by Lizabeth Doty

Wilton Senior Center

Mountaineering

with Dr. Doty

This Wednesday’s weekly luncheon features the climbing adventures of Dr. William Doty in North and South America. The presentation takes place at 12:45 at Ogden House, 100 River Road, following the luncheon.

Dr. Doty graduated from Quinnipiac College in Hamden where he played hockey.  He received his doctor of optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1979. During his career as an optometrist, Dr. Doty was the marketing manager for low-vision products at Carl Zeiss Optical of West Germany and a staff optometrist at the Industrial Home for the Blind in Brooklyn. For the past 34 years, Dr. Doty has been in private practice in Ridgefield. He also enjoys biking, skiing, and playing hockey.

Book discussion

Miwako Ogasawara will lead a discussion of The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa on Tuesday, April 23 at 11.

In this novel written by one of Japan’s most acclaimed authors, a brilliant math professor is assisted by a housekeeper with a young son. Because of a traumatic head injury, the professor has only 80 minutes of short-term memory; each morning he has to be reintroduced to the housekeeper. However, his mind is still alive with equations and, through math, he and the housekeeper develop a beautiful relationship. The New York Times Book Review described the book as “Deceptively elegant ... This is one of those books written in such lucid, unpretentious language that reading it is like looking into a deep pool of clear water. Dive into Yoko Ogawa’s world ... and you find yourself tugged by forces more felt than seen.”

Call the senior center for reservations:  203-834-6240.

English gardens

St. Matthew’s Church Senior Luncheon will take place in the church lounge at noon on Thursday, April 25, and will feature Melinda Wolcott, Wilton’s “gardener extraordinaire.” Melinda, an avid gardener, lived in England for six years where she visited many of the great gardens. In subsequent years, Melinda organized and led garden tours in England, Scotland, and Italy.  Please call Ellen Lewis for lunch reservations at 203-762-7400.

Instrument series

Chris Merwin returns for the third part of his series on instruments and multi-cultural music on Thursday, May 9 at 11. In this presentation he will focus on steel guitars. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Mr. Merwin uses an assortment of steel guitars from the 20s and 30s, including the extremely rare weissenborn, which has a sound like no other stringed instrument, a 1929 National tri cone, and a 1937 Rickenbacher silver Hawaiian. The instruments themselves are the show because of their beauty and unique appearance. The silver Hawaiian and tri cone are both plated with shiny chrome and the Weissenborn is made of Hawaiian koa wood.

Mr. Merwin has been playing the guitar for 27 years along with studying music and instruments of other cultures for the past 17 years.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of April 19:

Friday, April 19, 10, Move, Strengthen, and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 10:30, Painting with Viola; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Miahilidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free swim for seniors at the Wilton Y.

Monday, April 22; 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie, Apollo 13.

Tuesday, April 23, 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Miwako Ogasawara; 12, Lunch; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Village Market; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 6, Mental Health Fair at Wilton High School.

Wednesday, April 24, 9:30, RSVP; 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 12, Chicago Bridge with Dorothy Wright; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “Mountaineering with Dr. William Doty;” 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, April 25, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew’s.