No rain in Farn­ham

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Visi­tors in­dulged in re­gional tastes at hun­dreds of kiosks fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of ar­ti­sans, lo­cal pro­duc­ers, com­mu­nity groups and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, and en­joyed fan­tas­tic food and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, such as face paint­ing, in­flat­able games and mini race course. The tal­ented, and of­ten bilin­gual, per­form­ers - the Juke Box band, the Brome Squares, Jean-Philip Poth­ier, École de danse Mar­tine La­plante, Matthew McCully, and David Lee Mac Phail – put on a great show.

Thanks to the three free shut­tle buses, vis­i­tors were able to com­mute be­tween the site and Farn­ham’s scenic down­town core to ex­plore the city’s fea­tures and take in the es­teemed Free­dom of the City Cer­e­mony, ex­er­cised by the Red Guard of the Royal 22nd Reg­i­ment, ac­com­pa­nied by the 6th Bat­tal­ion. The cer­e­mony is a mil­i­tary hon­our be­stowed on se­lect or­ga­ni­za­tions giv­ing them the priv­i­lege to march into a city with “drums beat­ing, colours fly­ing, and bay­o­nets fixed.” The day ended up with the pop­u­lar Jack Spar­row fam­ily show, which com­bined com­edy, magic and ac­ro­bat­ics, and the Farn­ham Lions’ Club an­niver­sary Me­choui.

The suc­cess of Town­ship­pers’ Day is due in large part to the gen­eros­ity of some 32 sup­port­ing part­ners in­clud­ing CBC Mon­treal, Cana­dian Her­itage, Pat­ri­moine Farn­ham, The Sher­brooke Record, Ville de Farn­ham, Global Ex­cel Man­age­ment Inc., the Stanstead Jour­nal, Caisse pop­u­laire Des­jardins de Farn­ham, Jean Coutu – De­nis Émond, Phar­ma­cie Jean Coutu Phar­macy, Bou­tique Hors Taxes de L’est Inc., Club Lions Farn­ham, Fer­mes Farn­ham Ltee/Farn­ham Farms LTD and, Meubles De­nis Riel.

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion wishes to of­fer our most sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our sup­port­ing part­ners, as well as the nu­mer­ous other con­trib­u­tors whose do­na­tions – both fi­nan­cial and in-kind – made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of this com­mu­nity event.

Since its found­ing meet­ing in 1979, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has or­ga­nized an an­nual no­madic fes­tiv­ity that aims to cel­e­brate the vi­tal­ity and cre­ativ­ity of the Eastern Town­ships English-speak­ing com­mu­nity by show­cas­ing its en­train­ment, food, arts and crafts, en­trepreneurs and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Held the sec­ond or third week­end of Septem­ber in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion each year, this one day event known as Town­ship­pers’ Day also fea­tures each com­mu­nity that hosts it and strength­ens the bonds with the French­s­peak­ing com­mu­nity. Town­ship­pers’ Day is not only dis­tinct in its ef­fort to cel­e­brate the cul­tural her­itage of the English–speak­ing com­mu­nity but is also known for its green friendly ini­tia­tives that keep waste pro­duced dur­ing that the event, to a min­i­mum. I would like to thank those who came to my sur­prise Birth­day Party; my friends, fam­ily and co-work­ers. A spe­cial thanks to Jean, Pierette and Shirley for or­ga­niz­ing ev­ery­thing. From the bot­tom of my heart Thank You!


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