Bartown has new home
Society accepting applications from students for summer jobs
Volunteers with the Bartown Community Society were busy Friday moving into temporary quarters at the Northern Yacht Club.
“We were located at Indian Beach and it’s our understanding that we will be returning once the ongoing upgrades to the beach are completed,” said society board member Bill Weatherbee.
“We expect to be here for the summer and at least for now it’s an ideal location,” he said of the society’s new home in the junior sailing building on Seaview Drive in North Sydney.
The society is presently accepting applications from university students for summer employment. The successful applicants will start work on planning the 43th annual Bartown Festival on May 15.
Weatherbee said over the years the society has provided summer employment to between four and 10 students each summer.
The Bartown Community Society, a non-profit group, seeks support from corporate sponsors and businesses and organizes community fundraising events to fund the annual festival.
“We get together every couple of weeks over the winter and as we ramp up for the celebrations, we’ll meet more often,” said board member Wes Stewart. “This year’s festival will feature the traditional events including the parade, fireworks and the seniors cruise.”
Referring to the new location in the junior sailing building, Stewart added it will make it easier to host the seniors cruise, which grows in popularity each year.
The new location is also ideal for the society as members plan a garden party for the residents of the neighbouring Northside Community Guest Home, as part of this year’s festival.
Because Indian Beach isn’t available this year, the society
will be looking at holding events at other areas including Munro Park and Smelt Brook Park.
The Bartown Festival will run from July 22-30, with the official kickoff on Wednesday, July 26.
“We have 10 on our board and would welcome new members,”
said Weatherbee. “It is a constant struggle to keep the society going, but it’s an important part of the identity of the North Sydney community, that’s why we do our best to keep it going.”
From left, Bill Weatherbee, Wes Stewart and Sharon Robertson, volunteer board members with the Bartown Community Society in North Sydney, were busy this week settling into their new home at the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney.