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

Thank you Santa & Co!

santa_arrives_wca_06More than eighty people, from wee ones to grandparents hopped aboard the Wilmot Express for a fun filled afternoon on December 11. The progressive event began at the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) Red Barn, moved on to the Wilmot Firehouse and ended at the Wilmot Public Library.

santa_elf_carla_02photo_time_05As with most successful programs, the Wilmot Express 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 elves, Jordon Zuger and Carla Hoyt, kept the line moving and children smiling.

Photographs can be picked up on December 23 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the WCA Red Barn. Thanks to John, the first copy is free! Contact John for additional copies or more information or link to the 2016 Wilmot Santa portfolio to see your photos.

al_peterson_singalong_02Al Peterson entertained families while they waited their turn with Santa with a holiday singalong. He was ably assisted by two more elves, Nancy Schlosser and Judy Hauk who sang along and encouraged the crowd. Amber Gove, dressed up as a Christmas tree, kept everyone singing and smiling. Additional volunteers at the WCA Red Barn included Adam Glass, Darlene Hoyt, Nancy Large and Rachel Seamans. A big thank you to all.

firehouse_cookies_cocoaThere were cookies, cocoa, and carols for all at the Wilmot Firehouse. Many thanks to those who donated cookies, they were delicious and enjoyed by many. Additional thanks must be given to all of WVFD members who helped make this event possible. Special thanks go out to Kelsie Clarke who created the Wilmot Express advertisement. Everyone’s bellies were warm and full of cookies before heading out into the cold and by the brightly lit tree on their way to the Library. Thank you to Chief Zuger for his police escort to the Library!

snowflake_reads_night_before_christmasThe final stop was at the Wilmot Public Library. Santa’s elf Snowflake joined the fun to help with storytime. Thank you Deb Ransom, alias Snowflake! Together, Santa and Snowflake shared 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.

Happy holidays to all,

Susan Nye, WCA administrator
Kyla Pillsbury, WVFD 1st Lieutenant/Captain of EMS
Rosanna Long, Wilmot Public Library director

Santa at the WCA Red Barn

It was a great day, Sunday, December 11 when Santa came to Wilmot. santa_arrives_wca_05

Our favorite toyman left his sleigh at the North Pole and roared up to the WCA Red Barn in a bright red firetruck.

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We were delighted to welcome Santa at the WCA Red Barn.

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After sharing her wish list with Santa, elf Carla went to work helping …

photo_time_06… Santa and John Swindell from Kearsarge Studios. John was on hand to catch all those special holiday moments – from happy families to reluctant toddlers.
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Al Peterson had everyone singing their favorite holiday tunes..

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He was even joined by a couple of doo-woop girls..

rockin_around_the_christmas_tree_01and a Christmas tree!

John has sent the photographs out for developing. It’s a busy season,
so it will take a little while …
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visit_w_santa_05… big kids and little, happy and shy … can pick up their photographs on
December 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.