Ren­dez-vous d’howard re­places three-day event with five unique ac­tiv­i­ties

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TOut­let Staff

he team be­hind the an­nual Ren­dez-vous d’howard un­veiled its plans for the next few months af­ter the event, which nor­mally takes place at the begin­ning of Septem­ber, was cancelled due to the on­go­ing pan­demic.

The group de­cided to cre­ate five events span­ning from Oc­to­ber to Jan­uary, rather than hav­ing one week­end packed with ac­tiv­i­ties. This year’s theme fo­cuses on the time pe­riod be­tween 1917 and 1926; a decade in which they built the manors at the Domaine Howard.

Sylvie Luce Berg­eron, a mem­ber of Ren­dez-vous d’howard’s board of direc­tors, in­tro­duced the plan on Wed­nes­day even­ing to a small gath­er­ing of Sher­brooke of­fi­cials, res­i­dents and me­dia at the Granada Theatre on Welling­ton North.

Berg­eron was joined on stage at dif­fer­ent in­ter­vals by event direc­tor Fran­cis De­mers, long-time pres­i­dent of the board Chan­tal L’es­pérance and Sher­brooke Mayor Steve Lussier. They all re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of cel­e­brat­ing the city’s na­ture, cul­ture and arts.

De­mers ac­knowl­edged the tremen­dous ef­fort and time put in by his team to de­velop a new sched­ule of events. Born and raised in Sher­brooke, De­mers, who took the direc­tor job last year, said the last few months forced the his­toric project to grow and evolve.

The 19th edi­tion of the Ren­dez-vous d’howard veers away from its clas­sic roots and adopts var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that caters to adults and chil­dren. The first event, a mas­quer­ade-type even­ing, takes place on Oct.21 at the Granada Theatre with live mu­sic from Alain Du­mas.

A month later on Nov. 29, peo­ple are in­vited to at­tend a chil­dren’s show per­formed by Ari­ane Des­lions in the af­ter­noon at the Léonard St-lau­rent Theatre. There is also a scotch tast­ing with an ex­pert at the Domaine Howard Pav­il­lon 1 on Dec. 5.

The fol­low­ing day on Dec. 6 the Ren­dez-vous d’howard will host a high tea also at Pav­il­lon 1. The fi­nal ac­tiv­ity in­volves a free skate, live mu­sic and a fig­ure skat­ing per­for­mance at the Domaine Howard Pond on Jan. 30.

While De­mers, Berg­eron and com­pany re­vealed the pro­gram­ming for this year’s Ren­dez-vous d’howard, a lot of it is still up in the air with re­gards to the chang­ing health and safety mea­sures. De­mers told The Record that his team is aware they might need to adapt quickly.

Due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, only a small amount of peo­ple will be al­lowed at the events, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Peo­ple can re­serve their spots by book­ing on­line on the Ren­dez-vous d’howard Face­book page or on the of­fi­cial web­site at www. ren­dezvous­d­


Scenes from a pre­vi­ous year’s event

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