On Wednesday, October 20th, The White Buffalo restaurant will host a fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle and raffles for a new pair of ice skates and a spa certificate. New Canaan’s School of Rock band will perform and food will be available.
There’s also a silent auction underway where additional funds are being raised. The silent auction will conclude October 20th at 8:30 p.m. There are some amazing auction items to bid on, including a Vegas Golden Knights Extravaganza that includes tickets to a game where you can watch and meet former New Canaan High School standout Max Pacioretty, rounds of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY, and Woodway Country Club in Darien, two round-trip tickets on Tradewind Shuttle, a tour of the Glass House, and many other auction items.
If a rink is constructed, it would be 60 feet wide and 120 feet long and would be located in an unpaved parking area that’s adjacent to the Orchard Field softball diamonds at Waveny. Gene Goodman, a longtime proponent of an outdoor skating facility in New Canaan, said if the necessary funds are raised and there are no installation delays, an ice surface could be ready this winter.
Goodman said the rink would be sparse to start with some outdoor seating available for parents and spectators. Future improvements would include a warming hut, a refreshment area, and a shop where skates could be rented and sharpened.