Santa's com­ing to Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

The town of Stanstead is host­ing its “Down­town Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tion”, this Satur­day, and or­ga­niz­ers have made some in­ter­est­ing changes to the day’s sched­ule. The com­mu­nity tree dec­o­rat­ing and light­ing will kick off the event at 9:30 in the morn­ing at Henry Seth Tay­lor Place, and the live Na­tiv­ity Scene, or­ga­nized by United Church Min­is­ter Lise Kuzmin­ska, will also take place in the morn­ing, 9:45 am, and at a new lo­ca­tion in front of Place Del Monty. “We have a new Chil­dren’s Choir, di­rected by Lise Flan­ders, and they will be there singing, too,” said Marise Trepanier, Stanstead’s recre­ation co­or­di­na­tor.

The Christ­mas Mar­ket is re­turn­ing, this time to the sec­ond floor of Place Del Monty, so shop­pers should en­ter the build­ing through the front door lo­cated on Duf­ferin Street. It will showcase the prod­ucts of about twenty lo­cal ar­ti­sans and gourmet food pro­duc­ers: honey prod­ucts, maple prod­ucts, jew­elry, stained glass, hand­made soap and can­dles, knit­ted items, sour­dough bread, olive oil, and bi­son prod­ucts. “We’ll also have lots of home­baked desserts, jams and jel­lies, fresh fir wreaths, Christ­mas or­na­ments, pot­tery and bird­houses,” added Bev­erly Good­sell, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the Mar­ket. Jardin-desFron­tieres stu­dents will also be sell­ing crafts there.

Live mu­sic will be fea­tured on the sec­ond floor of Place Del Monty dur­ing the Mar­ket, be­gin­ning with Don­ald Pa­triquin and his key­board in the morn­ing. Mike Goudreau will per­form from noon to 1:00 pm, and Lise Flan­ders will sing after Mike un­til 2:00, when Mr. Pa­triquin will re­turn to play Christ­mas mu­sic. The teens from the Stanstead Youth Cen­tre will run a café for shop­pers tak­ing a break or those want­ing to re­lax and lis­ten to the mu­sic over cof­fee or hot choco­late.

Santa will ar­rive at Place del Monty at 2:00 and will stay un­til 4:00 to give out toys and candy canes and lis­ten to Christ­mas Wish lists.

There’s even more go­ing on in the down­town Rock Is­land sec­tor as part of this hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. There is a free art ex­hibit at the Moose Gallery across from Place del Monty, fea­tur­ing the art of Gabriel Safdie and Mar­cel Hauben. At Granit Cen­tral, res­i­dents of Stanstead can take a free tour if ac­com­pa­nied by a child. Minia­ture train en­thu­si­asts will be there to run the fas­ci­nat­ing minia­ture train ex­hibit.

Be­gin­ning at noon, Pizze­ria Steve will sell hot­dogs and slices of pizza at spe­cial prices while giv­ing away free, hot ap­ple cider. A Christ­mas sup­per will take place at Café Bar Sans Fron­tieres but reser­va­tions must be made by call­ing 819 876-5633.

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