Two Festivals Merge into One Great New Event

This year, Cowansville’s Picnic in the Park and Fête des Générations have joined forces to create a day-long celebration for the whole family! Taking place on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Cowansville Municipal Beach, the first ever Journée Champêtre des generations features a day full of free activities from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities for seniors will be available in the morning and while young families can enjoy a variety of activities throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  Also featured will be a Golden Cookie Contest, a raffle, inflatable games, food, and entertainment.

Please join us in celebrating the first Journée Champêtre des generations!

For more information on any of the activities, please contact Maggie Severs, Townshippers’ Association’s Co-coordinator, Eastern Townships Partners for Health & Social Services, Montérégie-East Network at 450-242-4421 (toll-free: 1-877-242-4421) [email protected]

Sunshine Theatre Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sunshine Theatre is celebrating 15 years of production in Brome Lake! From humorous and witty writing to those with relevant commentary on life, the company has presented quality performances, in English, which are appreciated in the community for both their content and their reasonable ticket prices.

“We are amazed to see that we have produced over fifteen community shows and two professional productions as well as community readings of the classics and musical shows,” says Doug Hooper, Artistic Director.

Past Sunshine highlights include a tour of ‘ART’ by Yasmina Reza with a different cast in 2001 and 2002, and large ensembles gathered to present musicals for Arts Knowlton, ‘Guys and Dolls’ in 2000 and ‘Oliver!’ in 2003. Four original social theatre productions for health promotion toured extensively including “We Can Act” the four-part series of health plays funded by Health Canada, toured to over 20 towns and schools.

Theatre Directors have included Sunil Mahtani, Doug Hooper, Laura Teasdale and Kate Wisdom who each directed plays in many different performance spaces around the Townships. Casts of all ages have enjoyed working with dedicated and creative technicians, set and costume designers and front of house managers.

Next up, the company is proud to once again present Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play “ART.” Translated by Christopher Hampton, and featuring Frank Fontaine, Doug Hooper and Ralph Steiner, under the direction of Kate Wisdom, ART is about one man, Serge, who buys a painting, and the volcanic reactions of his friends, Marc and Yvan, to his purchase. Art will be performed at the Lakeview Inn in Knowlton from August 1 to 3, and 5 to 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 450-538-1055 or purchased in advance for $25, $20 for seniors, from Brome Lake Books and Townshippers’ Association’s offices.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website To connect with Townshippers’ Association, contact the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421).

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Jul 27, 2014

Photo Credit: Kate Wisdom

Photo Caption:  Sunshine Theatre is marking its 15th anniversary with a reprisal of Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play “ART,” about the volcanic reactions of one man’s friends to his purchase of a painting, at the Lakeview Inn in Knowlton this August.