Registration is open for the 14th annual Black Fly Blitz

Serious runners, casual competitors and avid walkers will want to mark their calendars for the WCA’s 14th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K.

The race starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Both the starting and finish lines are by the Wilmot Town Green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads.

Participants can pre-register on-line or register on the day of the race. Online registration closes on Friday, May 25. Avoid the rush and register by May 1 to receive a free Black Fly Blitz T-shirt.

Until May 25, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
$20 for youths 9 to 17
$25 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will increase by $5. Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 under the tent on the Town Green.

“For the seventh consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the race committee. “We are delighted to be able to assist with this event,” said Peter Angus, coach at KRHS. “This collaboration is a win-win for our teams and the WCA.” Acknowledging the value of the volunteers’ time, the teams will receive a portion of the race proceeds.

The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road to Cross Hill Road to Campground Road and then to Village Road. It is a relatively flat course over slightly undulating terrain. Water will be available at the mid-point of the race. Runners will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.

Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand, on the Town Green next to the Wilmot Town Office building, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road. The Cloud Band will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and games.

Thank you for your support – the Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fund-raising event of the year. Proceeds support the organization’s operations and activities.

Having the Conversation – A Workshop at the WCA

New date – snow shut us down on March 8. Join us April 12!

It is always difficult to discuss end of life. The WCA will make it easier by hosting a workshop and panel of experts on this difficult but important topic. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. with light refreshments on Thursday, April 12. The workshop is part of the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series.

Dr. Kristi Saunders works with hospice and palliative patients

Speakers will include Dr. Kristi Saunders, Hospice Medical Director and Barbara Woolley, Social Worker from the Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice, Cheryl Dean, Chaplain and Advanced Care Planning facilitator at the New London Hospital and W. Michael Todd, an attorney specializing in Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Susan Nye and her father Joe have had the conversation.

The program will focus on advanced health care planning. From considering your wishes to choosing a health care proxy and providing loved ones with directives, the panel will take you through the decision making and communications processes. “Most of us have a difficult time tackling this topic. The staff at both the hospital and the LSVNA & Hospice have been more than helpful with me and my family,” says Susan Nye, WCA administrator. She adds, “A lawyer is also critical to put it all together on paper.”

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, the workshop series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public.

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Reunion Revenge – Dinner and a Show in Wilmot!

Roast Pork will be on the menu along with murder, mystery and mayhem. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. You will enjoy a delicious roast pork dinner (with vegetarian option) while murders, old and new, unfold and unravel.

The plot thickens! Graduates of Mountain View High School Class of 1957 are gathering for their 20th reunion. Only, it turns out to be a Reunion Revenge! Can you figure out who killed Molly Gray? And, gasp, is the murderer lying in wait at the class reunion? Partygoers will play detective in this interactive mystery game. While clues may abound, they may also contradict.

“Murder Mystery Parties are a lot of fun,” says Amber Gove, chairperson for the gala event. She adds, “These parties provide a unique experience for participants as well as a great fundraising opportunity for not-for-profit organizations like the WCA.” The longtime WCA board member warns, “Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out.” If you would like tickets to this fundraiser or to volunteer, contact Amber Gove at 748-1684 or email the WCA. The cost of the dinner and show is $20 per person and the party is BYOB. 

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. The theme of the night is “Come as You Were.” Get in the spirit of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and think fabulous fifties. Dust off the poodle skirt, find the cat-eye glasses, and get out your leather jacket. Prizes will be awarded!

Reserve your tickets now. It’s a party you don’t want to miss.

Snow date is February 24.

WCA Annual Meeting and special presentation for dog lovers

Join the WCA Board of Directors for an action-packed Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place  at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 20 at the WCA’s  Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. All are welcome and WCA members are encouraged to attend. Meet with friends and neighbors, cheer 2017 successes and learn about plans for 2018.

Make sure you stick around for refreshments and a great presentation on New Hampshire’s state dog by Bob Cottrell.

Yes, if you didn’t realize it, New Hampshire has a state dog. It’s the chinook. Thanks to a grant from the NH Humanities Council, Bob Cottrell will present On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.

Bob is a historian and museum consultant as well as a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council. He will talk about these beautiful and hardworking animals at the Red Barn. Feel free to come early to learn about the WCA’s plans for 2018 and enjoy the refreshments.

Both the meeting and presentation are free and open to all.

Raising our voices in song

The WCA Red Barn was filled with music and song on December 21. A cheerful group of holiday makers gathered for coffee, cookies and carols. Many thanks to Fred Ogmundson for playing the piano and leading the songfest. Kudos as well to Mary Jane Ogmundson for her stirring reading of Clement Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas.

The Red Barn was looking lovely with Christmas decorations and festive flower arrangements. Many thanks to the anonymous donor who purchased the arrangements from Forest Cone & Evergreen Shop. Event helpers included Marion Allen, Tootie Fleury, Chris Jenssen, John Monto, Loretta Rayno, Tom Schamberg, Rachel Seamans, Kimberly Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

The sweet treats were wonderful and thanks go out to bakers Jan Baker, Rhonda Gauthier, Chris Jenssen, and Jean Wallace.

And finally, a big thank you to Ann Davis for organizing the event and pulling it all together.

Happy holidays to all!

A musical morning at the WCA

The WCA invites one and all to Coffee & Carols. The free concert and sing-along will take place on Thursday, December 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Red Barn.

