A Palooza of a Day – Thank you to all the volunteers, community partners and sponsors!

Adam Glass presented the WCA board with a fabulous idea last winter. Why not have an all-day event celebrating all things Wilmot? … a Wilmotpalooza! Ann Davis and Donna Miller, joined his committee and work began. The first Wilmotpalooza was held Sunday, September 30. Starting with a breakfast at 8 a.m. the day continued with a Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department demonstration, games for kids and face painting on the Green, the Moores on the Bandstand at noon and Puppypalooza.

We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers, community partners and sponsors.

Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove started the morning with a delicious pancakepalooza. They were ably assisted by  Rhonda Gauthier, Chris Jennssen,  Janet and  Jonathon Schwarz, De Segerson and Barbara Wiggin. We love our student volunteers! Kearsarge students Max Brown, Carly Esposito, Rose Patrick and Calley Valerie joined the kitchen crew. Finally, Deb Beerman,  Lisah Carpenter,   Rhonda Gauthier,  Donna Miller, Susan Nye and Jan Sahler shared their talents and tasty baked goods.

Over at the Ball Field, the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department staged an extraction. The WVFD was out in full force with trucks, hoses, saws and the Jaws of Life.

Back on the Wilmot Town Green, Bill Burris set up his fabulous games. Wilmot kids never tire of these wonderful, old fashioned wooden games. Enthusiasm was high. Jeff Gill and Tom Schamberg  helped with set up and breakdown the games.

Ann and Marc Davis ran the field games.  Melissa Aubertin and Billie-Jean Hufault pitched in and all ran smoothly – without a single tear! The sack race was a real highligh – thanks to Dr. Beth Palmer at the Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic for donating the feed bags. Meanwhile, Kathy Neuberger tirelessly painted tiny face after tiny face with butterflies, Super Mario and more.

Kenny Clarke brought a giant loader down to the Green so the young and young at heart could touch-a-truck. Elkins Fish and Game Club and the Wilmot Conservation Commission were on hand to introduce themselves and share the work they do. In case you didn’t get enough pancakes, Ben’s Bad Dogs and Nana’s Kitchen sold lunch on the Green.

There was also a vote on … How to Pronounce Wilmot … and the winner is Will-MOT. A close second and runner up was Will-MIT.

After finishing clean-up after the breakfast, Rachel Seamans and Max Brown rushed over to the Town Green in time for The Moores Concert. They popped free popcorn for everyone. Max’s mom Katherine joined in the popping. Emma and Jordan Zuger were here, there and everywhere passing out schedules.

The afternoon ended with Puppypalooza on the Ball Field. Dee Ganely talked about Bite Safety for Kids and her dogs demonstrated their agility. New England K9 Search and Rescue did a demo. Caring Animal Partners gave a presentation about pet therapy and service dogs. Puppypalooza ended with a fun disc dog demo with Jess Davis, Harper Davis and Laura Campbell and their Frisbee catching dogs.

A final and special thanks to our sponsors – Clayton Miller Plumbing, Rayno Construction, Long Brothers Construction, CWS Fence & Guardrail and Mascoma Bank.

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The WCA board thanks our volunteer beach cleanup crew

Once again, Rachel Seamans gathered up a great crew to get Timmy Patten Park ready for summer. The group made short work of the annual cleanup at the playground and beach on Tannery Pond. The docks are installed and the boats are ready for fun thanks to Adam Glass, Justin Ferren, Matt Seamans and Dave Zuger. Donna Miller and Rachel went to work with rakes and cleared the beach of piles and piles of pine cones.

We are always happy to have local students volunteer. Kearsarge high school students Russell Mellott and Max Brown were welcome additions. Russell and his dad, Henry, went to work with their rakes. Max and his father, also Max, repaired picnic tables.

We are delighted to thank Jay Aubertin for updating the slide. Changing safety codes threatened to make our classic playground slide obsolete. A fan favorite to kids (and quite a few parents), we are delighted that it is now ready for play.

Finally, a note about dogs. You are welcome to bring your dog to the park before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. We ask you to keep your dog on leash, especially if there are other visitors and dogs in the park. Finally, please pick up after your dog. There are bags and a trash can with a tight fitting lid available.

Thank you  and happy summer to all,

Ann, Adam, Donna, Amber, De and Rachel
WCA Board of Directors

Thank you to our breakfast cooks, bakers and cleanup crew!

