Holiday Window Display Contest

by Wayne Harriman on December 1, 2017

Holiday Window & Outdoor Display ContestThis weekend marks the start of a great holiday season in Wallingford; with the Holiday Stroll on for tonight from 4-9PM and the Reindeer Rally and Seasons of Celebration taking place on Saturday, this weekend promises to provide lots of fun of everyone young and old!

This year, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring their Holiday Window Display Contest from December 1st to the 21st to allow small businesses to dress up their windows for the holidays. Not only will their be a winner chosen who has the Best Overall window display, but also for Most Creative and People’s Choice! In addition, people strolling up and down the street visiting the participating vendors can win too! How? Like this:

Simply visit the participating vendors listed in the graphic below, take a selfie in front of the display and them email it to maribel@quinncham.com with the subject, “Selfie Contest”. You have 21 days to visit as many vendors as you want and take as many selfies as you want and submit them to the email address above. All selfies will be displayed on the Quinnipiac Chamber Facebook page, and the winners will be drawn on December 22nd.

Holiday Window Display Contest

In order to VOTE for your favorite display, when you email your selfie in front of your favorite display to the Chamber, make sure you specify IN THE EMAIL that this display is your favorite. Once the contest ends there will be random drawings for several $50 gift cards from the participating vendors!

With all these great events coming up, this weekend is shaping up to be an amazing mix of fun and festivities, not to mention a great way to get out and meet your neighbors and show some love for the many small business owners that are the life’s blood of our community. The weather should be fine for the Stroll tonight so we look forward to seeing you all stop into our real estate office at 116 Center Street for some light refreshments, including some tasty treats from Panchero’s of Wallingford! See you tonight, and make sure you take lots of selfies in front of our window display!

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Where does the time go?? It seems like just yesterday it was Summer and we were basking in the warmth of the long days, and Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed a long way off. Now here it is November, Thanksgiving has gone by, and Christmas is so close you can taste it. In fact, it’s only 26 days away as of this writing, if that brings it into closer focus for ya! But it’s also time for three fun-filled events for our residents to enjoy: Wallingford Center, Inc.’s 9th Annual Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 1st, followed on Saturday, December 2nd by the 2nd annual Reindeer Rally and Seasons of Celebration .

Wallingford Holiday StrollTo kick off this festive weekend, Wallingford Center, Inc. will hold their 9th annual Holiday Stroll, which includes their “Stroll, Shop, Win” event, a fantastic raffle with prizes of gift cards from many of the participating stores. First prize is $1,000, second place is $600, and third place is $400. How do you enter, you ask? Simple. Just stop into each of the participating merchants while you stroll and fill out a ballot. The more you stroll, the more places you visit, the more chances you have to win. Easy, right?

And if that wasn’t enough, many of the participating merchants will be offering in-store specials during the event and there will once again be activities at the gazebo in Johanna Fishbein Park, including a bonfire from 6pm – 9pm, roasted chestnuts, ice carvers and music provided by a DJ.

In addition, several more businesses and non-profits will will have booths set up in the HUBCAP office at 128 Center Street so people can go in and get to know them better.

And our office at 116 Center Street is also a drop-off point for Holiday For Giving, so if you have a new, unwrapped toy you’d like to donate to a needy child, feel free to bring it in and drop it in our collection box! We will also be serving non-alcoholic sangria and food provided courtesy of Panchero’s of Wallingford. Last by not least, we will have amazing photography on display and for sale by Wallingford photographer Mark Houde. Drop by to see Mark and his beautiful images!

For a list of holiday stroll participating merchants, CLICK HERE, and for a map of the Stroll with locations of the merchants, CLICK HERE. For more info, contact WCI at (203) 284-1807 or Wallingford Parks & Rec at (203) 294-2120.

Next up on Saturday, December 2nd is the Reindeer Rally, a one mile stroll through downtown Wallingford taking place from 10:30AM to 11:30AM and beginning and ending at Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Park. Breakfast sandwiches will be provided by Chick-Fil-A, and hot chocolate and coffee will also be available to all that participate.

Pre-registration is required for this event, and is already underway, with the first 100 to register receiving a free set of Reindeer Antlers to wear while strolling. Registration is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family, or an unwrapped gift for a child, and can be done at Wallingford Park & Rec’s Youth and Social Services office or at Wallingford Center Inc. located at 128 Center Street. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Holiday For Giving to help Wallingford families in need.

The final event on Saturday, December 2nd is Seasons of Celebration, which kicks off at 1PM following the Reindeer Rally. This annual event started decades ago at the downtown train station as a meet-and-greet for Santa Claus, but in recent years has moved uptown and expanded to include a variety of fun activities. The town is sponsoring most of the activities, which are free, and most will take place in or around Town Hall.

