Tourism gets boost

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Mem­phré­m­a­gog

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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.

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