Townshippers’ at the Missisquoi Museum’s Old-Fashioned Carnival

Last Saturday, August 19, Townshippers’ Association, along with twenty other community organizations, participated in the Missisquoi Museum’s Old-Fashioned Carnival and Field Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Supported by the Canada 150 Fund, the planning committee, led by Stanbridge East resident, Mona Beaulac, had the idea of a throwing a village carnival with games to play and fun competitions, music, and demonstrations of crafts like blacksmithing and other country skills on the village green.

Community groups such as Avante Women’s Centre, accepted the museum’s invitation to set up a booth for the day with old-fashioned games like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Townshippers’ challenged kids to throw a volleyball through a tire and they loved it.

Fifty winners received a bouncy ball and everyone got a sticker at each booth for a chance to win a big prize at the end of the day, and kids found out that there is fun to be had even when the iPad and phone are left at home.

Townshippers’ Coordinator, Kate Holbrook, enjoyed meeting the people from the region and noted that it’s always a pleasure to be involved in a networking opportunity.

About Townshippers on-air

This week on CIDI 99.1FM, Townshippers’ radio show “About Townshippers” features an interview with Janna Hubacek from Sutton Volunteer Centre. Janna explains the new project to address food waste, FrigoDON, and how you too can help fight food waste by sharing food free of charge.

Residents of Sutton and Abercorn can drop in at the John Sleeth Centre, with items to donate to the community fridge. They can also see if they can use up food that others have donated.

About Townshippers airs on CIDI at 4 pm on Fridays and repeats Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

Join us this week for news of the BMP Auxiliary 100th anniversary and an interview with Danny McAuley about the launch of Louise Penny’s new book.

Last call for nominations!

Nominations for Townshippers’ two annual community awards end this Friday, August 25! The Outstanding Townshippers and the Young Townships Leaders Awards celebrate individuals and groups who are making an impact on our community. The youth awards are open to members age 15 to 35.

Submit your nomination online at or contact our offices.

Winners will be celebrated at a special evening event to be held mid-September. Details coming soon. We look forward to hearing about all the great work Townshippers are doing!

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this column in the Brome County News 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.

Photo Credit:   Kate Holbrook
Photo Caption:  A young community member tries their hand at the volleyball toss game hosted by Townshippers’ at the Old-Fashioned Carnival in Stanbridge East last Saturday.