Making Yarmouth a destination in 2011

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250th anniversary celebrations will aim to attract visitors

Yarmouth 250th

By Tina Comeau



There are many goals to the Yarmouth 250th year-long celebrations in 2011, among them being not only to bring people together but also to bring people here. 

“We want to make this a destination,” committee co-chair Ken Langille said in a presentation to members of Argyle Municipal Council.

Yarmouth 250th marks the anniversary of the arrival of English settlers in Yarmouth County, although the Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultures will also be showcased throughout the year.

It is hoped the 250th celebrations in Yarmouth – and the entire county is included in this – will create enthusiasm among residents and develop pride in the area’s history, culture and events. And also that it will bring visitors to the region.

While there will be new events organized specifically to mark the 250th, other events are existing ones that will have the 250th branding attached to them. And some events will be expanded on or reintroduced. For instance, the play The Baltimore by Andre Haines – staged at Th’YARC over a decade ago – will be brought back for the 250th celebrations.

There are also plans to create legacy projects throughout the year. One includes a lost at the sea memorial. Another is a book of remembrance pertaining to the names of veterans on the town cenotaph.

Committee co-chair Heather MacDonald says while in the Municipality of Yarmouth they’ve met with groups to talk to them about ways they can introduce the 250th celebrations into their own events, “We don’t want to tell people what they’re going to host. We want them to have freedom.”

But, she says, the committee can offer guidance.

One major event she noted that is being tied into the 250th celebrations is a 4-H reunion. The event has the potential to be a huge event as thousands of people have gone through the 4-H movement over the decades.

Another strong emphasis during the year will be placed on the homecoming concept.  People from Yarmouth who now live outside the boundaries will be encouraged to come home to visit. A big push will be placed on this during the month of July.

Yarmouth has also asked the organizers of Nova Scotia Music Week to consider bringing the event back to Yarmouth for a third consecutive year next year. The event was held here last year and it is taking place again in November.

Organizations: Argyle Municipal Council, Nova Scotia Music Week

Geographic location: Yarmouth County

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Recent comments

  • Bonnie Healy
    January 22, 2011 - 07:46

    We miss the Cat. It is such a long trip to Yarmouth from Boston, MA by car. The Cat was a wonderful way to get to Yarmouth. As a descendant of Moses Perry, I'd love to get up to Yarmouth this summer for the 250th, but the long drive discourages me from doing this. I hope you will be able to get the ferry from Portland back in business. Nova Scotia is such a wonderful place to visit. We've done it several times and love it.

  • Lisa
    September 29, 2010 - 10:49

    I agree the ferry is being missed. I know of a family of 6 adults who wanted to take the ferry to Yarmouth From Maine to begin a week long journey that ended in PEI. Since not having the ferry what did they do instead?? By-passed NS altogether and went through NB.

  • Bob
    September 21, 2010 - 11:36

    An all years High School reunion would be awesome!!!

  • Lillian Goreham
    September 20, 2010 - 22:45

    Hopefully there are plans underway to bring back some type of ferry from Maine (either Portland or Bar Harbor) over to Yarmouth, NS. My husband is from Woods Harbor, NS; and we have traveled on the Blue Nose in the 1960s, the Prince of Fundy in the 1980s and most recently The Cat (not the first Cat, it was too claustrophic) but the second Cat that was put on. We did not travel to NS this year due to a lack of ferry service. We have always used the Doers and Dreamers book for tourists - it is a wonderful publication with maps, lodging information, etc. Any news of a ferry service being reinstituted?

  • Juanita
    September 20, 2010 - 15:24

    This is really exciting. Hopefully we'll have a ferry in place to add to this joy!!!!! I moved back home just short of 2 years ago and so glad I did.