Seacow Head lighthouse event deemed a success

Colin MacLean
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FERNWOOD– Somebody asked Thomas Sherry recently where he was hiding his ferry.

“There was just that many cars leaving that it just reminded people of the boat traffic,” laughed Sherry, sitting on a bench overlooking the Northumberland Strait.

Sherry is one of the organizers of “We’ll Keep the Light On,” an event meant to celebrate and contribute to the conservation of the Seacow Head lighthouse.

The event, which is taking place next to the lighthouse, has been ongoing since July 25, with more than 20 events bringing in more than 1,600 people as of Friday. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for Monday.

“The week so far has been unbelievable; with the crowds that we’ve been having, the people that have been showing up to volunteer, with old friends who haven’t seen one another, some of them in 60, 65 years … It’s incredible,” said Sherry.

The event, created by the Friends of the Seacow Head Lighthouse group, has seen the likes of a retirement party of Senator Catherine Callbeck, art auctions, reunions, a supper featuring Olympian Heather Moyse, kids days and more.

It’s been a busy week and promises to be a busy weekend, but it’s been a great event for the community, said Sherry.

Friday was kids day at the lighthouse, and more than 100 children and their guardians came out to enjoy the fun and games.

Tracey Nichol-MacDonald lives in Fernwood with her family and brought her boys to the lighthouse for the morning.

“It’s a great event for family and friends. I think it’s brought the community together, showing how strong and close-knit a little community truly is,” she said.

Saturday’s events include a sunset beach meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a community picnic and kitchen party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday’s only event is a Sherry family reunion. Monday will see a fun run start at 9 a.m., a wine and cheese social starting at 6:30 p.m. and an art show and raffle at 7:30 p.m. 

Colin.MacLean@JournaPioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

Geographic location: Fernwood

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