Wilton puts on its green with May festival
Live music and tasty food are just part of the attractions at the fifth annual Wilton Go Green Festival coming up Sunday, May 3. The community is invited to celebrate sustainable living and the Earth’s bounty, assisted by pet-able wildlife “ambassadors,” electric car owners, leaders of children’s activities, and more than 70 craftsmen and exhibitors for what promises to be a day of discovery, entertainment and family fun.
The festival — centered around the Town Green gazebo and Wilton Library — officially gets under way at 11 with live performances, shopping, and exhibitors ready to share their knowledge of energy conservation, greener buildings, eco-friendly transportation, recycling and sustainable living. Other booths will feature gifts, kid-friendly games, face painting, a silent auction and more.
“This event has become an important feature of Wilton’s intrinsic values and goals,” Wilton Go Green president Peg Koellmer said in a press release. “Sustainability is now practiced in all kinds of ways, and Wilton Go Green helps to make it simple, rewarding and economically viable.”
Popular activities and food trucks from previous years will be joined by new attractions, including Cyril the Sorcerer, a wonderful magician who brings meaningful messages about natural resource protection while performing magic tricks. Cyril the Sorcerer will stroll through the festival and also provide magic performances from noon until 1:30.
Live music will fill the air throughout the day as Wilton bands and soloists perform, including Arthur Lipner’s Wilton Steel band. The Westport Electric Car Club’s Rally will arrive at the festival, with dozens of gleaming, energy-efficient vehicles, including the newest in Tesla’s and BMW’s electric vehicles (EVs). After that, the festival’s first-ever dog parade will begin. Fine purebreds and adorable mutts alike will strut their stuff in exchange for treats and admiration.
Skinny Pines Pizza will serve up tempting, wood-fired brick oven pies using seasonally sourced ingredients while Cowabunga, Ben’s Ice Cream and Wilton’s own The Well will offer other delicious fare.
Visitors may bring to the festival personal papers to get shredded by the City Carting shredding truck between 1 and 2. City Carting, with its interesting “recyclingcreation station,” is one of the event’s major sponsors, along with Bankwell of Wilton, Next Step Living, Nod Hill Soap and Realty Seven. All participants can share ideas about taking better care of our environment; even the recycling of old mattresses — a new state-wide law as of May 1 — will be explained.
Speaking on behalf of Monty the python, Elma the box turtle and other non-human residents of Woodcock Nature Center and the larger natural world, executive director Henryk Teraszkiewicz looks forward to the event. “Education about nature is key, and our exhibit at the festival is designed to strengthen the bonds between kids and nature, instilling in them a sense of wonder and respect for our planet and all its inhabitants.”
“Our festival is evolving beautifully,” said Jana Bertkau, cofounder of Wilton Go Green, “and it’s been terrific to witness the growing response from visitors, exhibitors and the business community. It is proof of people’s desire to live more sustainable lifestyles. We are happy to provide state-of-the-art information in a family-friendly event, and we welcome everyone to attend!”