Com­mu­nity is the cor­ner­stone of the 37th Town­ship­pers’ Day fes­ti­val

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Brome

The an­nual gath­er­ing of the East­ern Town­ships English-speak­ing com­mu­nity will bring to­gether more than 100 ar­ti­sans, ex­hibitors and en­ter­tain­ers to the Brome fair­grounds this year. The 37th Town­ship­pers’ Day – held on Sat­ur­day Septem­ber 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – sup­ports and show­cases home­grown tal­ent and ex­hibitors with lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and re­sources, while giv­ing visi­tors a chance to ex­plore the 2016 host, the Town of Brome Lake. “It re­ally is a com­mu­nity event, a great big party that ev­ery­one is in­vited to,” said Kate Hol­brook, Cul­ture and Com­mu­nity Co­or­di­na­tor for Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “The fes­ti­val shows how ac­tive and vi­brant our English-speak­ing com­mu­nity is, which can be eye open­ing to English and French speak­ing visi­tors. Last year, Town­ship­pers’ Day at­tracted more than 4,000 peo­ple who spent a great day to­gether catch­ing up with friends and fam­ily and link­ing with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions. If you are new to the re­gion, you won’t want to miss this fes­ti­val. You can meet new peo­ple and find out more about lo­cal re­sources and if English isn’t your first lan­guage, you’ll have a very friendly crowd to prac­tice with.” There was a packed crowd at the open­ing cer­e­monies for last year’s Town­ship­pers’ Day fes­ti­val, the largest event of its kind for the re­gion’s English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Our Roots

Com­mu­nity is at the heart of Town­ship­pers’ Day. The grass­roots au­tumn fes­ti­val started as an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing and an­nual re­union of the re­gion’s English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. As the fes­ti­val grew, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses, her­itage, health and ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions re­al­ized its value as a ve­hi­cle to share their in­for­ma­tion and re­sources with a grow­ing crowd.

The fes­ti­val and its ac­tiv­i­ties helped to build bridges be­tween the re­gion’s lin­guis­tic com­mu­ni­ties gen­er­at­ing un­der­stand­ing and sup­port from French speak­ing neigh­bours for the mi­nor­ity English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Vol­un­teer­ing or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tees bought the event to dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity each year, al­low­ing Town­ship­pers’ Day to touch nearly ev­ery cor­ner of the Town­ships. Sus­tain­abil­ity With sus­tain­abil­ity in mind, or­ga­niz­ers of the 2006 Town­ship­pers’ Day in Rich­mond chal­lenged par­tic­i­pants to min­i­mize the fes­ti­val en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and suc­cess­fully re­duced the waste gen­er­ated by that year’s 8,000 visi­tors to just three trash bags. Each sub­se­quent fes­ti­val has tried to raise the bar and meet the goal of hav­ing a waste free cel­e­bra­tion. Cur­rently, on­site waste stream­ing along with re­cy­cling and com­post­ing ef­forts, has re­duced the garbage to just one bag of trash and fes­ti­val sites are fully cleaned just hours af­ter the event ends. Town­ship­pers’ Day 37

Past and present have played a part in ev­ery Town­ship­pers Day, giv­ing visi­tors a chance to ex­plore their her­itage and show­case their vi­tal­ity while dis­cov­er­ing a dif­fer­ent host com­mu­nity each year. The 2016 edi­tion, held at the Brome fair­grounds (345 Stage­coach Road), will fea­ture 90 ar­ti­sans and ex­hibitors – in­clud­ing her­itage groups and health re­lated or­gan­i­sa­tions – ten en­ter­tain­ers, and an even­big­ger chil­dren’s area with its play­ful pet­ting zoo and a fun in­flat­able farm house. Also in­cluded, the Académie de sec­ourisme médi­cal in Sher­brooke will pre­pare visi­tors to be a “Hero in 30" with sim­pli­fied ver­sion of CPR with­out mouth-to-mouth, lo­cal hu­mourist Ross Mur­ray will launch his first novel, and visi­tors can bid the silent auc­tion, catch sheep shear­ing and rug hook­ing demos, ride the her­itage bus tour into Knowl­ton and more.

The Town of Brome Lake and Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s team, with the sup­port of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Brome Vil­lage and West Bolton, are ready to wel­come you to Town­ship­pers’ Day 37, on Sept 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fes­ti­val will be­gin with be­gin with the Open­ing Cer­e­monies at 10 a.m. A full sched­ule can be found at and will be posted at the fes­ti­val. Park­ing $2. This fes­ti­val is fam­ily friendly but not pet friendly, thank you for leav­ing your pets at home. For more on the fes­ti­val, call Town­ship­pers’ of­fice in Brome Lake at 1-877-242-4421. Town­ship­pers’ Day is made pos­si­ble with the gen­er­ous sup­port of Cana­dian Her­itage, CBC, the Sher­brooke Record, CASS, CJMQ 88.9 FM (The Qube), Global Ex­cel Man­age­ment, Ville de Lac Brome, Stanstead Jour­nal, the Député de Saint-François Guy Hardy, Ray­mond Chabot Grant Thorn­ton and the Cor­po­ra­tion Mu­nic­i­pale du Vil­lage de Brome. Pr i n t e d a n d d i s t r i b u t e d by P r es­sReader

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