Festive Fun at Townshippers’

Despite the lack of snow, some 60 guest found the festive spirit in a free afternoon of sing-along’s, delicious snacks and plenty of laughs with Sweets, Treats & Shop at Townshippers’ Association  last Sunday, December 2.

Hosted by Townships Expressions, an initiative supporting the regions English-speaking artists, we extend a big thank you to columnist and author Ross Murray who emceed and musician Keith Whittall, who coaxed even the adults to their feet to sing and dance the Waddly Acha. We also thank young Draven Sawyer (11 years old) for reading from Annik Williams book “Mr. Mole’s Day Off,” and “Mark the Herald Angel Sings” author Gordon Lambie for his reading and illustrator Shanna Bernier for hosting a craft activity.

Thanks also goes to Lennoxville Borough President David Price for accepting the incredibly difficult task of judging the winning cookie from among the 17 delicious designs and congratulations to the winner, Kolton Gunter, for his colossus creation!

Sunday also saw several sparkling stars added to the Christmas tree, in thanks to those who brought donations of warm clothing for Mental Health Estries’s HUGS for the Homeless project or non-perishable food for the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre’s holiday baskets. Donations are still being accepted and you can have your star added by checking in with Townshippers’ when making a donation to either organization at the Sherbrooke office, in the Marguerite Knapp Building.

While your here, why not cross off a few names from your holiday list by picking up a unique gift from our Expressions boutique. The collection, which can also be viewed on our website, features hundreds of items created by local artist with Townships them or link. Recent boutique additions include Julia Rohan’s CD “Life Stories,” the book “Canadian Public Culture” by Gary  Cadwell, a selection of 2013 calendars featuring Townships communities along with holiday themed artwork and greeting cards.

Gift Back This Season

Last Wednesday a new project to promote literacy by starting a chain of sharing, commenting then leaving books in public, was launched in the Borough of Lennoxville.  Wandering Book’s, a collaborative project of the Lennoxville Library, Bishop’s University John Bassett Memorial Library, Literacy In Action and Champlain College, is the latest initiative to be realized thanks to funding from the Townshippers’ Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF).

Since 1979, the non-profit Foundation with its charitable status has been able to help numerous grassroots initiatives and projects including, among others, the Avante Women’s Centre intergenerational group outings and the Brome Bright Lights short-story award writing contest.

These fantastic projects wouldn’t be possible if not for the generosity of donors from all walks of life, who share the Foundations mission of improving the lives of those in communities across the historic Eastern Townships. If you’re looking for a gift that leaves a lasting impression this holiday season, think about making a donation of any amount – large or small – in someone else’s name to TRCF and support community-based projects.

To learn more about the Foundation visit www.townshippersfoundation.ca. The website contains a link to make convenient and secure donations by credit card through CanadaHelps.org. Groups or individuals looking for project funding can also download applications from the website. Applications must be received by the end of January 2013 to be eligible for the next round of funding.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, continue following this Keeping in Touch column which appears every Wednesday in The Record and on our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers, connect with us on Facebook at Townshippers Association and reach the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421).

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  There was some serious business at Townshippers Association last Sunday as Executive Director Rachel Hunting, Lennoxville Borough President David Price, Karolyn Csiszer, Cathy Turner, Debbie Bishop and daughter Abby Murray, surveyed 17 cookies for the best decoration. The activity was just one of many that made Sweets, Treats and Shop a success.