Daily Archives: October 18, 2008

October Events

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Changing Seasons The transition of leaves from green to orange is the sure sign that autumn is here. Take advantage of the wonderful outdoor trails and roads to experience the bright colors of Fall as only the Eastern Townships can provide.

October 1st
5th Annual Cancer walk & run
Help raise funds for the fight against Cancer and support the oncology department of the BMP Hospital during their 5th annual walk. Event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Knowlton Academy on Victoria Street and is organized by the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club. For more information call 450-775-8516 or 450-243-1369.

October 7th
Thanksgiving Celebration Concert with Linnea Good
This gathering, “I can’t keep from singing!” presents the wonderful talents of Linnea Good and her special guests in a celebration of season and song. Her songs and stories are for all ages. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at Knowlton United Church at 234 Knowlton Road. Tickets are available at the door, adults are $15 and student and family rates do apply. The Music of Linnea Good

Linnea Good pciture courtesy of www.linneagood.comLinnea Good will also be presenting two workshops to teach different approaches to using vocal music and stories to enhance the practice of worship. Why not spend the day with the family in celebration and expression!

More information at 450-243-6078.

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Oktoberfest! The Eastern Townships may be a long ways from Germany but us folks in Knowlton still have what it takes to make the Knowlton Octoberfest Celebration one of the liveliest Oktoberfest parties in the area, namely: beer, food, music and…naturally… more beer! Support this fundraiser for the First Responders by attending the party at Knowlton’s OddFellows Hall on October 28th at 6:00 p.m. There will be German food, large steins of frothing beer as well as music performed by “A German Band” ! Tickets are only $20.

October 14th
Renaissance Brome Lake
A meeting has been organized for all concerned citizens and friends of Brome Lake who are troubled with the blue-green algae problems the lake has experienced this year and the accelerating rate of deterioration the Brome Lake is experiencing. Initiatives to reduce emissions into the lake are often ignored as residents continue to fertilize grass and local farmers like the Duck Farm continue dumping large quantities of manure onto fields which eventually gets washed into the lake. Residents have expressed concerns over the MillPond Dam and this summer’s closing of Douglass Beach have made people even angrier. The meeting is being called by a group called Renaissance Lac Brome to help formulate a plan of action to reduce phosphorus and combat indifference and inaction by local officials. The meeting is from 10 a.m. till noon at the Odd Fellows Hall at 476 Knowlton Road.

October 14th – 15th
Quoi De Neuf?
Quoi de Neuf?… translates from French into “What’s New?” and this event epitomizes the phrase! This show and sale brings artisans from around the Knowlton and Eastern Townships together for an annual show and sale of incredible crafts, artworks and recipes. This is the 12th annual event and This year will see wonderful examples of stained glass, wood carvings, braided rugs, doll houses, designer clothing and much more. There will be a raffle of and proceeds will benefit the Brome Lake Food Bank. It will take place at the Knowlton Golf Club, located at 264 Lakeside Road just outside of Knowlton. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Film & Arts
October 1st
Fall Cinema Series at Theater Lac Brome – Arts Knowlton
“CRASH” directed by Paul Haggis
Crash is a Canadian Film directed by Paul Haggis (director of the upcoming James Bond film Casino Royale and a host of films including screenplay credits for Million Dollar Baby.) Crash stars Matt Dillon as a bad LA cop who crosses the line. The films in the Knowlton Arts series start Sunday evening at 5pm. Admission is $7 for the general public.

October 15th
“Shake Hands with The Devil; The Journey of Romeo Dallaire” directed by Peter Ramont.
The film about Canadian military leader Romeo Dallaire won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The disturbing story of the Rwanda genocide and one man’s attempts to deal with the obscene tragedy. The films in the Knowlton Arts series start Sunday evening at 5pm. Admission is $7 for the general public and Arts Knowlton Theater in downtown Knowlton.

Knowlton Theater
Theater Lac-Brome presents:

October 19 – 29
Chapter Two
by one of the best loved playwrights, Neil Simon. The well-crafted play is about a man in his 40s whose wife has died of cancer and a woman in her 30s who has just divorced her loser husband. Their friends each push them both into getting back on the horse, to date other people but neither of them are looking forward to trying to integrate their lives with another person when, by accident, they are thrust together and find themselves enthralled. Presented by Theater Lac Brome at Arts Knowlton, 9 Mont-Echo. Call 450-242-2270 for reservations.

October 6th
Benefit for the Montreal Children’s & BMP Hospital
“Townships Toddlers” – Come and support the hard work of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins (BMP) Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec, a 140-bed community facility that serves many of us here in Knowlton. The event is a dinner followed by a good ole’ down home country style dance with the music of Smokin Country and Borderline. Yeehaw! The event kicks off at the Oddfellows Hall on Knowlton Road across from the Depanneur Rouge. The Beef and Pork Bar-B-Que starts at 5 pm.

