I’ve visited Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, many times and always find there’s something new to discover in this historic town, so I thought I’d drop TTS a line to let everyone know that this year Yarmouth is celebrating its 250th birthday. It looks as though it’s going to be an outstanding event, with practically every one of the town’s 7,500 souls actively involved in some way.
The ‘big stuff’ fires up in June and continues into the fall: everything from re-enactments of historic events to the provincial Town Criers’ competition, from historic gardens to garden parties, from rappie pie to rhubarb and blueberry fests and seafood everywhere, from music that ranges from Acadian fiddles to grand opera, from fine art to fine craft, from kids’ art to found art … and on and on and on.
Yarmouth is putting out the welcome mat to visitors all year long, but this celebration belongs to the people of the town and their volunteer involvement, an essential ingredient of success, is truly impressive. Local hookers (rugs, of course) have created a huge wall hanging depicting the doors of some of Yarmouth’s most historic buildings. It will hang around Yarmouth, moving each month to a different municipal building, all year long.
At the Yarmouth Museum, home to Canada’s largest collection of ship paintings, volunteers are stitching up historic uniforms for the re-enactments and also researching all Yarmouthians who were lost at sea since the 1700’s, the names to be inscribed upon a huge monument overlooking the harbour. Also at the waterfront, Phil de Mille, former high school principal and now a singer/musician, is organizing a huge 80-act music festival. The list of events is long and the hundreds of unsung workers, already busily planning and producing community events, is endless.
To read all about it, visit www.yarmouth250.com and for tourism information you are sure to find http://www.yarmouthandacadianshores.com/ helpful. This is a great opportunity to party with some friendly Nova Scotians and see a lovely part of this beautiful province, especially if this will be your first visit. Enjoy!