Fairfield County, CT Dance School Owner Gives Back Through Magical Light Display
A few years back we caught up with Walter Schalk, owner of Walter Schalk School of Dance. The school is a community staple and has dazzled children and families for over 60 years. The school, based out of Wilton, CT, has programs throughout Fairfield County. The school just recently put on their annual “Holiday Spectacular" in Darien and New Canaan, with the last one in Wilton on December 20th and 21st. He has won the hearts and respect of generations of students, not only by his impressive talent but his giving nature as well; all proceeds go to the Walter Schalk Scholarship Fund for the Arts. In keeping with the holiday spirit and as a way to say thank you to the community for their business and support, Schalk donned his home in a wonderful display of lights. He calls it, “Wally's Wonderland," named after his Jack Russel, Wally.
The annual display started over ten years ago with one christmas tree. As Schalk added more lights each year he realized how much the community loved it. Soon lights would cover the railings, dozens of candy canes appeared near the roof, and more christmas trees dazzled the land. As if the main house wasn't enough, the gazebo by the water got enough decorations to cover a front porch. From afar, Schalk's home looks bright and festive enough to be in a theme park. The difference being that Schalk's display can be enjoyed free of charge. “It's a way of giving back to the community," he said. “I get a a kick because the kids really enjoy it."
See the magical wonderland for yourself in the original video below:
To get tickets or see more about the school, visit their website.