Thanks a million! Artists and volunteers ensure success of Imagination into Art

An enthusiastic crowd of art lovers filled the WCA’s Red Barn on June 23 and 24. Now in its fifth year, Imagination into Art has much to offer – a welcoming community event, a fabulous reception, art show, silent auction and sale. A wonderful addition was made this year with workshops for children on Saturday morning.

Imagination into Art combines a community gathering with art education. We appreciate the artists who came to show and share their work and artistic vision with the community. Jay Aubertin, Sue Finney, Vlad Chertikhin, Paul Linehan, Holly Noyes, Nancy Schlosser, Leslie Tuttle from Wilmot shared works in a variety of media. Additional artists from surrounding towns included Penny Koberger, Corbett Leith, Molly Leith, Lynne Raleigh, Julia DeGiovanni, and Grace Schust.

We could not have done it without the tireless help of many volunteers. The success of the Friday night reception was due in large part to some of the region’s best cooks. Our thanks go out to Margaret Monto, Bonnie Betters-Reed, Wendy Gouirand, and Leslie Tuttle for their delicious hors d’oeuvres. In addition, Judy Hauck and Gary Reed donated some fabulous wines. Patty McGoldrick and Ellie Gregor completed the tireless kitchen crew.

Kudos to Marion Allen, Diane Beaudoin, Mary Fanelli, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Chris Jenson, Nancy Large, Patty McClintock, and Barbara Wiggin for lending their vast talents before and during the event. The hands-on support from Tom Schamburg, Jeff Gill, Bill Doody, and Gary Reed who helped with set-up and clean-up was most appreciated. Music made the Friday evening reception even more enjoyable.
Thank you to John Schlosser who played guitar and sang an upbeat selection of music.

Thanks to the beautiful pieces donated by Marc Beerman, Vlad Chertikhin, Judy Hauck, Lynne Raleigh and Nancy Schlosser the silent auction was a great success.

Finally, we thank the community and their continued support of the WCA’s many and varied programs and events. You all made it such fun!


Nancy Schlosser, coordinator, Imagination into Art

Meet the Artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA fifth annual Imagination into Art on June 23 and 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Stop by and meet the artists!

Dana Dakin and Barbara Faughnan

Paintings and watercolors:
Sue Finney
Penny Koberger
Molly and Corbett Leith
Holly Noyes
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward

Ink drawings:
Paul Linehan

Ann Feeley Kieffer

Joan_Pirozzoli, Nancy Schlosser and Lindy Heim

Vlad Chertikhin
Leslie Tuttle

Fabric artists:
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser

Handcrafted Furniture:
Jay Aubertin

The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested.

Judy Hauck and Dick Chase

Imagination into Art will continue from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to participate on Saturday morning and there will be workshops for children.

Some artists have donated works for a silent auction to benefit the WCA. Bidding will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Saturday.

Two blood drives at WCA this summer

The WCA hosted its first of two Red Cross Blood Drives on June 16.

Blood donor John Demars of Newbury is assisted by volunteer Judy Hauck.

Whether you reserve a time in advance or need a walk-in appointment, the WCA’s Red Barn on Village Road in Wilmot is a perfect venue for a blood drive. Nancy Large, WCA president headed up the event. “We are delighted to work with the Red Cross on this important project,” said Nancy.

On average, donors needed to set aside about a half hour to donate blood. Experienced Red Cross staff provides private booths or comfortable recliners for donors while volunteers help with check in and the refreshment table.

Many thanks to Nancy’s hardworking volunteers, who included Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Patty McGoldrick,Dana O’Donnell, and Nancy Schlosser . Everyone enjoyed hot pizza generously donated by Pizza Chef, Andover. Nancy, a blood donor herself continued, “The WCA is proud to help the Red Cross achieve its lifesaving goal of supplying blood products.”

The next Blood Drive at the WCA Red Barn is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 25.


Meet the artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA’s fifth annual Imagination into Art at the WCA’s Red Barn. Imagination into Art offers a unique opportunity to meet and speak with local artists. The two day show starts with a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. A $15 donation is suggested.

Art lovers are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren on Saturday. Admission is free and their will be workshops for the kids.

A preview of a few of the artists …

Leslie Tuttle, photographer
For many years, Leslie Tuttle worked as a photojournalist in developing countries. From nomadic tribes in the mountains of Turkey to waste pickers in Brazil, her portfolio focused on working women. The difficult lives of these women rid her of any romanticized notion of rural life. Leslie has an enormous respect for people who work incredibly hard to sustain themselves and their families, and for whom being picturesque holds no coin.

