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Alice F. Vigerstad Memorial
Old Lady Canoe Trip

"How the
Alice F. Vigerstad Memorial
Old Lady Canoe Trip Began"

by Trevor
former longtime
FNCA Waterfront Director

Alice F. Vigerstad was unsteady on the dock to the point of scary, and raised my lifeguarding hackles like nobody else. And although some folks couldn't handle her over-the-topness, she doted on me since earliest infancy and I have always loved her deeply and remember her fondly.

One day in 1990 while I was lifeguarding, Alice complained that she hadn't been on a boat ride since childhood and said (and I quote), "Is there any way you could take us old ladies on a little canoe trip? We'll be good." The following afternoon we had four canoes full of old ladies and their escorts down at the river, putting on life jackets, gingerly climbing into the canoes, and just being thrilled as the dickens!

By sheer dawdling, we managed to stretch the usual 15 minute paddle downstream to the town beach into a 45 minute trip. When we got there, a crew met us with lawn chairs, wine and cheese, and crackers. And there we sat for another 45 minutes enjoying the beach scene until the van showed up for the five minute drive back to camp. It was the talk of the town among the Embers for days, and according to Alice, the highlight of her vacation.

The next year, with an eager flush on her face, she asked if I would "take us old ladies down the river again." So another group of old ladies at camp went on "a little canoe trip" again in 1991.

And although Alice passed on before the 1992 camp session, what she started has become a well-loved FNCA tradition. We don't do it every year (and we don't have photos from several trips), but most years will find several cheerful old ladies happily being paddled downstream by their doting attendees.

And that's the story of how the Alice F. Vigerstad Memorial Old Lady Canoe Trip began.
 

NEW photos on this page in recent months:
Title or Theme                           Year    Posted
2014 group photo                      2014    11/6
2012 group photo                      2012    11/6
Trevor, ?, and Jane Perry            2012    11/6
2 pictures of Alice                    (above)   4/18
 

2011  2012  2013  2014 
2001  2002  2005
 1997  1998

2014

© Nancy F. Little 2014

left to right: Richard Cook, Debbie Cook, Lois McCurdy, Trevor, Herb Ziegler, ??.

2013

© Beki Greenwood 2013

© Beki Greenwood 2013

© Beki Greenwood 2013

© Beki Greenwood 2013

© Beki Greenwood 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Beki Greenwood 2013

left to right: Maggie and Alia Woofenden, Debbie Cook, Jim Perry, Steve and Robin Larsen, Trevor, Debbie Little, Pat Perry.

2012

© Trevor 2012
© Trevor 2012© Trevor 2012© Bob Perry 2012
© Ian Woofenden 2012
© Beki Greenwood 2012
© Beki Greenwood 2012

left to right: Amy Perry, Jane Perry, ??, Merrilee Phinney, ??, Trevor, Nancy Little, Susannah Currie, Jim Perry, Debbie Cook.

2011

© Ian Woofenden 2011
© Ian Woofenden 2011
© Ian Woofenden 2011
© Ian Woofenden 2011
© Trevor 2011
© Nancy F. Little 2011
© Trevor 2011
© Nancy F. Little 2011
© Trevor 2011
Left to right: Jesse White, Lois McCurdy, Debbie Cook, Denyse Daurat, Herb Ziegler, Louise Dole Woofenden, empty chair for the cameraman, Nancy Little.
 

2005

© Nancy F. Little 2005
© Nancy F. Little 2005
© Nancy F. Little 2005
© Nancy F. Little 2005
© Nancy F. Little 2005
© Bob Perry 2005

Left to right: Seated: Barbara Perry, Rosemary Lawson, Sam Webb, Lois Dole, Betty Lowe. Standing: Jim Perry, Phyllis Webb, Dale Webb, Trevor & Nancy Little, Jim Lowe.

 

2002

© Nancy F. Little 2002

 

© Nancy F. Little 2002

 

© Nancy F. Little 2002

 

© Nancy F. Little 2002

 

© Nancy F. Little 2002

 

 

2001

© Nancy F. Little 2001© Nancy F. Little 2001

 

Left to right: ?, Trish MacDonald, Louise Dole Woofenden, Dan Sullivan, Anne Perry.

 

1998
© John Swanton 1998

© Nancy F. Little 1998

© Nancy F. Little 1998

© Nancy F. Little 1998

 

© Nancy F. Little 1998

Left to right: Lois Dole, Adrienne Frank, Agnes O'Keefe, John Swanton, Trevor (standing), Louise Dole Woofenden.

 

1997

© Alex Pedicone 1997

©FNCA 1997

 

in back: ?(sitting), Jennifer Pedicone, Alex Pedicone, Trevor, Lee Woofenden.
in front: Bea Geis, Caleb Woofenden (on lap), ?, Adrienne Frank, Patty & Chris Woofenden.

 

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