WMRR Volunteer and Landowner Appreciation Day is Big
May 19, 2012
Pictures and Story by Larry Gomes
It was a picture perfect day with temperatures in the mid-70's, blue skies and
light breezes for the WMRR 4th annual volunteer and landowner appreciation day.
People drove from southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts to attend the
event. Promptly at 10:00am, several pickup trucks pulled up loaded with
tables, chairs, BBQ grills, a small refrigerator, and multiple coolers filled
with food, drinks and ice. This fleet of trucks was organized by our club
treasurer and master chef George Falardeau and our club president Bryan
MacDonald. Groomer operators Tom Belanger, Shaun Roy and Scott
Riendeau volunteered to help load up and bring in the supplies. Within 30
minutes after the first truck had pulled in, everything was set up and ready for
At 11:00am the guests started
to arrive. Chef George had prepared a very tasty buffalo cheese dip and he
had also marinated some shrimp that he then barbequed and served along with cheese and
crackers, vegetable dips and other tasty
hors d'oeuvres. While people snacked on
the appetizers, groups of guests headed out 15 at a time for a boat ride on a
pontoon boat around the two lakes in front of the Lodge. The boat
was captained and fuel donated by local resident Brad Tatro who comes every year just
to help out with the party and enjoy the comradary.
After the bulk of the crowd had
arrived, club president Bryan MacDonald asked everyone to get a glass and
prepare for a toast. He thanked all of the landowners for allowing trails
across their land and then thanked the volunteers for everything they had done
throughout the year. He gave a special "thank you" to Roger Richard for
heading up the building of the warming hut and to the rest of the crew that
helped during the building process. He also mentioned that over 500 people
had signed into the hut last winter making it one of the most popular stops on
our trail system. He thanked the groomer operators for their work and gave
a $100 prize for the most hours groomed last winter to Larry Gomes, who promptly
donated the prize back to the club. He also thanked Brad, our boat captain and
presented him with a nice bottle of his favorite beverage. Finally Bryan offered an
appreciation toast to all landowners and volunteers and asked everyone to wish
for a snowy winter next year.
After the toast, Chef George
decided it was time for the main course so he started burgers on one grill and
the dogs and buns on the other grill. A few other assistant chefs stepped
up to help with the cooking. George brought out some pasta salad and other
side dishes to go along with the meal. People gathered on chairs under the
trees and out by the lake marveling at the beautiful weather and enjoying the
food and the views. Boat rides continued all afternoon with every cruise
packed. Around mid-afternoon, George brought out some home made cookies
and brownies for the afternoon "tea". As the day started to wind down,
many people left, but a dozen or so hard-core partiers stayed on until 10:00pm.
The next morning, Shaun Roy showed
up bright and early and started the cleanup with help from others. By
11:00am Sunday morning, everything had been returned to the clubhouse, the
patios had been washed down, the yard was cleaned up and you could not tell there
had been a party at the Lodge.
If you would like to be invited to
this event next year, all you need to do is volunteer at one of the club work
days or one of the club events. We keep track of all of our volunteers and
make sure they they get an invitation and a "thank you" for their hard work.
Tatro (left) who graciously donated his pontoon boat to give boat rides talks
with groomer operator and expert welder Shaun Roy (right).
enjoys some lunch before going fishing off the dock. There was a large
bass swimming around the dock and
Carly tried her best to catch it. She ended up catching a perch and her
younger sister caught a sunfish.
found a spot close by to the food and refreshments. In the background, one
of the assistant chefs gets supplies
from the refrigerator while Bryan MacDonald and Kate Gomes open up some
boxes of wine for the toast.
Bryan MacDonald gets ready to give the toast.
raised, everyone wishes for a snowy winter next season.
The chefs keep
things moving and churn out enough food to feed 50 people in less than an hour.
Great job everyone!
This is a group
of four snowmobilers from Whitefield and they helped out this year by recovering
all of the chairs donated
for the warming hut. From left to right, Jane Crowell, Helen Bonazolli,
John Bonazolli and Jim Crowell. Jim owns Crowell's Upholstery
in Whitefield and John works there part-time so they had all the tools, fabric
and know-how to do the job.
Hanging out by
the water. The bench in this picture is scheduled to go up to the warming
hut next weekend.
It normally sits on the front lawn in front of the warming hut, but put in
storage for the winter.
Plenty of room
to spread out.
The pontoon boat sits ready for the next voyage.
gives a quick hug to Kate.
Not to be
outdone, Kate's sister in-law Heather gets in on the action with Captain Brad.
One of the
views from the boat ride. Mill Mountain as seen from South Pond.
Looking to the
north from South Pond you can see Long Mountain in the distance. On the
other side of Long Mountain is Trio Ponds.
Part of the
invitation sent out to our volunteers and landowners.