Theme events lined up at Yarmouth’s Cape Forchu lighthouse

Carla Allen callen@thevanguard.ca
Published on July 22, 2015

The planning committee for the 175th anniversary of the Cape Forchu lighthouse being lit has theme events lined up for the remainder of summer.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

YARMOUTH - This year is a special one for the Cape Forchu lighthouse. It’s the 175th anniversary of there being a light on the property and the planning committee has theme weeks planned for the remainder of the summer.

A beacon that guides mariners around the craggy outcrop at Cape Forchu was lit on Jan. 15, 1840 and maintained by Lieutenant James Fox. The wooden structure was built in 1839, with heavy 16-inch x 83-foot beams and had a revolving Fresnel lens of over 3,000 pounds and 360 prisms.

It was visible for a minute and 15 seconds and invisible for 30 seconds. At that time there were only four families living on the island.

Theme events for the remainder of July into August are as follows.

A Seafest Acadian breakfast takes place Friday, July 24, 8 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast features eggs scrambled with lobster, English muffins, hash browns, and tea or coffee is available for $10.95.

The event - Fishing at the Light – was originally scheduled for July 22 but has been postponed because of inclement weather. For the new date and time, contact the lighthouse at 902-742-4522.

Teams must be registered and the public is invited to watch and judge the competition. Visitors can meet and learn from local fisherman, or join in a “rousing game of tug-a-fish.”

July 27 is Artist Week with local artists on site. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand at painting or learning photography hints. An art gallery display and sale will be at the Wentzell House.

Aug 3 the Yarmouth Rug Hookers will demonstrate their craft and provide guidance for those interested in learning. The Cape Forchu nautical rug will be on display. The rug was donated to the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society for a fundraising draw.  Tickets are available. Aug 10 is Quilting Week at the Wentzell House. Meet the Patchwork Pals and see the lighthouse quilt these ladies are making. Learn how to make a quilt and try a few stitches.

Starting Aug 17 it’s Christmas at the Light. The indoor lighthouse tree and decorations will be on display. Share in Christmas teas and goodies at 2 p.m. each day.

Various book readings will occur during the week. 

Starting Aug 24, the Children of the Light and Games week take place. On Aug. 26 the Children of the Light will tell their stories. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. bring a partner and play washers, card games, or puzzles. Children’s activities will be held from 1 – 4 p.m.

For more information on any of the above events, call the lighthouse at 902-742-4522.