Weather Clears Just in Time for WMRR Party
May 17, 2014
Pictures by Andy and Larry Gomes
It poured all Friday night and into Saturday morning. The forecast said on
and off rain all day Saturday. But by 11am, it was no longer raining and
by noon, the sun was poking through the clouds. How nice when the
weatherman is wrong in your favor!
The occasion was the 6th annual WMRR
volunteer and landowner appreciation day.
As in past years, people drove from southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts to attend the
In anticipation of the rain, some
club members had brought over several truckloads of supplies on Thursday night
tables, chairs, a BBQ grill, a refrigerator, and several cases of drinks. The
party was organized by our club
treasurer and master chef George Falardeau and our Trail Master Bryan MacDonald.
Club president Bob Rodrigue and groomer operators Tom Belanger, Shaun Roy and
Ron Laroche pitched in to help George and Bryan load up and bring over the supplies.
At 11:00am on Saturday the guests started
to arrive. Chef George set out tasty
hors d'oeuvres including shrimp cocktail, crackers
and cheese, and vegetable dips. George then started up the deep fryer and
prepared the first batch of home made french fries. These were an instant
hit and George made several batches throughout the day along with his own
version of deep fried blooming onion with a special coating prepared by his
Shaun Roy manned the grill cooking
up hot dogs and burgers. For desert, there were home made cookies brought
by several people including Valerie Belanger. And a really tasty desert
made by Diane Gilbert.
In between eating, groups of guests headed out 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 vice president and trail master 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 $5,000 this year. He thanked the groomer operators for their work and
gave a $100 prize for the most hours groomed last winter to Bob Rodrigue. 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 to bring out another surprise entree: marinated chicken
breasts. Assistant Chef Shaun Roy cooked these up and they disappeared
very quickly with everyone raving about how good they were.
People gathered on chairs under the
trees and out by the lake marveling at how nice the weather had turned out. Boat rides continued all afternoon
and as the day started to wind down,
everyone gathered around a fire-table on the front lawn.
The next morning, George and Bob showed
up bright and early and started the cleanup with help from Andy, Carl 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.
Here are some pictures from Saturday:
The two Belanger
kids had fun playing on the lawn all day.
(left) talks with Kate Gomes while Mike Gilbert and his wife Diane check out the
Marcel Belanger, Ron Laroche and his wife Diane.
and Matt Godbout.
Lisa and Paul
Borbeau with their two kids and a family friend.
Boating on the
Falardeau and Kate Gomes on one of the boat tours.
pulling in from another tour.
and Godbout girls playing on the front lawn.
Peter and Karen
Manis (left) and Roger Richard.
generation of groomer operators: Hunter Dagesse, Dalton Binette and Richard
Relaxing on the
Bryan MacDonald and Joe Cote.
Shaun Roy - our
The girls doing
their "Titanic" impression.
Tom and Valerie