It was a beautiful, cool and crisp autumn day on Saturday, September 17, when thousands of Townshippers travelled to the town of Stanstead for the 2011 edition of Townshippers’ Day. With the sun shining brightly, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy wonderful entertainment, delicious food and see a variety of interesting activities, while meeting new people and re-uniting with old friends.
Although the day’s activities took place at seven different locations around town, much of the entertainment and many of the exhibitors were located at, and around, the Manoir Stanstead. In the Manoir’s Chapel, visitors were treated to music and dancing offered by a variety of performers: Mo Profera, Tanya Mueller, Chantal Bedard & Co., Tricia McDaid, Gail Klinck and Keith Whittall, David and Elaine Vachon and Choromondo.
At the other end of the main site, visitors flocked to the Pat Burns arena, not only to meet staff and board members of Townshippers’ Association and talk with representatives from some of the day’s supporting partners, but also to check out the brand new building! On the second floor of the arena, and in the nearby exhibitors’ tent, visitors browsed hundreds of kiosks which featured a variety of artisans, local producers, community groups and educational institutions.
Young attendees were treated to a variety of activities, ranging from face painting to bouncy castles and a climbing wall. Others enjoyed the musical talents of a variety of local acts in the entertainment tent throughout the day, including the Lennoxvillains, Crossroads, Slightly Haggard, Mireille Pruneau and Mike Goudreau. In addition to this, a few unique presentations took place at the site of the Wrestling Ring: Cameron Gagnon’s ‘Burns’ chainsaw carving presentation, a wrestling demonstration by the Eastern Townships Wrestling Association, a DJ presentation by Jim Box and the T-Day Ultimate Laughing Championship, presented by Albert Nerenberg.
This year’s T-Day activities were made possible thanks to the generosity of a variety of supporting partners, including the Town of Stanstead, the Manoir Stanstead, Desjardins, CBC Radio, the Sherbrooke Record, CJMQ 88. 9 FM, the Stanstead Journal, Global Excel, the Eastern Townships School Board, Rock of Ages Canada, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Rythmebeat.com and Patrick Bouchard. Townshippers’ Association wishes to sincerely thank these partners, as well as the numerous other contributors whose donations – both financial and in-kind – went a long way towards making such a wonderful, community event possible.
By: Michelle Lepitre
Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Archive