Take a seat for local arts

Townshippers’ Association is rolling out the red carpet for its new Expression Series this Saturday, October 21, with a one-night-only performance of the new musical memoire, Being Hank & Patsy, at Bandeen Hall, on the Bishop’s University campus.

The Expressions Series is a new performance offering that complements the Association’s Townships Expressions initiative which has been promoting artists, musicians and writers from the region’s English-speaking community for several years. Participating artists who are part of the collection can also sell their works in the Expressions store – located in Townshippers’ Sherbrooke and Lac-Brome offices – online shop at www.Townshippers.org/Shop and pop-up shop that visits various special events in the region.

The goal of the Expressions Series is simple – to give the community access to special live arts and entertainment productions, including single concert and performances, that feature local artists. But getting people in the seats can be a challenge. To encourage people to take a seat in support of our region’s talented artists, admission to the shows are affordable at just $10 for Townshippers’ members and $15 non-members.

The series is starting out small with just two performances, a musical in October and a concert in November both held at the Bandeen Hall, an acoustically superb venue used by Bishop’s University’s music program to make professional-level recordings.

In 2013, Townshippers’ hosted a performance of the popular musical show, Honky Tonk Blue…The Night Patsy Met Hank, to raise funds for it’s Make Way for YOUth Estrie and youth initiatives. In that story Townships playwright Laura Teasdale imagines a star-crossed meeting between a young Patsy Cline, played by Teasdale, just beginning her climb and country’s broken king, Hank Williams, played by Ralph Steiner.

Teasdale’s latest production, Being Hank & Patsy, brings Steiner and Teasdale back together, this time as they find themselves becoming Hank and Patsy, falling in love with the characters and in (and out) of love with each other. 

It takes a lot of energy to produce a show like this but Steiner and Teasdale always strive to make each performance captivating for any audience. Head to Bandeen Hall this Saturday, October 21, to find out. Cash admission at the door – $10 for Townshippers’ members, $15 non-members, starting at 7 pm, showtime 7:30 pm. Details at www.Townshippers.org/ExpressSeries or call 819-566-5717.

Looking for A Job? 

If you are looking for work or are interested in learning more about what kinds of careers exist in the Townships, check out the 3rd Annual Foire de la Diversité, de l’Emploi et de l’Entrepreneuriat (Diversity, Employment and Entrepreneurship Fair).  

Hosted by the Actions Interculturelles, this free event promotes access to employment and entrepreneurship for immigrants, youth, and experienced workers (55 and over). This fantastic event will take place on October 20 (12pm-5pm) and 21 (10am-3pm), and Townshippers’ Association will be there!

Representing two of Townshippers’ initiatives – the Youth Employment pilot project and the Make Way for YOUth project – are Katie Bibbs and Holly McMillan who will have information on hand about opportunities in the English-speaking community. 

 Swing on by and meet Katie and Holly, and answer a few quick questions to help us better serve the community in these initiatives, at the Sherbrooke’s Center Julien-Ducharme on October 20 and 21.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website www.Townshippers.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Facebook.com/Townshippers. 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 18, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Nearly five years ago, Laura Teasdale and Ralph Steiner took on the roles of country music legends Patsy Cline and Hank Williams in Honky Tonk Blue…The Night Patsy Met Hank. The actors are now telling the story behind the story in Being Hank & Patsy.