Port Morien fes­ti­val worth a visit

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Port Morien is a small sea­side vil­lage of 700 peo­ple in south­east­ern Cape Bre­ton.

One of the high­lights in our vil­lage is the Sum­mer Peo­ple Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val takes place ev­ery five years to co­in­cide with Morien Mem­o­ries, a home­com­ing event for Morien­ites from near and far.

This com­mu­nity event be­gan in 2000 and is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by lo­cals and visi­tors alike.

Res­i­dents par­tic­i­pate in a friendly com­pe­ti­tion, cre­at­ing in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters and dis­play­ing them on their lawns. The dis­plays have be­come a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion.

When the fes­ti­val is un­der­way, our usu­ally sleepy vil­lage is sud­denly bustling with visi­tors and there are traf­fic jams in the streets.

One of the most heart­warm­ing things that I’ve no­ticed is that peo­ple turn the fes­ti­val into a fam­ily event. Par­ents, chil­dren and grand­par­ents come to view the dis­plays and stroll through the vil­lage; less mo­bile visi­tors can re­main in the car and still en­joy the sights.

Our fes­ti­val of­fers no prizes or tro­phies. We or­ga­nize it mainly to bring hap­pi­ness to oth­ers. The laugh­ter in the vil­lage dur­ing the fes­ti­val is our re­ward.

Walk­ing through the vil­lage on a warm sum­mer evening, one will meet a wide as­sort­ment of peo­ple with one thing in com­mon ... a smile on their faces.

In to­day’s hec­tic world, there isn’t al­ways time for a leisurely

stroll but when the fes­ti­val is on, most folks find the time.

Our fes­ti­val may not be able to solve the prob­lems of the world, but the event does bring joy to peo­ple, if only for a few hours.

If visi­tors use the Sum­mer Peo­ple Fes­ti­val as an es­cape from ev­ery­day wor­ries and leave our vil­lage with a lighter spirit, we’ve made a dif­fer­ence in the world.

Visit the Sum­mer Peo­ple Fes­ti­val in Port Morien from July 25 to Aug. 5.

Yvonne Kennedy Homeville

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