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Submissions due for art show

The 69th annual Summer Show call for entries is Saturday, June 29 and Monday, July 1, from 10 to 4. Adult artists who live or work in Wilton are encouraged to submit their artwork for the show that runs from July 5 through Aug. 30. The reception for this popular art show is Friday, July 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Specific information and entry forms may be found on the library’s website at Each artist is permitted two entries which must be framed and wired for hanging. The categories of accepted pieces are paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures. The entry form must be taped to each of the artworks, with the other half presented to the reference library staff. For information, contact Janet Crystal (, 203-762-3950, ext. 226) or Ed MacEwen (203-227-8502).

A loving concert

The Ian Harleman Jazz Camp Rising Musicians’ Concert takes place on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 5:30. The fund for the camp was created as a tribute to the memory of Ian Harleman, who was a lover of music, people and life. The fund was established in Ian’s memory from the outpouring of generosity and love from friends and family. The mission of the fund is to educate, entertain and inspire middle school and high school students who are passionate about music. In its first year, the fund provided scholarships to three deserving students who received weekly drum lessons.  The students’ lessons will culminate with this concert which will be performed with other local students and musicians. The free concert is open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Going to the hop!

With the children’s summer reading program theme, Pages through the Ages, the emphasis will be on things happening in the last half of the 20th Century into the 21st Century. What better way to start looking into the decades of the 50s, 60s, and beyond, but with a Sock Hop, on Saturday, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.? With a DJ playing tunes from the 50s, hula-hoop contests, a 50s trivia contest, and an Elvis look-a-like contest, the fun just keeps on coming. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded; retro snacks will be served such as candy and root beer floats. Kids in grades K and up and their caregivers are encouraged to come in poodle skirts, Elvis costumes — anything that evokes the 50s. There is no registration and no fee. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Summer ‘camp’ begins

Now that school is out, the library is the place for kids this summer with the Pages through the Ages summer reading program. With drop-in crafts all day on Mondays, drop-in story times on Tuesdays for babies through seven-year olds, Wonderful Wednesdays with animals and entertainers from 3 to 4, Movie Theater Thursdays with movies in the morning and the afternoon and Dancing through the Decades Fridays, from 3 to 4, there is bound to be something for everyone. Flyers that give an overview of the summer planned are available in the library. These summer activities for kids is like having a free summer camp right at home. For more information, visit the library’s website at and click on Children’s.

Things for teens

Teen Services has an event-filled summer in store for kids who are looking for things to do. Right out of the gate there is a teen concert with Grey Rocks on Tuesday, July 9, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Four Wilton teen musicians — Ryan Amodei, Forest Rappaport, Cole Smith and Wes Wallace — come together for a wonderful musical performance. The concert is open to teens of all ages, families and friends.  Registration is suggested and refreshments will be served. Throughout July, teens should look for other programs such as Tie Dye for Teens on Wednesday, July 10, Dessert Wars for Teens on Tuesday, July 16, Teen Movie Double Feature on Wednesday, July 17, a Scavenger Hunt for Teens on Tuesday, July 23, Animated Movie Workshop for Teens on Wednesday, July 24, a Teen Chef Challenge on Tuesday, July 30 and a Duct Tape for Teens program on Wednesday, July 31 — and that’s just for July; August is fun-filled, too. All of the programs mentioned above are sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. The library will re-open on Friday at 10 a.m. To register for any of the programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s programs.