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 event. 

In anticipation of the rain, some club members had brought over several truckloads of supplies on Thursday night including 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 girlfriend Madonna.  

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.



Carl Bull (left) talks with Kate Gomes while Mike Gilbert and his wife Diane check out the food table.

Emile Croteau, Marcel Belanger, Ron Laroche and his wife Diane.


Layla, Kristy and Matt Godbout.


Lisa and Paul Borbeau with their two kids and a family friend.


Boating on the pond.


Captain Brad.


George Falardeau and Kate Gomes on one of the boat tours.


The boat pulling in from another tour.


The Belanger and Godbout girls playing on the front lawn.

Peter and Karen Manis (left) and Roger Richard.


The next generation of groomer operators: Hunter Dagesse, Dalton Binette and Richard Dagesse.


Relaxing on the front lawn.


More relaxing...


Roger Richard, Bryan MacDonald and Joe Cote.

Shaun Roy - our master griller.


The girls doing their "Titanic" impression.


Tom and Valerie Belanger.


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