Stanstead’s turn to shine – Townshippers Day 2011
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.
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.