Abenaki tents and Santa Claus - A new twist for Sutton
By Manfried H. Starhemberg
The wigwam shown above (Courtesy Vermont Historical Society) is an example of the traditional Abenaki "house". The Abenakis came into Southern Quebec in the 1660's and settled along the shores of Lake Champlain, eventually moving north into Southern Quebec. The Missiquoi tribe of Abenaki indians became the dominant local group and are remembered through names such as the Missisqoi river and it's valley.
To celebrate the heritage of these early settlers in the greater Sutton area, the town of Sutton will feature a theme based Christmas market this year. The event will take place at five different locations in Sutton on Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11 and then from Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18.
In its planning stages now, the organizers envison tipees, prospector tents and related temporary shelters to show off the products of local artisans and producers of agricultural products of the area. There will be decorations, music and entertainment and as soon as we have a complete program of events we will post them. In the meantime, interested parties can contact the Sutton Tourist office at their web site: