Holiday shopping opportunities in Wilton that give more than once

There was Black Friday that benefited big brick and mortar stores. Then there was Small Business Saturday to promote local Main Streets. Capping it all was the juggernaut of Cyber Monday for online shopping.

None of these holiday shopping promotions recognize the nonprofits in our midst — many of which offer an array of gifts that often come from right here in Wilton. And the benefits of purchasing them stay in Wilton, too.

Among those with gift-giving opportunities are the Wilton Historical Society, Wilton Library, Wilton Garden Club, Stay at Home in Wilton, the Wilton Newcomers, and the Wilton Tree Committee.

Historical society

The Wilton Historical Society’s Betts Store is a treasure trove of goods, some handmade, some related to days gone by, some celebrating Wilton, and some made right here in town. The small shop is decked out for the holidays and chock full of offerings from stocking stuffers to presents under the tree.

Lynda Campbell is a Wilton artist who uses an antique letterpress to create elegant stationery. The gift shop has a selection of her note cards, holiday cards and calendars.

Carol Andrews, also of Wilton, creates whimsical snowmen — many with a vegetable theme. There are carrot snowmen and celery snowmen and snowmen with earmuffs and pointy hats.

“These have been very popular,” said Katherine Demo of the historical society. “We had two trees full and now we’re down to one.” Ms. Andrews’ stuffed Santas are also a popular icon of the season.

Robin Sherman, who owned Sea Beans in Wilton Center for many years, continues to contribute her “red and white” ornaments depicting the historical society buildings. She also has created a series of Wilton tote bags and hand-painted coasters of Wilton scenes.

Other Wilton-centric items include mugs and plates made by Granville Hollow Pottery and linen towels from Anita Designs of Weston featuring the Wilton ZIP code.

A number of artists who participated in last month’s American Artisans show are also represented, including scissor artist Marie-Helene Grabman with framed artwork and greeting cards, ASL pewter ornaments and Jane Theobald’s Nantucket baskets.

There are beeswax candles cast from molds of old wooden spindles from NIHO and soy wax candles, soaps and lip balm from Meow Meow Tweet. These feature unusual scents such as geranium basil, lavender rosemary and cedar fir.

Hand-knitted and crocheted scarfs and handwarmers will keep those wearing them toasty, while Red Bee honey from Weston will sweeten things up.

For children there are Cate & Levi puppets and Woolbuddies and kits of all sorts, including basket weaving, sun-printing and needlework for all ages.

There are many other items available as well.

The historical society is at 224 Danbury Road. For information, call 203-762-7257 or visit

Wilton Library

Wilton Library is in the midst of its Holiday Book Sale, with many opportunities for gift giving. Long tables are set up right in the main gallery to make browsing easy.

There are books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books, travel books, cookbooks, and foreign language books. Fiction, nonfiction, science, crafts — the selection is vast. If you don’t see what you want one day, visit again. As items are sold new ones are brought out daily by the small army of volunteers who run the event.

The sale is on through Dec. 23 whenever the library is open: Mondays through Thursdays from 10 to 8, Fridays from 10 to 6, Saturdays 10 to 5, and Sundays 1 to 5.

Patrons who are shopping for gifts may also give a gift to the library by visiting the giving tree. Just inside the main entrance, a large Christmas tree is festooned with “ornaments” that are items the library would like to have in its collection. This is an opportunity to donate to the library in someone’s honor or to celebrate a special occasion. Patrons simply pick the ornament of their choice off the tree and purchase it at the circulation desk.

The tree will also be up through Dec. 23.

For information, call 203-762-3950 or visit


Shoppers at the Village Market on Tuesday may have seen members of the Wilton Newcomers Club selling glittery ornaments. The ornament is a working bell created by Wilton’s own Glitter Fairy, Laurie Davis. It comes in silver or red glitter.

Proceeds from ornament sales will be donated to Wilton Social Services for its holiday giving program, which provides Christmas and Hanukah gifts for about 100 Wilton children this year.

The ornaments will be sold through the end of the year. To purchase, email Kate Roomet, president of the Newcomers Club board, at

Stay at Home

Stay at Home in Wilton celebrated its third anniversary earlier this year as an organization that helps senior citizens live in their homes as long as possible. Sometimes, all that is needed is a little extra help, and that is the gap Stay at Home works to fill.

The organization provides support by offering basic household services such as minor home repairs, help with pets, bill paying, etc.; transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, or social events; and a referral service for tradesmen and other services that have been vetted by the organization. Stay at Home also offers a regular calendar of social activities such as parties, concerts and seminars.

These services are offered to members for an annual fee of $360 per year for an individual and $480 per year for a couple. Membership gift cards are available. For information on purchasing one, call Janet Johnson at 203-762-9303 or Debbie McClelland at 203-778-1081 or email Ms. McClelland at

For information on Stay at Home in Wilton, visit

Garden club

The Wilton Garden Club is all about the outdoors, and its 2014 calendar celebrates some of the most beautiful spots in Wilton, from contributors’ back yards to the town’s open spaces.

The calendar is a compilation of winning entries from the club’s Wilton Walks photo contest. A panel of judges picked 12 winners from 46 entries, all of which are on display through December at the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center on New Street in Georgetown where they may be purchased for $20 each.

The calendars may also be purchased Dec. 17 and 19 from 10 to 2 at the Village Market. Proceeds will support the garden club greenhouse at Comstock Community Center.

Tree Committee

A tree is a pretty big item for a Christmas gift, but when it is purchased for planting in Wilton Center, it is a gift that will give not just for years but for decades.

Wilton’s Tree Committee has tree and bench sponsorship programs through which trees and park benches may be purchased and placed in Wilton Center in someone’s memory or honor.

A flowering tree such as a dogwood or shadblow may be sponsored for $300 and a shade tree for $500. Shade trees include sugar maples, red maples and white oaks.

Park benches offer pedestrians a shady place to rest while visiting Wilton Center. Sponsorships are available at $1,600.

Benches are marked with a memorial plaque and each donated tree includes a brick marker with the donor’s name, type of tree and the honoree.

For information, visit the Tree Committee page at Click on Departments, Environmental Affairs and Tree Committee. Information is also available by calling 203-563-0180.