Hello everybody, here are a few of the things that have happened, or will happen in and around Wilmington.
Every year thoughts of someone running, albeit slower than a trot, up the Whiteface Memorial Highway for the Uphill Foot Race make me both awestruck and what? —struck. Most of the time, it is with admiration that I watch person after person begin the steepest section of the run, from the Adirondack Holiday Lodge on the corner of Route 86 and Bonnie View Road to Santa’s Workshop.
From choreographing this event many, many years ago, the amount of work involved is not lost on me. That is why there is also respect for the present day organizers; people like Michelle Burns, Billy Waldy and Susan Hockert. Good job, folks.
On Father’s Day weekend, from June 17 and 19, bicycles will be having their turn challenging this same Memorial Highway. This particular weekend will also feature mountain biking events such as the Uphill Bike Race, downhill mountain biking, opening of our new mountain biking trails, BMX bike demonstrations, Demo Days, the Wilmington/Whiteface 100k race and, for us shoe lubbers, live entertainment and barbecues.
The season opener of the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park is Friday, June 17. The official opening of the new Hardy Road trail network and the 10th running of the Whiteface Mountain Uphill (bike) race is Saturday, June 18.
For more information, visit www.whitefaceregion.com. We can get information on many events at this site, as well as a most endearing overview of our beautiful area.
If you are interested in bike racing before the “Four Days of Biking Bliss,” on Father’s Day weekend, this Saturday, June 11, the 4th annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race will be looping its way down Bonnie View, then on to the Silver Lake Road where new participants will be surprised at the two roller coaster hills! This recent entry into the stable of Adirondack bike races will have its beginning at the Wilmington Youth Center on Park Lane just off Springfield Road, going up from Parkside Supply. The ending will be about 1.6 miles up the Whiteface Memorial Highway.
Grueling? or what? For more information on this race, please go to www.teamplacidplanet.org/Our-Race/Our-Road-Race.
Also on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 18 to be exact, there is to be a farewell open house honoring Pastor Marty and Dr. Julie Bausman. Just in case you have not heard, the Bausmans will be leaving Wilmington and the Wilmington Church of the Nazarene at the end of this month. Another phase of their lives has opened up, and we all wish them good luck and send prayers along with them in hopes that this particular part of their journey is as good as this stay in our town. The hours for this celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Whiteface Range Hall up behind the Little Super Market.
On a completely different note, The Essex County Office of the Aging will be giving out Farmer’s Market Coupons to eligible seniors at the Wilmington Nutrition Center on July 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The information on eligibility requirements will be made available at the senior lunch program held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Whiteface Community Methodist Church. The meal is served at noon.
Attention Weight Watchers! Tina Terry Preston, owner of T&T Tanning, Fitness & Gifts is not a person to rest on her laurels. Her latest project is the hosting/sponsoring a Weight Watchers Class right here in Wilmington. If you are interested in finding out more about this renowned group, please call Tina at 518-946-7333. And, Tina is now fielding calls for information on Zumba (dancing) that will be enjoyed on Tuesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Whiteface Range Hall behind the Little Super Market. The instructor, Lisa Whalley Smith, comes from Jay. For more information call 518-946-7333 or 637-7900.
By now, everyone should have heard about the retirement party for Shirley Lawrence to be held at Steinhoff’s Irish Pub on Wednesday, June 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. There will also be live entertainment. Please be sure to stop by if only for a few minutes to say good-by to this lady who has dedicated over 30 years of service to Wilmington and its residents.
The Youth Center held a grand re-opening on Saturday, June 4 and by the number of people that came, the day was a success. Many, many people and businesses helped to make this event memorable and a complete list will be coming in a subsequent column.
Friday, June 10 starting at 7 p.m., the Wilmington Historical Society will host Lionel Arlan who will speak on “The Evolution of the Adirondacks.” This will be held at the Wilmington Community Center on Community Circle just off Springfield Road.
Saturday, June 11 starting at 10 a.m., the Wilmington-E.M. Cooper Memorial Public Library will be offering goodies to eat and pretties to plant at their annual Food & Plant Sale held inside and outside of the library which is next to the bridge right across from the Lake Everest Pizzaria.
The annual Kids’ Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Wilmington Fish, Game and Sport Club, will be held once again at Stevens Pond which is located right up by the Toll Booth on the Whiteface Memorial Highway on Saturday, June 25. The times will be 9 a.m. to noon. If you have never experienced this event, please come and watch the pure happiness that the kids enjoy. It is remarkable and very heart warming.
And in closing, A happy 1st birthday on June 6 to Gail Mitchell’s granddaughter, Kelsey Elizabeth Maclay. Kelsey is the daughter of Gail’s son, Todd and lives in Breckenridge, Colo.. May you have many, many more, little girl.
And in closing again, a very belated happy birthday to one of the best kids in Wilmington, or might i say, one of the best kids anywhere, Colden Lawrence, on May 30. Hope it was a good one.
Thank you for reading this column and, as Red Skelton used to say when closing his show, “May God Bless.”