Special show this Saturday
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.