Traditions promote a sense of pride and help citizens grow tighter as a community. In the lovely hamlet of Wilton, Connecticut where I'm proud to call home, many traditions abound.
For four years, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce has hosted a contest to showcase local businesses, nonprofits, families and other groups. For the latter half of October, over fifty lampposts downtown are adorned with scarecrows ranging from Mork from Ork to the Wilton Warrior, our town’s sports mascot.
Welcomed by the quintessential backdrop of vibrant New England foliage, one can stroll the sidewalks and admire the many hours of effort and creativity expended on designing these masterpieces.
There are even prizes awarded in several categories such as funniest and scariest which will be announced at the annual pumpkin parade (yet another tradition!).
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PS – This scarecrow, created by my colleague Elizabeth Walsh, depicts the illustrious real estate pioneer, Barbara Corcoran!