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January 13th
Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story

Very special book signing event with well-known and much loved Montreal Gazette columnist, author and Townshipper, Bill Brownstein. The event includes the book signing and snacks and runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Brome Lake Books.

Bill Brownstein's whimsical book is piled with history of one of Montreals most famous smoked meat establishments on Saint Lawrence Boulevard. As a special treat, Schwartz's Deli will be at the book store with samples of their world famous smoke meat! There will be refreshments as well as a raffle to raise money for the Montreal Ovarian Cancer Initiative, an organization founded by Mr. Diamond, owner of Schwartz's Deli. It's going to be a "Party" !
Come out for a great opportunity to meet a wonderful group of people and have a rare taste of famous smoked meat right here in the Eastern Townships!
Brome Lake Books, 264 Knowlton Road. Info: 450-242-2242 or email: [email protected]

Until January 14th
Arts Sutton: Two original artists using words and images
7 Academy Road Sutton, Quebec

Catherine Côte's art works invite us to penetrate the ordinary to discover hidden within the "intraordinary" and two indisputable signatures of the human spirit: humor and meaning.

Bernard Paquet tries to get away from the ordinary format of writing and image to let his pen freely scribble or color in the margins and empty spaces. His approach changes the level of visual attention to explore dimensions that answers to other references. What appears at first glance to be unstructured text combines boldly with a photographic composition freed of its original motivation.

Sutton Gallery
Arts Sutton, 7 Academy Road Sutton, Quebec Tel: (450)538-2563
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Ongoing In January

Knowlton on Ice
The wonderful outdoor skating rink in the center of the village of Knowlton is available for family skating. Enjoy the magic of winter outdoors in front of the charming Mill Pond. Christmas music will be playing turning the classic Christmas majesty of Christmas in the Eastern Townships into a Victorian winter wonderland. Bring your hot-chocolate and the whole family to ColdBrook Park on Lakeside near Knowlton Road.

January 26th
Preteen dance
A dance for youth from grade four to secondary-one will be held at the Brome Lake Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. There will be a snack bar available. Safe and healthy fun for the youngsters of the Brome region.

Cinema Series & Movie Listings
Yes we have movies in Lac Brome!

Sunday January 7th at 5 p.m.
GERALDINE'S FORTUNE (2004) Geraldine's Fortune tells the comic story of how a big money TV game show brings excitement and chaos to a sleepy little New Brunswick town, and shakes one woman and her family to their very foundation.

Based loosely on Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs, the story revolves around Geraldine Liddle, a mild mannered middle aged supermarket supervisor with one child, three sisters, an unemployed husband, and a small group of people she thinks are her friends.

When Geraldine gets an opportunity to compete for two million dollars on the hit game show "Bring Home the Bacon", suddenly she becomes the center of everyone's greed, ambition and jealousy. The film is about families, friendship, loyalty, large sums of money, and dreams that you sometimes hope never come true. And like all of life's big questions, none of the answers are given until the Final Round.

Screening will be at 5:00 p.m. Regular admission: $7.00 per person; $5.00 for Theatre members. Presented by Theatre Lac Brome at Arts Knowlton, 9 Mont-Echo. Box Office: 450-242-2270

Sunday January 21 at 5 p.m.
WATER (2005)
Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia's feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist.

Sunday February 4 at 5 p.m.
A ubiquitous influence even as he remains elusively elsewhere, Leonard Cohen is back. Woven through a riveting tribute is a career-spanning interview with the man himself. Sprinkled with his own artwork and personal photos, Cohen speaks of his stately writing process; "savage criticisms" exchanged with fellow Montreal poets; the scene at the Chelsea Hotel; tea and oranges with the real Suzanne; his retreat to Mt. Baldy and more.

Structuring the film as a mostly chronological autobiographical interview with Cohen, director Lian Lunson intersperses his personal family photographs and home movies with cover performances at a Sydney Opera House concert to illustrate themes in his life.

While his experiences in New York City have been well-documented to fans, especially in his own songs, the depth of the influence of his Canadian heritage is a new insight. With only a humorous nod to his reputation as a "ladies man" (he sounds like every rock 'n' roller on VH-1 cheerfully admitting that he became a musician to pick up chicks), his spiritual explorations are well explained, including his Jewish background and a visit with his Zen mentor. Unusual for this adulatory genre, Cohen is articulate about his songwriting as a painstaking craft in general, though only a couple of specific songs that we see intensely performed or the albums they are from are given more context, such as who "Suzanne" was and working with Phil Spector.

Throughout, the performers from Canada, the U.S., England, Ireland and Australia, male, female, straight and gay, discuss his songs and the impact they have had on their lives and art.

Ice on Mill Pond reflects our lovely Church.

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Registration for Bishops University
Knowlton Campus

January 4th, 5th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Winter semester will be starting soon and now is the time to register for the classes. There are credit courses offered such as: Drawing & Painting in Guatamala Art History, Drawing (Level 1, 2 and 3 ) Photography 2, Sculpture, Italian Language 2, and Opera(!). There are also non-credit courses offered like French Conversation and a round table fiction discussion. Nore information can be had by calling 450-242-1518.

