The 37th Town­ship­pers’ Day of­fers warm close to fes­ti­val sum­mer

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Brome Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

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 ta@town­ship­pers.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!

Pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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