The 37th Townshippers’ Day offers warm close to festival summer
It was great weather for the more than 5,000 visitors to celebrate the Eastern Townships English-speaking community at the 37th annual Townshippers’ Day cultural festival and information fair on Saturday, September 17, in Brome. Held at the Brome fairgrounds by the Town of Brome Lake and Townshippers’ Association, a non-profit community organization, in collaboration with the municipalities Brome Village and West Bolton, the festival featured the creativity and vibrancy of the community through a day of activities, entertainment and information.
This year's festival had over 300 participants. Visitors discovered 90 artisans and exhibitors, learned lifesaving Hero in 30 CPR technique, danced to 10 local performers, and enjoyed other family friendly activities. Visitors also explored Brome on a historical bus tour which included a visit to the Brome County Museum.
The silent auction was once again a popular draw featuring a myriad of generously donated local items and services. Winning bidders who did not pick up their item at the end of the festival will be contacted in the coming days to make arrangements.
Thanks to the hard work of the Green Team and supported by visitors and vendors, Townshippers’ Day kept its commitment to leaving a minimal footprint on the environment. Refuse was streamed into composting, recycling and waste, with only two bags of garbage produced by more than 5,000 participants and visitors.
Townshippers' Association and the 2016 Organizing Committee, would like to send out an enormous thank you to the many participants and volunteers who helped bring this year’s festival to life and to all our visitors for sharing this wonderful event with us.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to the 2016 partners who made the festival possible, including Canadian Heritage, CBC, the Sherbrooke Record, CASS, CJMQ 88.9 FM (The Qube), Global Excel Management, Ville de Lac Brome, Stanstead Journal, Député de Brome-Missisquoi Pierre Paradis, Député de Saint-François Guy Hardy, Député de Sherbrooke Luc Fortin, Caisse Populaire de Brome-Missisquoi, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the Corporation Municipale du Village de Brome.
Want to host a Townshippers’ Day in your community? Contact Townshippers’ Association at 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll show you how you can make it happen!
Check back with us often at Townshippers.org and TDay.ca to see which town gets to be next year's T-Day host town!
Townshippers of all ages were at Brome for Townshippers’ Day, along with several special guests that included (bottom insert) Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, and (top insert l. to r.) NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault ; Orford MNA Pierre Reid; and Minister of the Estrie region and Sherbrooke MNA Luc Fortin.