Cape Breton’s summer will soon be drawing to a close, but there are still many events to participate in and make the most of the waning warm weather. Whether it’s catching waves at your favourite beach or taking in one of the many theatre presentations, there is no shortage of activities and events to fill up the last days of the season.
For those interested in putting in some elbow grease and helping preserve history, the Rescue Archaeology Programs and Tours at the Fortress of Louisbourg are worth checking out. No previous experience in archaeology is required. Volunteers will participate in field work, process artifacts, and assist the field archaeologists in their duties. There is no cost associated with the event, and it takes place at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, chevalier house (building #60). Those interested in volunteering can contact Sheryl at (902) 733-2280. Tours run weekdays until August 31.
If you’re in Ingonish, be sure to take in Theatre on the Hill’s staging of Wrong For Each Other. Their last summer performance is August 26, staged at St. John’s firehall at 8:15pm with admission priced at $10. If you miss this particular show, you can still catch it September 12, 15, or October 11. For the better part of a decade, Theatre on the Hill has been active in providing culture and entertainment to tourists and residents north of Smokey in professional, amateur and children’s dramatic productions.
The Summer Surf Program at Point Michaud beach runs daily until August 31. Open to ages 5 and up, Surf Point Michaud offers 1.5 hour lessons that cover the basics of surfboard familiarity, knowledge of ocean conditions, safety, surfers’ etiquette, and how to paddle out and catch waves. Fees are $35 for one lesson, and $100 for four 1.5 hour lessons. The registration fee also includes free entry into the Point Michaud Surf Classic, a friendly competition for all ability levels on August 28 and 29. Entry fee for non-students is $10. For lesson registration, contact instructor Michelle Richards at (902) 227-1230, or contact the Richmond Recreation during class hours at (902) 226-2400. Equipment rentals are also available during the daytime. Daily surfing conditions are posted online at surfpointmichaud.com.
Members of the mainland-based ArtSpa collective will be exhibiting their work at Port Hawkesbury’s J. Franklin Wright Gallery until August 31. The group was founded on member Catherine McMillen’s sentiment that “Making art is better than a day at the spa.” ArtSpa has a membership of over 20 artist who meet weekly at the fire hall in Waverley to make art and foster a sense of creative community.