Townships Talent on display
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!
Ry-Guy the Magician gets some magical help from little Logan, a volunteer from the
audience in the Pavillon des Arts et Culture.
Lennoxville’s Matthew Nutbrown was the winner of the Youth Leadership Award at T-Day on Saturday.