Townshippers’ Day 37

June is winding down, which means the organizing committee for Townshippers’ Day is revving up in preparation for the 2016 edition at Brome’s fairgrounds on September 17. Yes, you read that right. The festival is taking place at the same location as last year, a first in Townshippers’ Day history!

Haven’t heard of Townshippers’ Day? It’s the premier event for the regions English-speaking community! This one-day event celebrates our culture, heritage, and vitality through a family-friendly festival and information fair. Music and dance, artisans and exhibitors, plus a chance to discover the annual host town, are packed into this 37-year-old festival.

With more than 4,000 visitors celebrating last year’s event in Brome, the 2015 organizing committee was eager to host the festival again, and a waiting list has already developed for the 2016 edition. The 37th event is being organized by the Town of Brome Lake and Townshippers’ Association, in collaboration with Brome Village and West Bolton.

The entertainment lineup has been selected – more on that later – but exhibitors are being accepted until July 29. Artisans with handmade local goods, community, and non-profit groups and services, historical societies, businesses and educations institutions are all invited to register but with the 90 exhibitor spaces quickly booking up, don’t wait too long to participate.

This year we’ve introduced online registrations through the Townshippers’ Day website – Under the “Participate” section you’ll find links to the online registration and downloads for the forms which can be mailed, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered to our Sherbrooke office. No computer access? No problem! Forms are available at either of Townshippers’ offices, in Sherbrooke at 257 rue Queen (Lennoxville) and in Brome Lake at 584 Knowlton Rd (Knowlton).

For more on Townshippers’ Day as it unfolds, visit Questions? Call Townshippers’ Brome Lake office at 450-242-4421.

Clarification: Arts Alive! Québec Launch

In Townshippers’ last column (Connecting English-speaking Artists to the Arts, Brome County News, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, page 12) we announced that the Knowlton edition of Arts Alive! Québec would be launched at the Star Café on August 26. The launch will actually take place on Friday, August 12, 5-7 pm. We hope to see you there!

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website 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: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Photo Credit: Stephan Thompson

Photo Caption: Ninety exhibitors shared their wears and information with more than 4,000 visitors at last year’s Townshippers’ Day in Brome. Registrations for this year’s event, again at Brome, are being accepted for exhibitors at until July 29.