Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Heritage Weekend 2009

Ok, I'll admit it. I am cheating today. I had to write a press release for the local media and I am using that as my blog post. To be fair, we are in the middle of a snowstorm and most of the town is shut down so I am happy to get anything accomplished today. Today's photograph is of Kent Thompson when he was speaking during Heritage Weekend last year. By the way, the complete Heritage Weekend 2009 schedule with times and locations is posted on the left side of the blog. Here is the press release.

From tapestries, crafts and guest speakers to tourism, snowshoeing and love, Annapolis Royal’s 2009 Heritage Weekend promises to have something to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. For the fourth year in a row, the Town of Annapolis Royal along with various community groups have joined together to celebrate the vibrant heritage of the Annapolis Royal region.

“We are very excited that we have been able to bring together a variety of events to celebrate Heritage Weekend” said Ryan Scranton, Executive Director of the Annapolis Heritage Society. “Living around Annapolis Royal we are surrounded by heritage every day. It can be easy to forget that our heritage resources are really unparalleled in Canada. Heritage Weekend gives everyone a chance to reflect on what we have as well as to hopefully have some fun.”

The launch for the weekend will take place at ARTsPLACE on February 13 starting at 7:00pm. This evening will feature presentations by Sherry Griffin, author of “Middleton: History from the Heart” and Alan Melanson, President of the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. Mr. Melanson’s presentation on the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry will lead into an opportunity for local residents to place a stitch in a tapestry being created for our sister community of Annapolis, Maryland. Stitching for the Maryland tapestry will take place at Fort Anne2-4pm on Sunday, February 15.

Events on Valentine’s Day, February 14, include the Experience Digby – Annapolis Tourism Showcase at Champlain Hall in Cornwallis Park, a snowshoeing workshop at the Annapolis Royal Legion and afternoon skating and kicksledding on the French Basin. To finish the evening off, there will be a Valentines Fundraiser at King’s Theatre called “Recycled Love”.

On Sunday the 15th, the O’Dell House Museum will have a public viewing of its newly acquired Harris Family Portraits from 1-3pm. You can hear the interesting story of how these paintings from the 1840s were saved from being sold out of province. This will also be the last chance to see the exhibit “HildaJane’s Quilts”.

All for now,


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