Wilton celebrates with Summerfest
WILTON – Sunshine, a cool breeze, and the threatening rain staying on the horizon until after the festivities, combined for a nearly perfect day to celebrate summer. Dozens of booths lined both sides of Main Street for the second annual Summerfest, previously called Celebrate Wilton.
Two stages alternated music and performances and kept people moving from one group of friends to another all day. Food was offered by several organizations, beginning with a pancake breakfast in the park, provided by the Masonic Lodge.
The event was sponsored by Main Street Association. President David McBee declined to estimate the attendance but agreed it was "in the hundreds," and declared the day a success.
Several music groups provided a variety of sounds, some in the big tent in Main Street Park and others at a stage on a large trailer provided by Temple-Wilton Community Farm in the Proctor Parking Lot near The Dummy.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 10 spent much of the day making six-strand rope, a skill they had learned from a troop in Peterborough, according to Scoutmaster Brent Manning. The finished coils were quite impressive.
"It’s satisfying," Manning said. "A good skill."
This year’s summer reading program at the Gregg Free Library is "Superheroes," and a group of the young caped crusaders staged a flash mob on Main Street.
"It worked very well," Library Director Pat Fickett said. "We signed up a lot of kids for the program." She and all of her staff sported bright red capes.
Second Glances, the new thrift store operated by the Second Congregational Church, opened in bright airy rooms in the basement of Wilton Falls Building. They offer a wide selection of gently used clothing, accessories and other items. They hope to gradually expand the offerings as they determine what is needed.
The day also included the Lions Club annual rubber duck race on the Souhegan River.
After the race, activities moved to Carnival Hill and ended with fireworks, a program funded by Suburban Propane.