dent David Price when he took the stage next. “I will remind you of my ‘Honorary Townshipper’ status the next time I call you at six in the morning,” responded Ms. Campbell with her familiar quick wit.
Other dignified guests at the Opening Ceremonies included Coaticook town councilor Luc Marcoux and his wife Connie, a Coaticook artist and one of the founders of Coatic’Art. The Association’s president, Mr. Cutting, seemed to be hinting at next year’s locale although it has not yet been officially chosen, when he closed the ceremonies by saying, “As a native of Coaticook, it would be nice to go down the road sometime to celebrate another town’s heritage!” Coaticook celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2014, a yearlong event.
As is now the tradition, garbage cans were not in working order on the site of Townshippers Day. Instead, a green team made up of young people sorted all the refuse into recyclables and biodegradables, all with the aim of producing only one bag of true garbage by the end of the day. “No styrofoam dishes are allowed and all the cups are compostable,” explained volunteer Ericka Autotte, a Bishop’s University student who was busy guarding the garbage cans.
Although the quantity of entertainment at this year’s T-Day was less than usual, the quality was certainly there. The traditional appearances by the North Country Swingers and the Richmond Irish Dancers were appreciated by the crowd in the Performance Tent. And when Ry Guy Magic, the Magician, hit the stage, people were soon wandering over to the tent to see what everyone was laughing about. I’m still not sure if he was a magician or a comedian; he was great at doing both! The music of singer songwriter Amos Joannides was enjoyed by young and old alike, a credit to his music, while Bowser and Blue, that musical/ comedy duo from Montreal, closed the day with a bang.
Townshippers’ Association president Gerald Cutting, in centre, is seen here with Award recipients (l. to r.) Andrew Boersen, Sandra Morrison, Garnet Morrison, Everett Taylor and Emma Stevens.
Fresco del Gecko, the star of the CBC children’s show, Pirates – Adventures in Art, had fun hanging out with (left) Leila Kara and Melissa Jade, both of Cowansville.