Announcing – a new program for FREE USE of the WCA Red Barn for formal and informal clubs and groups, Wilmot-based nonprofits, and Town of Wilmot boards, committees, and commissions. All are welcome to use the Function Room at the Red Barn at no charge for free activities, events, and meetings. Program includes free-use for regular weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings and activities. Nonprofits and official town organizations can also use the Red Barn for one-off meetings and programs. Certain conditions apply. Learn more.
Good little girls and boys had a chance to see Santa during a fun-filled afternoon on December 8 at the WCA Red Barn. A big thank you to Mary Kulacz of Wilmot who once again organized this very special event.
As with most successful programs, Santa’s visit to Wilmot 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. Photographs have been mailed out and thanks to John, the first copy is free! Families can contact John for additional copies or more information.
Assisting Mary was husband Brian who helped set up. Adam Glass, Brian McCarthy, Rachel Seamans and Barbara Wiggin joined the fun and kept the line of children waiting for Santa moving smoothly, craft tables busy and the refreshment table well stocked. In addition, we were delighted to have some of Santa’s younger elves on hand. Local students Sophie Anderson, Max and Hayden Brown, Elie McCarthy and Rose Patrick were a great help. With a lot of moving parts, they helped the program run smoothly.
Along with the visit with Santa, the children were kept busy coloring and making Christmas tree ornaments. Delicious home baked treats and hot cocoa ensured that bellies were warm and full before everyone headed home.
Happy holidays to all!
Thank you to everyone who entered Wilmot’s 10th Annual Scarecrow Contest! We were amazed and enchanted by the entries. A warm thank you to our illustrious judges Chris Jenssen, Nancy Large and Katherine Merrill and their junior sidekicks – Hayden and Gavin Brown.
The Wilmot Garden Club co-sponsors the contest. Lots of prizes were awarded. In case you missed them – here are the winners!The Hairy Scaries win Scariest Scarecrow – Thank you Kristin Ash and Niko Chertikhin
Keith Seamans Cat & Mouse Game wins Scariest Group Ensemble
One more prize from the Garden! Thank you Shandi Elliot for the very cheerful Sweet Beginnings Daycare display.
Rachel Seaman’s New Yard Man gets the prize for Most Helpful!
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Starting with a pancake breakfast and finishing off with a fabulous concert, it was nonstop fun. The Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) second annual Wilmotpalooza held on Sunday, September 8. The weather was perfect and there was something for everyone.
Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove started the morning with a delicious pancake breakfast. They were ably assisted by Barbara Wiggin, C.C. Lewis and Donna Miller and student helpers, Eli McCarthy and Rose Patrick.
Next, it was over to the Wilmot Ball Field for a meet and greet with members of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). Children had a wonderful time exploring the helicopter while their parents talked with the crew. Sincere thanks to DHART’s Paul Austin who helped set up the visit as well as Don Sieburg, Marja Makinen, Justen Stevenson and Ben Weinhold who flew in to spend time with everyone.
The fun then moved to the Wilmot Town Green. Bill Burris set up his wonderful games and Kristin McCarthy and son Duncan ran the field games. Meanwhile, Kathy Neuberger and her granddaughter Ashley tirelessly applied sparkly tattoos to one and all. Wilmot hosted its first Best Dog in Town Contest. Eager puppies and grand old canines strutted their stuff for judge Thea Lahti and her able assistant Sarah O’Connor.
The Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department set up their truck and hose to the delight of all. The young and young at heart could touch-a-fire-truck, visit with the fire fighters and net rubber ducks. The Watershed Warriors were on hand to share the work they do and offer a craft project to kids. The Friends of the Wilmot Public Library brought sweet treats as well as books and comfy chairs for anyone needing a break and children were invited to make a bookmark. Cub Scout Pack 71 Kearsarge / Sunapee were available throughout the day to help anyone in need. The boys also enjoyed the games and sold popcorn. Tiger Mountain Shotokan Karate provided demonstrations and Six Saplings Sugar House sold syrup.
The band Mach Turtle played a fantastic, get-up-and_dance concert. In case you didn’t get enough pancakes, the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary was on the Green with a cookout. Hot dogs and hamburgers were enjoyed by all.
Thank you to the Selectman and Town of Wilmot for their on-going support of this event. Chief David Zuger was on hand throughout the day to keep traffic flowing and everyone safe.
And finally, a special thanks to our sponsors – Mascoma Bank, Clayton Miller Plumbing, Rayno Construction, Gavin Campbell Construction, Bubba’s Restaurant& Grille, CWS Fence & Guardrail and Hannaford’s Supermarket. We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers, community partners and sponsors. Thank you to one and all.
The WCA is sponsoring Restoring the Waters Puppet Theater’s premiere of A Tree Called Once. The free outdoor performance will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23 at the WCA’s Timmy Patten Park on Tannery Pond on Shindagan Road.
Caroline Fairless and Jim Sims founded the puppet theater and this is their third production on Tannery Pond. In this new, original performance, a tree called Once holds the memory, energy and spirit of extinct and endangered creatures. The 35-minute show features music and humor and includes audience participation. A community effort, Wilmot residents of all ages are starring in and contributing to the show. Nicole Densmore and Sims will provide music throughout the performance.
Attendees are welcome to stay after the show and enjoy a swim or a bring-your-own picnic.
Rain date for the performance is Sunday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although, everyone might have been looking at Rachel‘s Pumpkin Family. She wins the Family Award.
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.
Finally – a big thank you to our illustrious judges for their thoughtful and clever deliberations.
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 fun began around 5:30 p.m. Mary Kulacz of Wilmot put together and ran the program along with Wilmot librarian, Michelle Travis. Both were delighted with the enthusiastic turnout. Mary said, “The weather was perfect and it was great fun. The children were very creative.” Michelle agreed, adding, “We all had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the families that joined in.” Many families stayed to enjoy the playground and picnic as well as kyak and swim in Tannery Pond.
The event was co-sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association (WCA) and the Wilmot Public Library (WPL). It was free to one and all. Construction materials were provided.
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
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
Saturday, July 28
an evening of country, folk and Americana music
bandstand supper from Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department
Saturday, August 4
rock out with this popular local band
bandstand supper from Friends of Wilmot Public Library
Saturday, August 11
enjoy a musical mix of rock, blues & country
bandstand supper from The 1st Congregational Church
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
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.