ST. MARY’S – In the surest sign that life may be returning to normal in St. Mary’s, River Day launches on August 14. And, in a sure sign that the pandemic has not blunted the local sense of humour, the theme this year is: “Bubbles.”
According to municipal director of community development and recreation Kerri Penney, who recently urged members of council to get into the water, both literally and figuratively, “It’s really exciting because it’ll be one of the first events that takes place outside that really looks like things used to be.”
Updating the council’s committee of the whole before its summer break commenced last week, she said: “It’s looking like it’s going to be a really fun day, especially for the kids, seeing some sense of normalcy come back. We’re talking about entering in the cardboard boat race. So, I just wanted to invite council to see if anybody would like to help in that activity.”
The annual event organized and hosted by Historic Sherbrooke Village was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year, it will incorporate an old-fashioned county fair and cash barbecue, beginning at noon, in Centrefield. Participants are invited to try their hands “at the variety of games, including bubble wands and pie-eating contests. Take part in the noise parade. Three p.m. will be the cake auction. Plan to spend your day with us and be sure to build a seaworthy cardboard boat.”
The cardboard boat regatta at the Boat Club Wharf begins at 4 p.m. with the children’s heat, followed by those 16 and older. Activities hosted by municipal staff will include a nature hike, a tug-of-war and body art. Said Penney: “If anybody wanted to participate, either by helping us to build a boat or racing it, I think it would be fun for then municipality to enter this year and then see how that goes.”
More information about registration and times: https://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/st-marys-river-days.
Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal