T-Day ‘Take 2’ for Tommy
Lake city councilor Tommy McGovern is probably hoping that this Saturday’s Townshippers’ Day runs a little smoother than it did the last time it rolled into town, back in 1998. “We had the tents set up the day before in Lion’s
Park then a terrible wind and rain storm blew in in the evening. We had to tie down the tent with a rope attached to my truck and my wife’s car! I stayed up all night to make sure all was safe,” commented Mr. Mc Govern in an interview with the Stanstead Journal. “But it was fine the next day and we all had a good time,” he added. Asked if that first experience made him hesitant to take on the annual event a second time, he answered: “Not at all – I’m open for challenges!”
On the contrary, Mr. McGovern brought up the subject of hosting Townshippers’ Day with the council when he heard it was up for grabs. “I thought let’s do it again! The town of Brome Lake is the head sponsor but the towns of Brome Village and West Bolton wanted to get involved also. We’re getting a lot of support,” he said.
“The bus ride that will take visitors from the Brome Fairgrounds to the Brome Museum and back will be really special with six or seven points of interest along its tour. We’ll also have wagon rides, a straw maze for the kids and plenty of food like the famous chili, cupcakes, hamburgers, really quite a mixture. The Sutton and Brome Lake fire departments will also put on a demonstration of the ‘jaws of life’ extracting someone form a car,” said the organizer who is also the co-chair of the event along with Barrie Paige.
Mr. McGovern is hoping for not just a large crowd, but a culturally diverse one as well. “Townshippers’ Day sounds like an English event but it’s really for everyone!”
“What I’d really like to say, in advance in case I forget someone later, is that we appreciate all the help from the volunteers. As soon as we’re finished on Saturday we are giving them a free supper on the fairgrounds!”
Brome Lake city councilor Tommy McGovern is looking forward to his town’s second Townshippers’ Day.