The WCA welcomed an elusive spring with a fabulous breakfast the on April 8. Wholehearted thanks go out to the many volunteers who made it possible. The hard work paid off – big time. There were rave reviews from all quarters.

Rachel Seamans and Mary Kulacz organized the breakfast and headed up the hardworking crew. More than 80 people enjoyed a delicious breakfast of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, baked beans, home fries, and baked French toast. A beautiful selection of pastries and gallons of coffee rounded out the morning.

Many thanks to the terrific crew – Chris Jenssen helped Rachel and Mary with the cooking. Fresh from the coop, Erica and David Herr and Elizabeth Harper donated some of their eggs. Bakers Darlene Delano, Rick Gauthier, Donna Miller, and Susan Nye brought sweet treats for all. De Segerson kept the coffee perking and everyone’s cup full. Darlene Hoyt and her daughter Carla kept the serving line moving. Adam Glass welcomed the crowd and took tickets. Brian Kulacz helped set up. Rhonda Gauthier and her granddaughter Nautica cleared and reset places. Kearsarge Regional High School student Russell Mellott ran load after load of dishes through the dishwasher. Margaret and Bill Doody assisted with clean up.

In addition to pouring coffee and clearing tables, Ann Davis organized a maple syrup raffle. Thank you to the maple syrup donors Robin and David Atwood and David Atwood Jr. from Five Saplings Sugarhouse, Spring Ledge Farm, Dr. Beth Horvath-Palmer and Scott Palmer, Charles Thompson and Jay Lyon. In addition, Rachel Seamans created a beautiful centerpiece for the raffle.

Many people asked about the next breakfast. Don’t miss the WCA’s annual Pie Breakfast on July 21.

Thank you one and all!

And the band played on!

A hearty thank you to everyone who braved the rain for Nick’s Other Band.  In spite of the weather, the Wilmot Bandstand was hoppin’. Amber Gove and Rachel Seamans were at it again and the WCA served another one of its delicious bandstand suppers.

Amber cooked up a batch or her famous chowder and Rachel manned the hotdog cooker! Delicious bake goods were provided by Rachel and Jessica Ferren. The team were ably assisted on the serving line and with set up and clean up by Josiah and Avery Gove, Darlene and Carla Hoyt and Nancy Large.

In spite of the rain, everyone was in good spirits and the band played on!

Thanks a million! Pie Breakfast bakers and kitchen crew!

Pie for breakfast – a delicious success. More than 150 people enjoyed a delicious morning at the WCA’s Pie Breakfast on July 8. Pie for breakfast is part of a New England summer. People came from far and wide to help the WCA celebrate this wonderful tradition. Organizers Amber Gove and Rachel Seamans would like to thank everyone who attended the fundraiser as well as the many volunteers who made it all possible.

Volunteers prepared sweet and savory pies to delight every taste bud. These fine bakers included … take a deep breath it’s a long list …

Shandi Allen, Kim Baer, Jan Baker, Meredith Bird-Miller, Jen Caponigro, Fran Crowell, Sue Cushing, Elaine and Charlie Davidson, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Darlene Delano, Mary Fanelli, Jessica Ferren, Adam Glass, Amber Gove, Darlene Hoyt, Sue Hoyt, Chris Jenssen, Karina Jonas, Margaret and John Monto, Kristin Nesbit, Kathy Neuberger, Susan Nye, Jim Ransom, Michelle Robinson, Sandy Schmidt, Rachel Seamans, De Segerson, Christine Stuart, Barbra Wiggins, Olivia Woods and Dot Young! We couldn’t have done it without you – thanks so much!

Amber and Rachel were ably assisted by a superb crew of kitchen and dining room volunteers. Kim and Carly Esposito, Josiah and Avery Gove, Gavin Grant, Darlene and Carla Hoyt, Chris Jenssen, Nancy Large, Marissa and Tori Montagna, Michelle Robinson, and Dot Young answered the call to make it a great day. Thanks to all!

And finally, the WCA is grateful to everyone who joined the fun at this great fundraiser. This year’s Pie Breakfast was the biggest and most successful ever.

Live free and eat pie!

Thanks a million! The WCA playground and beach are ready for action!

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The WCA’s Timothy Patten Park is looking spiffy and ready for fun. A fantastic crew of volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, April 29 hard at work. The beach and playground have been raked and the docks are out.

