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 7th annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop on Wednesday, May 8th from 4pm to 8pm. Bring the whole family and sample the specialties of some of the best eateries Wallingford has to offer (including one newcomer) and enjoy some good company, too! Here’s how it works: you purchase tickets 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.
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:
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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 [email protected]
Tickets can also be purchased at these local businesses:
- HUBCAP Wallingford
- Wallingford Lamp & Shade
- Yankee Cloth
And here’s a list of participating restaurants:
For a copy of the map of the location of these restaurants, please click this link: Restaurant Hop Map!
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!
Spring has arrived and the carnival is coming to town, what’s not to love about that!
Once again, Wallingford’s Church of the Resurrection is sponsoring their annual carnival April 24th through the 27th in the parking lot adjacent to the church. The weather forecast for the opening of the four day event is cloudy with an 40% chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday,with temps near 60 degrees. But regardless of the weather, everyone will enjoy the fun, games, rides and great food that always accompanies this much anticipated first carnival of the season!
The venue will open nightly at 6pm and features a midway with more things to do than you can shake a stick at! Some of the fun to be had includes games of skill, chance and just plain old luck (NOTE: must be 18 years or older to play games of chance), rides for young and old including a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and a Fun House.
The first two days are themed as Italian Night on Wednesday, and Polish Night on Thursday, complete with music. Some of the ethnic treats that will be offered are:
- Homestyle Cannoli
- Pasta Fagioli
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Angel Wings
- Stuffed Cabbage
- Kielbasa & Kraut
Other foods available will include clam chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, fried dough, eggplant parmesan, chili, sausage and peppers, meatballs, and clams on the half shell (with Budweiser on tap while supplies last). There will be plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth, too, with delights such as ice cream, carrot cake and cannoli to be had. And of course, the obligatory refreshments will also be available in the form of coffee, iced tea, soda, water, beer, wine, lemonade and hot chocolate.
Last but not least, there will be raffles big and small, and plenty of games and rides for kids of all ages, with a $20 wristband for rides available on Wednesday and Thursday and a $25 wristband for the rides on Friday and Saturday.
If you’d like to download a copy of the event flyer, just CLICK HERE.
There’s always something to do at this fun-filled extravaganza; we’ve gone every year and we never fail to have a great time and we NEVER leave hungry! So if you’re looking for something to do April 24th – 27th, look no further than the Church of the Resurrection Carnival, 115 Pond Hill Road in Wallingford. There’s plenty of free parking and admission is free too, so don’t miss it!
Founded in 1670, Wallingford, Connecticut has been my home town for over 25 years. The population at the 2010 census was 45,135, but that doesn’t mean it feels like a big town. Indeed, there are many things about Wallingford CT that make it an amazing place to live! After surveying several hundred residents…
Here are the top ten reasons to live in Wallingford CT:
1. Central location. Located just a few miles south of the geographic center of the state, Wallingford is ideally situated for easy access to the rest of the state. Interstates 91, 95 and 84 and Route 15 are all close by, making getting to your favorite locations (beaches, parks, attractions, concert venues, casinos, etc.) pretty easy. I was able to drive to Springfield, MA for a show in less than an hour, and that included several minutes stuck in traffic.
2. Excellent schools. Wallingford is served by two public high schools (Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan) and one private one (Choate Rosemary Hall), and several elementary and middle schools. Among Choate’s alumni are President John F. Kennedy, two-time presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, playwright Edward Albee, novelist John Dos Passos, philanthropist Paul Mellon, and actors Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Paul Giamatti. For more information on Wallingford schools, please click here. Also, please watch this amazing video made by students and faculty of the Wallingford school system to see why they are proud to attend school here:
Wallingford Public Schools — “I’m so proud…” from Moran Mustangs on Vimeo.
3. Local wineries. Wallingford is fortunate to have two excellent wineries within its boundaries: Gouveia Vineyards, located at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, and Paradise Hills Vineyard, located at 15 Wind Swept Hill Road. Both are part of the Connecticut Wine Trail and feature excellent locally made wines served in an atmosphere of friendly hospitality amid relaxing views of the Wallingford countryside.
