Sunday, July 31, 2011

Natal Day Opening Ceremonies 2011

Well, I am a couple of days late with this one but, I am going to make an attempt to getting back to a regular schedule of blog posts. Our presentation of "Naked at the End of the World" opened earlier today at the O'Dell House Museum. Now that rehearsals will not be dominating every night I may have some time to send a few thoughts this way. More on the play in an upcoming post.

On Friday night the Annapolis Heritage Society was responsible for hosting the opening ceremonies for Natal Day weekend. This is the second weekend that we have hosted this event. Like last year, I think that we pulled together an effective start to the weekend. A procession of antique cars containing Natal Day princesses was led from the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy to the Farmer's Market by piper Andy Kerr. When they reached the market the princesses disembarked and took their places on the stage.

The theme of this year's Natal Day celebrations is the 200th anniversary of the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department. If there was ever a doubt about the good work done by this group, fate intervened to provide us with a reminder. The firefighters were originally scheduled to march in the procession. Just as the procession was getting under way there was an emergency call and the firefighters jumped into rescue mode. Evidently five people were plucked from the water of the Annapolis Basin.

Back at the Farmers Market, Town Crier Peter Davies was officially declaring Natal Day Weekend open. We received greetings from Phil Roberts, Mayor of Annapolis Royal and Reg Ritchie, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. Each of the princesses then introduced themselves as did Queen Annapolis Royal 2010 Carrie Murray. That concluded the official ceremonies and all that remained as a community dance in the market square. I must admit that it was quite a bit of fun to see all of the local children dancing.

All for now,

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