June 24, St. Mary’s Centre in Williamstown hosts a butterfly re- lease in memory of loved ones.
“Everybody has a loved one that they want to remember. Butterflies carry our messages through the air to our loved ones in Heaven,” said event organizer Elizabeth Gagnon. Following a mass at St. Mary’s Church, Father Louis Groetelaars will bless the butterflies prior to their release.
More than 100 painted ladies will be released. “Painted lady butterflies are very friendly and sociable,” said Ms. Gagnon, “so it should be a lot of fun!” Other activities will include free face-painting and arts and crafts activities for the children, a small vendor’s market featuring hand-made crafts and other products as well as live local entertainment. Winners from the butterfly release poster competition, held at Williamstown Public School, will also be presented and posters will be on display. The Raisin River Conservation Authority will also be explaining improvements planned for its habitat for butterflies and the types of native plant species, such as local species of milkweed, that attract butterflies and help save endangered species.
Donations and money raised will go directly towards the support and maintenance of the building. “We really need to main- tain the Centre properly,” said Ms. Gagnon. “A little-known fact about St. Mary’s Centre is that in addition to hosting the local library, it is also the emergency preparedness centre for South Glengarry. So, if there is ever a natural disaster, people will come to the Centre.”
For more information or to reserve your butterfly, call Ms. Gagnon at 613-360-5692 or Thelma Cholette at 613-347-3728.