The sun shone brightly in Stanstead on Saturday, when Townshippers, from far and wide, gathered to celebrate the vitality and creativity of the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships. With their Stanstead passports in hand, visitors explored the town, participating in activities, enjoying delicious food and taking in wonderful entertainment at the Manoir Stanstead, the Pat Burns arena, the Colby Curtis museum, the Haskell Opera House and Free Library, the Stone Circle and the Vieux Forgeron art gallery.
The day’s Opening Ceremonies were hosted by CBC Radio One host Susan Campbell. As per the Townshippers’ Day tradition, the Opening Ceremonies ended with the chair of last year’s Townshippers’ Day organising committee, Mr. Robert Mckeage of Danville, handing over the Townshippers’ Day plaque to this year’s chair, Mr. Jody Stone of Stanstead. Jody expressed his thanks and appreciation for all the volunteers and visitors involved in the day, then declared T-day officially open.
The music that filled the cool, fresh air, complemented by the beautiful colours of the produce on display in the Farmers’ Market and the smells of delicious food emanating from the food court, combined to create a perfect autumn day in the Eastern Townships.
It is rumoured that next year’s event will be held in Farnham.