Christmas coming to Stanstead this Saturday
TheStanstead Christmas Fair, which seems to be turning into an annual tradition, is taking place again this Saturday, December 5th, in the downtown Rock Island sector of Stanstead. The fun begins at 10:00 am at Place Del Monty with a performance by the local children’s choir, taught by Minister Lise Kuzminska and Lise Flanders. There will also be face-painting, a visit from Santa and the decorating of the town Christmas tree by children. The Place Del Monty’s coffee shop will be open for the occasion. Getting in on the fun this time will be Granit Central where the Artisan sale has moved to. The vendors will be set up all around the museum selling a good variety of handmade items that make unique holiday gifts like jewellery, stained glass, knitted goods, pottery, honey products and more. Fresh home-baked treats will also be for sale along with fresh fir wreaths. A nice bonus to having some of the activities at Granit Central is that adults (Stanstead residents only) accompanied by children will be able to tour the miniature train section of the museum for free. Lise Flanders will be performing at Granit Central beginning at 1:00 and Santa will be there in the afternoon. “We’ll have tables and chairs set up at Granit Central and refreshments will be available there,” said Beverly Goodsell who organized the event along with Eva Juul and Darlene Lussier. Phelps Helps and Stanstead`s youth group The Lounge are holding an interesting fundraiser for their activities: a gently used, brand name coat sale. They will also host a Christmas cookie decorating activity that people of all ages can take part in. These activities will take place in the `corner building` just across the street from Place Del Monty during the day. Downtown stores will be open and Pizzeria Steve will hold lunchtime specials and will be giving out free apple cider. Restaurant Angel's (Vieille Douane) will be serving a special dinner of chicken pot pie, reservations required. All of the Christmas Fair activities are free, however, donations will be accepted for the Tomifobia Nature Trail (Sentier Massawippi).
Santa, seen here dancing with, we presume, Mrs. Claus at last year’s event, will be returning for Stanstead’s Christmas Fair.