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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Magical Construction at Timmy Patten Park

Timmy Patten Park was a major construction zone on July 12 when a crew of more than 50 kids came out to build houses for their favorite fairies and gnomes.

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 newly refurbished slide was a definite favorite!

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.

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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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

Well Water Safety Workshop – May 10

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission will present a program about Well Water Safety starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the WCA’s Red Barn.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about private wells, how they work, and how to test the quality of the water in those wells. Information also will include ways private well owners can protect their ground water, testing guidelines and issues that can impact drinking water.

This free program is part of the WCA’s David White Health and Wellness Series.Speakers will include Abby Fopiano, P.G., water well program manager, NH Department of Environmental Services Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau; Amanda Cosser, NH Public Health Labs; and Kathy Rodgers, RCAP Solutions.

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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.