Fall into Art

The WCA is delighted to announce Fall into Art. Featuring a wonderful mix of local artists, this art exhibit and sale will take place November 9 and 10 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

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The show will include the works of Byron Carr, Penny Koburger, David Tibbetts, Sue Finney, Grace Schust and her daughter Lindsey, Rosemary McGuirk and Marc Beerman and his son Jared and Leslie Ward.

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The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 9. Wine and cheeses will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested. During the reception artists will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques and answer questions. They will be back on Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We are pleased to host a show that features so many of our very talented local artists,” said Chris Jenssen, co-chair of Fall into Art. Co-chair Penny Koburger added, “There is a great mix of art. The works include many beautiful watercolors, oil paintings, collage and photographs.”

This fundraiser benefits the WCA. Throughout the year, the WCA offers many free social, recreational, and educational programs and activities. In addition, it owns and operates the Red Barn, a community center on Village Road, and Timothy Patten Park, a beach and playground on Tannery Pond in Wilmot. Both facilities are available for rent.

We love scarecrows!

The Wilmot population got a bit of a bump in October. Scarecrows began to appear on front lawns and porches throughout the town. The WCA and Wilmot Garden Club once again delighted to host their annual Scarecrow Contest.

Here are the results!
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Amy and Mara Gignac’s Corpse Bride was a definite kids’ favorite from our younger judges as well as the winner of the Scariest Award.

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Tom Jenssen didn’t have to wait long for something to happen with his Fishing for Snow entry. (A wet icy snow fell a few days after the judging. Snow on October 27 is hardly a record but good news for skiers.) Tom won the Sportiest Award.

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Most Creative went to Man Treed by a Bear from Keith Seamans. Word has it that traffic on Campground Road has increased significantly since Keith’s creation went up.

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Although, everyone might have been looking at Rachel‘s Pumpkin Family. She wins the Family Award.

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The kids at the Wilmot Learning Place shared two of their favorite stories. They won the Fairy Tale Award for Cinderella and the Keystone Cops.
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Allie Beck’s Guardians at the Gate provided a spooktacular welcome to visitors. She receives the Most Welcoming? Award.

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Finally – a big thank you to our illustrious judges for their thoughtful and clever deliberations.

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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My oh my – do we love pie … and chowder!

The WCA’s Red Barn was packed with happy people on July 21. They were all there to enjoy a delicious morning at the WCA’s annual Pie Breakfast. People came from far and wide to help the WCA celebrate this wonderful summer 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.

Some of the region’s best bakers prepared sweet and savory pies to delight every taste bud. These fine cooks included Kim Baer, Laurie Bagley, Jan Baker, Joanne Bernard, Meredith Bird-Miller, Jen Caponigro, Fran Crowell, Charlie Davidson, Kathy Davidson, Anne Davis, Darlene Delano, Margaret Doody, Mary Fanelli, Jessica Ferren, Adam Glass, Jeff Gove, Judy Hauck, Darlene Hoyt, Sue Hoyt, Chris Jenssen, Jess Michaud, Donna Miller, Margaret Monto, Allie McClenaghan, Kathy Neuberger, Susan Nye, Michelle Robinson, Rachael and Keith Seamans, De Segerson, Jon Schwartz and Barbra Wiggins.

Amber and Rachel were ably assisted by a superb group of kitchen and dining room volunteers. Ann and Marc Davis, Darlene Hoyt, Jess Michaud, Nicole Pilotte and Michelle Robinson were all on hand to help. The WCA welcomes student volunteers and were happy to have Kearsarge students Max Brown, Avery Gove and Carla Hoyt on the crew.

The WCA is grateful to everyone who helped at the Pie Breakfast.

Live free and eat pie!

As if breakfast wasn’t enough, Amber and Rachel were back at it that night with a delicious Bandstand Supper. They were joined by Ann and Marc Davis, Jess Michaud and Nicole Pilotte. The WCA served up chowder, hot dogs and fabulous bake goods while Nick’s Other Band played on the Wilmot Bandstand.

The band, along with several musical friends, provided a wonderful tribute to Wilmot resident and band member Dave Pilla. It was a beautiful evening filled with dancing and song. A warm thank you to everyone who joined Nick’s Other Band and the WCA at the Wilmot Bandstand.

2018 Music on the Wilmot Bandstand

Six summer Saturdays • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to all! 

