ALSTEAD, N.H. – Swim, camp, enjoy a program, or rent space for an event at Vilas Pool Park on Route 123A in Alstead, N.H. Charles Vilas built the pond, dance pavilion, large picnic area, and tower with carillon bells for his wife. He donated it to the Town of Alstead in 1931 along with a trust fund. A narrow metal bridge spans the pond. Water surges over into a mica schist rock gorge.
Leah Austin, sitting by the water, grew up in Putney. New to Alstead, she says, “It’s gorgeous … They’ve done a great job… A place where kids can be kids. My son can come be safe and have fun, too.”
Alstead resident Cathy Moore, Vilas Pool host, wants everyone to know how to swim. She’s excited about free swim lessons. Moore says, “It would be nice to have people register by calling me or on Facebook. A lifeguard will teach lessons Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for three weeks beginning on August 9.” Her husband, Glenn Moore, built a raft and is installing a slide into the water. The “roost,” a metal structure that some recall jumping off, is not in use.
A no-fee children’s program on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. kicks off on the first week of July with a Fire Department visit with fire engine. Kids’ Zumba, kids’ yoga, rock painting will follow.
Elizabeth Burnell offers a yoga class on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., starting July 6 through August (fee required). Ajlan Beer brings PiYo, a pilates-yoga hybrid class, on Sundays and Tuesdays and Zumba on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting July 9 through August 29 (fee required).
Volunteer Bobbi Wilson and Cathy Moore hope Vilas Pool Day, July 8, will have great weather. A music festival scheduled for September 9 draws crowds.
Cathy Moore and Wilson both declare, “Wire twisting was the most fun workshop.” June 22 is the next workshop. Cathy explains, “It is jewelry making. Glenn made the nicest piece.” They also recommend Sip and Paint, July 13 and August 17, with Monadnock Art Party (fee required).
A Vilas Pool Park Family Picnic fundraiser slated for September 22 includes a cookout catered by Lisai Market with a portion of ticket price going to Vilas Pool Park. See www.vilaspool.org or the Facebook page for updates.