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.

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.

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:

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

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