Page 29 - Wallingford Magazine Holiday 2019
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 Silver Trek Event a Huge Success
  This was the second year of this wonderful event at Sil- versmiths Park, the former Wallace Silversmiths complex on Quinnipiac Street where it meets the Quinnipiac River. It is an amazing complex, contained in the many buildings that originally housed the Wallace Silversmiths factory that began in the mid-1800s. George Cooke, a highly regarded force in Wallingford in the 20th century, managed to purchase the en- tire complex as the silver industry was in decline. His son, Jim Cooke, now manages the complex, as well as managing the Cooke family’s farm, the CoAg Farm on Northford Road. Jim has attracted over forty tenants to the complex and our goal with the Silver Trek was to help inform our community about how much there is to find at Silversmiths Park and to offer a financial benefit to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter.
Last year was the first Silver Trek. The idea was to attract people from the community to participate in a team challenge to solve puzzles, tests, mysteries, and physical challenges. Each team paid $100 to participate and the total revenues re- ceived were matched by Jim Cooke for the benefit of the Wall- ingford Emergency Shelter. This year, we raised over $1400.
Eleven of the tenants of Silversmiths Park participated and gave their time and energy to the process with interesting and intriguing challenges.
The tenants that participated in various ways were Quan- dary, an Escape Room, Sorrento Fine Woodwork, a custom cabinet manufacturer, Prime Climb, a full-service climbing gym, Mountain Fun, climbing fun for everyone, Essential Ele- ments, handmade fused glass and natural stone jewelry and gifts, Father & Son Moving & Storage, local and long distance movers, Fish Window Cleaning, residential and commercial window cleaners, Silver City Fencing Club for training in all three fencing disciplines, XTreme Temp Heating & Cooling for heat and air conditioning solutions, Cool-It, a maker of six-pack can coolers, and Accurate Crane Service, a certified crane company.
This year we had seven teams sign up and the winning team was the Coalition for a Better Wallingford team, led by Lars Edeen, a local attorney and president of the Wallingford Little League.
Team Harriman R.E.
Cooke Team
Getting going
Mountain Fun!
Team Coalition at Sorrento Woodworking
Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club Team
Jill DeChello welcoming all
Quandary – Greg Dillon with Donna Zona
Food Test!
Getting instructions
Starting to TREK!
Mayor Dickinson & Winning Team

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