Rachel Garber

Have you visited your little local library recently? These small outposts of culture and literacy are some of the “use it or lose it” assets we don’t know we’ve got till they’re gone. You know, like those well hidden brochures in English. Two of the smallest libraries?
In Cookshire, a small but inviting space offers books in English for adults, hidden in the rear room of the Biblio Municipal, in the lower level of the Manoir Eau-Vive, at 210 rue Principale East. Library volunteer Erna Amyot invites readers to drop by on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. “We have a large variety of books ready for your summer reading. Our volunteer librarians are looking forward to seeing you.”
In Sawyerville, Ann Rothfels welcomes visitors in a small space that is chock full of books, in a super-organized way. Enter by the back door of the erstwhile town hall at 11A Clifton Road, on Wednesdays between 7 and 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. She offers a rotating variety of books for both adults and children, in both English and French. Ask about this summer’s drawing contest for children of all ages. A book about bugs and insects, in French, is the prize.
Heads up: the Cookshire Fair is planned for August 17-20.
At the Eaton Corner Museum, 374 Route 253, Cookshire-Eaton, the July-August opening hours are Thursday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission charged. Info:, or call Sharon at 819-837-2643.
Outdoor images projected onto the walls of Victoria Hall and other buildings take you back to the beginnings of the Eaton Township. Beginning at nightfall, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Murmures du Canton, at the Parc des Braves, 85 Principale West, Cookshire.
Outdoors in the Parc des Braves at 85 avenue du Parc in the heart of Cookshire on Sundays at 5 p.m. are two more concerts free of charge, open to all.
July 23: The musicians are five: The DeVito Brass Quintet (Robin Doyon and Frédéric Gagnon on trumpets, Gabriel Gauthier-Beaudoin on horn, Martin Ringuette on trombone, and Jean-Philippe Dutil on tuba). Expect an eclectic and entertaining journey from baroque to jazz, including film music.
August 27: The SaxoLogie Ensemble is a quartet of saxaphones: soprano (Louis-Philippe Bonin), alto (Stéphane Jackson), tenor (Clio Theodoridis), and baritone (Jean-Philippe Godard). Their repertoire of chamber music promises to amaze, from baroque to modern, including works by Glass, Piazzola, and Browning.
Sérénité Sonore offers a new approach to enjoying the stars in our Dark Sky Reserve. Beside the Cloutier Pond, lie back in a hammock-chair under the night sky, while enjoying a concert of harp music. Breathe.
This relaxing experience is offered by Sérénité Sonore’s founder, Annabelle Renzo, and organized by the Espace culturel Cookshire-Eaton. A series of eight concerts are open for small groups of up to 15 persons. On Friday evenings and the week of the Persiades, the dates to choose from are July 7, 14, and 28; August 4, 11, 12, and 18; and September 1st, from 9 to 10 p.m. (“Doors” open at 8:30 p.m.). The location is the Cloutier Pond, 675 Grenier Road, Cookshire-Eaton. The fee is $60 plus taxes, or $73.22. Per concert. Accessible for persons with limited mobility. By reservation only. Email: Website:
CARD PARTIES, July 11&25
At Brookbury Hall: Card parties on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25, at 1:30 p.m. For a seat at the card and lunch tables, the fee is $8/person. The Hall’s new address is 571 Brookbury Road (aka Route 255). Info: Brenda Bailey, 819-884-5984.
SALES, July 29&30; Sept.23
At the Canterbury Center, a Flea Market/Marché aux puces and Farmers’ Market are planned for Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30. The organizers seek donations of small items and antiques. To arrange to drop off donations, or to have them picked up if your mobility is reduced, call 819-872-3400. The Canterbury Center is located at 1095 Route 214, Canterbury.
At Brookbury Hall is planned a community garage sale on September 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reserve a large table (fee $10) and sell your wares, contact Brenda Bailey, 819-884-5984.
The Canterbury Center hosts a Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, August 5, starting at 4:30 p.m. Ed Pederson says, “Everyone is welcome. Candy Coleman is organizing the menu, so she will call you if you participated in 2019. If you are new to Canterbury Cuisine, you can call her at 819-657-4661.” The Canterbury Center is located at 1095 Route 214, Canterbury.
United. All services in July are at 10:30 a.m., in varying locations. On July 9 will be a service at Trinity United Church in Cookshire. On July 16 the service is to be at the East Clifton United Church, 207 Route 253, Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton. On July 23, at the Trinity United Church in Cookshire, is a service that includes a baptism celebration. And on July 30, the service is at the Sawyerville United Church. Info: 819-889-2838. For pastoral care, call Rev. Spires at 819-452-3685.
Baptist. In-person Sunday services are in French at 9 a.m. and in English at 11 a.m. All services are at the Sawyerville Baptist Church, 33 rue de Cookshire. For information, please contact Pastor Michel Houle at 819-889-2819.
Anglican. All services in July are at 10 a.m., in varying locations. On July 9 and 16, the services are at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 45 Principale West, Cookshire, and on the 9th, it includes the Fraser Family Reunion. On July 23, the service is to be at St. John’s Anglican Church, 436 Batley Road, Brookbury. On July 30, the service is in Lennoxville at the St. George’s Church. For details, visit and click on the “Calendar” link. Info: 819-887-6802, or
Do you have news to share? Call 819-640-1340 or email by July 10 for publication August 2, or by August 7 for August 16.

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