Yarmouth's Seafest kicks off

Tina Comeau
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Yarmouth's Seafest festival kicked off July 18, getting underway with a children's parade down Main Street and followed by the Mayor's Picnic in the Park.

Here are photos from the event.


The following is a schedule of the two-week-long Seafest festival.

Wednesday, July 18

 1 – 4 p.m. Pharmasave Children's Parade & Mayor's Picnic in the Park:

Starting at the Yarmouth Visitor Information Centre, moving along Main Street to Frost Park for the official opening. To register for the Children's Parade call the Seafest office at (902) 881-3181.


Thursday, July 19

All day downtown Seawalk Sales on Main Street:

Yarmouth's merchants celebrate Seafest with a giant sidewalk sale.

Last Day to Submit Driftwood Art:
 All entries must be submitted to the Seafest display in the Yarmouth Mall no later than 5 p.m.

 10 a.m. Children's Boat Building:

Killam's Wharf/Gazebo - All materials are supplied. Ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Contact Annette Muise at (902) 749-1718 Ext. 1 or parentsplaceed@eastlink.ca.

 1 – 4 p.m. Rug Hooking:

Demonstration by rug hookers of Yarmouth and area at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth Branch. Rugs will be on display at "Scenes of the Sea" in conjunction with the gallery's new exhibition, "Seafarers and Fishwives."

7:30 p.m. Seafest Pageant:
 Th'YARC at 7 Parade St. Advance tickets are advised for this event and available at Th'YARC box office (902) 742-8150.


Friday, July 20

All day downtown Seawalk Sales on Main Street

All day Driftwood Art Contest:
 Seafest display at the Yarmouth Mall.
 First day for voting.

2 p.m. Way of Life Tour - Award winning tour of Yarmouth Town and County:
Pre-registration is required by calling or emailing the Seafest office.
 One hour and 30 minute tour, 21 people maximum.
 Complimentary transportation provided by Rodd Grand bus.

6 - 8 p.m. Entertainment: Phil DeMille & Carl Surette:
 at the Coal Shed on Killam's Wharf.

9:30 - 12:30 a.m. Sweet Tuesday (Band):
 in the Rudder's Tent.

8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Seafest Pub Parties ... Not Your Usual Pub Crawl:
Ages 19+ pre-registration required by July 10.
 See Seafest display in the Yarmouth Mall or call (902) 881-3181.


Saturday, July 21 

9 a.m. Sheila Poole 10K Race:
 Begins and ends at Rudder's Restaurant on Water Street.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mammoth Garden Sale at Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins St. 

10 a.m. Water Safety with Red Cross

11 a.m. YMCA Scavenger Hunt:
Team up to find everything on your list.
 Drop by the Seafest office at the Yarmouth Mall to pick up registration forms, or call the office at (902) 881-3181.

11:30 a.m. Face Painting & Airbrush Tattoos: At Killam’s Wharf gazebo

Waterfront activities:

12 - 5 p.m. Kid's Inflated Pirate Ship

12 - 2 p.m. Cook's Seafood Chowder Cook Off: Restaurants compete to prepare the best seafood chowder. Chowder sold to the public for $3.00 per bowl while quantities last.

 12 p.m. Demonstrations of Fishing Livelihood Skills
: Such as scallop and oyster shucking, double rope splicing and rope coiling, lobster shucking and banding, haddock filleting, lobster pot building, net knitting and bait bag knitting. Yarmouth waterfront.

 12 - 1 p.m. KIDZACT

 1 - 2 p.m. Busker: Jeff Collins

 3 - 5 p.m. KIDZACT

 5:30 – 8 p.m. Lobster Boil
. Parker-Eakins Wharf. Proceeds go to Gilles Boudreau and Friends Cancer Help Fund.

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Entertainment: Up and Coming

Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf:

7 - 8:30 p.m. Entertainment: Simon and Andre

8:30 - 11:30 p.m. RMV3

Dusk - Rudder's Parade of Lights
. Decorated and illuminated boats parade through the harbor to be viewed from the waterfront.
 Rain date: Sunday, July 22.


Sunday, July 22

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakfast By The Sea, Knights of Columbus Hall, Collins Street

 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Family Beach Party
, Port Maitland Beach

 12 p.m. Water Safety with Red Cross

 1 - 3 p.m. Sea Balloon Experience. On Parker-Eakins Wharf. Pre-register for this very popular event. Limited spaces. Call (902) 881-3181 or visit the Seafest display in the Yarmouth Mall.

 3 p.m. Rum Running Races. On Parker Eakins Wharf. Pre-register at the Seafest display, or call the Seafest office, (902) 881-3181.

 7 p.m. Ecumenical Service and Refreshments. Villa St. Joseph du Lac.
 Call Rev. Newell at (902) 742-2237 for more information.


Monday, July 23

 All day Driftwood Art Display:
 Seafest display at the Yarmouth Mall.
 Voting continues.

2 p.m. Newell's Lobster Pound Tour:
 Water Street. View a working lobster pound.
 Pre-register by calling Rudder's at (902) 742-7050.


