November 28, 2014

Town releases 2012 recreation guide

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By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

Williston Central School fifth-grader Arianna LaStrada prepares to return a serve against her Connecting Youth mentor Giovanna Boggero at the WCS tennis courts on March 19. (Observer photo by Luke Baynes)

Although the weather has cooled down from last week’s record highs, the town of Williston set its sights on summer when it released its annual recreation guide Tuesday.

Perennial favorites such as the youth golf, tennis and baseball camps will be returning, as well as the Challenger British soccer camp, which features coaches from the United Kingdom who live with Williston host families while instructing youths aged 4-15.

Williston Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Finnegan said it is often a challenge to juggle the scheduling of Williston’s myriad outdoor sports, because the town currently has just two operational playing fields behind Williston Central School. Although two additional fields have been built adjacent to Allen Brook School, Finnegan said they won’t be used until next year to allow time for the grass to establish itself.

“These two big fields will pretty much take care of our outdoor needs,” Finnegan said. “It will really ease things up.”

New to the town’s recreational offerings are two painting classes. One will focus on nature painting, with particular emphasis on the works of Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, while the other will have students trying their hands at abstract expressionism, as exemplified by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. The painting classes will be in addition to the town’s annual art camp.

Also new this year is a “biz-movie camp.” Taught by WCS instructor Tara Weegar, the camp focuses on creating a collaborative animated movie using online software.

“It’s really to teach kids what goes into forming a company and making a profit,” Weegar said.

The recreation guide also includes information about the town’s annual Independence Day celebration, whose theme will be “Homegrown Heroes.” The celebration will honor Parade Grand Marshall Lynwood Osborne and his 60 years of service with the Williston Fire Department.

The 2012 Williston recreation guide is available in the Parks & Recreation section of the town website (town.williston.vt.us).

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