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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!