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Meeting Date: 
August 27, 2017

 

August 27, 2017

Minutes of Wilton Community Center Meeting

Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library

 President Donna Crane shot off the starting gun at 7:15 pm. Stasia scribbled in the corner.

 

 Members present: Donna Crane, Sandy Lafleur, Stasia Millett. Joanna Eckstrom was absent. Visiting dignitaries included Alison Meltzer from the WMSA and guest on-looker, Kathy Robbins.

 

 Previous Minutes: Sandy moved that the minutes of July 26 be approved as amended to include the additional information that the Live Free & Dance event in Milford is a barn dance at the Holland Farm, a fundraiser for the Souhegan Valley Food Coop and not directly associated with the WCC. The movement passed.

 

 Treasurer’s Report: There was no Treasurer’s Report as Joanna was not present.

 

 Old Business:  The group congratulated itself on its wisdom to merge the August 5th scheduled WCC BBQ with the August 6th Library potluck.  All worked out beautifully and attendees were pleased with the joint event.

 

 A good turn out was reported at Edgewater for the Bocci & Watermelon event on August 24th. A surprising number of folks turned out for the event. Kathy Robbins subsequently attended the August 27th WCC meeting.

 

 New Business:  A discussion of the next event at Edgewater took place with Sandy volunteering to take the lead on a Refrigerator Pickle “Party” on September 14th and may involve the Open Cupboard/Pantry for supplies and to raise awareness of what is available at that location.

 

 Jan Mellen, a resident at Edgewater, may be persuaded to discuss issues involved in being aurally challenged at some time in the future there.

 

 The majority of the 8-30-17 meeting was given over to discussing WCC’s main fundraiser; to wit: The Farm to Table dinner scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at the Second Congregational Church.  Donna passed out an amazingly comprehensive list of all food stuffs needed to pull it off.  (For complete details refer to her handout.) The exhaustive list of preparations was tentatively divvied up so no one member need pass out from overwork.  The inclusion of frozen bowling-ball chickens was strenuously discouraged. Once all the comestibles are purchased, it was decided that two Prep Parties (Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th) be held at Donna’s home to ensure all is properly prepared and ready to go on Saturday. Stasia will not be present on Friday, as she will be preparing 80+ fruit crisps.  It was further decided that with the many courses being offered, bread, with all its gastronomic ramifications, was not a “must have”.

 A call for additional coolers may be put out, should there be an insufficient amount of chill space to house needful foods. Members are warned to be on the alert should such a call be put out.

 

 FTT Entertainment: There was a ripple of delight among the members present when they learned that Sandy Lafleur and Bill Perry (billed as “Paddiwhack”) would be playing guitar, mandolin and Appalachian dulcimer outdoors at the appetizer station under the tent at the FTT.

 

 Stasia Millett and Joe Broyles will present a 10-15 minute informal talk on some of the medicinal as well as culinary herbs used in the FTT meal.  As a take-home gift they will work with guests to form bouquet garnis (bundles of herbs tied together with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock, and various stews).  Stasia will go with Alison to get the herbs from the Community Garden.

 

 Donna will procure neat and clean youngsters from the High Mowing School to act as servers for the meal.

 

 Safety Day, is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 21st at the Fire Station. Joanna and Sandy will coordinate the intricacies and participants of this Event. No specific time has been locked in. Joanna had reported the purchase of 50 smoke detectors to be distributed to event attendees with Fire Chief Cutler giving a pertinent speech. Sandy is working with reps from The People’s Bank to present information on banking fraud, especially as it pertains to elders who are frequently ripe for the picking.  A further mention was made of bringing qualified reps from Rite-Aid or another local pharm to dispense flu shots. Firm details to gell.

 

 Annual EDDM: A discussion of the ROI of another annual EDDM was bandied about with no firm decision being made.  It was, however, noted that since The Blinking Light has gone “rogue” letting all manner of businesses, organizations, agencies etc. contribute to the e-pub that, while the WCC will get first priority in featured articles, it is no longer solely the mouthpiece for the WCC and as such won’t run the annual WCC membership and contribution/donation form on every issue.  Stasia did offer to run such a request once a year in the December issue.

 

 Haunting of Wilton: Stasia offered to contact an experienced and highly talented Celtic-oriented story teller named Stone Riley for the Haunting of Wilton event on Saturday, October 28th in the afternoon She won’t say definitely one way or the other, but “It’s looking good.”

 

 December Holiday Centerpiece Creation:  The running of this popular occasion was enthusiastically applauded, and Sandy will head up the event at the Library on either December 9th or 16th  from 10-12N.  Fee for materials will again be $6 pp. The event will then travel to Edgewater shortly thereafter.

 

 Alas! A juicy and potential wealthy mine of discussions was cut short at the very end of the meeting as members were flagging. Stasia proposed an afternoon of period re-enactments of selected ancestors within a Wilton cemetery.  Each ancestor would be represented by a well-rehearsed and educated docent/volunteer in period costume describing the life, work, times, and interesting facts of the day as well as relationships with other past “residents”.  This will definitely be taken up at a future meeting.

 

 The next meeting of the WCC will take place on September 27th at Stasia’s home.

 

 Respectfully submitted,

 

Stasia Millett

Scribe