Town of Mount Royal, October 2, 2007 – The weather cooperated last Saturday for the first Mount Royal Multicultural Fair – formerly known as the Fall Fair – as approximately 4,500 people attended. According to Gilles Rochette, Division Head – Cultural and Community Activities, the level of participation was about the same as it was last year, therefore it was encouraging in the context of the new formula that had been adopted.
As its title would suggest, several cultural communities were represented at the event. The food counters offering exotic dishes were all very busy. Among the shows that were performed, those from the Philippines and Western Africa proved to be particularly popular.
The Lebanese and Bangladeshy communities have already expressed their interest for next year. Les jeunes ballets du Québec would also like to take part to provide a folkloric aspect.
The best looking tree on Mount Royal private property: a huge white oak
During the Multicultural Fair, the winner of the first edition of the contest for the best looking tree on Mount Royal private property was announced. The winning tree is a very massive white oak, over 200 years old and perhaps as much as 300 years old, about thirty metres high with a trunk circumference of over 5 metres. This tree was the pick of a special panel that had to choose from the 34 entries received. Mrs. Patricia Chiricosta received a book as a gift, along with an honorary plaque from Councillor Philippe Roy, on behalf of her parents Al and Pam Chiricosta of 398 Glengarry Avenue, owners of the winning oak.
The awarding of two Millennium Scholarships is marked
These scholarships are awarded based on scholastic merit and community involvement. Two local recipients were congratulated during the Multicultural Fair. The Town of Mount Royal tips its hat to Élyse Porter-Vignola for her $4,000 scholarship and to Lea Dikranian for her $4,000 scholarship, renewable up to a maximum of $16,000.
Silent auction: thousands of dollars raised for a good cause
The silent auction, benefiting the new Foundation for Public Art, wrapped up just a stone’s throw away from the Multicultural Fair. With over fifty articles on display at Town Hall, the event raised $4,000 for the Foundation.