The WCA is grateful to the small but hardy group of volunteers who gave up their morning to get the playground and beach ready for summer. A huge thank you goes out to Rachel Seamans who organized the cleanup event.“It was a great morning.” said Rachel, “The black flies were still asleep but the sun was out.” She was ably assisted by family and friends, including:

Justin Ferren

Darlene Hoyt

Mindy Miller

Matthew Seamans and

David Zuger.

The WCA is always happy to help local high school and middle school students earn their community hours. Kearsarge Regional High School students

Carla Hoyt, and Lela Henskens

joined the crew.

The smallest helper was Rachel’s grandson Ryan.

Additional thanks go out to the Town of Wilmot for sweeping out the parking lot and to Tom and Arthur Miller from C.A. Miller Plumbing for getting the water turned on and restrooms ready.

Timothy Patten Park is open to WCA members and their guests and Wilmot residents.

Thank you Santa & Co!

santa_arrives_wca_06More than eighty people, from wee ones to grandparents hopped aboard the Wilmot Express for a fun filled afternoon on December 11. The progressive event began at the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) Red Barn, moved on to the Wilmot Firehouse and ended at the Wilmot Public Library.

santa_elf_carla_02photo_time_05As with most successful programs, the Wilmot Express drew on the creativity and hard work of many. First and foremost, a huge thank you to Santa for taking time away from his busy schedule to spend the afternoon in Wilmot. Photographer John Swindell from Kearsarge Studios did a beautiful job photographing kids and families with Santa. His elves, Jordon Zuger and Carla Hoyt, kept the line moving and children smiling.

Photographs can be picked up on December 23 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the WCA Red Barn. Thanks to John, the first copy is free! Contact John for additional copies or more information or link to the 2016 Wilmot Santa portfolio to see your photos.

al_peterson_singalong_02Al Peterson entertained families while they waited their turn with Santa with a holiday singalong. He was ably assisted by two more elves, Nancy Schlosser and Judy Hauk who sang along and encouraged the crowd. Amber Gove, dressed up as a Christmas tree, kept everyone singing and smiling. Additional volunteers at the WCA Red Barn included Adam Glass, Darlene Hoyt, Nancy Large and Rachel Seamans. A big thank you to all.

firehouse_cookies_cocoaThere were cookies, cocoa, and carols for all at the Wilmot Firehouse. Many thanks to those who donated cookies, they were delicious and enjoyed by many. Additional thanks must be given to all of WVFD members who helped make this event possible. Special thanks go out to Kelsie Clarke who created the Wilmot Express advertisement. Everyone’s bellies were warm and full of cookies before heading out into the cold and by the brightly lit tree on their way to the Library. Thank you to Chief Zuger for his police escort to the Library!

snowflake_reads_night_before_christmasThe final stop was at the Wilmot Public Library. Santa’s elf Snowflake joined the fun to help with storytime. Thank you Deb Ransom, alias Snowflake! Together, Santa and Snowflake shared Clement C. Moore’s timeless holiday classic, “The Night Before Christmas.” After the reading, each child was given a book. A big thanks goes out to the many library volunteers who wrapped books and decorated the library.

Happy holidays to all,

Susan Nye, WCA administrator
Kyla Pillsbury, WVFD 1st Lieutenant/Captain of EMS
Rosanna Long, Wilmot Public Library director

Thanks a million – Holiday Craft Fair Volunteers

wca_2016_craft_fair_04Nearly 40 volunteers ensured that the WCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair held Saturday, Dec. 3 was a terrific success. Without the incredible assistance of these fabulous volunteers, it would be impossible to organize and run the fair.

We extend special thanks to Kathy Neuberger, chairperson of the craft fair, for her tireless work and to Rachel Seamans for organizing and staffing Rachel’s Cafe.

wca-2016-craft-fair-judy-rachelVolunteers, including students from Kearsarge Regional Middle and High Schools, were: Lee Anderson, Peter Angus, Nancy Bates, Deb Beerman, Helene Begley, David Benedict, Victoria Cruz, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Marc Davis, Carly Esposito, Kim Esposito, Mary Fanelli, Jessica Ferren, Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Mary Kulacz, Nancy Large, Kasey Lipscomb, Marissa Montagna, Tori Montagna, John Monto, Margaret Monto, Howard Neuberger, Anya Ortakales, Steve Paquin, Avril Prak, Susan Nye, Jan Sahler, Paul Sahler, Tom Schamberg, De Segerson, Kimberly Slover, David Wallace, Jean Wallace, Tim Wallace and Leslie Ward.

Our sincere thanks to one and all!

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Nancy Large, president
Wilmot Community Association