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Here's your chance to cozy up to the Grand Panjandrum himself. Just come to the quirky Bulwer Purple Prose Project's turkey awards supper. It's Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m., and tickets are available now.

Whole tables full of wretched writers are expected at this awards gala, where prizes are given for the opening sentence to the worst novel ever.

It's a celebration of how Bulwer got its name. It seems that in the mid-1800s, a famous novelist from England - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton - visited Williams Corner. He descended from the train one day and spoke with some locals, and they re-christened their village Bulwer.

Bulwer-Lytton made a fortune writing penny novels, and coined a whole bunch of nifty phrases that are part of our parlance today. "It was a dark and stormy night." "Talent does what it may. Genius does what it must." "The pen is mightier than the sword." And more!

That makes him a real Grand Panjandrum. And in his wake, the Bulwer competition has received some 70 or so entries of purple and quirky first sentences to novels. They fit, or don't, in a slew of categories - adventure, crime, fantasy, legends, local history, and romance.

By April 6th, the highly secret jury will have selected the worst among them, and the awards will be announced by our very own Grand Panjandrum - emcee Ross Murray.

All proceeds go to support the Bulwer Community Centre, whose dream team is putting on the turkey supper. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for others. And many thanks to the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François who printed the tickets and gave a $100 grant to the supper.

You aren't familiar with the Grand Panjandrum? He first appeared in a nonsensical paragraph by Samuel Foote, published in 1755 to test the memory of an actor who said he could read a paragraph once and then recite it verbatim. Here it is, thanks to Wikipedia:

"So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf, to make an apple pie; and at the same time a great she-bear coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. "What! No soap?" So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand Panjandrum himself, with the little round button at top; and they all fell to playing the game of catch as catch can, till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots."

For your supper tickets, here's what to do. Stop by the Black Cat Books at 168 Queen St., Lennoxville. Or contact Peggy Roy at 819-640-3571. Or email

"The Identity of English-speaking Quebec in 100 Objects" is launched on Tuesday, March 26, at 10 a.m., at the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre, 9 Spied Street, Lennoxville. Check it out -

The last of the free income tax clinics are this Wednesday, March 27, for persons with limited income. The clinic at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. and the one in Bury is open from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, located at the Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes Street.

Stuff is in the works. Keep tuned, Jackie Hyman says. Plan to attend the Eaton Corner Museum's annual Spring Brunch at the Bulwer Community Centre on Sunday, April 14, and look for more news soon about gardening workshops starting in May.

Tables at the grand flea market are still up for grabs. That's the flea market organized by the Bury Women's Institute, for Saturday, April 27, at the Bury Armoury Community Centre. Irma Chapman is accepting $10 bills from those who wish to rent a table. Info: 819-872-3600.

Anglican: Oh, Anglicans, fasten your seatbelts! On Maundy Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m., at Saint Peter's Church in Cookshire, is a foot-washing, ceremonial meal and stripping of the alter service. RSVP for the meal at 819-239-6902.
On Good Friday, March 29, at 1 p.m., at Saint George's Church in Lennoxville, is the Words and Music of Good Friday service. On Holy Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 a.m., at the Saint Barnabas Church in North Hatley, is the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. On Easter Sunday, March 31, is Easter Sunday Holy Communion. It is at 9:30 a.m. in Bury, and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire.

Finally, on Wednesday, April 3, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., at Saint Paul's Church in Bury, is Messy Church for young families. Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome, along with their parents, for stories, crafts, worship and dinner (provided).
Regular Sunday services resume the following week, at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (819-239-6902).

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French (819-239-8818).

United: On Easter Sunday, March 31, a Sunrise Service is to be at the Sawyerville Manse at 6:15 a.m., followed by a potluck breakfast. Then over to the Trinity United Church in Cookshire, for the regular Easter Sunday Service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. The following week, the usual Sunday services will be at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by April 1st for publication April 10 and by April 15 for April 24.

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