SHERBROOKE – She couldn’t have asked for better weather – or crowds – for her first community market of the year on Saturday (July 17). But Gabriela Shupbach might have to consider changing the name of her popular summertime gathering.
The erstwhile “Sherbrooke Main Street” market is now about 100 feet around the corner and down the road from its original location at a parking lot next to her home. Its new location is the brand-new, wheelchair accessible park lovingly fundraised for and built by dedicated residents.
Says Shupbach, who started the venture in 2018 and who was named the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Volunteer of the Year (2021) for her efforts: “This is just so much of an upgrade. People have to walk a little bit for parking, but this has room to grow.”
That’s fortunate, because this summer’s inaugural meet-and-greet attracted upwards of 30 vendors and 250 visitors. “It was raining at 5 a.m., and then it became a very hot, sunny day” she says. “We’re all just very happy to see each other. There’s really no other venue where you all get to mee…I have a sunburn.”
Naturally, she says, the prevailing COVID-19 protocols and precautions will continue to be observed according to the province’s current level of public access, but she adds: “This is something you can trust will happen every Saturday now…if the weather holds up. We’re always looking for volunteers.”
Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal