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.

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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events and programs at the WCA

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

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.

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.

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Ann Davis, president
Wilmot Community Association

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!