Tuesday, July 24

 All day Driftwood Art Display: Seafest display at the Yarmouth Mall. Voting continues.

 12 p.m. Scotia Garden Mackerel Toss: Yarmouth Waterfront. Teams toss and catch mackerel dressed in true Sou'Westers. Pre-register at Seafest Display, by phoning (902) 881-3181, or register on the wharf the day of event.

 2 - 4 p.m. High Tea by the Sea: Holy Trinity Church. Tickets available at the door


Wednesday, July 25

Museum Day: Free For All Ages

Yarmouth County Museum and Pelton Fuller House: 20 and 22 Collins Street (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Killam Brother's Shipping Office: Water Street (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Tuna Museum: Wedgeport (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Musée Acadien: West Pubnico (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Firefighter's Museum: Main Street (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Sweeney's Fisheries Museum: Water Street (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Step onto the Waterfront of Yarmouth's Past.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch: Main Street (12 – 5 p.m.)

Village Historique Acadian: Pubnico (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Église Sainte-Marie: Church Point (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Rendez-vous de la Baie: Church Point

Cape Forchu Lightstation: Yarmouth (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Sports Heritage Museum: Main Street (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

11:45 a.m. The Mermaid Kingdom. At Th'Yarc on Parade St. An outdoor family play written specifically for Seafest by Aaron LeBlanc. Bring a blanket/lawn chair, have lunch and enjoy a play all in 1 hour. Call (902) 742-8150 for more information.

 2 p.m. Way of Life Tour (Yarmouth Town & County) Award-winning tour. Pre-registration required by calling or emailing the Seafest office. One hour and 30 minute tour, 21 person maximum. Complimentary transportation provided by Rodd Grand Bus.

 8:30 p.m. Ghost Tour: Frost Park, Main Street. Guided by Ken Langille, join in Nova Scotia's largest ghost walking tour of historic Downtown Yarmouth, beginning at Frost Park. This once a year evening tour attracts hundreds of spectators each year as it makes its way through Yarmouth, telling the stories of the ghosts and spirits that inhabit many of the town's historic buildings and parks. Wear comfortable shoes.


Thursday, July 26

All day Driftwood Art Display. Seafest display at the Yarmouth Mall. Voting continues.

 11:45 a.m. The Mermaid Kingdom. At Th'Yarc on Parade St. An outdoor family play written specifically for Seafest by Aaron LeBlanc. Bring a blanket/lawn chair, have lunch and enjoy a play all in 1 hour. Call (902) 742-8150 for more information.

 2 p.m. IMO Ltd. Seafood Cannery Tour: Pre-register by calling Rudders (902) 742-7050. 

 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Concert of the Bells: Outside Holy Trinity Church, Williams Street. Bring your own lawn chairs. Donations welcome, proceeds from donations collected during the Ringing of the Bells are to be used to preserve this heritage property.


Friday, July 27

 All day Driftwood Art Display:Seafest display at the Yarmouth Mall. Voting continues; last day to vote.

Lighthouse Day at Cape Forchu:

8:30 – 11 a.m. Acadian Style Breakfast: Mug Up Tea Room, Yarmouth Lighthouse Sautéed lobster and scrambled eggs on a toasted English muffin with side of home fries and a beverage will be served.

 12 - 8 p.m. Picnic by the Sea: Yarmouth Lighthouse . Pack up signature menu items from a cold lobster sandwich to cheesecake and enjoy the view.

 12 - 2 p.m. Family Day and BBQ:Yarmouth Lighthouse. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

 6 - 8 p.m. Bonfire by the Sea: Yarmouth Lighthouse. Complimentary marshmallows.

7 p.m. Classic Car Cruise. The Roaring 20's Antique Auto Club cruises Yarmouth's Main Street.

9 p.m. - Midnight Open Mic with Jeremy Watkins and Guests, Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf

Dusk - Fireworks, Yarmouth Waterfront. Rain Date: Saturday July 28


Saturday, July 28

8 - 11 a.m. "Junk in the Trunk" sale
 in Collins Street parking lot. Sell your treasures from your trunk.
 Two parking spaces allotted per registration, $10 fee applies. Pre-register by calling the Seafest Office, (902) 881-3181

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Classic Car Show, Yarmouth Mariners Center. Free admission. 

11 a.m. Yarmouth Power Cheerleading Killam's Wharf

 12 - 1:30 p.m. Tae Kwon-Do Demonstration
, Muise Tae Kwon-Do - Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf

 4 p.m. Seafest Street Parade
. Along Main St. and Starrs Rd., finishing at the mall upper parking lot, rain or shine.

 5 - 8 p.m. Lobster Boil
, Parker-Eakins Wharf

7 - 9 p.m. Entertainment: The Rockabilly's
, Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf

 8 - 8:30 p.m. Winner's Circle - Driftwood Art Winners and Moppie Winners
, Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf

9:30 - 11:30 p.m. Entertainment: Grinders
, Coal Shed, Killam's Wharf

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