An afternoon immersed in local history and culture

Historical and cultural groups play an important role in preserving and sharing heritage. Without them, we might lose precious artifacts and knowledge from our past. On Friday October 13 from 1-4 pm, the community is invited to a free afternoon of exploration of a range of collections, exhibitions and heritage treasures on display by nearly a dozen participating museums and societies from across the region, at the Eastern Townships Heritage Fair.

Townships Expressions, a Townshippers’ Association initiative to support English artists in the Eastern Townships, will also be at this special event, hosted by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, at the Eaton Corner Museum, 374 Route 253, Cookshire-Eaton. Joining us will be Nick Fonda with his new book, Richmond, Now and Then: An Anecdotal History from the Eastern Townships.

Fonda’s fourth book opens with a portrait of the Richmond area that is both uncompromisingly realistic and sympathetically insightful, then goes on to encapsulate almost 220 years of settlement through a series of portraits and stories that offer a detailed and nuanced social history of a part of Canada that is unusually rich in history. In 236-pages, it tells the stories of Elmore Cushing who led the very first settlers up the St. Francis to the mouth of Cushing Brook to Johnny O. Toole the musical fool; and of dozens of other figures who contributed to making the Richmond area what it is today. Pick up your copy ($25) and get it signed by the author!

Townships Expressions will have at least 30 other historical books and DVD’s, as well as limited copies of Townshippers’ latest community anthology Our Stories, featuring a collection of various genres from 25 contributors focused on celebrating our community for Canada’s 150. Get Our Stories in print for $15, or digitally pre-loaded on a USB flash drive for $10, tax included. We can’t wait to see you there!

Being Hank & Patsy 

Laura Teasdale’s new show Being Hank & Patsy, a musical memoire starring Ralph Steiner and Laura Teasdale, is set to debut a new performance series from Townshippers’ Association. The Expression Series, will connect local audiences with live limited engagement performances of talented artists, musicians, performers, and writers, who are part of the Townships Expressions collection.

Teasdale’s latest production, presented by Path Productions, is the true story of how two actors (Steiner and Teasdale) embark on parallel journeys that challenge them to play the roles of Country Music’s most iconic heroes, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. See how they fall in love with those characters and in (and out) of love with each other.  Hear as they sing our favourite Hank & Patsy classics and a few tunes that brought them together backstage too. Taste heartbreak in that country song kinda way. Feel the power of great music to tear folks apart, and knit them back together.

Catch this one-night-only show on Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 pm at Bandeen Hall (Bishop’s University campus, 2600 rue College). Tickets will be sold at the door starting 7 pm (cash only) at $10 for Townshippers’ members and $15 general admission. For information visit or call 819-566-5717.

Be a “HERO in 30” with Health Link

Become a Hero in 30 minutes flat at this month’s Health Link! Certified CPR instructor Justin Dewey will provide the “Hero in 30” training program giving participants basic CPR, without mouth-to-mouth, to save a life, on Wednesday, October 18, from 11:30 am -2:00 pm at Bury’s Armoury Community Centre (563 Rue Main).

Join the Eaton Valley CLC, Townshippers’, the RLS du Haut Saint-François, and the Centre d’Action Bénévole (C.A.B.) du Haut-Saint-François for lunch starting at 11:30 a. m. for a $5 donation and stay for this lifesaving training. To RSVP for the meal, please contact Kim Fessenden at 819-872-3771 ext. 2, or [email protected] Health Link is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Official Languages 2013-18: Education, Immigration, Official Languages.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy Laura Teasdale

Photo Caption: Laura Teasdale and Ralph Steiner as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams bring the new-true-story-show, Being Hank & Patsy, to Bandeen Hall on Oct 21.

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