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.

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Give the gift of life

The WCA wants your blood! The need for blood is especially great during the summer. The Red Cross is urging everyone to donate blood or platelets to overcome the summer shortage. This life saving work is only possible with your help.

The WCA will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, August 25. The blood drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. To save time, you can preregister online. Whether you give blood or power red, all donors will receive a $5 Target e-Gift Card.

Can’t donate? You can still help by donating snacks or volunteering to staff the check-in desk and canteen. Email Nancy Large if you would like to help.

For more information on the blood drive and many other programs, check the WCA events page or stay up to date with WCA activities on Facebook.

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Shop ’til you drop at the WCA Barn sale

Shop ’til you drop!
The WCA is having a red hot barn sale … at the Red Barn of course! The bargain hunting begins at 8 a.m. and goes on until noon on Saturday, August 19. It’s part of Wilmot’s Townwide Yard Sale.

By the way – if you have gently used treasures you no longer want …
Donate them to the WCA! We’re happy to add them to our collection of terrific sale items. No electronic equipment or clothing, please.

We are happy to provide you with a receipt for your donations. Drop anything off between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Wednesday until August 16 or by appointment.

Call the WCA if you have questions – (603) 526-7934.

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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!

Thanks a million! Pie Breakfast bakers and kitchen crew!

Pie for breakfast – a delicious success. More than 150 people enjoyed a delicious morning at the WCA’s Pie Breakfast on July 8. Pie for breakfast is part of a New England summer. People came from far and wide to help the WCA celebrate this wonderful 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.

Volunteers prepared sweet and savory pies to delight every taste bud. These fine bakers included … take a deep breath it’s a long list …

Shandi Allen, Kim Baer, Jan Baker, Meredith Bird-Miller, Jen Caponigro, Fran Crowell, Sue Cushing, Elaine and Charlie Davidson, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Darlene Delano, Mary Fanelli, Jessica Ferren, Adam Glass, Amber Gove, Darlene Hoyt, Sue Hoyt, Chris Jenssen, Karina Jonas, Margaret and John Monto, Kristin Nesbit, Kathy Neuberger, Susan Nye, Jim Ransom, Michelle Robinson, Sandy Schmidt, Rachel Seamans, De Segerson, Christine Stuart, Barbra Wiggins, Olivia Woods and Dot Young! We couldn’t have done it without you – thanks so much!

Amber and Rachel were ably assisted by a superb crew of kitchen and dining room volunteers. Kim and Carly Esposito, Josiah and Avery Gove, Gavin Grant, Darlene and Carla Hoyt, Chris Jenssen, Nancy Large, Marissa and Tori Montagna, Michelle Robinson, and Dot Young answered the call to make it a great day. Thanks to all!

And finally, the WCA is grateful to everyone who joined the fun at this great fundraiser. This year’s Pie Breakfast was the biggest and most successful ever.

Live free and eat pie!

Thanks a million! Artists and volunteers ensure success of Imagination into Art

An enthusiastic crowd of art lovers filled the WCA’s Red Barn on June 23 and 24. Now in its fifth year, Imagination into Art has much to offer – a welcoming community event, a fabulous reception, art show, silent auction and sale. A wonderful addition was made this year with workshops for children on Saturday morning.

Imagination into Art combines a community gathering with art education. We appreciate the artists who came to show and share their work and artistic vision with the community. Jay Aubertin, Sue Finney, Vlad Chertikhin, Paul Linehan, Holly Noyes, Nancy Schlosser, Leslie Tuttle from Wilmot shared works in a variety of media. Additional artists from surrounding towns included Penny Koberger, Corbett Leith, Molly Leith, Lynne Raleigh, Julia DeGiovanni, and Grace Schust.

We could not have done it without the tireless help of many volunteers. The success of the Friday night reception was due in large part to some of the region’s best cooks. Our thanks go out to Margaret Monto, Bonnie Betters-Reed, Wendy Gouirand, and Leslie Tuttle for their delicious hors d’oeuvres. In addition, Judy Hauck and Gary Reed donated some fabulous wines. Patty McGoldrick and Ellie Gregor completed the tireless kitchen crew.

Kudos to Marion Allen, Diane Beaudoin, Mary Fanelli, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Chris Jenson, Nancy Large, Patty McClintock, and Barbara Wiggin for lending their vast talents before and during the event. The hands-on support from Tom Schamburg, Jeff Gill, Bill Doody, and Gary Reed who helped with set-up and clean-up was most appreciated. Music made the Friday evening reception even more enjoyable.
Thank you to John Schlosser who played guitar and sang an upbeat selection of music.

Thanks to the beautiful pieces donated by Marc Beerman, Vlad Chertikhin, Judy Hauck, Lynne Raleigh and Nancy Schlosser the silent auction was a great success.

Finally, we thank the community and their continued support of the WCA’s many and varied programs and events. You all made it such fun!

