Bar­town has new home

So­ci­ety ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from stu­dents for sum­mer jobs

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/Cape Breton - BY JULIE COLLINS Jcollins@cb­post.com

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.”

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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