Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Cutline: There was a packed crowd at the opening ceremonies for last year’s Townshippers’ Day festival, the largest event of its kind for the region’s English-speaking community.
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37th Townshippers’ Day festival
BROME, August 25, 2016 – The annual gathering of the Eastern Townships English-speaking community will bring together more than 100 artisans, exhibitors and entertainers to the Brome fairgrounds this year. The 37th Townshippers’ Day – held on Saturday September 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – supports and showcases homegrown talent and exhibitor’s with local information and resources, while giving visitors a chance to explore the 2016 host, the Town of Brome Lake.
“It really is a community event, a great big party that everyone is invited to,” said Kate Holbrook, Culture and Community Coordinator for Townshippers’ Association. “The festival shows how active and vibrant our English-speaking community is, which can be eye opening to English and French speaking visitors. Last year, Townshippers’ Day attracted more than 4,000 people who spent a great day together catching up with friends and family and linking with various organizations. If you are new to the region, you won’t want to miss this festival. You can meet new people and find out more about local resources and if English isn’t your first language, you’ll have a very friendly crowd to practice with.”
Community is at the heart of Townshippers’ Day. The grassroots autumn festival started as an intimate gathering and annual reunion of the region’s English-speaking community. As the festival grew, community groups, businesses, heritage, health and educational organizations realized its value as a vehicle to share their information and resources with a growing crowd.
The festival and its activities helped to build bridges between the region’s linguistic communities generating understanding and support from French speaking neighbours for the minority English-speaking community. Volunteering organizing committees bought the event to different community each year, allowing Townshippers’ Day to touch nearly every corner of the Townships.
With sustainability in mind, organizers of the 2006 Townshippers’ Day in Richmond challenged participants to minimize the festival environmental footprint and successfully reduced the waste generated by that year’s 8,000 visitors to just three trash bags. Each subsequent festival has tried to raise the bar and meet the goal of having a waste free celebration. Currently, onsite waste streaming along with recycling and composting efforts, has reduced the garbage to just one bag of trash and festival sites are fully cleaned just hours after the event ends.
Townshippers’ Day 37
Past and present have played a part in every Townshippers Day, giving visitors a chance to explore their heritage and showcase their vitality while discovering a different host community each year. The 2016 edition, held at the Brome fairgrounds (345 Stagecoach Road), will feature 90 artisans and exhibitors – including heritage groups and health related organisations – ten entertainers, and an even-bigger children’s area with its playful petting zoo and a fun inflatable farm house.
Also included, the Académie de secourisme médical in Sherbrooke will prepare visitors to be a “Hero in 30″ with simplified version of CPR without mouth-to-mouth, local humourist Ross Murray will launch his first novel, and visitors can bid the silent auction, catch sheep shearing and rug hooking demos, ride the heritage bus tour into Knowlton and more.
The Town of Brome Lake and Townshippers’ Association’s team, with the support of the municipalities Brome Village and West Bolton, are ready to welcome you to Townshippers’ Day 37, on Sept 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will begin with begin with the Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m.
A full schedule can be found at TDay.ca and will be posted at the festival. Parking $2. This festival is family friendly but not pet friendly, thank you for leaving your pets at home. For more on the festival, call Townshippers’ office in Brome Lake at 1-877-242-4421.
Townshippers’ Day is made possible with the generous support of partners including Canadian Heritage, CBC, the Sherbrooke Record, CASS, CJMQ 88.9 FM (The Qube), Global Excel Management, Ville de Lac Brome, Stanstead Journal, Député de Brome-Missisquoi Pierre Paradis, Député de Saint-François Guy Hardy, Député de Sherbrooke Luc Fortin, Caisse Populaire de Brome-Missisquoi, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the Corporation Municipale du Village de Brome.
About Townshippers’ Association
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421).
Communications Officer, Townshippers’ Association
819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717), firstname.lastname@example.org