Black Fly Blitz – Gee, did we have fun!

A little drizzly, a lot cloudy and even more fun!
The 2017 Black Fly Blitz

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Runners take your mark.

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Get set … go!

 The first man crosses the finish.

 … and the first woman was less than a minute later.

And a whole lot more …
Check your results!

The ladies who walked.

 Twice the fun on the run.
 KRHS Track Team on the run.
 Honeymooners on the run.

Back at the bandstand there were …
BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01Medals for the winners. A family of winners.
 Every kid was a winner. Man’s best friend carried home the bling.

See you next year!

Thanks a million! Black Fly Blitz a great success!

BFB_2017_KRHS_Volunteers_01Thanks to the work of more than 40 volunteers, the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) 13th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA, which owns and operates the WCA’s Red Barn, a community center, and Timothy Patten Park, a beach and playground. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several members of the KRHS track and cross-country teams and their coaches assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Mya Dube, Kasey Lipscomb, Trevor Pauling, Avril Prak and David Wallace. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

BFB_2017_FAST_01David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the nearly 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Nola Aldrich was the honorary starter. Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballan, CJ Brim, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Storm Connor, Dave Herr, Jonathan Jusczyk, Philip Nicholson and Darren Phipps and were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society loaned their tables. The Wilmot Highway Department provided road barricades to ensure participants’ safety at intersections along the course.

Janet Baker, Sondra Brake, Lisah Carpenter, Kimberlee Esposito, Mary Kulacz, Margaret Monto, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided other foods for the people who participated in the race.

BFB_2017_Marc_Davis_01Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Adam Glass. Rosanna Eubank-Long applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight of lots of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans, Trudy Philbrick-Brake and Nancy Large. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Ensuring the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz were the 51 race sponsors.

Ledyard Bank, Rayno Construction LLC and Rymes Propane & Oil contributed at the super platinum level.

Platinum sponsors included Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, InterTown Record, Kearsarge Property & Landscape Services Inc. and Lakes Region Tent and Event.

Sponsors at the gold level were: A Cut Above Tree Service, Charter Trust Co., Colonial Pharmacy, FloorCraft, Huckleberry Propane & Oil, Jewell Box Storage, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Pleasant Acres LLC, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Inc.

Silver sponsors included Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral & Cremation Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Clarke’s Hardware, Colby Insurance Group, Cornelio Law Offices, Frank Anzalone Associates, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PPLC, Lake Sunapee Bank, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Philip Nicholson Builder, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, the Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

Sponsors at the bronze level were Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Connie’s Classic Coverups, Dr. Donna Reed PPLC, Hannaford, New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!

Sincerely,
Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz

Join the fun at the Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2015_start_01Don’t miss out ! More than a run, more than a walk … the Black Fly Blitz 5K is a celebration!

The 13th annual 5K walk/run will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads. Check out the race course! Stick around, after the race there will be music, games and more.

Register by May 26 for the WCA’s Black Fly Blitz and save $5.

Until May 26, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
$15 for youths 9 to 17BFB_2015_1st_man_01
$20 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will be free for children 8 years and younger, $20 for youths 9 to 17 and $25 for adults 18 and older.

BFB_2016_Tatoos_01Advance registration is available online or by mail. Registration is available online  or download the mail-in entry form. Send your form with payment to to the WCA at PO Box 23, Wilmot, NH 03287 or drop it off in the drop box in the front hall of the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road. Online, mail and drop-off registration must be received by noon Friday, May 26.

BFB_2014_band_03Day-of-the-race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams and their coaches will be volunteering at the race and will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The awards presentation will take place at 10:15 a.m. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Get ready to run … or walk the WCA Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2016_1st_Man_01Registration is open for the region’s favorite 5K! The WCA’s Black Fly Blitz steps off at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Participants who register by May 1 will receive a free T-shirt.

Participants can register online, by mail or on site the day of the race. Online and mail-in registration closes at noon Friday, May 26! Day-of-the-race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. under the tent on the town green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

Until May 26, race registration is: 

Children – 8 and younger free
Youths – 9 to 17 $15
Adults – 18 and older $20

On race day, registration for participants 9 years and older will increase by $5.

BFB_2014_KRHS_volunteers_07“For the sixth consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the WCA Board of Directors. Ann and her husband, Marc, are co-directors of the race. To acknowledge the KRHS volunteers’ time, the WCA will donate a portion of the race proceeds to the teams.
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The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road, to Cross Hill Road, to Campground Road and then to Village Road.It is a relatively flat race over slightly undulating terrain.


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Water will be available at the race mid-point. Runners and walkers will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.
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Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand on the town green. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Now in its 13th year, the Black Fly Blitz 5K is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and to everyone who comes out to walk or run. Money raised at the Black Fly Blitz helps the WCA provide free and low cost entertainment, recreation and educational activities for families, adults and seniors.

 

Thanks a million! The WCA Pancake Breakfast – tasty as ever!

2017_03_WCA_Pancakes_06The WCA’s Red Barn was back in the breakfast business on Sunday morning, March 19. The WCA has a long tradition of Sunday breakfasts. It’s been a while since the last one and they have been missed by all.
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The WCA is indebted to the many volunteers who gave their time and talents to make the breakfast a success. Heaps of applause goes to the chief cooks and bottle washers, Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove. “We’ve constantly heard how much people miss Sunday morning pancakes at the WCA and were happy to bring them back,” said Rachel. “It was great fun. Everyone had a wonderful time,” added Amber.

