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.

Everything you need to know about the Black Fly Blitz. 

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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Santa is coming to Wilmot!

Santa is coming to town!
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Join us

Sunday – December 11

for a townwide holiday  celebration.

 

Hop aboard the Wilmot Express!

Visit with Santa, Photos & Singalong
3 – 4 p.m. at the WCA Red Barn
64 Village Road

Cookies, Cocoa & Tree Lighting with Santa
4 – 4:30 p.m. at the Firehouse
1 Firehouse Lane

Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. at the Wilmot Public Library

11 North Wilmot Road

Fill the fire truck:
Donations of canned goods and nonperishable items
will be accepted at each location.

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The Wilmot Express is co-sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association , Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and Wilmot Public Library.

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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Thursday’s Child to benefit the WCA and WLP

wcawlp13flyer2The Wilmot Community Association (WCA) and the Wilmot Learning Place (WLP) will participate in this week’s Thursday’s Child fund-raising event at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn. Join WCA and WLP board members and friends on Thursday, November 17 starting at 5:30 p.m.

wca_2015_thursday_child_sue_finney_charles_thompson_deb-ransonIt’s a delicious way to support these two great Wilmot institutions. A portion of the evening’s net proceeds from the restaurant will be donated to the WCA and WLP. “With many decades of affiliation, it is particularly appropriate that the WCA and the WLP collaborate on this fund-raising event at the Coach House Restaurant,” said Susan Nye, administrator of the WCA. “The Wilmot Community Association and the Wilmot Leaning Place not only share a building, they share the goal of creating a vibrant community.”

“This event is a great opportunity for friends to get together for a fun and festive night out,” said Nancy Large, president of the WCA Board of Directors. “What a terrific way to support two wonderful organizations!”

If you would like to support the WCA and the WLP and enjoy a great night out, please make your reservations directly with the Coach House Restaurant. You can call them at (603) 526-2791 or reserve online. The Coach House Restaurant  at the New London Inn is located at 353 Main Street in New London NH.