Cultural Center Putting on a New Face?
TheStanstead Cultural and Recreational Center has organized their second annual comedy show, scheduled for June 11, 2011 at The Haskell Opera House. Last year’s event received very positive feedback, so three Montreal comics are returning this summer.
Andrew Searles will be MC at this year’s event. Also appearing will be comics Neil Janna and Mike Patterson. The tickets are really affordable and can be purchased at Haskell Library, Proxim, and Millie’s Restaurant. Searles is a truly funny guy, and if you have any doubts you can watch a few of his comedy videos on his website at www.andrewsearles.com. As humour is often subjective, it should be noted this event is rated ‘mature’, so the web videos may help interested parties decide whether they want to attend. The comedy show will be followed by an after show party at Checkpoint Charlie’s. The comedians will be in attendance, so the laughs will continue. Those holding show tickets will receive a two-forone drink coupon.
Patrick Gauthier, coordinator for the Cultural Center, spoke with me briefly about some of the upcoming projects and the wider focus the Center wishes to develop in town. It appears many have a perception of the Center as catering to children activities only. Gauthier claims this isn’t so, as many of their projects cater to adults. He states their goal is to get people out to have fun in their community, young and old alike. He spoke of organizing, in addition to the comedy show, a Murder Mystery event geared toward adults. For children they have their regular events and classes, including homework club, where they hope getting children together in the afternoons will help emphasize their sense of community.
The Center is attempting to reach out to more adults in the community, and Mr. Gauthier spoke further about their desire to offer support to those residents of Stanstead who have ideas or projects they wish to get off the ground. The Center is willing to help support and promote residents in running their own activities, projects or groups. The Center sees part of its’ role as offering a platform from which local residents can launch their own activities, and anyone interested in suggesting or starting a new project is strongly encouraged to contact the Cultural Center at (819) 704-0660.
Stanstead faces challenges, as any town does, but there is no reason we cannot enjoy ourselves with friends and neighbours when the opportunities present themselves. Our Cultural and Recreational Center is committed to developing more activities of interest to all town residents to ensure everyone who wants to get out and enjoy their community has ample opportunity to do so. Because involvement in these events is the primary source of income for the funding of other events, lack of participation only limits our own recreational resources, so we encourage residents to take part in the Center’s events and classes whenever possible.
MemphremagogConservation Inc. has organized two free activities this month. Tomorrow, April 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Austin Town Hall, biologist Edith Smeesters will present a conference about responsible consumerism. “The problems affecting our planet are numerous. However, we can all do little things that make a real difference and can also save us money! Why not start at home, in the house or in the yard. Many of the products we use are harmful to the environment and to our health. Alternatives exist. We can clean the whole home without polluting with products such as vinegar, baking soda and ordinary soap. Actually, there are a multitude of ways that people can reduce their ecological footprint on the planet,” commented Ms. Smeesters.
A second activity, a free screening of the movie “Solutions locales pour un désordre global”, will take place at the Austin Town Hall, 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 30th.
Anyone who registers their presence for either of these activities, by calling Josianne Pouliot at 819 843-2388, will be eligible for a door prize.