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.
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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.

 

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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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.

Everything orchids at 2 p.m. on February 18

It’s a myth that orchids are difficult to grow!orchid

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, the past president of the NH Orchid Society, Norm Selander-Carrier, will give a talk at the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) Red Barn, 64 Village Road.

Norm will share the incredible beauty and diversity of form, size and color of the orchid family.

Whether you are a novice or expert, Norm will answer your questions on growing and caring for these exotic plants.

This event is co-sponsored by the WCA and Wilmot Garden Club. Light refreshments will be served.

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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(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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