Popular carols are on the playlist and everyone is encouraged to sing along. Song sheets will be provided. “The WCA is delighted to host this holiday event,” said Ann Davis, WCA board member and event coordinator. “When we heard that the regular monthly senior lunch would not be held in December, we had to step in.”

A reservation is not needed. Just drop by for a little holiday music with friends, a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Fred Ögmundson has generously volunteered to man the piano keys for the sing-along.

Santa came to Wilmot!

All of Wilmot’s good little girls and boys had a chance to see Santa, not once but twice during a fun-filled afternoon on December 11. The event began at the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) Red Barn and ended at the Wilmot Public Library. This very special afternoon was ably led by Mary Kulacz from the WCA board of directors and Michelle Travis, Library Director. Thank you to both for putting it all together.

As with most successful programs, Wilmot’s visit from Santa 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 elf, Carla Hoyt, kept the line moving and children smiling. Photographs will be mailed out as soon as they are ready. Thanks to John, the first copy is free! You can get a sneak peak at your free photo, see a few extras and order additional copies online.

Santa’s second elf, Lela Henskens, helped the children with a holiday craft project. There were cookies, cocoa, and carols for all. John  Schlosser and George West from the Fondtones and Nancy Schlosser entertained families with a holiday singalong. Additional volunteers at the WCA Red Barn included Ann Davis, Adam Glass, Darlene Hoyt, and Rachel Seamans – thank you!

Everyone’s bellies were warm and full of cookies before heading out into the cold for the Wilmot Public Library. The children had another go at a fun craft project and decorated the Library’s Christmas tree. The children then gathered around Santa as he read 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.

A final thank you goes out to Sean Brunel and the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department. Santa’s sleigh was in the shop for a final pre-flight check for his big trip on the night of the 24th. Sean stepped up to drive Santa to Wilmot.

Happy holidays to all,

Mary Kulacz,
WCA board of directors

Michelle Travis,
Wilmot Public Library

Buster Keaton at the WCA

There was a special screening of two classic Buster Keaton comedies at the WCA’s Red Barn on Saturday, November 18. Thanks to Jeff Rapsis, the films were presented as they were meant to be shown – on a large screen with live music. First up was the short film ‘Sherlock Jr. (1924) followed by Keaton’s comic Civil War masterpiece ‘The General’ (1926).

He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of the Great Stone Face but Buster Keaton’s comedies rocked Hollywood’s silent era with laughter. Acclaimed for their originality and timeless visual humor, Keaton’s films remain popular crowd-pleasers today.

Jeff Rapsis is a composer and performer who specializes in creating live musical scores for silent film screenings. WCA president, Nancy Large who heads up the 2017 concert series says, “We wanted something a little different for the final concert of the season. We are delighted that Jeff can join us on November 18.”

A fan of silent films since middle-school, Rapsis brings Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton and other great actors from the past to life. He does not use sheet music during the performance. Instead, the New Hampshire native carries a notebook of ideas and improvises throughout the film. Rapsis’ approach ensures that each performance is new, fresh and different.

Like most WCA events and programs, the screening and concert were free and open to the public. A special thanks goes out to volunteers Darlene Delano, Jessica Ferren, Nancy Large, Susan Nye, Rachel Seamans and Roxanne Shed.

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Volunteers ensure WCA craft fair’s success

More than 30 volunteers ensured that the WCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair held Saturday, Dec. 2 was a terrific success. Without volunteers’ able assistance, it would be impossible to organize and present this event.

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 Café.

Gail Parenteau and the staff at Andover Elementary-Middle School were helpful and accommodating prior to and during the craft fair.

Volunteers, including students from Kearsarge Regional High School, were: Libby Angus, Leslie Angus, Pete Angus, Janet Baker, Deb Beerman, Lisah Carpenter, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Marc Davis, Darlene Delano, Meg Dugan, Rhonda Gauthier, Adam Glass, Brenda Holland, Elizabeth Howard, Chris Jenssen, Kennedy Geary, Mary Kulacz, Brian Kulacz, Alexis McConnell, Sandy Messer, Margaret Monto, John Monto, Ashley Neuberger, Howard Neuberger, Meagan Norris, Susan Nye, Sandy Rock, Clifford Rock, Keith Seamans, De Segerson, Kimberly Slover, Todd Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

Our sincere thanks to one and all!

Nancy Large, president
WCA Board of Directors

Happy Halloween at the Red Barn

It was a dark and stormy night … but spirits were flying high at the WCA Red Barn. From Little Bo Peep and her wonderful sheep to ghouls, ghosts and princesses, it was a fun and colorful evening.

Our first attempt at Trunk or Treat was a wash out but we still had fun. Our Trunk or Treat volunteers abandoned their cars in the parking lot and joined us inside. Having them added to the fun … and the loot the kids carried away.

Here are a few of our fantastic visitors:

Many thanks to Rachel and Keith Seamans and Darlene Hoyt  for decorating the Red Barn  in all its Halloween finest. More thanks to Rachel and Darlene as well as Roxanne Shed and Carla Hoyt for pitching in during the party. There were games and candy for the kids and homemade cookies and cider for all. A big thank you to our bakers, Darlene Delano and Denise Curtiss.

More thanks to Trunk or Treat volunteers –  Amber Gove, Shandi Allen, Deb Beerman, Kayleigh Franco, Lela and Jeannie Henskens, Glenn Lowe, Katie Priest, Laura Jean Whitcomb, Gayle Fleming and Adam Glass. It was great fun to have you with us. Let’s hope for dry skies next year!