Collaborating with author, Helen Brody, Leslie recently turned her attention to rural development in New Hampshire. Together, they have investigated women farmers. Their book, New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement, was published in 2015.

During the process, Leslie discovered that the similarities far outweighed the differences between the women she encountered in other countries and those in the book. She is delighted to be able to share these New Hampshire farmers’ stories of innovation and resilience.

Paul Linehan, pen and ink drawing
Paul Linehan and his wife Ann moved to New London in the late 1960’s. Many locals know Paul from his many years as an administrator in the Kearsarge Regional School District. After almost 30 years in education and the good fortune to meet a multitude of very special young people, Paul took on a new career and opened Colby-Linehan Real Estate.

Paul always loved drawing and painting but rarely had the time. Throughout his years in real estate, he enjoyed giving his clients pen and ink drawings of their homes. After retiring in 2014, he spends most of his days reading, playing golf, traveling, working in his gardens, drawing and paintings. His work focuses on local scenes.

Penny Koburger, drawing and oil painting
Penny Koburger likes to paint and draw a variety of everyday subject matter. Watercolor and oils are her preferred mediums. Painting allows her to slow down and contemplate the subject matter, be it a person, object or scene in nature. She is fascinated by light color and mood. Rather than strive for total realism, Penny attempts to create an emotional connection.

Penny lives Enfield. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and practiced for many years in Vermont. Since retiring, she has been studying, painting and teaching full time. Penny has shown her work in Vermont and New York. She has won numerous prizes for her oils and watercolors, including 3 Best in Shows. She has been president of the Bethlehem Art Association in NY, and is a member of Center for the Arts in New London and the AVA Gallery in Lebanon.

Jay Aubertin, metal craftsman
Guided by an artistic sensibility, Jay Aubertin employs traditional and modern techniques to fabricate both practical and purely ornamental pieces. Jay’s work celebrates the innate beauty of the materials used and a perennial reverence for quality. He creates custom products his clients are proud to hand down from one generation to the next.

He has a strong background in welding and fabrication. Jay enjoys utilizing other materials such as wood, copper and leather into his work. In addition to his many other projects, Jay has a passion for making and riding his own hand built bicycles. Jay lives in Wilmot.

Additional artists participating in Imagination into Art include

Vlad Chertikhin
Sue Finney
Ann Feeley Kieffer
Corbett Leith
Molly Leith
Holly Noyes
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward

Save the Date for Imagination into Art

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA’s fifth annual Imagination into Art on June 23 and 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Painters and watercolorists Sue Finney, Penny Koberger, Molly and Corbett Leith, Holly Noyes, Grace Schust and Leslie Ward will show their work. Fine crafts will be exhibited by fabric artist Lynne Raleigh, quilter Nancy Schlosser and furniture maker Jay Aubertin. Ann Feeley Kieffer will show her sculpture and Paul Linehan his ink drawings. Photographers Vlad Chertikhin and Leslie Tuttle will round out the show. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work.

The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested. During the reception artists will exhibit completed works and demonstrate their skills and techniques.

Imagination into Art will continue from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to participate on Saturday morning and there will be workshops for children. The Saturday morning exhibit and workshops are free and open to all.

Some artists have donated works for a silent auction to benefit the WCA. Bidding will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Saturday.

“We are pleased to host a show that features so many of our very talented local artists,” said Nancy Schlosser, quilter and organizer of Imagination into Art. “The works include beautiful pottery, sculpture, photographs, and paintings.”

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Black Fly Blitz – Gee, did we have fun!

A little drizzly, a lot cloudy and even more fun!
The 2017 Black Fly Blitz


Runners take your mark.

Get set … go!

 The first man crosses the finish.

 … and the first woman was less than a minute later.

And a whole lot more …
Check your results!

The ladies who walked.

 Twice the fun on the run.
 KRHS Track Team on the run.
 Honeymooners on the run.

Back at the bandstand there were …
BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01Medals for the winners. A family of winners.
 Every kid was a winner. Man’s best friend carried home the bling.

See you next year!

Thanks a million! Black Fly Blitz a great success!

