Local bands set to play in parks for summer

Wilton has no shortage of local bands, and some of them will get to show their stuff this summer in a free concert series at the town parks.

After the success of last year’s concert at Merwin Meadows, the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department is once again sponsoring summer concerts in Wilton, said Steve Pierce, director of parks and recreation, in a statement.

Concerts will be held on Sunday evenings starting July 16 and running through Aug. 6,  from 5 to 7 p.m.

The first two concerts will be held at Schenck’s Island with seating on the island and across the river at The Chess Park. The final two concerts will be held at Merwin Meadows.

This year’s series will feature:

  • Acoustic Wilton – Spotlight Sessions on July 16;

  • Open Road on July 23;

  • Wilton Rocks for Food Allstars on July 30;

  • One Bad Oyster on Aug. 6.

There will be a variety of genres represented.

“We are happy to again be offering concerts for the community and anticipate they will be every bit as popular as they were in the past,” said Pierce.

Dan Berg, a local musician, band member and Economic Development Commission member, has been assisting Pierce with logistics.

Concert-goers are encouraged to set up a blanket or chair, bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy the music.   

Vivian Lee Shiue, chair of the Economic Development Commission, said it is an opportunity to bring the community together.

“We  think this is a great opportunity to bring our community together in a casual environment, and showcase our local talent, providing yet another reason why Wilton is a great place to live,” Lee-Schuie said. “We hope to work with local restaurants to develop tie-in opportunities for the concerts at Schenck’s as well as plan to bring food trucks to Merwin Meadows.”

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce is assisting with the series, said Debra Hanson, executive director of the Chamber.

“All of us are cooperating and working together to provide events and services that bring business into our town and enhance our town’s wonderful community,” she said.

The cost of the concerts is being underwritten by the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department, The FAIR Group — William Raveis Real Estate, and by a challenge donation from Lynne and Paul Vanderslice. Corporate or individual contributions in any amount would also be welcome.

Visit the Wilton Parks and Recreation website at wiltonparksandrec.org or email Sarah Gioffre at sarah.gioffre@wiltonct.org for information on how to make a contribution.