Here’s list of the happenings:

  • O little town of Wallingford...listen to your favorite Christmas carols at the Seasons of Celebrations!Kids can visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1PM to 4:30PM in the foyer of Town Hall
  • There will be a petting zoo and games for kids on the Parade Grounds from 1PM to 4PM
  • Elf Houses will also be on display
  • The North Farms Volunteer Fire Department will collect toys for Wallingford children from 1PM to 3PM
  • Hot cocoa. popcorn and cookies to keep you warm and toasty will be available from 1PM until they run out
  • A photo booth will be open from 2PM to 5PM, courtesy of Show Stopper Entertainment
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered in front of Town Hall from 1PM to 4PM
  • Roaming railroad train for the kids from 1:00PM to 4PM
  • The Yankee Chorus will sing Christmas carols from 2PM to 3PM
  • Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, 1PM to 4PM
  • Rudolph with your nose so bright, will you be in our parade tonight? See him in the Seasons of Celebrations event!The “Frosty Parade” will start at 5:00PM and will feature Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Santa’s Elves and the Toy Soldiers
  • The Wallingford Chorus will sing carols at the gazebo in Fishbein Park at 5:15PM, followed by a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson, Jr.
  • The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at approximately 5:30-5:45PM in front of the railroad station

This year’s holiday events again promise to be fun for kids of all ages and an exciting kick-off to the town’s holiday celebration. While we hope for good weather, would it be blasphemous to wish for just a little bit of snow? Regardless of the forecast, we hope for a great turnout and hope to see you there!

(Disclaimer: the schedule of events is accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change at any time due to inclement weather or the organizer’s discretion. Please check back often for updates.)
 

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Holiday For Giving Drop Off Point at Harriman Real Estate

by Wayne Harriman on November 14, 2017

Harriman Real Estate LLC is happy to announce that our office will once again be a designated drop off location for Holiday For Giving, a local program run by volunteers that collects donations of food, new toys, personal care items, baby items, and more which are then distributed to those local families in need during the holidays.

Holiday for Giving

Many Ways to Help

Holiday for GivingBetween now and Saturday, December 9th, you’re invited to come into our office at 116 Center Street and drop off your donation of any of the following:

  • Make a monetary donation
  • Donate a new toy for children 1-7 years old, boy or girl
  • Donate non-perishable food items
  • Donate personal hygiene items
  • Donate Gift Cards (increments of $20 or less per card) from: East Center Market, Holiday Cinema (Wallingford), Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop or Wal-Mart

With the items you donate, Holiday for Giving is expected to be able to help over 400 Wallingford families with food for the holidays; over 350 children (ages 1-7) with 2 new toys and a book to read; over 175 children (ages 8-12) with movie passes; over 20 newborn babies with a handmade blanket, a box of baby items and a new toy; and a packet of personal hygiene items for each family.

We have a drop box for any toys, food, etc that you may wish to donate. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM, but if you can’t make it during those times, feel free to call Wayne at 203-605-3873 to make other arrangements.

We hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in our community. For more information on Holiday for Giving, please contact Jennifer Adamo-Lavoie at 203-415-9163 or email holidayforgiving@yahoo.com. You are also invited to “like” their Facebook page at Holiday for Giving.

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2017 Our Lady of Fatima Church Carnival

by Wayne Harriman on July 30, 2017

It's Carnival Time in Wallingford CT Again!

Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville is hosting its annual carnival beginning at 6PM on August 1st and running through 10PM on August 5th. This is always a highly anticipated event in the community and never falls short in fun, food, entertainment and excitement! Read on for some of the highlights:

Kiddie KornerEntertainment

Wednesday: DJ Noz

Thursday: DJNoz

Friday: Groove Time

Saturday: Groove Time

There will also be a midway with unlimited rides for $23 per person with wristband, a country store, games of chance with nightly drawings and instant ticket prizes, a Kiddie Korner, nightly Bingo games, and a raffle with the winner to be drawn Saturday, August 5th at 10PM. Here’s the raffle prize structure:

2015 Our Lady of Fatima Church Carnival1st Prize: $2,000

2nd Prize: $1,000

3rd – 5th Prizes: $500

6th Prize: $500 Stop & Shop gift card

7th Prize: $500 WalMart gift card

Food & Beverage

Daily Specials:

2017 Our Lady of Fatima Carnival

In addition to the specials, the following favorites will also be available:

  • Clams on the half shell
  • Shrimp
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • 2015 Our Lady of Fatima Church CarnivalSausage & Pepper grinders
  • Philly steak grinders
  • Meatball grinders
  • Fried dough
  • Donuts
  • Budweiser on tap

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Friday: 6PM to 10PM

Saturday: 5PM to 10PM

Come early and stay late, the 2017 Our Lady of Fatima Church Carnival promises to be well attended and lots of fun for the entire family! We’ll see you there!

