Lake Wildwood: Community’s TV club nears 10th year |

Lake Wildwood: Community’s TV club nears 10th year

Thanks to the early vision and dedication of Carle Bumpus, Joey Bundy, Elmer Fairbanks and Vern Freer, the LWW TV Club is nearing its 10th year.

More than 25 active members bring a wide range of programming to Channel 95, a dedicated LWW channel. The program schedule can be found each week in Bits and Pieces, our community newsletter which is readily available at each entry gate and at the association office.

The “Not Martha” cooking show just finished taping its 45th show. While the lighthearted antics are definitely Not Martha (Stewart), she is none other than our own passionately outspoken Carol Manfrin – also known in LWW as an avant-garde artist, Little Theatre actress, golf lover, liberal activist, and chef extraordinaire. Along with her sous chef, Katherine Copeland, they show us step by step how to prepare a dish, what to serve it with, and a wine to pair it with. While the film crew looks forward to enjoying the feast after taping, viewers can try it at home using the recipes printed in The Wildwood Independent.

Julie Cox, a longtime LWW resident, is creating some wonderful programs for Channel 95. About three years ago, she took over the “Artist of the Month” program which features the member of the LWW Art Club who has art on current display at the clubhouse. Two years ago, she took over “Talking Out of the Box,” a program about people doing unusual, outstanding or inspiring things.

Julie has a third project in development that will be called “Everybody Has a Gift.” This program will be for children, about children and, where appropriate, will include the adults that make a difference in their lives. Julie is an amazing woman and it shows in her programs. A medical doctor at her prior home in Europe, she is now finishing her teaching credentials to teach German and biology at NUHS.

On the first Monday of each month, there is a Wellness Committee Meeting at the clubhouse featuring presentations by local experts on various aspects of health and wellness. The TV Club makes the presentation available on the LWW channel for the entire community.

Other noted programs include “The Travel Show” featuring recent trips taken by LWW residents, “The Garden Show,” and “Hits Around Town” which highlights the many events and activities in LWW and surrounding areas. If Comcast has recently upgraded your service, don’t forget to re-program your TV to Channel 95.

Open to all LWW residents, this is an official LWW club with an annual budget from the association. Their obligation to the association is to tape official business including the LWW Annual Meeting and various Town Hall meetings. In addition to the current programming, the club is expanding to be able to profile the many clubs in LWW and to interview staff throughout LWW. They will also train anyone in the club who is interested in learning about filming, production, lighting, editing or being on camera.

Betsy Hatten, a very active member of the club, is serving her second term as president and is overseeing the expansion of the TV building. Thanks to Comcast, monies were provided to expand the current TV building in addition to money given to the club each year for ongoing operations. It is a win-win in that Comcast keeps their competitive edge over satellite TV by ensuring local programming and the TV Club is able to upgrade their equipment and get a much needed facelift.

Jerry Chapman is VP of the club and production manager. He keeps track of all equipment and handles all production scheduling. Joey Bundy serves as ongoing station master in charge of coordinating all air time schedules.

If any of this is of interest, contact Betsy at 432-8324. They are actively looking for new members, especially those who want to be on-camera. Ed Meihofer, an active member of Toastmasters, will be conducting training sessions for anyone who wants to gain on-camera experience.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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