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.

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:

Super platinum
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.

Bronze
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

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!

Don’t delay – Free T-shirts with Black Fly Blitz 5K Registration

Runners, walkers … it’s time to stop procrastinating and register for the 14th Annual Black Fly Blitz 5K Run/Walk. Everyone who enters by May 1 will receive a FREE T-shirt.

This year’s Black Fly Blitz Walk/Run starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The race takes off from the town green in Wilmot.

Participants can preregister online.
Online registration continues through Friday, May 25.

Until May 25, race registration is:
free for children 8 years and younger
$20 for youths 9 to 17 and
$25 for adults 18 and older

Not to worry, you can still register on the day of the race but the price goes up by $5.

Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. under the tent on the town green in Wilmot. (The town green is at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.).

Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. on the Wilmot Bandstand on the Town Green. Addition activities will include music on the bandstand and games for children.

You’ll find everything you need to know about the 5K Run/Walk at Black Fly Blitz online headquarters.

Download or print the poster.

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.

Letter to Wilmot residents from Ann Davis, president of the WCA Board of Directors

Since its founding in 1963, the WCA has been bringing neighbors together. Led by a hardworking, hands-on board, the WCA provides the facilities for educational, social, and recreational activities. From Halloween fun and a visit with Santa to fabulous breakfasts and fantastic dinners, the WCA provides a whole host of free and low-cost activities for children, families and adults.

The WCA is again asking Wilmot residents to help fund the organization by approving a warrant article for $3,500. Understanding that the town budget is under pressure, the WCA reduced its request from previous years. The $3,500 request translates to about one tax dollar for every $50,000 of your home’s assessed value.

The WCA owns and maintains two properties. The Red Barn, a modern community center on Village Road, opened in 2005. Timothy Patten Park is a lovely a beach and playground on Shindagan Road.

Both these facilities were filled with activity and laughter in 2017. More than 6,000 people attended programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the WCA last year. Our youngest participants built fairy houses at Timothy Patten Park in July while seniors filled the hall at monthly lunches and a holiday Coffee & Carols in December. Throughout the year, the WCA hosts blood drives and a flu shot clinic, gives free concerts and sponsors a wide range of educational and fun programs. Our partners included the Wilmot Public Library, Wilmot Garden Club, Wilmot Ladies Aid Society, Wilmot Conservation Commission and the Town of Wilmot.

In addition to support from the town, the WCA funds its activities and facilities through a membership drive, annual fund, grants and facility rentals. Thank you for supporting the WCA’s request for $3,500 at town meeting on March 15.

Sincerely,

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Ann Davis, president
Wilmot Community Association

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.

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

A delicious breakfast was enjoyed by all

Close to 100 people enjoyed a delicious morning at the WCA’s Say Goodbye to Summer Breakfast on August 27. People came from far and wide to help the WCA celebrate the end of a great summer. Organizer and head chef, Darlene Delano outdid herself. The hearty breakfast was delicious and there was plenty of variety. A great time was had by all.

Darlene would like to thank her fabulous volunteers. First, the shoppers, bakers and cooks – Tammy Meldrim, Julia Nile, Conner Morrison, Kayla Largo and Denise Curtiss put together a fabulous breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, baked goods, the list goes on and on. Servers Rachel Seamans and De Segerson greeted all with a smile. The kitchen crew included Denise Curtiss, Darlene’s niece Jennifer Gove Barton and great nephew Cody Barton. Adam Glass was on hand before, during and after to help with set up, check-in, kitchen crew  and clean up. Nancy Large joined the cleanup crew.Thanks to all for making the breakfast possible.

In addition, kudos go out to our very special breakfast sponsors and donors. Lovely flowers added sunny cheer to the room, thanks to a donation from Forest Cone and Evergreen Shop. The maple syrup in Darlene’s baked french toast was donated by 4-A Sugar Shack. Labsphere provided generous support.

And finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended this delicious fundraiser!

Darlene – you are the best! You can cook breakfast for us anytime.