Spe­cial show this Satur­day

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Christ­mas is coming to down­town Stanstead this Satur­day, with sev­eral ex­cit­ing events tak­ing place in and around the Rock Is­land sec­tor. Be­sides a visit from Santa Claus and the light­ing of the town Christ­mas Tree, there will also be the an­nual Christ­mas Mar­ket and a very spe­cial show that has been or­ga­nized by a new as­so­ci­a­tion in town called “Au bout de mes reves” or “Dream your dreams”.

The fun be­gins with the open­ing of the Christ­mas Mar­ket that runs from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at 237 Duf­ferin Street. This sale features most of the ven­dors from the sum­mer mar­ket and more. Hand­made and spe­cialty items that will be for sale in­clude knit­ted goods, stained glass, jew­ellery, honey and maple prod­ucts, bi­son prod­ucts, smoked salmon and trout, jams and jel­lies, choco­lates, home­made pasta and more. Free fam­ily Christ­mas movies will be screened across the street from the mar­ket, at 240 Duf­ferin from noon to 6:00 pm, to help keep the kids amused while Mom or Dad do some shop­ping. There will also be free hot choco­late and cook­ies for the kids. “Don­ald Pa­triquin will play the key­board from 1:00 to 3:00 dur­ing the mar­ket,” said Bev­erly Good­sell, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event.

Santa will visit the mar­ket be­tween 2:00 and 4:00 pm, re­turn­ing later for the spe­cial show, de­scribed next, that be­gins at 5:00 pm. The com­mu­nity light­ing of the town’s Christ­mas Tree in Henry Seth Tay­lor Place will be at 4:15 and ev­ery­one is in­vited.

A spe­cial show will be­gin at 5:00 pm at Henry Seth Tay­lor Place. It is the first event or­ga­nized by the “Dream your dreams” as­so­ci­a­tion, a group made up of down­town mer­chants, and will not be their last. As de­scribed by or­ga­nizer Michel Vail­lant, the pres­i­dent of the spe­cialty food shop

Le Coin des Saveurs, the event will be an “en­chant­ing fairy­tale of dreams.” Santa will ar­rive at 5:00 pm to col­lect the dream lists of all the lo­cal chil­dren and th­ese dream lists will be put into the wicker bas­ket of a hot air bal­loon that will slowly rise to the stars. Mr. Vail­lant has also been work­ing with about fifty chil­dren from both of the ele­men­tary schools in town to put on a spe­cial per­for­mance. “We will set up a 24 by 12 foot stage at Henry Seth Tay­lor Place for the show and there will be lots of cos­tumes,” he ex­plained. Free hot choco­late and snacks will be of­fered to all the chil­dren who take part in the show and all those who come to watch.

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