October 13th – 14th
Quoi de Neuf Show And Sale
The ever popular annual gathering of 37 artisans exposing their talents. Quoi de Neuf?… translates from French into “What’s New?” and this event epitomizes the phrase! This show and sale brings artisans from around the Knowlton and Eastern Townships together for an annual show and sale of incredible crafts, artworks and recipes. This is the 13th annual event and This year will see wonderful examples of stained glass, wood carvings, braided rugs, doll houses, designer clothing and much more. There will be a raffle of and proceeds will benefit the Brome Lake Food Bank. It will take place at the Knowlton Golf Club, located at 264 Lakeside Road just outside of Knowlton. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 16th
Societe d’Horticulture Tournesol
Sunflower Horticultural Society
The annual meeting and conference of this vibrant group takes place in Waterloo at the Wilfred-Leger at 7pm. Call 450-539-2740. The guest speaker will be Albert Mondor, horticulturist who will be mesmerizing the attendees with a discussion and presentation on the subject: Perfect Flowers. Perhaps I should make a point of attending as the only flower I’ve consistently been able to grow with any success is the dandelion!

October 26th
Teen Weight Lifting Clinic
Chris GobbyWith another pedagogical day coming up the kids will have another day off school. Why not get them involved in a healthy confidence building activity? Brome Lake Fitness is offering an exciting event for teens from the ages of 14 – 17; a weight lifting clinic featuring Chris Gobby the Canadian National Arm Wrestling Champion for 2005, 2006, 2007. Chris is also a Certified personal trainer. The event happens from 2-4pm at Brome Lake Fitness (328 A Knowlton Road) Space is limited so you should call to reserve 450-243-6246. The entrance fee is only $20.00 and includes the clinic and a day pass to the Gym.

Brome Lake Fitness is also offering 20% off annual memberships now until October 31st. Come and join the gym…you’ll have fun and will be feeling and looking better in not time!

October 31st
Hallowe’en in Knowlton
Lac Brome really knows how to celebrate the spookiest time of the year and the homes and stores are decorated with pumpkins and scary spiders and all manner of frightening fun! The candy should start flowing by Monday and will culminate in the Halloween door-to-door crusade on Wednesday night. For a fun night with the kids the best Halloween experience in Knowlton is likely to be down Benoit & Landsdowne Streets near the Marina. This small neighborhood really pours on the spooky spirits and the homes are decorated with intricate and original themes of Halloween

Music, Art & Literature

October 7th – 24th
Galerie Knowlton
Special Exhibit
Enjoy the artistic excellence of two of Quebec’s premier artists: artist Marie-Andrée Leblond and sculptor Paul-André Leblanc. “From the garden to the bedroom” by Leblond in acrylic and ink. “A Tree, a Memory” by Leblanc in copper and stone.

Meet the artists during the vernissage on Sunday, October 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Galerie Knowlton, 285 Knowlton Road. Info: 450-242-1666 Knowlton Arts

October 10 th
A Fistful of Faust
A Henry Schreiber Musical Event: A presentation of some of the most renowned composers including the romping sounds of Schubert, Liszt, Berlioz and Gounod. Arts Knowlton, 9 Mont-Echo. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Entry contribution: $5.00 is suggested.

October 13th – 14th
Brome Beaux Arts
Theatre of Early Music under the direction of Daniel Taylor, counter-tenor. Presented by Brome Beaux Arts at the Old Brick Church, West Brome. Saturday: 8:00 p.m.; Sunday: 3:00 a.m. Admission is free. Information: (450) 263-2346

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Jack-o-Lanterns The Brome Lake Chamber of Commerce holds an annual pumpkin carving event in the park beside the Mill Pond. Kids of all ages come out to carve their pumpkins and display them for the visitors. Come and see the ghoulish creatures in time for Hallowe’en and don’t forget this is the time for a good old fashioned pumpkin pie!

Film & Theatre
October 25th – Nov 11th
“Chickasaw, The Elixir of Love”
Don’t miss this World premiere of a new Canadian musical comedy. Presented by The Knowlton Players at Arts Knowlton, 9 Mont-Echo. Info: 450-263-1061.

The story is adapted from the novel “Raid From Hell” by well-known Knowlton resident Don Davison. The stage play is by Roger de la Mare, with lyrics by Graham Hardman and music composed and directed by Donald Patriquin. Choreography is by Diane Cahill Yarmush, and costumes are by Linda Carey. John Rumsey, a destitute British solicitor, having been banished to Canada, ends up in Montreal. More Information

Sienna Cat A lovely cat strolling beside the Cold Brook in Knowlton blends in perfectly with the colors of the fall foliage. Many lovely cats make Knowlton home; a testament to the care and importance we share for our animals.