Town­ships Tal­ent on dis­play

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There is no short­age of cre­ativ­ity in the Eastern Town­ships, as the Expressions ta­ble at Town­ship­pers’ Day al­ways proves.

The rain held off just long enough on Town­ship­pers’ Day, held last Satur­day in Coat­i­cook, for peo­ple to get around to most of the sites where spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties had been or­ga­nized, mostly all by Fran­co­phone vol­un­teers. Con­sid­er­ing the Town­ship­pers’ Day’s mis­sion of “strength­en­ing the bonds be­tween the English and French com­mu­ni­ties”, one has to say: “Fait ac­com­pli!”

The Pav­il­lon des Arts et Cul­ture was full for the Open­ing Cer­e­mony and for the award­ing of the Out­stand­ing Town­ship­per Awards and the Youth Lead­er­ship Award. World fa­mous au­thor Louise Penny, who has ‘lit­er­ally’ one-hand­edly put the Eastern Town­ships on the world map with her mur­der mys­ter­ies be­ing trans­lated into over fif­teen lan­guages, re­ceived an Out­stand­ing Town­ship­per Award along with three other Town­ship­pers: Kathryn

Idell Pettes Cran­dall (Knowl­ton), Mary Lachas­seur (Cowansville), and Ade­laide Lanktree (Farn­ham). Matthew Nut­brown, of Sher­brooke, re­ceived the Youth Lead­er­ship Award along with its cash prize of $1000.

The Pav­il­lon des Arts et Cul­ture was also full for the launch of Tap­root V, a spe­cial edi­tion cre­ated for the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s 35th an­niver­sary. Sev­eral of the book’s con­trib­u­tors read their piece to the au­di­ence and spoke about how grate­ful they were to have their work pub­lished for the first time. Ry-Guy the Ma­gi­cian kicked off the af­ter­noon en­ter­tain­ment, which in­cluded a mul­ti­cul­tural choir and the Mike Goudreau Trio, with a re­ally funny and mag­i­cally im­pres­sive per­for­mance. A vol­un­teer with the So­ci­ete

d’his­toire de Coat­i­cook was happy that her vis­i­tor reg­istry was fill­ing up with the sig­na­tures of peo­ple who were vis­it­ing their head­quar­ters, lo­cated above the town’s li­brary and where a spe­cial pho­to­graphic exhibit was tak­ing place, for the first time. Over at Ecole Gen­dreau, where visi­tors could stop on the way to the Musee

Beaulne, the ar­ti­sans and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties had set up shop. “We’ve had a good crowd com­ing around to see the ta­bles,” said Deb­bie Everett who is well-known for her col­or­ful, whim­si­cal wood sculp­tures and wood re­liefs.

A visit down to the Coat­i­cook Gorge where mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion Amerin­di­enne-Au­tochtone-Metis Weetchumpee had set up an Amerindian vil­lage was a nice change from the hus­tle and bus­tle around the

Ray­mond D’Amours, a mem­ber of the Weetchumpee As­so­ci­a­tion, shows a young helper how to ham­mer a fallen ash tree to make strips of wood for bas­ket-mak­ing.

Pav­il­lon. The ban­nock went well washed down with the cedar honey tea which was de­li­cious and, I learnt, easy to make!

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ry-Guy the Ma­gi­cian gets some mag­i­cal help from lit­tle Lo­gan, a vol­un­teer from the

au­di­ence in the Pav­il­lon des Arts et Cul­ture.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Lennoxville’s Matthew Nut­brown was the win­ner of the Youth Lead­er­ship Award at T-Day on Satur­day.

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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