Coffeecakes, breads and more were donated by some of Wilmot’s finest bakers and a great kitchen crew was on hand for Sunday. “We want to thank everyone who came out to help us. We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Rachel. The bakers and kitchen crew included Ann Davis, Darlene Delano, Kim Esposito, Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Darlene Hoyt, Chris Jensson, Mary Kulacz, Nancy Large, Sandy Messer, Michelle Robinson and De Segerson,

The WCA is always happy to help local high school and middle school students earn their community hours. Amber’s sons Josiah and Avery Gove helped with breakfast along with Victoria Cruz, Jacob DuPuis, Carly Esposito, Carla Hoyt, Jack Schwendler and Elijah Westerburg.

 

 

Thank you to all who joined the fun and enjoyed a delicious morning.
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Registration is open for the Black Fly Blitz!

BFB_2016_Race_is_on_01 BFB_2016_KRHS_Track_Team_Winners_02  BFB_2016_Volunteers_01Serious runners, casual competitors and avid walkers should mark their calendars for the WCA’s 13th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K.

The race starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 at the Town Green in Wilmot at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot Flat.

Participants can pre-register on-line or by mail or register on the day of the race. All pre-registrations must be received by noon on Friday, May 26.  Avoid the rush and register by May 1 to receive a free Black Fly Blitz T-shirt.

The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Entry fees as follows:

Free: 8 years and younger
$15: 9-17 years
$20: adults 18 and older.

Fees go up on race day – add $5.

Funds raised by the Black Fly Blitz benefit the WCA and Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams. 

Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29 under the tent on the Town Green.

The scenic 5K (3.1-mile) course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road, to Cross Hill Road, to Campground Road and then to Village Road. It is a relatively flat course over slightly undulating terrain. Water will be available at the mid-point of the race. Runners will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.

Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand, on the Town Green next to the Wilmot Town Office building at 9 Kearsarge Valley Road.

The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music before and after the run. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and games.

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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Thanks a million! The Mystery Dinner was a grand success!

WCA_Mystery_Dinner_05The WCA’s Red Barn was jumping on Friday night, February 10. Happily, the nonstop snow took a break so everyone could come out for a night of mystery, mayhem and delicious food. The evening incorporated a festive fundraising dinner with a fun mystery game.

The WCA is indebted to the many volunteers who gave their time and talents to make this wonderful evening happen. Heaps of applause go out to event chairperson, Amber Gove. The evening was her brainchild. Amber admits, “I could never have done it alone!” Amber’s planning committee worked behind the scene to pull it all together. This group included Mary Fanelli, Judy Hauck and Nancy Large.WCA_Mystery_Dinner_07


The WCA is happy to help local high school and middle school students
earn their community hours. To that end, Amber called upon her sons, Josiah and Avery Gove, to help set up for the party.

The fundraising dinner was prepared and donated by some of Wilmot’s best home chefs. Ably led by Rachel Seamans, this fabulous contingent of cooks, bakers and bottle washers prepared and served delicious lasagna, salad and home baked desserts. Those donating food and the kitchen crew included Laurie Bagley, Ann Davis, Kim Esposito, Hannah Howard, Adam Glass, Mary Kulacz, Sandy Messer, Michelle Robinson, Sandy Schmid, De Segerson, Nancy Schlosser, and Barbara Wiggin.

WCA_Mystery_Dinner_02Laugh-filled mayhem was the order of the evening after a “murder” was discovered. A talented troop of local actors kept the suspense high and the questions coming. They included Dave Bettoney, Bill Burris, Bill Doody, Meg Dugan, Jeff Gill, David Guay, Judy Hauck, Nina and Bill Kozain, Nancy Schlosser, Joanne Tulonen, and Barbra Wiggin.WCA_Mystery_Dinner_16

A final thank you goes out to all who braved the cold and enjoyed the evening.

Murder at the Four Deuces – Mystery Dinner & Show

It’s going to be the Party of the Year! At 6 p.m this Friday, February 10, join us for the Murder at the Four Deuces Mystery Dinner at the WCA Red Barn (64 Village Road next to the post office) in Wilmot.

It’s the top story in all the papers. Give a read:

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Grand Opening
(Wilmot) Don Wannabe and his wife, Madam MeMe, are hosting the event of the season. The Grand Opening of the Four Deuces speakeasy will take place Friday night. It will be an exciting night for all!

An inside source has confirmed that “The Family’s” créme de la créme will attend this extravagant event. Rumor has it that New York Capo “Toto” Tequila will be in town. Will the Boss of Bosses attend the Grand Opening? Mystery and speculation abound.

Don’t miss out on the fun. Channel your inner flapper and find that fedora! Costumes encouraged! There will be a sing-a-long and prizes.

$20 each and BYOB for a delicious lasagna dinner and a great show. You can purchase you tickets online through our donations page. Please choose Other Amount to indicate total ($20/ticket) and note Murder Mystery Dinner and number of tickets needed in the Special Message box. Additional donations welcome!

Snow date is Friday, February 17.

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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