Literature, Fine Arts & Film
January 6, 13, 20th
Winter Lecture Series with Jim Manson (Historian)
All lectures will presented by The Brome County Historical Society in the Old Court House, 15 St. Paul Road, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Information: 450-243-6782

January 6
The Heroic MP: Colonel G.H. Baker and the Great War.
Photo courtesy of Eastern Townships Rsearch Center.
George H. Baker, the Conservative member from Brome county volunteered for active duty shortly after the outbreak of World War One and fought with with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment.) He was killed on June 3, 1916 at the age of 38.
In the 140 years since Canada achieved its independence only one parliamentarian, George Baker, has ever lost their life while fighting for Canada.

He was the som of the Honorable George Barnard Baker KC (member of the Senate of Canada), and Jane Baker.

In the Official War Diary of the 5th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles it was written: "Particularly regretted is the death of our O.C. Lt. Colonel G.H. Baker who has been O.C. since the Regiment was recruited in January 1915. He had endeared himself to Officers and men alike by his tact and cheerfulness under all conditions. Our comfort is that he died as he wished, at the head of his men, and his cross in the new MILITARY CEMETERY at POPERINGHE (LOT 2, G1) is inscribed “Killed in action”, the epitaph of a man. He was buried with full military honours."
At the Old Court House, 15 St. Paul Road, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Information: 450-243-6782

January 13
A study in Perseverance: Captain John Savage and the Settlement of Shefford Township.

Captain John Savage, Loyalist, who became the leader of associates in the Township of Shefford, spent nearly all of the years of the American Revolutionary War in one or another rebel jail. He would escape from one, only to be caught and imprisoned once more, under conditions that grew increasingly worse.

At one point, he even stood with the noose around his neck, beside the rebel executioner ready to pull the rope, when., because of his wit, he made some remark that amused his captors. He was released but thrown back into jail. He must have remained in jail in either Norwick, Conn. or Poughkeepsie till around 1780 or 1781, at which time Governor Haldimand of Quebec began his campaign of raids and surprise attacks.

Eventually Savage settled inCanada and focused his attention on amassing land in the Eastern Townships as the leader of the Shefford settlers. Over the next several years, Savage and his associates would survive the corruption of the land committee and would actually receive the "Great Seal" granting them Shefford Township.
At the Old Court House, 15 St. Paul Road, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Information: 450-243-6782

January 20
No Easy Answer: Sydney Fisher and the Debate over the Consolidation of Schools in Brome County.

Sydney Fisher was the Canadian Minister of Agriculture from 1896 - 1911 and his federal constituency was Brome.

Sydney Fisher was the owner-operator of Alva Farm in Knowlton, Quebec; president of Montreal Ensilage and Stock Feeding Association; founder and president of Quebec Fruit Growers' Association; member of Canadian National Livestock Association, Provincial Dairy Association and Brome Agricultural Association; charity board member and founder of arts organizations.

His passion for Brome and the protection of the education system in the Lac Brome area was legendary and Sydney Fisher became one of the region's most passionate defenders of the one room school house and local autonomy in educational matters and he established a trust fund of $100,000 to strengthen local education.

Fisher's legacy as agriculture minister includes a major expansion of the scope and activities of the department. Amendments to the Experimental Farms Stations Act in 1900 extended the branch farm system and new research stations opened in every province. The Tobacco Branch was organized in the department in 1905 to encourage and develop this new industry. In 1897, the Canadian and American departments of agriculture agreed to co-operate in the reporting and tracking of livestock diseases. The new co-operative inspection agreement significantly increased livestock trade between the two countries. In 1899, the department appointed a livestock commissioner. A biological laboratory was established on the Central Experimental Farm in 1902 to research animal disease control.
At the Old Court House, 15 St. Paul Road, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Information: 450-243-6782

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Recommended reading & New Books at the Knowlton Public Library
These books are available now at the Pettes Library at the corner of Knowlton Road and Lakeside Drive in central Lac Brome. Valid library card is required, visit the library for more information.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (Fiction)
Books by Kiran Desai
This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese movement for an independent state.

Janet Fitch book cover Paint it BlackPaint it Black by Janet Fitch (Fiction)
Books by Janet Fitch
Fitch follows her bestselling debut, White Oleander, by revisiting the insidious effects of a powerful, narcissistic mother on an only child. Michael Faraday is a Harvard dropout who paints in the L.A. art world of 1981; his suicide happens a few pages in, and sets the stage for a Fitch's masterful shifts in time and perspective.

The Messenger by Daniel Silva
Books by Daniel Silva
Bestseller Silva continues to warrant comparisons to John le Carré, as shown by his latest thriller starring Israeli art restorer and spymaster Gabriel Allon. Ahmed bin Shafiq, a former chief of a clandestine Saudi intelligence unit, targets the Vatican for attack, in particular Pope Paul VII and his top aide, Monsignor Luigi Donati, who both appeared in Silva's previous novel, Prince of Fire.

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