Scarecrows are popping up all over!

The first entries in the Scarecrow contest have come in! 
(And there are more out there – so send in your photos!)

Thank you Lindy Heim!
Thank you Carol McDonald!
Thank you Rachel and Keith Seamans!

We love them all and are looking forward to lots more fun and festive scarecrows! Join the fun and build a fun, fanciful, sporty, scary, beautiful … or silly scarecrow(s).The Wilmot Garden Club cosponsors the contest and
the deadline for entries is noon on Wednesday, October 25.

Lots of prizes will be awarded so don’t miss out.

Click to learn all you need to know to participate!

Tick Talk at the WCA Red Barn

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission are joining forces to host an illustrated talk about ticks and Lyme Disease. At 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, Alan Eaton, Ph.D., an entomologist with UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss tick biology, the diseases they spread to humans and how people can minimize the chances of becoming a victim.

“My tick work began in about 1989,” Eaton said. “It was clear that tick problems were increasing here, and we had no publications to answer questions. So I started monitoring, writing and giving presentations.”

The free program is part of the WCA’s Chief David White Memorial Safety and Wellness Series.The WCA is delighted to co-sponsor this and future events with the Wilmot Conservation Commission. The commission supports educational programs to identify health hazards found in nature.

Wilmot and area residents learn more about Narcan®

On September 28 the WCA Red Barn hosted another Chief David White Safety and Wellness workshop.  Alarmed that New Hampshire ranks second in the nation for the number of opioid-related deaths per capita, the WCA board decided to take a proactive and productive approach to the issue. The result was this educational workshop on Narcan® . Narcan® is an opiate antidote that can reverse the effects of an overdose. More than 25 people attended the program.The group included many safety and emergency officers and personnel.

Ann Davis, event coordinator thanked the team of presenters by saying, “It was a terrific presentation. It was informal yet very informative and professional. The team fielded the audience’s diverse questions with aplomb.”

Speakers at the program were, from the left, Pamela Drewniak, EMS and Emergency Prep coordinator at New London Hospital, David Zuger, chief, Wilmot Police Department; Tim Monahan, director of EMS and Emergency Preparedness at New London Hospital; Kyla Pillsbury, captain, Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department; and Kirsten Vigneault, director, Community Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Lindy Heim of Wilmot attended the workshop and praised the team, “It was an EXCELLENT program on a disturbingly difficult problem we face here in NH. Thanks for getting all these knowledgeable people together to help us understand and maybe even help someone.”

The Wilmot Community Association (WCA) is proud to support the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. The series is possible due to generous donations made by family and friends to the WCA in David’s name.  

photo by Marc Davis

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

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.

Download or print the poster

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.

Download or print the 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!