Come Celebrate Canada’s Heritage in Annapolis Royal

The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, Parks Canada, Annapolis Heritage Society, Historic Gardens, CARP, Nova Scotia Power and the Town of Annapolis Royal and Friends are working together to celebrate Heritage Day Weekend 2012, February 17 – 20. This year’s theme is “The Heritage of Power Generation”, and a series of special events and activities are planned which celebrate the past and highlight current and future sources of green energy.

The 2012 Queen Annapolis Royal Fund-raising Dinner will take place at the Fire Hall. Guest heritage speaker is Alan Melanson, past president of The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. Keynote speaker is Linda Bailey, Administrator of the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home. For additional information, contact Ann Marie Monk at A Seafaring Maiden, 532-0379,

Experience Traditional Forms of Energy at the Winter Market and Acadian Cottage from 9 am – noon, both located at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Shop for local produce, and enjoy an old-fashioned bonfire and marshmallow roast. Join Brad Hall for blacksmith demonstrations (weather permitting), and learn about power in the 17th century with Alan Melanson at the Acadian Cottage. Later, from 1 – 4 pm, there will be Family Snowshoeing (conditions permitting) and hot chocolate for all. For info, call 532-7018 or visit

Join noted author, Joyce Grant-Smith, for A Different Kind of Energy program entitled “The Triumphs and Trials of Writing for Children” at the Annapolis Royal Library at 2:30 pm. The Library is located behind Town Hall. To learn more, call 532-2226.


10 am – 3 pm
Enjoy an Open House featuring Energy Efficiency in a Heritage Setting presented by Clean Annapolis River (CARP) at the Train Station in Annapolis Royal.  There will be energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs) and other energy saving products to give away. CARP staff will also be on hand to greet guests and discuss energy saving techniques. For more info contact 532-7533.

11 am – 2 pm
Enjoy a Behind-the-scenes look at the Fort Anne National Historic Site Library and the curatorial collection. Learn how these valuable documents, scrapbooks and artifacts are stored, catalogued, and preserved. Thanks to the many community residents who donated items to this extensive collection through the years, the Officer’s Quarters at Fort Anne, in its early years, served as a repository of community history. An expert conservator and librarian will be on hand to share their knowledge. For more info call Fort Anne at 532-2321 or visit

1 – 4 pm
Enjoy an Open House and Heritage Building Awards Presentation at the historic Town Hall in Annapolis Royal. Call 532-2043 for actual time of the Awards Presentation.

2:00 pm
Join Les Smith at 2 pm in the Lower Hall of St. George and St. Andrews United Church in Annapolis Royal for a unique opportunity to learn about the science, technology and Energy of North America’s Only Tidal Power Plant. For info call 532-7754.

Don’t miss this year’s special exhibit at the O’Dell House Museum featuring the Causeway Construction Archival Photo Display from the 1960’s. For more about this exhibit contact 532-7754 or visit

Hope to see Y-O-U at some of the events!

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