Tourism gets boost
it will not be enough to cover the shortfall of the dwindling contribution by the federal government, Monday’s announcement by Orford MNA, Pierre Reid, on behalf of Tourism Minister, Nicole Ménard, will bring some relief to the three local major events that will benefit from the announcement totaling $145,000. The major slice is going to the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphremagog, with $60,000, followed by the Festival des vendanges with $50,000 and, finally, the Festival d’Orford will get $35,000.
In the latter case, gone is the old concert hall, with sometimes dubious acoustics, only the exterior remaining as a shell. The close to four million dollar project is simply amaz- ing. The Festival had to compete with the ill-fated attempt of a Knowlton group to start a competing festival a couple of years ago, centered on Bel Canto, in the tight Quebec musical world, shared during the summer by the Orford and Lanaudière Festivals. The attempt was not well received. Nonetheless, the Orford festival will offer concerts in Lac Brome. It is a shame that none of them are held at the Haskell Opera House. Still the scene of minor events, it could benefit from some major ones if the Orford festival was involved.
Seen in the photo are (front l. to r.) Orford MNA Pierre Reid, President and Director General of the Traversee Memphremagog, (back l. to r.) Fete des Vendanges director Jean Paul Scieur and Centre d’arts Orford director Jean Francois Rivest.