The Tide Kite Festival will happen Sunday, September 10 from 5 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. and will celebrate the event’s success with music, art, food and, of course, kites.
Kevin Tummers, who created the event alongside Blerina Berberi, couldn’t be more thrilled with how the summer flew by.
“The community really came together on this, on all levels from helping others set their kites up and even cleaning up the beach,” he said.
The first fliers
The event began June 25 and continued each Sunday at the beach.
In addition to being the festival date, September 10 will also be the last day to fly kites officially under the event’s banner.
Tummers created the event after searching for something outdoors that all people regardless of age, mobility or finances could participate in.
And indeed, people of all ages – from 1 to 99, according to Tummers – partook in the kite flying.
Kites from as small as a child’s hand to as big as 150 feet long flew aloft along the beach this summer.
Fliers included people from nearby – Yarmouth and the Annapolis Valley – and people from afar, including places like New York, Alabama, Alberta, and Ontario.
“It’s safe to say that for 2017, Belliveau’s Cove is the kite flying capital of Nova Scotia,” said Tummers.
While pleasantly surprised at the popularity, Tummers had been hopeful the innocent and nostalgic kind of fun that is kite flying would yield such a result.
A family of recently arrived Syrian refugees also made a trip down from Halifax.
“Kite flying is inclusive of all races, genders, ages, languages, backgrounds and abilities, and is a way to bring people together,” he said.
Get set, get celebrating
Here is some information on what to expect at the festival, as well as how to prepare and what to wear, according to Tummers:
What to bring:
Its a September evening in Nova Scotia, so dress accordingly.
Boots are great for walking on the tidal beach.
Cash for vendors (snacks, drinks, crafts, art, kites).
Kites are available on site for purchase, or bring your own.
Sunday, September 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Belliveau Cove Wharf and Beach, Highway 1
Weather predictions for Sept. 10:
Mainly sunny, with a temperature of 19 degrees and winds gusting at 11 kilometres per hour, west.
Join us for the awesome Tide Kite Festival and fly, get and see cool kites.
Free performances will be featured by Association des Acadiens-Metis Souriquois, musicians, Marc Belliveau, Arthur Comeau, Emile Blinn, Jason Saulnier, Ukuladies, Julian Weaver, Dennis Blinn, Benito Madison and Jonah Meltwave.
The theme will be Glow in the Dark, and food, drinks, arts, crafts from Trésors de plage / Beach Treasures, Connie's Creations, Hika's Folk Art and more will be available!
Thank you to all participants and supporters!