Festive weekend

The Wilton Holiday Walk officially begins with the arrival of Santa at the town gazebo on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30. Wilton Library will be a part of the festivities and will welcome the community with refreshments, the annual giving tree decorated with wish list items for the library’s collection and services, the annual Holiday Book Sale replete with new and gently used books, CDs, DVDs and an astounding selection of art books, and last but not least, an inviting place to sit by the fire to warm cold fingers, noses and toes. This year, the library also welcomes the River Road Gallery art exhibition, “got art?” which opens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. during the Wilton Walk festivities (see below for more information about the exhibition). On Sunday, the Board of Trustees entertains its Friends of the Library at the annual Holiday Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friends may RSVP by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 270.

Art gallery exhibition

Wilton’s River Road Gallery presents “got art?,” opening at the library on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. during the Holiday Walk. The exhibition features the origiwMing Feng, Angelo Franco, Sandy Garvin, John Harris, Ed Hicks, Lisa Joyce- Hill, Ron Landis, the library’s art chairman Ed MacEwen, Ed Martinez, Alain Picard, Fred Stein, Anda Styler, and José Van Gool. The show also includes limited edition prints by Edward Gordon and Christopher Blossom. The exhibition represents a broad range of styles, from the plein air paintings of Anda Styler, Ed Martinez and Sandy Garvin capturing light and shadow of nature using oils and acrylics to Ron Landis’s photographs chronicling the seasons to Alain Picard’s pastel still life and portraiture. The exhibition runs through Jan. 16. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. The reception is open to the public.

A holiday ballet

Children can delight in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet in an abbreviated performance given by the Wilton Conservatory of Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. The local ballerinas will perform highlighted excerpts from the famous ballet just in time to welcome the winter season. A short reception follows the performance.  Registration and tickets are required. There is no charge.

Weir artist reception

The Weir Farm Artist in Residence program welcomes Natalie Camou to the library for an exhibition and reception on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Natalie’s photography explores the essence of the “good immigrant” versus the “bad immigrant.” Natalie’s goal is to have an installation that leaves the viewer thinking of immigrant life beyond the context of “good” and “bad,” instead appreciating the everyday roles they play as friends, neighbors and peers. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site There is no charge.

Handling stress

The Rev. Karen Judd presents Keep Your Holidays Happy: Strategies for Reducing Holiday Stress on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from noon to 1, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. Rev. Judd examines holiday stressors and how to create constructive strategies to deal with them. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Columbia School of Social Work. She has been serving as a member of the hospice and palliative care staff for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. Registration is recommended. There is no charge for either session. The same presentation will take place in both sessions.

Comedian writes memoir

Comedian and author Marion Grodin, daughter of funnyman and Wilton resident Charles Grodin, visits the library to talk about her life and her new book, Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life, on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Her story covers the life of a Hollywood childhood, a teenage life of drugs and sex, and a sober adult life on the comedy circuit. Her book is at times hilarious and touching while her message is that life can be very good when you kick the habit. She started as a staff writer, moved on to screenplays until she then embraced stand-up comedy 15 years ago. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged.

To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.