WILTON – Next year, officials in Wilton will celebrate the town’s bicentennial. In commemoration of the milestone, the Wilton Bicentennial Committee has announced a list of events that have been scheduled throughout the year.
“Our committee has been meeting over the past year planning a wide spectrum of events for 2018. We took into account the rich history of the town and the makeup of the Wilton community and tried to come up with a variety of themes that would appeal to everyone,” said Bicentennial Committee Chairperson Sue Lant. “From January through December of next year we’ve created a series of signature events that celebrate our history and unite our community in a spirit of remembrance of where we started and awareness of how far we’ve come,” she added.
The Wilton Bicentennial Signature Events are the Kick-off Gala at McGregor Links Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 27; the Historic Celebration Weekend, including the First Town Meeting Reenactment, in center court at the Wilton Mall on Friday, April 20; Historic Site Tours on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22; a bicentennial-themed Parkfest on Saturday, July 7; the Wilton Historic Home Tour on Sunday, Sept. 16; the Taste of Wilton at Gavin Park on Sunday, Sept. 23; and the Holiday Community Dinner at the Wilton Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson commented, “2018 will be a year of remembrance and celebration as the town of Wilton takes pride in its bicentennial. We invite our community of Wilton residents and friends to join us in review of 200 years in the making. We are very grateful to our sponsors…for their support of our festivities.”
Major sponsors of the Wilton Bicentennial include Adirondack Trust Company; Scotty’s Exit 16 and the Parillo and Nigro families; D.A. Collins Construction Co. Inc.; Richbell Capital; Saratoga National Bank; MJ Engineering; Kodiak Construction; Bonded Concrete Inc.; Stone Bridge Iron and Steel Inc.; McGregor Links Country Club; and Fine Affairs.
In addition, a documentary video will preview at the Bowtie Cinema in Wilton Mall after the First Town Meeting Reenactment on April 20.
Also planned for 2018 is an official bicentennial magazine, which will be produced by Saratoga TODAY newspaper. The full-color, glossy magazine will feature stories, timelines, historic photos, interviews and advertising. “We are honored to be a part of this historic event,” said Publisher Chad Beatty. “We have the team ready and look forward to producing a beautiful magazine that will be a keepsake for years to come.”
Companies looking to be a part of this magazine can contact Saratoga TODAY.
Commemorative merchandise including flags, t-shirts, mugs, etc. will be available for purchase at Wilton Town Hall throughout 2018.
For more information on Wilton’s Bicentennial Celebration and information on how to purchase tickets to the January and December Signature Events, call 518-587-1939 ext. 239 or visit www.wiltonbicentennial.com.