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Shelburne rolling out the welcome mat for cruise ship visitors

The cruise ship MV Seabourn Quest will be making Shelburne a port of call on Oct. 30.
The cruise ship MV Seabourn Quest will be making Shelburne a port of call on Oct. 30. - Contributed

Vendors still wanted for Guild Hall market

SHELBURNE, N.S. —

The Town of Shelburne is rolling out the welcome mat for the cruise ship MV Seabourn Quest, scheduled to spend the day docked in the historic south shore community on Oct. 30.
Scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m., passengers will be tendered ashore to historic Dock Street. Bus tours to Lunenburg and Yarmouth are being offered the passengers, as well as tours to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. For those who choose to remain in Town,  guided tours of the waterfront and a whirligig workshop will be offered by the Shelburne Museums by the Sea complex, the Shelburne Longboat Society will be taking people out for boat rides, the historic re-enactors will be around to greet and chat with visitors, and Welshtown Wagon Rides will also be on hand, said Robin Walker, events coordinator for the Town. 
“We would love to showcase local talent with a small open market at the Guild Hall for the visit,” said Walker, and are actively looking for vendors.  “As far as I know the vending by law has been waived for the day. That means that anyone selling items that they make themselves do not need a permit but others such as food vendors or people who sell products that are not homemade will need a licence as for any Town event.
Anyone interested in participating in the market can contact Walker at 902-875-2991 or by email at [email protected]
The 650-foot (200 meter) MV Seabourn Quest, which has a maximum passenger capacity of 450 guests is also scheduled to stop in Shelburne on Oct 31, 2020. Shelburne is also on the itinerary for a second cruise ship, the MS Insignia on Sept. 22, 2020.
Shelburne has been identified by the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, Tourism Nova Scotia and Develop Nova Scotia as one of eight strategic 'niche' ports in the province and is considered as a port suited to welcome smaller cruise ships with fewer passengers, as part of an Atlantic Canadian collaboration effort to attract more cruise visitors.

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