Stanstead’s turn to shine – Town­ship­pers Day 2011

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Town­ship­pers’ Day will un­doubt­edly at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Stanstead on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17th, and with all the im­prove­ments and ad­di­tions of the last few years, even those who have vis­ited the town be­fore will have a lot to dis­cover. All of the Town­ship­pers’ Day ac­tiv­i­ties will be tak­ing place at the new Pat Burns Arena, in the re­cently com­pleted Manoir Stanstead, and un­der a huge tent on the grounds be­tween those two sites. Con­tin­ual shut­tle buses will bring vis­i­tors to other in­ter­est­ing

Stanstead at­trac­tions, some of them new, such as the Stone Cir­cle, the Vieux Forg­eron art gallery in the re­vi­tal­ized down­town Rock Is­land sec­tor, Gran­ite Cen­tral where a gran­ite carv­ing sym­po­sium is go­ing on out­side (peo­ple will still have to pay to visit the in­te­rior of Gran­ite Cen­tral which now has a fas­ci­nat­ing minia­ture train ex­hibit), the Col­byCur­tis Mu­seum and the Haskell Free Li­brary and Opera House.

“The or­ga­niz­ing is coming along very well. What’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent at this year’s Town­ship­pers’ Day is that we’re go­ing to have Stanstead Pass­ports. When peo­ple give their $2 do­na­tion at the en­trance they’ll get a Pass­port which will give them free ac­cess to most of the sites vis­ited on the shut­tle ser­vice, like the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum and the Haskell Li­brary. At each site they can get their pass­port stamped and, if they visit ev­ery site and then come back to the main In­for­ma­tion Booth they can get their name en­tered into a draw­ing for a beau­ti­ful prize,” ex­plained Jody Stone, the chair of the lo­cal T-Day com­mit­tee. Also in the pass­port will be a map of the site and a sched­ule of events.

“We’ll be hold­ing the Open­ing Cer­e­mony in the beau­ti­ful Chapel at the Manoir Stanstead and we’ll also hold the Silent Auction there,” com­mented Mr. Stone. The Silent Auction is a fundraiser for the free event and or­ga­niz­ers are still in need of do­na­tions of al­most any­thing of value. “Could be a coupon for a free hair­cut,” said Mr. Stone.

Stanstead T-Day com­mit­tee mem­bers Peggy Al­ger, Da­mon Cox and Paul Stu­art are re­spon­si­ble for the day’s live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment which will fea­ture the mu­sic of Mike Goudreau, the Len­noxvil­lians, Slightly Hag­gard, Lise Flan­ders, Tanya Mueller and more and will go on all day in the Manoir’s large Chapel after the Open­ing Cer­e­mony.

Vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike will get a chance to tour the fan­tas­tic new Pat Burns Arena on Town­ship­pers’ Day. Dozens of in­for­ma­tion and ar­ti­san kiosks will be set up in the Com­mu­nity Room on the sec­ond floor of the arena as well as in the ad­join­ing ser­vice rooms that have not yet had all their equip­ment in­stalled in. Peo­ple can even bring their skates and try out the ice for them­selves, be­tween 2 and 4 pm.

Peo­ple want­ing to get a ‘jump’ on Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties can at­tend Fri­day night’s Mur­der Mys­tery Evening which takes place in the Manoir Stanstead Chapel, that is, if they can get a hold of tick­ets which are selling fast. “Peo­ple watch a per­for­mance while eat­ing and then they have to try and solve the mur­der. We’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to dress in 1920’s pe­riod cloth­ing, to go along with the story,” ex­plained Mr. Stone. “The per­for­mance is put on by lo­cal Town­ship­pers, writ­ten and di­rected by Town­ship­pers, and some of the ac­tors will be among the peo­ple in the au­di­ence,” ex­plained Pat Gau­thier who helped or­ga­nize the in­ter­ac­tive evening. There will be prizes for the best de­tec­tive and for the best cos­tume and live mu­sic with So­nia Pate­naude and Ben Kins­ley. There were still a few tick­ets avail­able at the Stanstead Familiprix and at Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion for this event which is a fundraiser for the Stanstead Cul­ture and Recre­ation Cen­tre and Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The T-Day Com­mit­tee is also selling raf­fle tick­ets for thou­sands of dol­lars in prizes to help de­fray some of the costs of the event. Prizes in­clude a gran­ite bench, gran­ite cof­fee ta­ble and ac­com­mo­da­tions at the beau­ti­ful Les Boisées Lee Farm. Raf­fle tick­ets can be bought at the Stanstead Town Hall and from T-Day com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“What I’m hop­ing will come from host­ing Town­ship­pers’ Day is that peo­ple will leave Stanstead with a good impression and see that we’re a strong com­mu­nity,” con­cluded Mr. Stone.

Lo­cal vol­un­teers are still needed to help with the day’s park­ing, to work in the in­for­ma­tion booth, hand out pass­ports and other tasks.For more in­for­ma­tion about the event call Jody Stone at 819 876-7256, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion at 819 566-5717, or visit the Town­ship­pers’ Day web­site.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Town­ship­pers’ Day Com­mit­tee Chair Jody Stone is look­ing for­ward to show­ing off some of Stanstead’s im­prove­ments like the new Pat Burns Arena, seen in the back­ground.

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