “a psychological condition where two individuals in a close relationship share the same fantastical delusion.” The fantastical delusion for this pair is holding to a mission of discovering and performing unheard and under-appreciated works. Their goal is to commission living composers, one day turning the viola duo delusion into a viable instrumentation. Nick Revel is a graduate of Wilton High School and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, Md. and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with the Chelsea Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Chappaqua Orchestra and Allentown Symphony. The program is free. Guests are asked to be seated before 4; late arrivals will be held at the door and seated at an appropriate break in the program. Registration is recommended.
Local author pens new book
Susan Schaller, writing as Susan E. B. Schwartz, has a new book she is introducing in an Area Author Affair on Monday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. JFK’s Secret Doctor is a grand story about the climber and medical visionary, Hans Kraus, who happened to be John F. Kennedy’s back specialist. Ms. Schaller’s story combines the thrills of sport adventure with a historical medical career. A freelance writer who contributes regularly to national adventure and sports magazines, Ms. Schaller knows how to craft a thrilling tale. She has written for Outside, Climbing, Rock and Ice, and Runner’s World magazines. Personally, she is a rock climber, scuba instructor, shipwreck divemaster and marathoner, and an American Alpine Club Literary Committee member and former board member. Area Author Affairs give people the opportunity to meet local authors in an informal setting. Registration is encouraged.
Driver safety course
AARP is offering its Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10 to 3. This is the same class that was offered earlier this month on a Saturday. The session is for drivers age 50 and older. It covers the normal changes in vision, hearing, reaction times and how to cope with today’s very busy and distracting driving environment. There are no written exams or road tests. A one-hour break is given at noon. The program cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Participants are asked to register in advance and bring cash or check to the session.
Judson Scruton hosts Further Poetic Excursions, a four-part poetry series exploring the late fall and early winter seasons. The series dates are Thursday, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29 from 10:30 to noon. Poetry will be chosen from contemporary and classic English and American poets. Poetry packets are now available at the front desk. Registration is required for this series.
Young couple remodels and blogs
Sherry and John Petersik, the darlings of the DIY world and bloggers extraordinaire, visit the library on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to talk about their latest venture, Young House Love. Known for their world-class blogging, they now have provided their know-how in more than 300 pages of helpful hints. Their book is teeming with ideas, projects and step-by-step tutorials. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended. The book talk is sponsored by the Wilton Newcomers Club, Wilton Woman’s Club and the library.
Reminder: To register for any of the above mentioned programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs, ext. 217 for children’s activities.