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.


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


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.

Al Peterson had everyone singing their favorite holiday tunes..


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 …
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.

Santa is coming to Wilmot!

Santa is coming to town!

Join us

Sunday – December 11

for a townwide holiday  celebration.


Hop aboard the Wilmot Express!

Visit with Santa, Photos & Singalong
3 – 4 p.m. at the WCA Red Barn
64 Village Road

Cookies, Cocoa & Tree Lighting with Santa
4 – 4:30 p.m. at the Firehouse
1 Firehouse Lane

Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. at the Wilmot Public Library

11 North Wilmot Road

Fill the fire truck:
Donations of canned goods and nonperishable items
will be accepted at each location.

Download or print the poster.

The Wilmot Express is co-sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association , Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and Wilmot Public Library.

All aboard the Wilmot Express!

santaThere will be fun for the whole family starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 11. That’s when the young and young-at-heart will climb aboard the annual Wilmot Express, a town-wide holiday celebration. The Wilmot Express is a collaborative effort of the WCA, the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilmot Public Library.

The first stop – from 3 to 4 p.m. – will be at the WCA Red Barn at 64 Village Road, next door to the U.S. Post Office in Wilmot Flat. Santa will be on hand for photographs and review wish lists with the children. John Swindell, a professional photographer based in Wilmot, will be taking the photos. In addition, Al Peterson will provide music and lead a holiday singalong.

The second stop is at the WVFD Firehouse from 4 to 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa with Santa as well as caroling and a tree lighting ceremony at the fire station, 1 Fire House Lane, just off Route 11.

And finally, Santa will hop on a fire truck, give the call for “all aboard” and travel to the Wilmot Public Library, 11 North Wilmot Road, just off Route 4A in Wilmot Center. Starting at 4:45 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” while Santa gives each child a special gift.

(Download or print the poster)