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

Save the Date for Imagination into Art

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

Painters and watercolorists Sue Finney, Penny Koberger, Molly and Corbett Leith, Holly Noyes, Grace Schust and Leslie Ward will show their work. Fine crafts will be exhibited by fabric artist Lynne Raleigh, quilter Nancy Schlosser and furniture maker Jay Aubertin. Ann Feeley Kieffer will show her sculpture and Paul Linehan his ink drawings. Photographers Vlad Chertikhin and Leslie Tuttle will round out the show. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work.

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. During the reception artists will exhibit completed works and demonstrate their skills and techniques.

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. The Saturday morning exhibit and workshops are free and open to all.

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.

“We are pleased to host a show that features so many of our very talented local artists,” said Nancy Schlosser, quilter and organizer of Imagination into Art. “The works include beautiful pottery, sculpture, photographs, and paintings.”

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The countdown is on to the Black Fly Blitz 5K

Black Fly LogoIt’s going to be a great morning! Once again, the WCA will celebrate Memorial Day with the ever-popular Black Fly Blitz 5K run/walk. A fan favorite for runners and walkers alike, the race steps off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Avoid the rush – register today! You can register online or fill in a form and mail it to the WCA. Don’t’ delay; the deadline for pre-registration is Friday, May 26.
Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – until May 26
Children – 8 years and younger … free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $15
Adults – 18 and older … $20

Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – day of the race – May 29
Children – 8 years and younger … still free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $20
Adults – 18 and older … $25

BFB_2016_Race_is_on_01Race Day Schedule

7:30 a.m. – sign-in and day of race registration opens on the  Town Green at the intersection of Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

9 a.m. – and they’re off for a fabulous run or walk around the scenic Wilmot loop.
10:15 a.m – awards will be presented at the Bandstand on the Town Green.


Post-race fun includes music on the bandstand with Cloud Duo. They will play classic rock and country music. There will be great games for the kids and temporary black fly tattoos for all.




The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Thank you to all the runners, walkers and sponsors who support this fun and festive morning. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams.

Everything you need to know about the Black Fly Blitz. 

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

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.

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Ed for a Day to play in Wilmot

ed-tree-8The third and final performance in the WCA’s fall concert series is on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Local band, Ed for a Day will play at the Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The concert is free and open to all!

Ed for a Day formed in 2003 after a bunch of friends compared their top ten favorite bands. After discovering that each list included U2, REM, The Police, The Pixies, and Neil Diamond, they knew that they had to form a band! Today, Ed for a Day includes Neal Byles on lead vocals, guitars, mandolin and mandocello, David Wartski vocals and bass, Walt Cammack on drums and percussion, and part-time member Thelastris Durand on vocals and guitar.

Ed for a Day likes to describe their music as “industrial folk,” mostly because it sounds cool. They play a combination of original songs and covers from a broad range of musical styles, with a general focus on 80s and 90s alternative and grunge.