WMRR Volunteer and Landowner Appreciation Day is Well
May 19, 2013
Pictures by Andy and Larry Gomes
It was a beautiful spring day with temperatures in the mid-60's, partly cloudy skies and
light breezes for the WMRR 5th annual volunteer and landowner appreciation day.
People drove from southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts to attend the
Promptly at 10:00am, several pickup trucks pulled up loaded with
tables, chairs, a BBQ grill, a 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 pitched in to help George and Bryan 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 set out tasty
hors d'oeuvres including shrimp cocktail, buffalo
chicken dip, crackers and cheese, and vegetable dips. Kate Gomes prepared
a 7-layer taco dip made with fresh avacados that was awesome. While people snacked on
the appetizers, groups of guests headed out 10 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 the 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 Kate Gomes for
heading up the fundraising for the Easter Seals Ride-In that raised over $4,700
this year. He thanked the groomer operators for their work and gave
a $100 prize for the most hours groomed last winter to Chad Losier. 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.
After the toast, Chef George
decided it was time for the main course so he started deep frying home made
french fries and chicken drumsticks. Assistant Chef Shaun Roy cooked up burgers
and dogs and buns on the grill. A few other assistant chefs also stepped
up to help with the cooking. George brought out some pasta salad and other
side dishes to go along with the meal. For desert there were home made
cookies from Stacy and others along with strawberry shortcake.
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. As the day started to wind down,
many people left, but a half-dozen or so hard-core partiers stayed on until 9:00pm
spending time around a fire-table on the patio.
The next morning, George and Bryan showed
up bright and early and started the cleanup with help from Andy, Roger and Larry. 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 get an invitation and a "thank you" for their hard work.
and daughter Layla arrive for the party.
enjoys a beverage.
Belanger takes a break from watching her two kids.
operator Shaun Roy mans the grill. To his left, Pete McGillen talks with
club Vice President Mike Godbout.
Kate tests some
of the homemade French fries cooked up by club treasurer (and Master Chef)
George Falardeau while
Dalton Binette looks on.
MacDonald found a comfortable chair close to the food table. He is
recovering from hip surgery and
hopes to be back on his sled this winter.
and Tom Belanger listen in on a conversation between club president Bryan
and warming hut builder Roger Richard.
Lucia and Ray
Cote enjoying a boat ride.
Tatro took several groups for cruises around the two lakes.
Heather team up to give Roger a hug.
Brad's pontoon boat
pulls into the dock
after another voyage.
models Aunt Stacy's glasses.
cruise prepares for departure.
picks up some empty's from that last run.
Larry and Kate
Gomes enjoy a cruise while Nate Falardeau holds his new puppy.
the channel between the two lakes North and South Pond.
Rafting up with
another boat brought by one of Nate's friends.
Stacy at the end of one of the boat tours.
cruise of the day, we were treated to an awesome sunset.