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Spring Break Party On Brome Lake
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The record cold temperatures of the last few weeks ended right on cue as the first winter "Beach Party" took place at Douglass Beach on Brome Lake. The weather was perfect! After weeks of minus 20 degrees the light rain felt almost tropical! The "Relache du Lac Brome" was a huge success and the beach was full of people who came out for one last day of activities to end off the school's spring break.

Hundreds of people descended to the beach to enjoy the activities. The kids kloved it and the warm weather obviousely made everyone feel great! There were smiles everywhere and we could all feel Spring was almost here!

There was food, music, sliding, dog sled rides, live music, kite flying and a lot of good old fashioned spring fever! Hundreds of people played in the snow, ate hot dogs, sang songs and had friendly snowball fights in what was the absolute best way to bring in Spring and shake off the cabin fever we've been feeling with all the cold.

The shores of Brome Lake were the perfect setting for the Spring Party!

A huge snow hill was built for the kids and they loved it! There was always a steady line of kids running up the hill and taking turns taking the course on their crazy carpets. There were also alot of skiers and snowmobiles on the site and the fact that everything took place on the shores of the lake meant there was room for everyone. There was kite flying, although the wind wasn't ideal for launching some of the kites it certainly didn't stop the kids from trying!

Trying to launch the cow!The dog sled rides were very popular and there was a long line-up of people who waited to have a chance at being pulled along the dog sled trail! The dogs were well behaved and only a couple of times did the sleds turn over spilling the passengers into the soft snow! It was a lot of fun and everyone loved the dog sled rides especially the kids!

There were DJ's from M105, the radio station who were celebrating their birthday, and they kept the music and fun going throughout the day.

Having fun on a ski sled for two!As the evening settled in the lights from Bromont Ski Hill turned the beach into a lovely sight. A large bonfire was lit and everyone swayed in the warmth and visited with their friends and neighbours who were there. Live music entertained everyone from the music tent and it had a real homey hootenanny feel!

At seven o'clock the bag piper signalled for the crowds to make their way to the ice and hundreds of people flocked onto the snowbanks to watch the fireworks display.

The fireworks were awesome out on the ice with the cascading sparkles illuminating the snow and the rosy cheeks of everyone watching. The music choreography was excellent and the booming comets dazzled us all!

The fireworks were an amazing finale for the event!The dancing flares and large colorful circles of lights were much appreciated and the crowd cheered and clapped. The fireworks were the perfect way to end the day at the beach and everyone went home happy and likely very tired after a full day out in the snow. It was great that the weather co-operated and hopefully this event will become a regular happening as everyone really seems to have enjoyed it.

The event came about under the tireless efforts of Gerry and Sue Moar, The Town of Brome Lake, M105 Radio, and many many volunteers who gave their time and efforts to make the event so successful.

Congratulations to everyone and thanks for working so hard for our community spirit!

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