BFB_2017_KRHS_Volunteers_01Thanks to the work of more than 40 volunteers, the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) 13th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA, which owns and operates the WCA’s Red Barn, a community center, and Timothy Patten Park, a beach and playground. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several members of the KRHS track and cross-country teams and their coaches assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Mya Dube, Kasey Lipscomb, Trevor Pauling, Avril Prak and David Wallace. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

BFB_2017_FAST_01David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the nearly 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Nola Aldrich was the honorary starter. Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballan, CJ Brim, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Storm Connor, Dave Herr, Jonathan Jusczyk, Philip Nicholson and Darren Phipps and were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society loaned their tables. The Wilmot Highway Department provided road barricades to ensure participants’ safety at intersections along the course.

Janet Baker, Sondra Brake, Lisah Carpenter, Kimberlee Esposito, Mary Kulacz, Margaret Monto, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided other foods for the people who participated in the race.

BFB_2017_Marc_Davis_01Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Adam Glass. Rosanna Eubank-Long applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight of lots of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans, Trudy Philbrick-Brake and Nancy Large. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Ensuring the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz were the 51 race sponsors.

Ledyard Bank, Rayno Construction LLC and Rymes Propane & Oil contributed at the super platinum level.

Platinum sponsors included Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, InterTown Record, Kearsarge Property & Landscape Services Inc. and Lakes Region Tent and Event.

Sponsors at the gold level were: A Cut Above Tree Service, Charter Trust Co., Colonial Pharmacy, FloorCraft, Huckleberry Propane & Oil, Jewell Box Storage, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Pleasant Acres LLC, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Inc.

Silver sponsors included Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral & Cremation Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Clarke’s Hardware, Colby Insurance Group, Cornelio Law Offices, Frank Anzalone Associates, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PPLC, Lake Sunapee Bank, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Philip Nicholson Builder, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, the Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

Sponsors at the bronze level were Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Connie’s Classic Coverups, Dr. Donna Reed PPLC, Hannaford, New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!

Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz

The countdown is on to the Black Fly Blitz 5K

Black Fly LogoIt’s going to be a great morning! Once again, the WCA will celebrate Memorial Day with the ever-popular Black Fly Blitz 5K run/walk. A fan favorite for runners and walkers alike, the race steps off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Avoid the rush – register today! You can register online or fill in a form and mail it to the WCA. Don’t’ delay; the deadline for pre-registration is Friday, May 26.
Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – until May 26
Children – 8 years and younger … free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $15
Adults – 18 and older … $20

Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – day of the race – May 29
Children – 8 years and younger … still free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $20
Adults – 18 and older … $25

BFB_2016_Race_is_on_01Race Day Schedule

7:30 a.m. – sign-in and day of race registration opens on the  Town Green at the intersection of Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

9 a.m. – and they’re off for a fabulous run or walk around the scenic Wilmot loop.
10:15 a.m – awards will be presented at the Bandstand on the Town Green.


Post-race fun includes music on the bandstand with Cloud Duo. They will play classic rock and country music. There will be great games for the kids and temporary black fly tattoos for all.




The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Thank you to all the runners, walkers and sponsors who support this fun and festive morning. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams.

Everything you need to know about the Black Fly Blitz. 

Join the fun at the Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2015_start_01Don’t miss out ! More than a run, more than a walk … the Black Fly Blitz 5K is a celebration!

The 13th annual 5K walk/run will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads. Check out the race course! Stick around, after the race there will be music, games and more.

Register by May 26 for the WCA’s Black Fly Blitz and save $5.

Until May 26, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
$15 for youths 9 to 17BFB_2015_1st_man_01
$20 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will be free for children 8 years and younger, $20 for youths 9 to 17 and $25 for adults 18 and older.

BFB_2016_Tatoos_01Advance registration is available online or by mail. Registration is available online  or download the mail-in entry form. Send your form with payment to to the WCA at PO Box 23, Wilmot, NH 03287 or drop it off in the drop box in the front hall of the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road. Online, mail and drop-off registration must be received by noon Friday, May 26.

BFB_2014_band_03Day-of-the-race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams and their coaches will be volunteering at the race and will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The awards presentation will take place at 10:15 a.m. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Reading by New York Times’ bestselling author Tom Ryan

2017_WCA_Tom_Ryan_01Everyone was thrilled to have New York Times’ bestselling author, Tom Ryan come to town. Tom gave a reading and talk about his latest book,  Will’s Red Coat  on April 27.

A true story, Tom’s newest book shares the rewards and challenges of adopting Will, an elderly dog.
2017_04_WCA_Tom_Ryan_04After the reading, Tom signed books and visited with the delighted crowd of book and dog lovers. 

Thank you to Tom and his dog Samwise as well as our partner sponsors, Morgan Hill Book Store and Wilmot Public Library.