Port Morien festival worth a visit
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