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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 21 septembre 2016

From Away

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Someone From Away was at the Eaton Corner Museum the other day, admiring the artwork of Denis Palmer. His 25 watercolours are exhibited on the handsomely restored walls of the Foss House. These original artworks were reproduced in the six window tapestries that adorn the main exhibition, A Tale of the Townships, in the Congregational church that is also part of the Museum. Unlike the tapestries, the small works invite an intimate viewing. Each one is a little gem.
The show tells the story of the settlement of the Haut-Saint-François - that is, when people From Away came and kept on coming. Depicted are the Abenaki people and their culture, the life of the first new settlers in the wilds of the Townships, and their crafts and trades.

Palmer created the series for the Eaton Corner Museum three years ago. His work has always sensitively depicted local history. Witness his book, Homage to a Rural Life. He has been on the board of directors for the past 18 months.

Where, the Someone From Away wondered, was Denis Palmer from? From Randboro, came the response. And before that? Hmm, good question. He moved here in 1979. But where were his ancestors from? The mists thicken.

Palmer doesn't talk much about himself. So I asked. He was born at the Montreal Children's Hospital. His father was born in England "because of the war," he said. His father's father was also from Montreal, and his father's mother from Belgium. His mother's folks were MacDonald's, from Scotland. But since the age of 31, Denis has forged his identity here. "I'm trying very hard to be local," he said, "to be part of the local fabric."

We're all local, aren't we? And almost all From Away, some time or other.

Palmer's exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays during September, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet Denis himself at a closing reception on October 15 and 16.

The Trinity United Church, 190 Principale W., Cookshire, offers its annual Gigantic Garage Sale: Household items, small furniture and lighting, dishes, jewelry, books, movies, music recordings, toys, linens, and much more. Food too, at its canteen. That's Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, and Saturday, October 1st, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then the Bag Sale is on Sunday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fill a bag with items of your choice for $5.

As a benefit for the Saint-Louis Church in East Angus, all kinds of stuff are for sale: sofa, small furniture, desks, lamps, purses, books, CDs, DVDs, tables, chairs, stoves, mirrors. That's at 185 St. Jacques Street. At a Bag Sale, smaller stuff is also for sale at $3 a bag: dishes, wine glasses, bedclothes, toys, decorations. That's at 166 St. Jean Street (presbytery basement). Both sales are on Friday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1st, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: Marie Roy 819-832-2589.

The show features the works of a variety of local artists and elementary school students. Visitors can meet the different artists and enter a drawing to win a painting by Martine Brault. Admission is free. It's on Saturday, October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury.

If you are old enough, you can play billiards and darts with the pros, thanks to FADOQ Sawyerville. That's short for the Fédération de l'Âge d'Or du Québec (Golden Age Federation of Quebec). So you need to be 50 or older.

You can play billiards with other golden agers on Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m., beginning September 20, for just $5/year. Info: Rémi, 819-889-2488. If darts are your thing, you can join the golden age dart players on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., starting September 22, also for just $5/year. Both are at the Sawyerville Community Centre. Info: Jean-Luc, 819-889-3237.

This Saturday is the last chance to get fresh garden produce at the Sawyerville Community Garden's market from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And this Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, surplus produce from the Community Garden for a free-will donation. Now or never, till after the winter.

Viactive groups offer "adults only" exercises, for people age 50 or over. They're fun, they're free, and they're easy on the knees. They're led by volunteers who are trained by a kinesiologist from the non-profit group, Sercovie, in Sherbrooke. Here are the four bilingual groups, all on Wednesdays.

Cookshire, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210.

Newport, at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, in Island Brook, at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Info: 819-889-1340 or 819-560-8565.

Sawyerville, at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street, at 10 to 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2630.

United: September 25th Sunday services are at 9 a.m. in Cookshire, due to Garage Sale, and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. October 2nd Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and 11 a.m. in Saywerville. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).

Anglican: September 25th services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury, and 11 a.m. in Cookshire. On October 2nd, the same places and hours, but with The Venerable Richard Salt. And at St. Augustine's Church in Danville, at 2 p.m., is a Country Gospel Hour, followed by refreshments. Info: 819-887-6802.

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. Info: 819-239-8818.

Messy Church: Messy Church is at the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Bury on Tuesday, October 4, at 5:15 pm. Story, crafts, and a meal. No fee. To reserve for the meal, please contact Tami Spires (United Church Minister): 819-884-1203 or email

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by September 26 for publication October 5, and by October 3 for October 19.

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