Gran­ite Cen­tral Sym­po­sium fea­tures lo­cal tal­ent

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Robert Shel­don is pleased with the cap­ti­vat­ing train ex­hibit that’s draw­ing vis­i­tors to Gran­ite Cen­tral.

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