Santa visits historical society Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4, Santa will be waiting in the Fitch House kitchen at the Wilton Historical Society to hear the holiday hopes of Wilton boys and girls. A chat with Santa is free (and entirely confidential, of course), and the historical society will send each child home with a keepsake photo.

In addition, members of the society's newest program, the High School Historical Society Advisors (HSHSA), will be offering imaginative crafts, also from 1 to 4. For $10 per child, Paige Wallace of Wilton High School and a group of volunteers have organized both gingerbread cookie decorating and tin punch ornament making.

The tin punch ornament project is part of the society's continuing effort to teach local history through the arts. Tin punching was brought by the earliest colonists, popular because it was inexpensive, lightweight and practical. Tin punching allowed light to emanate from lanterns, and the light Paul Revere shone from the Old North Church is believed to have been from a tin punch lantern.

The array of antique toys, trains and tigers of the Big Top are also on display at the historical society during the holiday season.

Free to members; $10 for non-members.

Information: 203-762-7257.