Wilton Old Home Week planned

WILTON – The town celebrates Old Home Days for a week every five years, and this is a year, Co-Chairman Gary Crooker told Wilton selectmen on April 14. The theme this year is “275 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

The celebration will begin with opening ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 16, with a firemen’s muster on Sunday, Aug. 17, and will close on Sunday, Aug. 23. The grand parade will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22. The committee has chosen three longtime residents as the grand marshals.

As usual, most of the events will take place in Whiting Park, but other organizations usually have special events during the week, such as exhibits at the library and open house at the Masonic Temple. Crooker expects the Fire Department will be “happy to show off their new station.”

As in past years, he said, “there will be music every night” at the park, as well as activities for children.

Crooker has served as chairman, or co-chairman, of Old Home Days since 1979.

“I’ve retired after the last four,” he said. This year, Donald Condon is co-chairman.

A brochure listing all events will be published within the next few weeks, Crooker said. Organizations wishing to take part may contact either chairman.

Crooker said the committee would “work around” construction at the elementary school and the reconstruction of the Route 31 Bridge onto Island Street.

The state Department of Transportation has promised to have the bridge reopened by Aug. 16.

In other business on April 14, the selectmen agreed to have the Public Works Department paint a cross walk across Forest Road (Route 31) from the front of the library to the parking lot beside the river. The parking lot is also used by the Masons and two churches and officials agreed that not having the crosswalk and signage is a safety issue.