With the weather heating up now that we are heading into August, on Thursday most of the downtown merchants in Cobourg put their wares out on the sidewalk – well really on the road – and invited customers. It is an annual 4 day event with Saturday being the big day with a Sandcastle Festival but I checked it out on a quieter day – today, Friday. Although the forecast said it might rain, merchants had their stuff out in the open – they would be busy protecting them if it actually rained although some did have canopies. As well as shoes, clothes and DVDs, there was also furniture, paintings, jewelry and more. There were also some booths unrelated to King Street vendors as well as playgrounds for kids and a climbing wall for anyone. And of course there were food vendors although restaurants with air conditioning would have been popular.
To make sure people knew about the Sandcastle Festival, there were a couple of simple sandcastles right on the road outside Victoria Hall. Hopefully there is some way to do the reverse – that is, tell people coming to the Sandcastle festival that they should visit downtown.
On Saturday at 11:00, Rob Franklin will entertain with his 20 minute play about James Cockburn – it will be in front of Victoria Hall. If you miss it, it will be repeated at the Sifton-Cook centre on Monday at 11:00 am.
I created the video below – it’s basically what I saw when I strolled down King street.