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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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.

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.
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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.
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10:15 a.m – awards will be presented at the Bandstand on the Town Green.

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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.

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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.

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Wildlife diseases next topic for Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series

Wildlife_Services_National_Rabies_MgtAfter rabid foxes and skunks were found in the Kearsarge region in 2016, the WCA is proud to announce the next topic in the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. Wildlife Biologist Anthony Musante will present a program on rabies and other wildlife diseases at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17. The talk and slide show will be held at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Encountering a rabid animal is frightening and can have serious consequences. Anthony Musante is with the USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services. He will share information and answer your questions about rabies, avian influenza, tularemia, leptospirosis and other wildlife diseases. He will also cover surveillance of these diseases in New Hampshire.

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, this workshops series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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You’ll flip for our flapjacks!

The WCA is holding one of its famous Pancake Breakfasts from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the Red Barn. Bring your appetite! Rachel and Amber will be cooking up pancakes, sausage, bacon and fresh fruit. You’ll also find delicious home baked goods, juice and coffee.

For the modest sum of $6 per person, you can enjoy a fabulous breakfast. It’s all for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit WCA programs. As always, volunteers and bake good donations are happily accepted. Contact the WCA at wca@tds.net if you would like to help.

Learn more about the WCA, the Pancake Breakfast and more fun events on the WCA website or on the WCA’s Facebook page.

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Dinner and a show in Wilmot!

cardsIt will be an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 10. (Snow date is February 17.) The fun will take place at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot. Murder at the Four Deuces is a rip roaring 1920’s gangster murder mystery game. Along with a delicious lasagna dinner, the evening will be filled with murder, bribery and backstabbing!

“Murder Mystery Parties are becoming increasingly popular,” says Amber Gove, chairperson for the gala event. She adds, “These parties provide a unique experience for participants as well as a great fundraising opportunity for not-for-profit organizations like the WCA.” The longtime WCA board member warns, “Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out.”

If you would like tickets to this fundraiser or to volunteer (lasagna donations welcome!), contact Amber Gove at 748-1684 or email the WCA. The cost of the dinner and show is $20 per person and the party is BYOB.

Partygoers will have the opportunity to play a role in this interactive mystery game and are encouraged to come in costume. Channel your inner flapper and dust off your pinstripes and fedora for some festive fun. There are an assortment of roles including gangsters and molls, politicians, singers and gamblers. There are no lines to learn but participants receive background information to help them and take on their role.

Reserve your tickets now; it’s a party you don’t want to miss.

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