Senior Center News: Bob Russell brings Wilton's bicentennial memories back to life

Wilton’s Bicentennial Revisited

Hosted by Bob Russell, Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m., Senior Center Lounge.

“Wilton was for many years the unsettled northern domain of Norwalk, known as Pimpewaug. After 1700, settlers began to move north. In 1726, the population was sufficient to create a separate parish. The name Wilton was chosen (we could have been Pimpewaug!). It was another 76 years, in 1802, when Wilton achieved independence as an incorporated town.

For Wilton’s Bicentennial in 2002, it was decided to create a living documentary of Wilton history as remembered by long-time residents. Thirty-two people were interviewed in 2000, some for over an hour each. This then had to be edited down to 90 minutes. Many old photographs were added, David and Maureen Canary did the narration, and background music was supplied by the Brubecks. A grand showing was held in January 2002 to kick off the celebration festivities.

Many of you will remember these people and their stories, and we hope you will enjoy seeing it again in Wilton’s 110th year.” Call the senior center at 203-834-6240 to reserve a place at this showing of Wilton’s Bicentennial memories presented by former First Selectman Bob Russell.

Soup and “Sumpin...”

Tuesday, Oct., 9 11:15 a.m., $5

Wilton’s own Ed Raposa, who captains the cooking crew from Our Lady of Fatima Church, demonstrates creative ways to prepare delicious soups and something extra. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Chef Ed during the demonstration and also enjoy the “fruits of his labor” at the end of the class. Class size is limited.

New bridge groups

Two new bridge groups are forming at the senior center.

If you would like to play, please call the contact person. Monday Bridge from 1 to 4 will be organized by Nerina Klobas (203-210-5624).

Chicago Bridge will be organized by Dorothy Wright (203-762-8567) and will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Additional bridge groups playing at the senior center are: Duplicate Bridge, first Wednesday of the month, organized by Lois Bruce (203-762-5818); Duplicate Bridge, third Tuesday of the month, organized by Maureen Turnier (203-762-9386); Contract Bridge, every Friday, organized by Eleanor Mihailidis (203-762-8720); Drop-in Duplicate Bridge, every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday) of the month, supervised by Dan DeVlieg ($5) (203-834-6240); Beginner Bridge Lessons, Friday afternoon for eight weeks, taught by Dan DeVlieg ($75).

Coming Events

All activities take place at the senior center unless otherwise specified. For the week of Oct. 5:

Friday, Oct. 5, 9:30, Live Well; 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.

Monday, Oct. 8, senior center closed.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9, Enhance Fitness; 10:30, Billiard/Pool; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:15, “Soup and Sumpin...” Chef Ed Raposa; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 2:30, Mah Jongg.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House;10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 12, Chicago Bridge with Dorothy Wright; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by bingo with the Wilton Women’s Club; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Diva JEVAS; 10, Wilton’s Bicentennial Revisited with Bob Russell; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 1:30, Mah Jongg.