Games Success!

By now the whole country is aware that the Eastern Townships has opened its doors to thousands of young talented athletes, coaches and guest for the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games.  Nearly everyone, whether they are involved in the Games directly or not, is proudly broadcasting this crowning event which puts our community in the national spotlight.

“In its first week alone, Townshippers everywhere are sharing their warm smiles and welcomes. We thank each and every one of you for helping to showcase the very best of our community to our guest and for helping them make special memories of our the region,” said Rachel Hunting, Executive Director of Townshippers’ Association.  “We also thank the athletes, coaches and visitors for being such great guests.”

After months of hard work recruiting many wonderful volunteers from our community, Townshippers’   was proud to represent them at the opening ceremonies at the Université de Sherbrooke stadium last Friday. Photos of that event have been posted on Townshippers’ YouTube account.


Free Closing Ceremonies

Thanks to the generosity of BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), everyone will be able to enjoy the games closing ceremony taking place in Sherbrooke’s Jacques-Cartier Park free of charge on August 17th, at 7 p.m.! The well-known snowmobile maker is also a generous supporter of the 34th Townshippers’ Day. You can view the more than 30 high quality items donated by BRP to the silent auction at Thank you BRP!


T-Day; 38 Days To Go 

Speaking of T-Day, our countdown to the Eastern Townships English-speaking event continues and with only 38 days left, its time to share the entertainment line up. On Saturday, September 14th, dancers, singers, authors, magicians and comedians will come together at Bishop’s College School to showcase the English-speaking community’s diverse culture.

The show gets started at 11:30 a.m. with the North Country Swingers showcasing their skills at instantly responding to hundreds of modern western square dance calls. The Richmond Irish Dancers pay tribute to the regions Irish roots with traditional dance.

The whole family will be amazed at 1 p.m. by talented local magician Ry Guy, who recently preformed throughout the weekend long Ottawa Buskerfest, then the Richmond 4-H Square Dancers will get the toes tapping in time to another round of country dance.

At 3 p.m. with a new releases, singer songwriter Amos Joannides will share his tunes  and we can’t stop ourselves from bragging about acclaimed Canadian comedy duo Bowser and Blue who will cap off T-Day with their satirical wit.

Don’t miss out on a personalized caricature from the talented Trevor Mckinven, or miss a chance to meet with local authors such as Ross Murray who will sign copies of ‘Don’t Everyone Jump at Once’ and ‘You’re Not Going to Eat That, Are You?’ and poet Steve Luxton who will launch two books at the Townships Expressions kiosk in the Memorial rink.

Townshippers’ Day does not charge an admission fee, but needs increasing public support through individual donations. As in past years, we encourage those who enjoy the festival to donate a minimum of $2.

Please support this family-friendly, non-profit event, operated by a community organization and administered by a volunteer organizing committee! Donations can be made on-site at designated locations. For other ways to make a donation or support the festival, or to view the event program later this month, visit

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 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:  Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Townshippers’ Association celebrated the Opening Ceremonies of the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games last Friday. For even more photos, visit and like Townshippers’ page on Facebook.