The Bel Airs
Saturday, July 14

the season kicks off with doo wop on the town green
bandstand supper from The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society

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Nick’s Other Band
Saturday, July 21
dance the night away with the region’s favorite rock band
bandstand supper from The Wilmot Community Association

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Canyon Run
Saturday, July 28
an evening of country, folk and Americana music
bandstand supper from Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department

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Mach Turtle
Saturday, August 4
rock out with this popular local band
bandstand supper from Friends of Wilmot Public Library

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Diamond Special
Saturday, August 11
enjoy a musical mix of rock, blues & country
bandstand supper from The 1st Congregational Church 

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The Moores
Saturday, August 18
rock ’n’ roll rules at the final concert of the season
bandstand supper from The Wilmot Historical Society

 

Music on the Wilmot Bandstand is co-sponsored by the
Town of Wilmot, Bandstand Committee and WCA

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Fun with Fairies & Gnomes

Looking for something to do with your kids or grandkids? Come to the beach at Timmy Patten Park in Wilmot on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Children are invited to build houses for their favorite fairies or gnomes. The program is free and open to all.

Fun with Fairies & Gnomes is co-sponsored by the WCA and the Wilmot Public Library (WPL). “We joined forces to begin this new tradition last year. It was great fun. The houses were amazing,” says Mary Kulacz, co-chair, from Wilmot. She adds, “Construction materials will be provided and children are encouraged to bring their wings and magic wands. Families are welcome to bring bathing suits and picnics and enjoy the beach before and after construction.”

The WPL kicks off The Library Rocks Summer Reading Program on July 5. Michelle Travis, library director, says, “We’ll be getting in the mood for fairy and gnome houses with a fairy story at 6:15 p.m. on July 5. In addition, children are encouraged to bring rocks to paint for their houses. Children can bring more than one rock but they shouldn’t be larger than an adult fist.

Timmy Patten Park is located on Shindagan Road on Tannery Pond. Along with the beach, there is a playground, picnic tables and a grill.

For more information on the many programs and events sponsored these two great organizations visit the WCA’s events page and WPL website.

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Wow! What a Blitz!

The 14th Annual Black Fly Blitz 5K Run/Walk was good fun and a great success. Runners and walkers throughout the Kearsarge/Sunapee region and beyond look forward to the annual 5K.

The Black Fly Blitz 5 K Run/Walk results are in!

First across the finish line was Tim Cunningham of Springfield at 17 minutes 55 seconds. He was followed by his brother John at 19 minutes 13 seconds. Third in was Jason Grey of Bedford, NH at 20 minutes 40 seconds.

Sophia Reynolds of Andover was the first woman in at 22 minutes 16 seconds. She was followed by Molly Ellison of New London at 22 minutes 21 seconds and Beth Sprague at 22 minutes 59 seconds.

Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraising event. The proceeds from the 5K support the WCA’s programs and facilities.The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

The weather was perfect for running and walking, cool and a little overcast but no rain. Even the black flies stayed away. There were games for the kids and music for all.

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors.

It was a great morning for all – see you again next year!

Another great Black Fly Blitz 5K

Thanks to the work of nearly 40 volunteers, the WCA’s 14th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA’s programs and facilities. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several KRHS students, all members of the  track and cross-country teams, assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Ben Boulton, Hunter Burns, Mya Dube, Trevor Pauling and Evan Pauling. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

Runners and walkers were ably assisted by Wilmot’s finest. David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the more 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Wilmot police officer Russ Lamson helped coordinate safety for participants as well as spectators.

Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballin, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Tom Jenssen, Jonathan Jusczyk and Darren Phipps 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.

Nikki Arsenault, Janet Baker, Lisah Carpenter, Ann Davis, Chris Jenssen, Donna Miller, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided additional  food for race participants.

Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Bill Doody. Margaret Doody applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight  of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans and Adam Glass. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Forty-eight race sponsors ensured the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz. They included:

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Rayno Construction LLC

Platinum
Clarke’s Hardware, Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, Kearsarge Property & Landscaping and Lakes Region Tent & Event.

Gold
A Cut Above Tree Service, FloorCraft LLC, Frank Anzalone Associates, InterTown Record, Huckleberry Propane & Oil LLC, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Services Inc.

Silver
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Byron’s Septic Service LLC, C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Colonial Pharmacy, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PLLC, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Park N Go Market, Philip Nicholson Builder, Pleasant Lake Veterinary Clinic, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

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Dr. Donna Reed, PLLC, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Hannaford New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Morgan Hill Bookstore, Mountainside Racquet & Fitness Center, Promotional Solutions Inc. and Woodcrest Village.

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

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

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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