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Since March 2000, a group of local amateur and professional musicians known as the Uplands Musical Society, directed by Cheryl Stroud, have been presenting regular concerts at Uplands.
Concerts are free to the public, but donations are welcome and appreciated. Such donations helped - along with a generous donation from local MNA Monique Gagnon-Tremblay - to purchase a new upright Yamaha piano for Uplands!
Concerts have included Victorian Parlour Evenings, old-fashioned Christmas concerts, and Gilbert and Sullivan Sing-Alongs.
For information about upcoming concerts and events, contact Uplands at 819 564-0409.
Lennoxville Women's Institute
A proud tradition since 1914 (known as the "Lennoxville Homemaker's Club" until 1921), the Lennoxville Women's Institute was the first branch to be formed in the Sherbrooke region. Over the years, several other groups were formed but have since closed. The Lennoxville Women's Institute is one of three branches of Sherbrooke County Women's Institute.
A family and community organization, the Women's Institute’s purpose is to "inform women, so that that may improve the quality of life for women, their families, their communities and the world".
The Lennoxville Women's Institute supports the Lennoxville Elementary School lunch program, the Christmas baskets at L.E.S., and a $200.00 Bursary at Galt Regional High School. In June, we take part in the Friendship Day Activities in Lennoxville. We support ACWW (Accredited Country Women of the World) with our "Pennies for Friendship". We also help with donations for "Feed the Hungry".
As a branch of the Sherbrooke County Women's Institute, we contribute to its activities and attend the annual Quebec Women's Institute Convention held at John Abbott College (MacDonald College) in Ste Anne de Beaupre.
Current membership is $25.00. For more information about the Lennoxville Branch, please contact Patricia Hurley at 819 822-4654.
For information about the organizations across the country, visit the Federated Women's Institute website at www.nald.ca/fwic.htm
The Townships Tellers
Dedicated to the fine art of storytelling, "The Townships Tellers" group was founded in 1990 by Joan Buchanan. Ann Rothfels is currently responsible for the group.
They gather on the third Thursday of every month (except July and August) to share a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., and to tell tales starting at 7:30 - after the dishes are done - for about an hour. Stories are often followed by discussion, something the tellers find very helpful.
A journal has been kept for the group, containing positive comments, accounts of exceptional evenings and special occasions from storytelling at Uplands, as well as from other venues. All of the group members believe in the healing power of a story, and have experienced its magic.
If you are interested in knowing more about the group, contact Ann Rothfels at 819 875-5428.