Food, fireworks and fun on tap for Canada Day in Tantramar
Number of events planned in local communities to celebrate July 1 holiday
Tantramar residents will have plenty of options when it comes to celebrating Canada Day this year – with lots of family-friendly fun, food and musical entertainment on tap to keep people of all ages busy.
From Dorchester right through to Cape Tormentine, a number of events are scheduled across the region this Saturday as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.
In Dorchester, the celebrations will get under way at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Centre and will run until 3 p.m. Hosted by the Keillor House Museum, staff will entertain the children with games, while there will also be live music by Eddie Chase & Graffiti 4 and there will also be a short play called Four Fathers of Confederation, as well as cake and ice cream.
Tours are also available at Keillor House and the St. James Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
In Sackville, the events kick off at noon at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park where residents can enjoy an afternoon full of activities, including a barbecue, live musical entertainment, face painting, a bouncy castle, crafts and more.
Matt Pryde, manager of recreation programs and special events, said as part of the special Canada 150+ celebrations, the town will be hosting Dorchester Mayor JJ Bear, who will be performing aboriginal drumming and a smudging ceremony. This will be part of the opening festivities at noon. Sackville will also be welcoming representatives from Tree Canada, who provided the town with a grant to plant new trees on Park Street. Poet Laureate Marilyn Lerch will also do a reading during the opening.
Families are then invited out to Lillas Fawcett Park later in the afternoon to enjoy some children’s activities from 4 to 6 p.m.
Also on tap again this year is the annual Canada Day multi-k fun run/walk, which will take place at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 10:30 a.m.
And at Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, from 2 to 5 p.m., is the annual strawberry shortcake social, featuring live entertainment and refreshments.
At Fort Beauséjour-fort Cumberland National Historic Site, Canada Day will be celebrated with free cake, flags, pins and children’s activities all day long, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance to the site is free on Canada Day, where guests can enjoy a scavenger hunt, a children’s Xplorers program or a Gps-based tour of the Fort.
Kicking off the festivities in Port Elgin, a bike, trike and scooter swap, along with a yard and bake sale, will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Westford Nursing Home.
Monro Heritage Museum will be hosting its official grand opening of the season with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served all day.
Children are encouraged to come on out on their bikes, scooters, wagons or four-wheelers and take part in the kids’ Canada Day 150 parade, which will get underway at 10 a.m. Lineup will take place at the village office and they will proceed to Centennial Park for judging.
The park activities will continue from 11 a.m. until noon with opening ceremonies, a free barbecue, refreshments and cake. From noon until 3 p.m. there will be fun and games for all ages – wet & wild, water slides, a kiddie pool, face painting and much more.
The Westford Nursing Home will also be holding their annual Strawberry Tea on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
A baseball game for all ages will be held at Port Elgin School from 4 to 6 p.m.
The 36th annual Lupin Quilt Fair & Market is also taking place this weekend, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Elgin Regional School.
Cape Tormentine also has plenty on tap for the whole family, with a full day of activities planned, starting off with a giant bake sale and yard sale at 10 a.m. at the Legion. There will also be free hay rides for the kids from noon to 2 p.m. and a free barbecue starting at 11 a.m. A clam chowder and chili supper will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Legion will close the evening off with a dance from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. with music by Double Play. Call 538-2251 or 538-7537 for dance tickets.
Evening activities will take place at the Cape Tormentine Beach Campground starting at 7 p.m. with the Bayfield Cape Tormentine Fire Department hosting a barbecue, face-painting, games, prizes for kids, music and, of course, their amazing Canada Day fireworks display at dusk – all for a free-will offering.
Sackville town crier David Fullerton declares that the festivities are officially underway in the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park at the start of last year’s Canada Day festivities.