Way for YOUth Discovery Days

By: Sheila Quinn

Townshippers’ Day weekend was the perfect timing for the latest installment of the Make Way for YOUth Discovery Days weekends! Participants stayed at the Manoir Stanstead, graciously hosted by owner Andre Fratelli. A perfect central location for the activities planned for the weekend, the group walked up one flight of stairs in the Manoir to the Manoir Auction Murder Mystery Soirée, held in what was once the chapel of the former Ursuline convent. The evening’s meal was catered by La Vieille Douane restaurant and attended by roughly one hundred guests. It was just the opportunity for participants to mingle with Stanstead residents and those from other areas of the Townships who were in attendance.

On Saturday morning, the group was up bright and early for breakfast on Townshippers’ Day and even hosted a reception for media representatives, as well as members of various political and community groups. Attendees were treated to Vegan cupcakes from brand-new Sherbrooke Vegan cupcake bakery, Le Chat et Le Cupcake, with proprietor/baker Marisa Sandlin present to inform guests on ingredients and special touches to her treats. The Discovery Days group were then free to roam and take in the many events and kiosks on site, gathering for supper following the festivities at Millie’s Diner, just down Dufferin Street, for a networking supper.

The group and other diners were entertained by performers Gail Klinck and Keith Whittall and Matthew McCully. Participants also took in part of Mike Goudreau’s show at Checkpoint Charlie, a pub located across the street from Millie’s. Sunday brunch at La Vieille Douane capped off a great weekend!

The Make Way for YOUth Discovery Days weekends are all-inclusive, free weekends, for youth 18 – 35 who are looking to move to the area, or for those who have recently arrived and are getting to know their new home. The next Discovery Days weekend will take place February 10 – 12, 2012 at Jouvence! For more information, contact Sheila Quinn, Make Way for YOUth/Desjardins Migration Agent responsible for the Estrie’s English-speaking Community, at 819-566-5717 or [email protected]

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Sep 21, 2011