Cape Forchu Lighthouse in Yarmouth. CARLA ALLEN PHOTO
By Carla Allen
The Cape Forchu Lighthouse is ramping up for a busy season says the Friends of Yarmouth Light president, and the new Leif Erikson Park walking trail is an important component.
“It’s used daily and is bringing people to the lighthouse property all the time,” said Lorna Saulnier.
A lighthouse keeper tour guide will be a new addition and will stroll the property with groups, describing the 174-year history of the beacon. The Municipality of Yarmouth will soon be installing interpretive panels along the trail.
Beginning some time in early May, the Mug Up tearoom will remain open in the evenings as the tourist season gets underway.
The Friends of the Yarmouth Light group is looking for corporate or private sponsorship for a six-seat concierge cart that can be used for those who are mobility-challenged. They have received funding for 50 per cent of the cost of the cart.
The gift shop, located in a building on the east side of the property, is being moved into renovated quarters in the same building as the tearoom. Ice cream cones will also be available this summer on site.
The former gift shop building will remain empty for the time being but once sufficient funding has been obtained it may be developed into a restaurant in future years.
A giant chair on the property that was destroyed during the March 26 blizzard is to be replaced.
On Saturday, May 3, the Veteran Firefighters’ Association is hosting a fundraising supper of creamed lobster at the Yarmouth Lion’s Club. Following this the Yarmouth Art Society will hold an art auction. Proceeds from both events are for the Friends of the Yarmouth Light, which is responsible for managing and operating the property. Tickets for the supper are $20 and are available at the Bank of Montreal or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.