Ride on in to Annapolis Royal during Wharf Rat Rally 2012

It is time to haul out the leather and rev up the engine for another edition of Digby’s famous Wharf Rat Rally.  This event has quickly grown to become an important part of the local tourist season and Annapolis Royal is ready to welcome the Wharf Rats to the area.

If you are looking for a chance to ride, there will be a couple of opportunities to experience our region.  For those looking for a guided tour, on Saturday and Sunday a group will leave Digby and travel to various destinations around Annapolis Royal.

As a unique highlight, Annapolis Royal offers Wharf Rats the greatest photo op ever! At the Historic Gardens you and your bike will have the chance to go “Hawg Wild in the Gardens”.  Imagine rumbling in to get your photograph taken among the flowers.  For the “You & Your Bike” photo opp, there are two options: Self Serve & Full Service. Self Serve allows you to bring your motorcycle into the Gardens and take your own photos, while Full Service provides VIP treatment with preferred locations and a photographer to accompany you. It’s a terrific and unique opportunity! Get the details HERE.

While you are in Annapolis Royal, take some time to stroll the waterfront shopping district and to visit our many attractions and museums. Be sure to check out the Annapolis Royal Photo Exhibit at the Historic Gardens and the O’Dell House Museum all weekend long. On Saturday morning, don’t miss the Farmer’s & Trader’s Market – the largest outdoor market in Nova Scotia! Also on Saturday, outside the Sinclair Inn Museum, stop by to see Ken “Hewing to the Line” – watch this novice timber framer “square up” a beam from a log, and try your hand at wielding a broad axe or adze.

Join us in Annapolis Royal this weekend!

Annapolis Royal Photo Contest & Exhibit – Until September 3!

For several years, the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens has hosted an annual Photo Contest & Exhibit, encouraging visitors to share their best photos of the Gardens. This year, staff at the Gardens joined forces with the Annapolis Heritage Society and created an expanded contest, broadening the scope to include photos of heritage and the community as well. The results were very positive, with more than 100 photographs of the Gardens and the Town being entered. These photos are on display in the Historic Gardens Interpretive Centre (garden shots) and at the O’Dell House Museum (heritage & community shots). In addition to the contest entries, there are a number of exhibit-only entries, including many by staff members of the two organizations.

Photographs were judged by a visiting professional who generously gave of his time and expertise while he was in the area! Winners of the 14 categories were Beverley Hudson (4), Terry Murphy (4), Grant Lohnes (2), Jane DeWolfe (1), Matt Dill (1), Keith Doucet (1) and Cameron Wagner (1). The Grand Prize Winners in each division were Beverley Hudson (Historic Gardens division) and Terry Murphy (Annapolis Heritage Society divison).

Full Winners List.

People’s Choice voting is currently open for each division and will be awarded at the end of the Exhibit period.

Also of interest, at the O’Dell House Museum, is a display dedicated to “Project 365”, an effort by three local photographers in 2011 to take and share a community photo every single day of the year!

The Annapolis Royal Photo Exhibit is open at the Historic Gardens and the O’Dell House Museum until September 3. Have a look at your community through the eyes of more than a dozen photographers, and be sure to place your votes for People’s Choice awards in each division!

2012 Photo Contest – Calling All Shutterbugs!

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is having its 7th annual Photography Contest & Exhibit in celebration of these wonderful Gardens. And this year, we are joined by the Annapolis Heritage Society in our efforts. Together, we will have a photo contest and exhibit that showcases the Gardens AND the Town of Annapolis Royal.

·    The contest is open to all amateur photographers.
·    The exhibit is open to all photographers, amateur and professional, who would just like to put their photos on display.

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Entry of Photos:    Must be received by Wed, August 15 at the Gardens office.

Judging:         To take place Friday, August 17.

Exhibit:         From Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3

Entry Categories

Historic Gardens Division – Garden Photos
Photos must be taken in the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

Categories

1.    Specimen photo of a rose
2.    Specimen photo of a lily
3.    Any other specimen photo
4.    Overall scenes/views of the Gardens
5.    Photos of people enjoying the Gardens
6.    Children’s category:  photograph by a young person (12 or younger)
7.    Black & White
8.    Garden Critters

Annapolis Heritage Society Division – Heritage & Community Photos
Photos must be taken in the Town of Annapolis Royal.

Categories

1.    Windows & Doors
2.    Landscape
3.    Heritage in the Community / Community Events
4.    The Shoreline
5.    Buildings of Annapolis Royal
6.    Children’s category:  photograph by a young person (12 or younger)
7.    Black & White

All photo entries must be delivered to the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens on or before August 15.

Photos will be displayed August 18 – September 3
in the Gardens Interpretive Centre and the O’Dell House Museum.

DOWNLOAD Entry Information and Entry Form HERE.
Further Information:
532-7018 or admin@historicgardens.com

Acadian Kitchen Party – Tuesday August 7, 2012

Join us in the Historic Gardens on Tuesday August 7, 5pm-8pm, for a toe tapping time at our Acadian Kitchen Party!

Acadian band Unisson will treat us to an evening of great music, along with fiddler Daniel LeBlanc and guitarist Charles Robicheau from Le Grand Dérangement. You won’t be able to sit still! Check out Unisson’s My Space page for a sample of their music!

Add great food with an Acadian flair and some of Nova Scotia’s finest wines, beer and juices… and well, we’ve got a great party in the making! All we need is YOU!

Tickets are $20, and include admission, entertainment and food. Cash Bar.

Please note: due to NS Liquor Regulations, this event is open for adults 19 and over.

Buy Your Tickets Now!

Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour – July 7, 2012

Join us in historic Annapolis Royal as the community showcases some of its unique gardens and houses in a special Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The event will include a visit to 5 private properties where residents have made use of unique designs and materials to create wonderful gardens and landscapes.  In addition, some of the featured properties are inviting guests to tour parts of their unique homes. The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens will be a centerpiece of the tour, in prime rose season, with the Horticulturist on hand to provide a guided tour.

Start your weekend experience in Annapolis Royal with “Wine & Roses”, Friday, July 6, 7-9pm, a unique opportunity to explore the Historic Gardens with a glass of wine in hand! Add a visit to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, stroll through the waterfront shopping district, hike along the French Basin Trail, and experience our attractions and museums.

In Annapolis Royal we are proud of our heritage buildings and for the history held within their walls.  We are equally proud to share our gardens and homes, and the stories that they tell.

We hope that you will join us for this unique event.

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $25. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $20).

Tickets for Wine & Roses are $15. Members and House & Garden Tour Participants can purchase Wine & Roses Tickets at a reduced rate of $10.

Tickets may be purchased via our Online Store or by calling (902) 532-7018.

For  further information, call 902-532-7018, contact us by email, or visit www.historicgardens.com.

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Historic Gardens Publishes Rose List 2012

DID YOU KNOW???

DID YOU KNOW???

  • That the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens’ Rose Collection has more than 270 cultivars? WOW!
  • That the Historic Gardens boasts one of the largest Rose Collections in Canada? WOW!
  • That currently, at the end of June 2012, they are at their peak – a feast for the senses and a shutterbug’s paradise? WOW!

Historic Gardens 2012 Rose List…  DOWNLOAD HERE.

Visit Soon!

(More info: www.historicgardens.com)

 

Heritage in Unusual Places – June 8-10

Explore historic Annapolis Royal this weekend, June 8-10 2012, during “Heritage in Unusual Places”.

A great selection of events and activities celebrate community and heritage, and we welcome you to join us!

Download Schedule here!

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