Granite Central Symposium features local talent
Agranitesymposium at Stanstead’s granite museum, Granite Central, has been organized for September 17th and the 18th to coincide with this year’s Townshippers’ Day. This time the stone workers will all be from nearby organizations and they will be demonstrating different aspects of granite production. “People will be able to watch the workers and they will be able to order granite house number plates that will be prepared on site,” explained the Director of Granite Central, Robert Sheldon. Rock and Eric McCutcheon of McCutcheon Granite will demonstrate lettering on granite and Dale Elliott of DE Graphics will demonstrate the sandblasting of granite. The polishing of countertops will be demonstrated by John Callaway and Benjamin Dubois, of Dominion Granite, and by representatives from Granite Design. Dave Dubois of Rock of Ages will also demonstrate some kind of granite finishing work and André Parent will do hand-etching on granite. These demonstrations will be held outside the museum and there will be no charge.
Visitors to the interior of the museum will have to pay a fee but it will be worth it. The museum now features an extensive working, miniature train exhibition that includes, besides dozens of miniature buildings and trees, 1,100 inch tall figurines, all hand-painted. “This train exhibit took 84 days to install,” said Mr. Sheldon about the installation that once belonged to the now defunct Club Modeliste Ferronniere de l’Estrie, in Sherbrooke.
The symposium will take place between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sunday.
The Stanstead Cultural and Recreational Center has come up with a brilliant social event, the likes of which Stanstead has never experienced. The event is the creation of SCRC’s Patrick Gauthier, although many others have come together to make the event possible. Local residents will be performing in the scripted mystery event, the setting of which is an auction in the 1920’s. Dinner guests are encouraged to come dressed in attire from the era, and are reminded they must remain alert as the plot unfolds throughout the evening.
Are you good at solving mysteries? If you wish to take part in a live murder mystery, without the danger, then this evening is an event you will wish to attend. Tickets are almost sold out, so anyone interested in attending should purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Only 120 tickets are available and can be purchased at Famili-Prix Pharmacy in Stanstead.
Robert Sheldon is pleased with the captivating train exhibit that’s drawing visitors to Granite Central.