Raising our voices in song

The WCA Red Barn was filled with music and song on December 21. A cheerful group of holiday makers gathered for coffee, cookies and carols. Many thanks to Fred Ogmundson for playing the piano and leading the songfest. Kudos as well to Mary Jane Ogmundson for her stirring reading of Clement Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas.

The Red Barn was looking lovely with Christmas decorations and festive flower arrangements. Many thanks to the anonymous donor who purchased the arrangements from Forest Cone & Evergreen Shop. Event helpers included Marion Allen, Tootie Fleury, Chris Jenssen, John Monto, Loretta Rayno, Tom Schamberg, Rachel Seamans, Kimberly Slover and Barbara Wiggin.

The sweet treats were wonderful and thanks go out to bakers Jan Baker, Rhonda Gauthier, Chris Jenssen, and Jean Wallace.

And finally, a big thank you to Ann Davis for organizing the event and pulling it all together.

Happy holidays to all!

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.

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.

Stay up-to-date with WCA activities on our website and Facebook page.

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

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.

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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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