In the aftermath of Wilton High School’s Homecoming planned bonfire having been canceled, the Wilton Football Boosters Association, Parks and Recreations Department and the First Selectman’s Office have arranged for  a community bonfire on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cider Mill softball field.

The idea for the bonfire came about through conversations between Wilton Football Boosters Association President Brian Colburn, member Joe Polito and First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice. The association was exploring resurrecting the former tradition of a bonfire on the eve of Homecoming.  Without sufficient time to plan, the idea of a community bonfire later in November was developed.

Polito said he could remember the fun he had as a kid attending the homecoming bonfires. “Having heard Lynne talk about encouraging development of community wide events, this seemed a natural partnership,” Polito said.

Vanderslice said it is an event all ages would love. ”It is a great way to bring a cross-section of the community together,” she said.

Parks and Recreation staff, who have already demonstrated their fire-building skills with the smaller bonfire at Ambler Farm, will be on hand to build and maintain this one. The Wilton Football Association is funding the cost of the evening.

In addition to a traditional bonfire, the evening will feature music, Vanderslice said.

Any nonprofit organization interested in selling soft drinks and snacks should contact Jackie in the First Selectman’s Office at Jackie.Rochester@wiltonct.org.