Our Lady of Fatima Parish is located at 382 Hope Hill Road in the Yalesville section of Wallingford, CT. For more info, call the Parish at (203) 265-0961 or check out their page on Facebook!

2017 Our Lady of Fatima Carnival

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23rd Annual Hyperflite Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog CompetitionWhen I was a kid, we had a dog who loved to chase frisbees.

Notice I said “chase”, not “catch”.

If you threw the frisbee, Shep would run underneath it and watch it until it hit the ground, then he’d wait until it was finished bouncing, rolling, skidding or otherwise came to a full stop before he’d pick it up and bring it back to you, covered in doggy drool, and drop it at your feet, waiting for you to launch it into space again.

Those were the days…

Well, if you can relate to my Heinz 57 mutt and maybe have one yourself that actually catches the frisbee BEFORE it hits the ground, then this event just might be for you.

On Wednesday, July 26th from 6 – 8:30 PM, the Wallingford Department of Parks & Recreation will hold their Annual Hyperflite Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Competition at Doolittle Park. Sponsored by Hyperflite, the premiere maker of doggie flying discs, this will be the 25th edition of this amazing competition to find the area’s best frisbee fetcher. At the first event in 1993 there were six competitors, but now this contest has grown to over fifty frisky entrants, and they can’t wait to see that first disc whizz into the air! Be sure to bring along a picnic lunch and watch all sorts of leaps, bounds and amazing catches by some talented animals. There will also be a baked potato truck there selling some tasty spuds!

To help beat the heat, there will be water pools available for the dogs to cool off in, and the competition rounds will be 60 seconds each and not back-to-back.

All dogs must be on a leash when not competing. Registration is open to anyone who is interested in seeing how their K-9 companion matches up against the best of the best, and Hyperflite will provide plaques to the top three finishers. In case of rain, the event will be held Thursday, July 27th.

By the way, my Shep would NOT have gotten a plaque…

Click below to find Doolittle Park:

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Wallingford Twilight Tunes 2017

by Wayne Harriman on June 28, 2017

Twilight Tunes 2017

Summer is finally here, bringing more hot days and hopefully cool nights. Now that the Community Pool is open, that takes care of the hot days, but the cool nights need something to do as well, and this fits the bill.

The Wallingford Twilight Tunes Concert Series is set to kick off on July 5th and every Wednesday night through August 16th, bringing some of the area’s best musical acts to Wallingford. These concerts always bring out a big crowd, so bring your chairs and get there early, it fills up fast!

Where: Wallingford Parade Ground (in front of Town Hall)

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: FREE!

Wallingford Twilight Tunes 2015Here are the acts scheduled to perform, be sure to click the links to learn more about them:

July 5th: The Mighty Soul Drivers (UPDATE: Postponed until October 8th at Celebrate Wallingford due to technical issues)

July 12th: Cover2Cover Band (UPDATE: Postponed until October 7th at Celebrate Wallingford due to anticipated inclement weather)

July 19th: Southern Voice Band

July 26th: No concert due to Hyperflite Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Event at Doolittle Park

August 2nd: The 102d Army Band, CT National Guard

August 9th: Simply Diamond Band

August 16th: River Mud Band

From rock to soul to country to blues to pop, these bands cover the musical spectrum and will put on a great show. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll see you at Twilight Tunes!

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47th Annual Most Holy Trinity Bazaar Coming Up

by Wayne Harriman on June 3, 2017

Most Holy Trinty Bazaar 2017Don’t look now, but the 47th edition of the Most Holy Trinity Bazaar is coming up fast!

Beginning Monday night, June 5th, and running through Saturday, June 10th, this popular event is in its 47th year of providing fun and excitement for kids of all ages. Located at Most Holy Trinity Church at 84 No. Colony Road in Wallingford, this edition of the bazaar once again promises to have enough food, rides, games, prizes, plants, raffles and fun on tap to keep everyone happy! Here is a sample of what will be going on over the 6 days of the bazaar:

  • Opens at 6PM nightly, 2PM for Saturday matinee
  • Thursday only: one free ride ticket with every 25 ride ticket sheet @ $23.00
  • Wrist Bands nightly: Ride all rides for $23 every night
  • Special Saturday matinee: ride all rides as often as you can for only $20 from 2-6 PM
  • Lots of fun for everyone at the 47th Most Holy Trinity Bazaar!50/50 cash drawings nightly (winner MUST be present)
  • Holy Trinity Church Raffle: $5 per chance, one grand prize of $10,000 to be awarded!
  • Basket drawing Saturday night at 8PM (winner need not be present)
  • Special features including a Country Store, Candy Shoppe, games of skill and chance, Dunking Booth, jewelry, kiddie fish pond
  • Nightly food specials, including a Ziti Dinner on Wednesday night, Strawberry Shortcake on Thursday,Bakers Dozen Donut Night on Friday, a Spanish chicken dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Clams-on-the-Half Shell Wednesday through Saturday
  • For the first time ever in Wallingford, a 60 foot tall Expo Wheel will be featured on the midway!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on so gather up the kids and head over to Most Holy Trinity Bazaar this week for good times and good food. The excitement is already building, so make your plans now and we’ll see you there!

