Tall ships on deck as plans are fi­nal­ized

Eight ships slated to visit Digby as part of Aug. 15-16 event

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - SARA ERICSSON

Are you ready to cel­e­brate the tall ships?

Or­ga­niz­ers Mayor Ben Cleve­land and Saskia Geerts are busy get­ting ready for the Digby Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta run­ning Aug. 15 and 16.

With so much on deck, they’re work­ing to fi­nal­ize plans and get ev­ery­thing ship-shape.

But that doesn’t mean they still don’t have time to be ex­cited for what’s to come.

“We’ve got eight ships sail­ing in this year – we’ve never had that many be­fore,” says Mayor Cleve­land.

The fes­ti­val will truly be for ev­ery­one. One tall ship, the Lord Nel­son, is built to be fully ac­ces­si­ble.

“This fes­ti­val won’t ex­clude any­one. Whether you’re in a wheelchair, use a cane or have lim­ited mo­bil­ity, you can still board this ship,” the mayor says.

Geerts is most ex­cited for Dave Gun­ning, one of the event’s mu­si­cal acts, as well as see­ing the Wylde Swan, the Dutch tall ship from close to where she lived in the Nether­lands.

“There will be so much tal­ent and so many stages – it’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge to pick where to go,” she says.

The fes­ti­val won’t have any park­ing re­stric­tions other than no park­ing on the wharf area. Still, foot traf­fic is en­cour­aged.

“We re­ally want to en­cour­age as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to use the pub­lic park­ing spa­ces and walk down to the fes­ti­val,” says Cleve­land.

“The only other thing we’re ask­ing is that peo­ple do a sun dance – we re­ally need the weather to co­op­er­ate.”

A wa­ter bot­tle sta­tion on the board­walk in town will also come in handy for any­one need­ing wa­ter.

All in all, Cleve­land is most ex­cited to dis­play the va­ri­ety of cul­tures that call Digby home.

“This is why this fes­ti­val will have a dif­fer­ent feel to it. We’re high­light­ing our cul­tures, artists, mu­si­cians and in­no­va­tors – all of it,” he says.

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