Wilton puts on its winter best
From Merwin Meadows to Schenck’s Island will be a hub of frosty activities as the Wilton Chamber of Commerce presents its inaugural Wilton Winter Carnival on Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4.
Horse-drawn carriage rides, a live ice-sculpting demonstration, a scavenger hunt, a chili cook-off, a campfire with marshmallows, raffle prizes, face-painting, and a beer-tasting station are some of the events on tap for the family-friendly event.
The town green is carnival central, where attendees can check in with the Chamber and pick up a map and program of events. Fox 95 will be playing live music and offer giveaways, Sav-A-Tree will have their bucket truck and information on maple sugaring.
Here, too, is where the ice-carving demonstration will take place from 12:30 to 2. Bill Covitz of Connecticut’s own Ice Matters will take to a block of ice with chainsaw, power sander and blowtorch to create a frozen work of art.
Ice sculptures will also be displayed at Village Market, Wilton Library, and Gregory and Adams/Fairfield County Bank, all on Old Ridgefield Road.
The gazebo is where people may get started on the town-sponsored scavenger hunt created and run by a group of Middlebrook School students. Pick up the list of clues, each of which takes hunters to a business where they will receive a letter to spell out a secret message. Complete all 10 clues and return to the town green by 3:30 for entry into a raffle. The first three completed forms drawn will win a Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, good at member businesses.
That’s not the only drawing that will take place. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes that include an iPad from Verizon Wireless Zone and gifts from Life Hotel in New York City, Open House, B-Chic, Outdoor Sports, Cactus Rose Restaurant and Tequila Bar, and more.
The gazebo is also where those who get a little hungry may buy a ticket at the Chamber tent to sample chili made by restaurants including Little Pub, Craft 14, Chef Jeff’s BBQ, Wilton Pizza & Pasta, Marly’s, and Portofino. Tickets are $10. Present your ticket at each restaurant or food truck and receive a sample of chili. Vote for your favorite. The winning restaurant will be announced and win a trophy to be displayed until next year’s contest.
Strollers over 21 may stop by the beer-tasting station, courtesy of Little Pub and the new Redding Beer Co. The under-21 set may get their face painted by First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice.
From the town green, attendees may head north toward the Merwin Meadows soccer field at Portofino to take a horse-and-carriage ride or south to Schenck’s Island for a campfire presented by the Economic Development Commission. Warm up with marshmallows and hot chocolate — roasting skewers available or bring your own.
While strolling through town, enjoy the decorated snowflakes hanging from the lampposts and take a selfie with life-size Olaf and penguin characters, who will make their way around town.
Those who’d like a little indoor time may head to Wilton Library to make some snowflakes and get creative at a coloring table. Take a selfie in front of a green screen and make all your friends think you’ve gone somewhere exotic. While you’re at it, experience some virtual reality or just warm up by the fire.
Sponsored by Fairfield County Bank, the carnival will take place snow, rain, or shine.
“We are delighted to bring this new ‘fun for all ages’ event to our town. We hope everyone will join us as we transform Wilton Center into a winter thoroughfare, filled with activity,” said Susan Goldman, president of the Wilton Chamber. “We are thankful to all who are making it possible through their sponsorships, support and enthusiasm, as we embark on what we hope will be an annual winter event.”
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