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

Buster Keaton at the WCA

There was a special screening of two classic Buster Keaton comedies at the WCA’s Red Barn on Saturday, November 18. Thanks to Jeff Rapsis, the films were presented as they were meant to be shown – on a large screen with live music. First up was the short film ‘Sherlock Jr. (1924) followed by Keaton’s comic Civil War masterpiece ‘The General’ (1926).

He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of the Great Stone Face but Buster Keaton’s comedies rocked Hollywood’s silent era with laughter. Acclaimed for their originality and timeless visual humor, Keaton’s films remain popular crowd-pleasers today.

Jeff Rapsis is a composer and performer who specializes in creating live musical scores for silent film screenings. WCA president, Nancy Large who heads up the 2017 concert series says, “We wanted something a little different for the final concert of the season. We are delighted that Jeff can join us on November 18.”

A fan of silent films since middle-school, Rapsis brings Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton and other great actors from the past to life. He does not use sheet music during the performance. Instead, the New Hampshire native carries a notebook of ideas and improvises throughout the film. Rapsis’ approach ensures that each performance is new, fresh and different.

Like most WCA events and programs, the screening and concert were free and open to the public. A special thanks goes out to volunteers Darlene Delano, Jessica Ferren, Nancy Large, Susan Nye, Rachel Seamans and Roxanne Shed.

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Volunteers ensure WCA craft fair’s success

More than 30 volunteers ensured that the WCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair held Saturday, Dec. 2 was a terrific success. Without volunteers’ able assistance, it would be impossible to organize and present this event.

We extend special thanks to Kathy Neuberger, chairperson of the craft fair, for her tireless work and to Rachel Seamans for organizing and staffing Rachel’s Café.

Gail Parenteau and the staff at Andover Elementary-Middle School were helpful and accommodating prior to and during the craft fair.

Volunteers, including students from Kearsarge Regional High School, were: Libby Angus, Leslie Angus, Pete Angus, Janet Baker, Deb Beerman, Lisah Carpenter, Kathy Davidson, Ann Davis, Marc Davis, Darlene Delano, Meg Dugan, Rhonda Gauthier, Adam Glass, Brenda Holland, Elizabeth Howard, Chris Jenssen, Kennedy Geary, Mary Kulacz, Brian Kulacz, Alexis McConnell, Sandy Messer, Margaret Monto, John Monto, Ashley Neuberger, Howard Neuberger, Meagan Norris, Susan Nye, Sandy Rock, Clifford Rock, Keith Seamans, De Segerson, Kimberly Slover, Todd Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

Our sincere thanks to one and all!

Nancy Large, president
WCA Board of Directors

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!

And the winners are…

Once again creativity reigned throughout Wilmot during the WCA’s eighth annual Scarecrow Contest. The winners were selected by an astute and austere panel of judges from the Kearsarge School District and the Wilmot Garden Club.

Many thanks to our judges –
from New London Elementary School: Rose and Iris Patrick and Sophie, Zach and Sarah Anderson
from the Wilmot Garden Club: Nancy Large, Lindy Heim and Chris Jenssen

The fabulous prizes are gift certificates to Grounds in New London and The Wilmot Garden Club Plant sale as well as gift subscriptions to the InterTown Record newspaper.

A huge thank you to all the participants! Your scarecrows are wonderful!

Wilmot Garden Club Best in Show
Carol & Doug McDonald’s Wilma Phlat

Kid’s choice
Chris & Tom Jenssen’s Patiently waiting for snow

Best use of natural materials
The Brown family’s scarecrow

Friendliest
Wilmot Public Library Storytime Group’s Mr. Hubbarb rides a reindeer

Funniest
Lindy Heim’s After a long summer, Nature takes charge of the garden

Best social message
Keith Seaman’s Pilgrims around the totem pole

Sportiest
Sebastian Prieto’s Kearsarge Hockey PlayerSportiest Too
Ray Ilg’s Scarecrow for Ociee and Sawyer

Best group/family effort
Huff Family’s Summer Fun

Scariest
Rachel Seaman’s Opposites attract

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.”