Sincerely,

Nancy Schlosser, coordinator, Imagination into Art

Meet the Artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA fifth annual Imagination into Art on June 23 and 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Stop by and meet the artists!

Dana Dakin and Barbara Faughnan

Paintings and watercolors:
Sue Finney
Penny Koberger
Molly and Corbett Leith
Holly Noyes
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward

Ink drawings:
Paul Linehan

Sculpture:
Ann Feeley Kieffer

Joan_Pirozzoli, Nancy Schlosser and Lindy Heim

Photography:
Vlad Chertikhin
Leslie Tuttle

Fabric artists:
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser

Handcrafted Furniture:
Jay Aubertin

The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested.

Judy Hauck and Dick Chase

Imagination into Art will continue from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to participate on Saturday morning and there will be workshops for children.

Some artists have donated works for a silent auction to benefit the WCA. Bidding will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Saturday.

Two blood drives at WCA this summer

The WCA hosted its first of two Red Cross Blood Drives on June 16.

Blood donor John Demars of Newbury is assisted by volunteer Judy Hauck.

Whether you reserve a time in advance or need a walk-in appointment, the WCA’s Red Barn on Village Road in Wilmot is a perfect venue for a blood drive. Nancy Large, WCA president headed up the event. “We are delighted to work with the Red Cross on this important project,” said Nancy.

On average, donors needed to set aside about a half hour to donate blood. Experienced Red Cross staff provides private booths or comfortable recliners for donors while volunteers help with check in and the refreshment table.

Many thanks to Nancy’s hardworking volunteers, who included Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Patty McGoldrick,Dana O’Donnell, and Nancy Schlosser . Everyone enjoyed hot pizza generously donated by Pizza Chef, Andover. Nancy, a blood donor herself continued, “The WCA is proud to help the Red Cross achieve its lifesaving goal of supplying blood products.”

The next Blood Drive at the WCA Red Barn is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 25.

 

Meet the artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA’s fifth annual Imagination into Art at the WCA’s Red Barn. Imagination into Art offers a unique opportunity to meet and speak with local artists. The two day show starts with a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. A $15 donation is suggested.

Art lovers are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren on Saturday. Admission is free and their will be workshops for the kids.

A preview of a few of the artists …

Leslie Tuttle, photographer
For many years, Leslie Tuttle worked as a photojournalist in developing countries. From nomadic tribes in the mountains of Turkey to waste pickers in Brazil, her portfolio focused on working women. The difficult lives of these women rid her of any romanticized notion of rural life. Leslie has an enormous respect for people who work incredibly hard to sustain themselves and their families, and for whom being picturesque holds no coin.

Collaborating with author, Helen Brody, Leslie recently turned her attention to rural development in New Hampshire. Together, they have investigated women farmers. Their book, New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement, was published in 2015.

During the process, Leslie discovered that the similarities far outweighed the differences between the women she encountered in other countries and those in the book. She is delighted to be able to share these New Hampshire farmers’ stories of innovation and resilience.

Paul Linehan, pen and ink drawing
Paul Linehan and his wife Ann moved to New London in the late 1960’s. Many locals know Paul from his many years as an administrator in the Kearsarge Regional School District. After almost 30 years in education and the good fortune to meet a multitude of very special young people, Paul took on a new career and opened Colby-Linehan Real Estate.

Paul always loved drawing and painting but rarely had the time. Throughout his years in real estate, he enjoyed giving his clients pen and ink drawings of their homes. After retiring in 2014, he spends most of his days reading, playing golf, traveling, working in his gardens, drawing and paintings. His work focuses on local scenes.

Penny Koburger, drawing and oil painting
Penny Koburger likes to paint and draw a variety of everyday subject matter. Watercolor and oils are her preferred mediums. Painting allows her to slow down and contemplate the subject matter, be it a person, object or scene in nature. She is fascinated by light color and mood. Rather than strive for total realism, Penny attempts to create an emotional connection.

Penny lives Enfield. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and practiced for many years in Vermont. Since retiring, she has been studying, painting and teaching full time. Penny has shown her work in Vermont and New York. She has won numerous prizes for her oils and watercolors, including 3 Best in Shows. She has been president of the Bethlehem Art Association in NY, and is a member of Center for the Arts in New London and the AVA Gallery in Lebanon.

Jay Aubertin, metal craftsman
Guided by an artistic sensibility, Jay Aubertin employs traditional and modern techniques to fabricate both practical and purely ornamental pieces. Jay’s work celebrates the innate beauty of the materials used and a perennial reverence for quality. He creates custom products his clients are proud to hand down from one generation to the next.

He has a strong background in welding and fabrication. Jay enjoys utilizing other materials such as wood, copper and leather into his work. In addition to his many other projects, Jay has a passion for making and riding his own hand built bicycles. Jay lives in Wilmot.

Additional artists participating in Imagination into Art include

Vlad Chertikhin
Sue Finney
Ann Feeley Kieffer
Corbett Leith
Molly Leith
Holly Noyes
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward