The Sawyerville Baptist Church at 33 Cookshire Street in Sawyerville celebrates its 200th birthday on Friday and Saturday, September 3 and 4. Imagine: the church was founded in 1822!
Two days of activities are to feature guest speakers, music, photo displays, a chalk art presentation, a bus tour of historical points of interest, and a buffet supper. Persons wishing to participate in either the supper or the bus tour are asked to reserve their seats before August 1st by phoning Pastor Michel Houle at 819-889-2819.
July 15 is the deadline to donate good-quality items to the Canterbury Center fund-raising campaign. Please call Tony De Melo at 819-872-3400 (leave a message); pick-up of items can be provided. All proceeds go to help restore the former Christchurch Canterbury, now Canterbury Center, at 1095 Victoria Road.
The items will be on sale at the Canterbury Flea Market, July 30-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vegetables, coffee and hotdogs will also be for sale. Re-use, Re-cycle, Reduce!
In the Parc aux Braves in Cookshire, a concert is on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m., by the Quintette DeVito, with Robin Doyon and Stéphane Beaulac playing trumpet, Gabriel Gauthier Beaudoin on horn, Martin Ringuette on trombone, and Jean-Philippe Dutil playing tuba. In case of rain, the concert will move to the St-Camille Catholic Church, 170 Principale East.
This concert is part of the Concerts Apéro series organized by the Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery. On August 14 is planned Ragtime et compagnie with Catherine Meunier, percussionist, and Steve Normandin, accordionist.
The Townships Trail’s mystery drama in English comes to the Parc des Braves, 125 Principale West, Cookshire, on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. Ghosts & Other Doohickeys is to be performed outdoors, but will move into the adjacent Victoria Hall if it rains. Attendance is free of charge. Bring your own chair.
A drawing contest for children age 13 and younger is now on at the Sawyerville Library, 11A, Clifton Road, sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Bank. It is not necessary to be a member of the library to participate, but the drawings will be placed on display there. The prize will be a pair of binoculars and the draw will take place on Wednesday, August 17. Library hours for delivering the drawings: Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Ann Rothfels at 819-875-5438.
Heads up: The Cookshire Fair is back! August 18-21 is the big weekend. Entrance for ages 7 and under are free; for others it costs $10 for Thursday, $20 for Friday and Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or the whole weekend for $45.
What’s planned? Arts and culture exhibitions on the ground floor of the main building. A wrestling match and bingo on Thursday evening. Arm wrestling competition on Saturday afternoon. Tractor and truck pulls on Friday and Saturday night. A horse pull on Sunday night. Animal judging classes Friday through Sunday. Latino dancing Sunday afternoon. Winslow dancers Friday and Saturday night. A family zone with more than 25 rides and games for youngsters and teenagers.
Questions? Contact Barb Ward at 819-640-7367 or Myrna MacDonald at 819-875-5393. For information in French, visit
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at the Parc des Braves in Cookshire is the multimedia video show about the history of Eaton Township. Murmurs of the Township, or Les Murmures du Canton, will begin at nightfall on the murs (walls) of Victoria Hall, Cookshire Elementary School, and St. Peter’s Church. The 30-minute show is about the history of the Eaton Township, with two showings each evening.
Black Histories in the Eastern Townships is an outdoor exhibit in front of the Richmond County Historical Society’s Museum, 1161 Route 243, Canton de Melbourne. It’s on Wednesday to Sunday until October 9, in collaboration with the Eastern Townships Research Centre. For those who missed it a few months ago at Bishop’s University, here is another chance.
Still on: Iridescent Thought, or Pensée irisée, the Raven Collective’s exhibition, showing the work of Ann Bilodeau, Yong Sook Kim-Lambert, Laurence Bacon, and Norman Gladu. When? Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where? At the Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery in Victoria Hall, 125 Principale West, Cookshire.
The Eaton Corner Museum at 374 Route 253, Eaton Corner, is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free for members; non-members pay a fee. Info: 819-875-5256 or
The tourist information bureau at the Maison de la Culture John-Henry-Pope, 25 Principale West, Cookshire, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
United. An in-person Sunday service is July 10 at Trinity United in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and at Sawyerville United at 11 a.m. On July 17, instead of a local service, Revs. Tami Spires and Mead Baldwin will preside at the Celtic Festival Sunday Service in Kinnear’s Mills. On July 24 and July 31, services are planned at 10:30 a.m. in Brookbury, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Brookbury United Church. Note the schedule may be changed to 2 or 2:30 p.m.; please check the United Eaton Valley Pastoral Charge (UEVPC) answering machine, 819-889-2838.
Baptist. In-person services are in French at 9 a.m. and in English at 11 a.m. Info: Please contact Pastor Michel Houle at 819-889-2819.
Anglican. An in-person Sunday service is July 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Cookshire. For a schedule of services, visit and click on the “Calendar” link. Please note that Home Prayers videos on Sundays via Facebook and website have ended, at least for the summer. Info: 819-887-6802, or
Do you have news to share? Call 819-640-1340 or email by July 11 for publication August 3 and by August 8 for August 17.

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