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Wallingford Community Pool Opening Soon

by Wayne Harriman on May 13, 2017

Beat the heat this summer in the Wallingford Community Pool!

The days are getting longer, the kids will be out of school soon, and the temperatures are finally getting warmer and warmer. What better way to handle those three events than by taking a cooling dip in the community pool?

Wallingford’s Community Pool will open on June 17th until August 13th and will be open from 11am to 7pm each day.

Pool passes for adults are $20, $15 for youths between 13 and 17, and $10 for children 12 and under and also for seniors 63 and older. Also, non-residents can once again get pool passes this year. A Wallingford resident must sponsor a non-resident and accompany them to purchase a pass. There will be two forms of non-resident passes: a Two Week Pass that will be dated and cost $25.00 per person, and a Season Pass that will cost $50.00 per person. (There is a $20.00 replacement fee for all lost tags. Children 15 and under are required to have an adult present with them at the pool.)

Passes are now available and can be purchased at the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department located at 6 Fairfield Boulevard. Their office hours are currently Monday through Sunday 9am to 9:45pm; beginning in June they will close at 5pm on Saturday and be closed on Sundays. Proof of residency – driver’s license, report card or school ID – is required. If you purchased a pass last year you can take it to the Parks and Rec office and they will put a 2017 sticker on it so you don’t have to have a new picture taken!

Don’t let the summer heat and humidity get you down this year, head down to the community pool and stay cool this summer!

When: June 17- August 13

Hours: Daily, 11am to 7pm

Where: Wallingford Community Pool, No. Main St. Ext.

Who: Everybody!

Cost: Residents – Adults, $20; Youths between 13 – 17, $15; Children 12 and under and seniors 63 and older, $10; Non-residents – 2 week pass, $25 per person, season pass, $50 per person

Where to get passes: Wallingford Parks & Rec, 6 Fairfield Blvd (call (203) 294-2120 for info)

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Just Listed: 121 Simpson Ave, Wallingford CT 06492

by Wayne Harriman on May 11, 2017

121 Simpson Ave, Wallingford, CT

Just Listed

Presented By:

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203-214-3053 or

203-710-9895
Office: 203-672-4499

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$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1664 SQUARE FEET

Move right in to this charming east side cape. Located on a tree lined street, this home is walking distance to everything Wallingford’s center of town has to offer. This 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home has an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, beautiful hardwood floors, sunroom, partially finished basement and an oversized garage. Once you step into this home you will fall in love with all the natural light that comes through the windows. The living room, and dining room are bright and airy and open to a private deck–you can’t help but picture yourself grilling while enjoying a refreshing drink and entertaining friends and family in your new home. The interior of this home got a fresh coat of paint and a new roof in 2015. Sunroom and basement not induced in total square footage.

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5th Annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop

by Wayne Harriman on May 1, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what the food at some of Wallingford’s downtown restaurants is like, now is the time to find out! Wallingford Center, Inc. is sponsoring the 5th annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop on May 3rd from 4pm to 8pm. Bring the whole family and sample the specialties of some of the best eateries Wallingford has to offer (including two newcomers), enter the raffle and enjoy some good company, too! Here’s how it works: you purchase an entry “bracelet” for $25 ($12 for kids under 12) which will get you into each of the participating restaurants and allow you to sample selected items off their menu. You also receive a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize, which is a $25 gift card to each of the participating restaurants. Now that’s a LOT of food!

This event serves as a fundraiser for Wallingford Center, Inc in support of other programs, such as Celebrate Wallingford, The Farmer’s Market, and the Holiday Stroll.

Here’s the vital info:

4th Annual Wallingford Restaurant HopWhen: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hours: 4 PM – 8PM

Where: Downtown Wallingford CT

Tickets: $25, $12 kids under 12

Who to Contact: Wallingford Center, Inc, (203) 284-1807 or email lizlandow@wallingfordcenterinc.com

Tickets can also be purchased at these local businesses:

  • HUBCAP Wallingford
  • Wallingford Lamp & Shade
  • Craig Jewelers
  • Yankee Cloth

And here’s a list of participating restaurants:

Speaking from prior experience, I can vouch for the quality of food at all of these establishments, and I’m looking forward to getting out and trying them all again! If you’re looking for a break from the kitchen and you can’t decide where to go, this is a great way to get out of the house, try some food you might not have tried before and support local Wallingford businesses. As a wise man once said, “Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat!”.

See you at the Hop!

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