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

Happy Halloween at the Red Barn

It was a dark and stormy night … but spirits were flying high at the WCA Red Barn. From Little Bo Peep and her wonderful sheep to ghouls, ghosts and princesses, it was a fun and colorful evening.

Our first attempt at Trunk or Treat was a wash out but we still had fun. Our Trunk or Treat volunteers abandoned their cars in the parking lot and joined us inside. Having them added to the fun … and the loot the kids carried away.

Here are a few of our fantastic visitors:

Many thanks to Rachel and Keith Seamans and Darlene Hoyt  for decorating the Red Barn  in all its Halloween finest. More thanks to Rachel and Darlene as well as Roxanne Shed and Carla Hoyt for pitching in during the party. There were games and candy for the kids and homemade cookies and cider for all. A big thank you to our bakers, Darlene Delano and Denise Curtiss.

More thanks to Trunk or Treat volunteers –  Amber Gove, Shandi Allen, Deb Beerman, Kayleigh Franco, Lela and Jeannie Henskens, Glenn Lowe, Katie Priest, Laura Jean Whitcomb, Gayle Fleming and Adam Glass. It was great fun to have you with us. Let’s hope for dry skies next year!

The WCA will host a Narcan® training

The WCA and the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network will host an illustrated talk and training session about Narcan® (also known to as Naloxone). The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Speakers will include Pamela Drewniak, EMS and Emergency Prep coordinator at New London Hospital, Kirsten Vigneault, director, Community Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network and Tim Monahan, director of EMS and New London Ambulance Service. Representatives from the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilmot Police Department will also be in attendance and available to provide additional information.

The program will cover information about how Naloxone works, training on how to administer the product and time for questions from the audience. At this time, Narcan® is the only FDA-approved nasal spray that is an antidote for known or suspected opioid drug overdoses.

At the conclusion of the illustrated talk and training sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to practice administration as well as receive a free kit, which includes two doses of Narcan®. “Following the 439 people in New Hampshire who died from a drug overdose in 2015, the NH Department of Health and Human Services purchased Naloxone kits for distribution,” Vigneault said. “The nasal spray is very easy to use and the training only takes about 20 minutes.”

R.P. Hale in Concert

A small but enthusiastic group gathered at the WCA Red Barn on Saturday evening, September 16 for a harpsicord and hammered dulcimer concert. Dressed in period costume, R.P. Hale was the man behind the keys and mallets. Along with playing pieces by Sir William Herschel, Thomas Jefferson, and more, R.P. took a few minutes before each piece to discuss the piece as well as his instruments.  

A multi-generational and interdisciplinary artist-craftsman, R.P. has been teaching a variety of topics and skills since 1976.He is a concert harpsichordist and hammer dulcimer player as well as a harpsichord/dulcimer maker, master calligrapher and illustrator, pen-and-ink artist, nationally-known wood-engraver, Intaglio and Letterpress printer, wood carver, maker of marbleized papers and fabrics, period re-enactor, linguist, solar and archaeo-astronomer, and historian.

In 1999, the Smithsonian Institute recognized R.P. as one of the top musical instrument makers in the U.S. and exhibited his work. His concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical interests from c.750 B.C. works from China to that of Sir William Herschel of the 1790s.

Born to a Sonoran Mexican family of artists and printers, his programs “La História Cultural de México,” “El Calendro Azteca,” and “Astronomy, Math. Calendars, and Histories of the Maya,” respectively feature the history of Mexico as seen through the arts and traditional lore. R.P. received a Fellowship from the State Arts Council and in 2000 was invited to present his multi-faceted traditions at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival.

Along with his solo performances, he is in heavy demand by ensembles for his improvised accompaniment skills at the harpsichord and organ.

R.P. teaches at St. Paul’s School and is Senior Educator at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, specializing in spectroscopy, star evolution, mathematics, physics, astronomy history and archaeoastronomy. He has built a spectroscopy/optics teaching lab there. He taught summers at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia for 33 years and is a visiting faculty in art and astronomy at Davis and Elkins College.

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.

 

Say Goodbye to Summer Breakfast at the WCA

Say it ain’t so! How did summer pass so quickly? To cheer you up and fortify the kids for back-to-school, the WCA is holding one of its famous breakfasts from 7 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 27 at the Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Darlene Delano and friends are pulling out all the stops to create a fabulous feast. Bring your appetite to the Say Goodbye to Summer Breakfast for an extravagant assortment of eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruit, juice, and, of course, a great cup of coffee.

For the modest sum of $8 per person for adults and $4 for kids age 6 to 12 you can enjoy a great start to the day. No charge for children 5 and younger.

It’s all for a good cause. Money raised at the breakfast will support the many free programs offered by the WCA. In the next few months, the WCA will host a concert series, a children’s Halloween party and a holiday craft fair. Visit the events page or  stay up-to-date with WCA activities and fun on Facebook.

As always, volunteers and donations of baked goods are happily accepted. Email Darlene if you would like to donate food items, including baked goods, or join the kitchen crew on the day of the breakfast.

Download or print the Say Good Bye to Summer Breakfast poster

Fabulous fairy houses at Tannery Pond

Fun with Fairies! Timothy Patten Park was a major construction zone last week when a crew of more than 50 kids came out to build fairy houses.

The fun began around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10. Event chairperson and Wilmot librarian, Rosanna Long was delighted with the turnout. Rosanna said, “The weather was perfect and it was great fun. The children were so enthusiastic and creative. Thank you to all the families that joined in.”

The event was co-sponsored by the WCA and the library. It was free to one and all. Construction materials were provided. Many families stayed to picnic or to swim in Tannery Pond.

Keep scrolling down. The houses and kids were so cute … I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

And the band played on!

A hearty thank you to everyone who braved the rain for Nick’s Other Band.  In spite of the weather, the Wilmot Bandstand was hoppin’. Amber Gove and Rachel Seamans were at it again and the WCA served another one of its delicious bandstand suppers.

Amber cooked up a batch or her famous chowder and Rachel manned the hotdog cooker! Delicious bake goods were provided by Rachel and Jessica Ferren. The team were ably assisted on the serving line and with set up and clean up by Josiah and Avery Gove, Darlene and Carla Hoyt and Nancy Large.

In spite of the rain, everyone was in good spirits and the band played on!