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March 17 St. Patrick’s Day party at the Wilsteins

Sugarbush Racing Club news by Ray Bollerud
After a week of intermittent “cats and dogs” rain, the Sugarbush Race Club sadly bid its racing season adieu last Friday. The conditions were too soft to be safe. It has been a challenging season with trying conditions ranging from too hard to too soft, no snow to too much powder on race day. We ended with hopes high for a great season next year.

 The Club ended its ski season on St. Patrick’s Day by gathering at the home of Dave and Nancy Wilstein.  The house was decked out in fine Irish fashion with green ribbons, and leprechauns and shamrocks. The Feast of St Patrick lived up to its reputation as a time of festivity and fun!

 Forty members showed up celebrate, socialize, reminisce and share predictions for the rest of the ski year.   The appetizers were plentiful and delicious.  The main meal was enough to warm any Irish heart!  Complements of Chef Dave Wilstein, we were treated to 30 pounds of corn beef, four heaping trays of boiled cabbage, two huge trays of potatoes and carrots and Irish Soda Bread, along the many offerings of members such as scalloped potatoes, numerous salads, and homemade sauerkraut.   Finally, there was a full table of desserts, including a rare “potato candy” (looks like a potato tastes like an almond joy candy bar) prepared by Paula Baldwin. The members do know how to cook!!  In the end very little was left over. 

The playful, happy scene was highlighted by various outfits in a full range of green.  Barbara Brady set a high bar with her green hair and beads!   Several others were in close competition for originality.  Kathy Koepele maneuvered through the party in a large Leprechaun top hat that dwarfed her! The best men’s outfit had to be  John Mercer dressed in a dapper green blazer that would make the Irish proud. 
The party had a lingering ending with so many members not wanting to leave such a happy time.  While skiing is winding down, the Club is already planning the summer golf outing, a pickle ball meet up, a Fall BarBQ.  There is discussion of a day-long bicycle ride and picnic over the summer or early fall. We are always looking for new members who wish to join either as social or racing members or both. If interested please go to and explore.