Hooked rug funds to benefit Yarmouth Cape Forchu lighthouse

Carla Allen callen@thevanguard.ca
Published on May 6, 2015

YARMOUTH - The recipient of a colourful tribute to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse will likely be the envy of everyone else who purchased a ticket on a creative fundraiser.

The Yarmouth Carpet Baggers initiated this project for the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society. The 30-by-42-inch rug was hooked by Yarmouth rug hookers.

The crafters began working on the project last fall, each person taking a turn with the rug in their home to hook a square.

Shirley Bradshaw, president of the Yarmouth Carpet Baggers, says all of the panels have a nautical or lighthouse route theme.

“The wild rose grows abundantly along the route and the lupines are a special flower of the area, beautifully framing the lighthouse in the background,” she said.

The idea for the design came from Barb Jess. She suggested that because the rug fundraising project was for the Friends of the Light, a nautical theme would be appropriate. The lupines and wild roses add extra colour.

Rug-hooking groups in the Yarmouth area have hooked rugs in the past to raffle as fundraisers for other non-profit organizations and institutions.

Most recently, a “swimming fish” mat was hooked for the Yarmouth Hospital cancer care centre, raising $6,000.

The winner donated it back and it now hangs on the wall at the cancer care centre in the hospital. A rug hooked prior to that was given to the Kaye Nickerson Centre for a raffle. The Doorways of Yarmouth rug was a large piece that was hooked and donated to the Town of Yarmouth. It now hangs at the town hall.

Margaret Sweeney, president of the Friends of the Yarmouth Light, says the funds raised through the most recent project will be directed towards the construction of display cabinets at the lighthouse museum. 

“We’ll start selling the raffle tickets in early May,” she said.

The tickets will sell for $2 each or three for $5. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 21 at the Municipality of Yarmouth office.

Tickets will be available at local businesses (yet to be confirmed at the time this story was written), as well as at the lighthouse all summer. Rug hookers will be assisting with sales.

This year the Cape Forchu Lightstation will be operating May 15 to Sept. 15, for seven days a week (tentatively 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) People are permitted to walk on the property past the locked gates after hours.

Events associated with the 175th anniversary of a light being lit at Cape Forchu will be held throughout the summer. The Vanguard will be featuring an article about these once details have been confirmed.

Shirley Bradshaw, president of the Yarmouth Carpet Baggers, presents a rug created by local hookers to Margaret Sweeney, president of the Friends of the Yarmouth Light. Tickets are being sold on the rug as a fundraiser for the lighthouse group.