There are only days remaining until Townshippers’ Day in Coaticook. Are you planning to be there this Saturday, September 13, 2014? If so, this “to-do” list of activities will help you make the most out of the daylong celebration of the 35th Townshippers’ Day and Coaticook’s 150th anniversary!
This year T-Day will take place across five venues connected and numbered by free shuttle service or accessible by foot. Don’t forget to visit www.TDay.ca for more details.
1 Pavillon des Arts & de la Culture de Coaticook
Kick off of the 2014 edition of T-Day with the opening ceremonies at the Pavillon des Arts & de la Culture de Coaticook with special guest Susan Campbell, host of CBC’s Quebec AM. Stick around for the handing out of this year’s Outstanding Townshippers and Young Townships Leaders awards.
There will also be entertainment in the performance hall throughout the day, beginning at 11 a.m. with the launch of Taproot V: Poetry, Prose and Images of the Eastern Townships featuring Townships Expressions artists and book contributors. The afternoon program features free performances by Magician Ry Guy at 1 p.m., a multicultural choir at 2 and the Mike Goudreau Trio at 3 p.m.
At the entrance, visitors will find the Townshippers’ Association table, along Townships Expressions, and Tourism Coaticook. The T-Day silent auction will be set up in the pavillon as well, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Be sure to stop by and see what interesting items are up for grabs!
2 Parc Chartier
At noon, choose from delicious lunch options on site or bring your own picnic to enjoy while the Harmonie de Coaticook performs in the band shell. Catch the Rainbow Country Cloggers every 30 min starting at 2 p.m.
3 Musee Beaulne
The Beaulne Museum welcomes visitors for free on T-Day. Explore the museum’s various collections in the on display across three grand floors of the ’Château Norton’’ as well as the exhibition of local artist.
The museum will be serving traditional English tea on the veranda accompanied by pianist Romeo Masalunga performing Broadway classics. Reservations are necessary to take advantage of this service, 819-849-6560.
Railway enthusiast may wish to take a quick detour behind the museum to view the exterior of the former train station. Now a private office building, the station is responsible for turning Coaticook from a tiny village to a bustling town.
4 École Gendreau
Visitors will find more than sixty exhibitors including artisans, community, heritage and service organizations, as well as businesses and educational institutions waiting to meet them. Browse a wide array of handcrafted products and discover the various organizations serving the Eastern Townships.
5 Bibliotheque Françoise-Maurice de Coaticook & Société d’histoire et de patrimoine de Coaticook
Housed in a former post office, the library will welcome visitors to peruse its collection of books and exhibition of local artist throughout the day. On T-Day children can enjoy a free storytelling in English at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required, 819-849-4013.
On the second floor take in “150 years Coaticook – A photographic journey” an exhibition by the Eastern Townships Resource Centre and relive the history of the region through collections of photographs held by the historical society.
Coaticook Gorge Park
Along with a daylong Native American pow-wow in the public space, other activities at the Gorge, including a mini farm, pony rides, the suspension bridge – can be enjoyed for a fee.
For Townshippers’ Day details visit TDay.ca, catch this week’s Townshippers’ Day special supplement from The Record or contact Kate Holbrook 450-242-4421, (toll free: 1-877-242-4421), [email protected]
For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. 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.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Ry Guy Magic
Photo Caption: The magic is back! Returning for a second year, Ry Guy Magic is just one of the talented entertainers that will perform at the Pavillon des Arts & de la Culture de Coaticook on Townshippers’ Day taking the stage at 1 p.m. Mike Goudreau, who performed at the 2011 T-Day, takes the stage at 3 p.m.