Port Morien revives Summer People Festival after five-year break.
There will be new faces in Port Morien Saturday and crowds will be going to see them.
After a five-year break, the popular Summer People Festival is back in Port Morien, as part of the Morien Memories celebrations.
Yvonne Kennedy, coordinator, said they use to hold the Summer People Festival every year but five years ago - after doing it for 25 years - it was felt it was too much work to do it every year.
“We had a meeting and decided to hold it every five years, to coordinate it with Morien Memories. “
The Morien Memories festival is only held every five years.
“Morien Memories is successful as everyone away knows when to plan their vacation. People can’t afford to come home all the time.”
Kennedy said the Summer People festival starts Saturday, July 25, and continues through Morien Memories, which runs July 30 until August 5.
Kennedy actually came up with the idea for the Summer People Festival about 30 years ago.
A member of the Port Morien Development Association, Kennedy said the committee was looking for an idea for a summer festival.
“New Waterford has Coal Dust Days, Glace Bay has Bay Days and some people have lobster festivals. We wanted to have something different.”
At the time Kennedy had just come back from visiting the scarecrow festival in Cheticamp and felt it would be a perfect fit for Port Morien.
She put a notice in the community bulletin, asking people to make characters. Residents jumped on board. Every year the festival grew until most of the village was involved as well as residents throughout Black Brood, Wadden’s Cove and South Head.
“It was always so successful,” she said.
People came from across Cape Breton to view the displays, tourists would be directed to it, even the cruise ship passengers.
“Needless to say the images of our summer people are now all over the world. “
Kennedy said Theresa Wadden of Port Morien, a retired school teacher, really goes beyond.
“She is very artistic, she creates life-sizes sea creatures and other characters.”
Kennedy said some displays are already up.
“Stan Wadden has a huge pirate ship that he built. He really outdid himself.”
Kennedy was also ready for the festival Wednesday with a summer character holding a bucket with a sign, ‘Collecting donations for Mike Duffy’s legal fees.’
“I always make a political statement,” she added.
She said, however, prior to the festival kicking off, people’s creations usually become the bestkept secrets in the village.
“People won’t say what their summer person - or scene is - until it’s out in their yard. Everyone really enjoys it.”
SHARON MONTGOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRETON POST Yvonne Kennedy, right, Wadden’s Cove, puts the finishing touches on her Summer People display, which takes a jab at Mike Duffy’s legal troubles, while showing it to Jean Ross of Mira, a letter carrier for Canada Post. The Summer People Festival kicks off Saturday.
A huge pirate ship sits on the front lawn of Stan Wadden of Port Morien, as residents prepare for the Summer People Festival. The festival is back for the first time in five years.