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

Ann Feeley Kieffer

Joan_Pirozzoli, Nancy Schlosser and Lindy Heim

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.

Two blood drives at WCA this summer

The WCA hosted its first of two Red Cross Blood Drives on June 16.

Blood donor John Demars of Newbury is assisted by volunteer Judy Hauck.

Whether you reserve a time in advance or need a walk-in appointment, the WCA’s Red Barn on Village Road in Wilmot is a perfect venue for a blood drive. Nancy Large, WCA president headed up the event. “We are delighted to work with the Red Cross on this important project,” said Nancy.

On average, donors needed to set aside about a half hour to donate blood. Experienced Red Cross staff provides private booths or comfortable recliners for donors while volunteers help with check in and the refreshment table.

Many thanks to Nancy’s hardworking volunteers, who included Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Patty McGoldrick,Dana O’Donnell, and Nancy Schlosser . Everyone enjoyed hot pizza generously donated by Pizza Chef, Andover. Nancy, a blood donor herself continued, “The WCA is proud to help the Red Cross achieve its lifesaving goal of supplying blood products.”

The next Blood Drive at the WCA Red Barn is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 25.


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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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!

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

Reading by New York Times’ bestselling author Tom Ryan

2017_WCA_Tom_Ryan_01Everyone was thrilled to have New York Times’ bestselling author, Tom Ryan come to town. Tom gave a reading and talk about his latest book,  Will’s Red Coat  on April 27.

A true story, Tom’s newest book shares the rewards and challenges of adopting Will, an elderly dog.
2017_04_WCA_Tom_Ryan_04After the reading, Tom signed books and visited with the delighted crowd of book and dog lovers. 

Thank you to Tom and his dog Samwise as well as our partner sponsors, Morgan Hill Book Store and Wilmot Public Library.

Bestselling author Tom Ryan comes to Wilmot

Wills_Red_Coat_CoverDog lovers and book lovers will not want to miss Tom Ryan’s talk and reading at the WCA at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Jointly sponsored by the WCA, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Wilmot Public Library, the event will take place at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The author of New York Time’s bestseller Following Atticus, Ryan will talk about and read from his latest book, Will’s Red Coat. This new book chronicles his life with Will, a deaf and mostly blind dog. Beautifully written, Will’s Red Coat is both heartbreaking and uplifting. A story of patience, empathy, and love, Ryan shares the challenges and rewards of adopting an elderly dog. “The WCA is delighted to be part of Ryan’s book tour for his new memoir,” says Nancy Large, president of the WCA.

In addition to listening to Ryan, you will be able to meet his dog Samwise and get your copy of Will’s Red Coat signed. Books will be available for sale from Morgan Hill Bookstore.


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.

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.

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.
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.

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 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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