4. Local amenities. From amazing places to eat, to the above-mentioned wineries, to a great public library to the community pool, Wallingford has the programs and services you’re looking for. Here’s just a few of the many amenities Wallingford offers:
- Train service from New York City to Springfield, MA with stops in town
- YMCA (2 locations, one on the East side and one on the West side)
- Senior Center
- Wallingford Center Inc.
- Shopping (from big box stores to locally owned boutiques)
- Health care facilities/doctors dentists/therapists
- Ample open space to preserve the recreational, ecological and aesthetic value of the undeveloped areas of the town
- Quality lodging facilities, including a Victorian Bed & Breakfast
- Excellent walkability, especially in the downtown area and the Linear Trail, which has recently undergone expansion
- A Farmer’s Market, as well as several area farms such as Farmer Joe’s, Geremia Farms and Beaumont Farms
- 3 golf courses
- Holiday Cinema movie theater
- and much more!
5. Oakdale Theater. Built in 1957 as a tent in a field of alfalfa, the area’s most famous venue for music has grown substantially. Since it’s opening, the Oakdale has hosted countless bands and musicians, including classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steely Dan and Cream, and more contemporary acts such as Jill Scott, Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, Brooks & Dunn, and Pentatonix. In addition, many well known comedians have graced the stage here, including Howie Mandel, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Rich Little, Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black. The venue seats approximately 5,000 and is one of the historical icons of Wallingford.
6. Historic significance. Founded in 1670 with 125 settlers, Wallingford has a rich and diverse history. George Washington passed through twice (1775 and 1789), one of the last witch trials in New England took place here in the 1690’s, and it’s the birthplace of several prominent historical figures, including Aaron Jerome (Winston Churchill’s great-great-grandfather), Lyman Hall (signed the Declaration of Independence), Moses Y. Beach (founded the Associated Press), and WWI flying ace Raoul Lufbery. Wallingford has several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Samuel Parsons House, The Nehemiah Royce House, and the Center Street Cemetery, which dates to 1683. See here for more of the history of our amazing town.
7. Parks/Recreation. Wallingford is fortunate to have several beautiful parks within its borders, including Community Lake, Doolittle Park, Viet Nam Veteran’s Memorial Park, Pragemann Park, Harrison Park, Lufbery Park, and Harriet Wallace Park. Several parks contain playscapes for children, ball fields, picnic areas and tennis courts for your enjoyment. All Wallingford parks are overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
8. Low taxes/mill rate. The current mill rate in Wallingford is 28.55, which is a slight increase from the previous rate of 27.89. However, this low tax rate still affords residents relatively low property taxes compared to other cities and towns in the state.
9. Low crime rate There have been several studies on crime rates in Connecticut towns, and some that rank towns according to how safe they are. The criteria that is used in most of them varies, but most will agree that Wallingford is one of the safest towns in the state to live in. Don’t get me wrong, like most towns Wallingford has issues that it has to deal with, but overall the level of crime in Wallingford is substantially below that of most comparable towns.
10. Wallingford Electric Division Probably one of the most unique features of our town is the fact that it has its very own electric division. The men and women who are entrusted with keeping our electricity flowing are second to none, and usually don’t get the credit they deserve. We have endured several natural disasters in recent times, including a hurricane and tornado-like disturbance called a microburst, and in both instances the Wallingford Electric Division staff worked around the clock to get the power flowing again to our residents, and did it with a minimum of delay or complication. In the 20+ years I’ve lived here, we’ve only lost power once for longer than an hour, and the problem was fixed quickly and efficiently. Couple the efficiency and dependability of the service with some of the lowest electric rates in the region, and you’ll understand why most residents feel that Wallingford Electric is the #1 reason why Wallingford is such a great place to live!
11. Bonus: The People While it’s great to have lots of amenities, good public utilities, low taxes, low crime, etc, it can be said that a town is only as good as the people that live there. If that’s true, then Wallingford truly is at the top of the heap. The people of Wallingford are compassionate, friendly and warm, but also fiercely protective of each other. During times of hardship and struggle, they will willingly reach out to neighbors and offer aid in any way they can, and ask only that it be paid forward. While Wallingford can be called a small city, having over 45,000 residents, it’s those people that give the town its small town charm and appeal.
If you’re thinking about moving to Wallingford and needed something to convince you it’s the right move, I hope this helped. If you need additional info, please feel free to reach out!
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