35th Townshippers’ Day A Success!

A cool and crisp autumn day greeted thousands of visitors who  travelled to the town of Coaticook for the 2014 edition of Townshippers’ Day last Saturday, September 14.  The 35th edition was a resounding success with visitors taking the opportunity to enjoy wonderful entertainment, delicious food, experience interesting activities and meet with new and familiar friends.

Although the day’s activities took place at five separate locations around town, much of the entertainment took place at the Pavillon des Arts & de la Culture de Coaticook.  The performance hall was host to lively opening ceremonies, the awarding of this year’s Outstanding Townshippers and the Young Townships Leader awards.

The successful launch and sales of Taproot V: Poetry, Prose and Images of the Eastern Townships was evidence of the continued support for the creative arts in the Townships.  Contributors Ross Murray, Marjorie Bruhmuller and others read experts from the book and Townships Expressions artist Julia Rohan performing songs from her latest CD.

The Pavillon’s afternoon audience was entertained by a fantastic variety of performers, Ry Guy Magic, multicultural choirs Chœur des Nations and Il n’y a Personne Comme Jésus, and the Mike Goudreau Trio.  The rain kept to a sprinkle as the Harmonie de Coaticook filled the band shell of the Parc Chartier with wonderful music and the Rainbow Country Cloggers danced through the damp.

Visitors flocked to the École Gendreau to browse kiosks featuring a variety of artisans, community, heritage and service organizations, businesses and educational institutions. Thought the day the Musee Beaulne, Bibliotheque Françoise-Maurice de Coaticook and Société d’histoire et de patrimoine de Coaticook invited visitors to explore their spaces and offerings.

This year’s T-Day activities were made possible thanks to the generosity of a variety of supporting partners, including the CBC, Canadian Heritage, the Record, the Corporation des Fêtes du 150e anniversaire de Coaticook, Global Excel Management, Musée Beaulne, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, The Stanstead Journal, as well as the Caisse Desjardins des Verts-Sommets de l’Estrie, Guy Hardy, Député de Saint-François, Harmonie de Coaticook, Musée Beaulne and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Townshippers’ Association wishes to sincerely thank these partners, as well as the numerous other contributors whose donations – both financial and in-kind – went a long way towards making such a wonderful, community event possible.


Backs and Balance: Keep Your Back Strong Free Videoconference

“Over 80% of individuals experience pain in their spine at some point in their lives. Back pain remains one of the most common reasons to visit the doctor,” (Power et al., 2006).

Back pain, it can be constant or irregular, contained to one area or spreading down your leg. Whether the cause is known or not, the effect is the same: you aren’t able to carry on with your normal activities, your sleep is being affected, and you want relief!

If you are having symptoms and want to learn more, or you’re managing the symptoms but are wondering if it’s time to see a health care professional, join us on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon, for an interactive videoconference with an expert to learn more about your back and how it affects your balance.

The videoconference will take place at the Memphremagog Community Learning Centre, located at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School; Eaton Valley CLC, Pope Memorial Elementary School; the Richmond & Region CLC, Richmond Regional High school; and in Cowansville at Massey Vanier High school, room 507 in the admin building. Spaces are limited so please reserve.

For more information about the VC’s please contact Shannon Keenan [email protected]nshippers.qc.ca or Debbie Bishop [email protected] at Townshippers’ Sherbrooke office 819-566-5717 or, for the Cowansville session, Kate Murray at 450 242-4421 or [email protected].

Look for the upcoming sessions on Autism and Prostate cancer in October and November.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit our website www.townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

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Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  The 35th edition of Townshippers’ Day welcomed back artisans among the many exhibitors in the École Gendreau, one of five venues in Coaticook hosting T-Day activities.