(who will soon rejoin the club) and Maggie Smith from People’s Bank
The Board of Directors meeting took place this week and
much of our planning for the spring was discussed:
Pat reported on the Katrina Fund that we established with
Danbury Rotary Club. The money is
yet to be allocated, but Danbury has
started to communicate with a school that may benefit from the aid.
Pat said he is part of the Emergency Response Team for
Wilton and he urged others to
join. This week the community team
was called out twice to help keep traffic moving in areas where downed trees and
power lines were an issue.
Our storage closet at Silvermine Tavern has been cleaned
out – perhaps too thoroughly as some banners are missing. Most of the inventory
belongs to the Norwalk Rotary Club.
Daphne, the new Director at
Center (formerly Weir Farm
Daphne showed us a slide show of images from the various
programs in which Weir Farm has engaged over the past 15 years since it became a
resource open to the public. She
pointed out that two entities exist at Weir Farm today (the home of American
Impressionist J. Alden Weir): the
National Park Service, who maintains the grounds and the
Center, in charge of programs ongoing
there. This relationship has
existed since 1990.
The new name and mission of
Center will bring changes:
The artist in residence program
will be expanded, with new housing in the studio thanks to a grant from the
Department of the Interior.
Currently 12 artists stay on the property to work for a period of one
The visiting artist program will be curtailed as it
required too many staff resources.
Gallery exhibitions will present the work of artists in
Fund raising efforts will ratchet up – “A Night in
June 10th will be a gala to benefit the artists in residence
Jazz in the Garden will be expanded to include a variety
of artists and jazz.
Workshops will continue to involve the community in the
Daphne said that this is a moment of truth for the
organization – their $400,000 annual budget needs to double immediately and
grow after that in order to achieve the mission set forth
Wilton Library Association
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton CT 06897
phone 203.762.7196 fax 203.834.1166