Calling all Artists!

Seeking 2017 Garden Sculptures.

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Ten years ago, in partnership with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, the Historic Gardens started incorporating sculpture into the Gardens on a seasonal basis. As with everything in the Historic Gardens, the Sculpture Project is growing and blossoming each season. Past seasonal installations have included creations by Nova Scotian artists: Alexis Doiron, Brad Hall, Alexa Jaffurs, Michelle Heron and Jan Hull to name a few. In addition to these installations, the Gardens has several semi-permanent pieces including a “living sculpture” created by Dawn MacNutt using live willow and the magnificent “Dance of the Blue Heron” sculpture by Gerald Jank that now graces our front lawn!

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Each piece has been sited perfectly within the 10 acres of gardens, allowing the artwork to both enhance its surroundings and to be enhanced by the gardens around it. The resulting marriage of gardens and sculpture has been met with great enthusiasm from Historic Gardens visitors.

We are now pleased to call for Expressions of Interest from artists for garden sculpture for the 2017 season. Deadline for submissions: Mar 3 2017. Download a PDF below! 

Download: Expressions of interest 2017

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Call for Sculptures 2015 – One Week Left!

Call for Sculptures 2015 – One Week Left!

Art in the Gardens – Inspiring!

Basalt II by Brad Hall

It’s hard to imagine how one could improve upon the award-winning Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal… until you take a tour of the Garden Sculptures on display throughout the gardens each summer.

Several years ago, in partnership with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, the Historic Gardens started incorporating sculpture into the Gardens on a seasonal basis. As with everything in the Historic Gardens, the Sculpture Project is growing and blossoming each season.  Each piece is sited thoughtfully within the 17 acres of gardens; allowing the artwork to both enhance its surroundings and to be enhanced by the gardens around it. The resulting marriage of gardens and sculpture has been met with great enthusiasm from Historic Gardens visitors.

We are fast approaching the deadline for our annual call for Expressions of Interest, and therefore want to publicize once again as a reminder about this great opportunity for artists to showcase their work. If you are an artist, please have a look at the information in the link below. (Or if you know of an artist who might be interested, please share this with them.)

Expressions of interest 2015

We look forward to another exciting display of garden sculpture in the Historic Gardens in 2015.

Christmas Market Extravaganza in Annapolis Royal

RESERVE THE DATE!

Annapolis Royal is THE place to be on Saturday December 6, 2014 during our Christmas Market Extravaganza.

Imagine this: Four Markets, more than 150 vendors, all within the tiny Town of Annapolis Royal. And to make it even easier to navigate, a “Park & Ride Shuttle” will run between all the sites and the downtown between 9am and 2pm. How easy is that?

The Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market, at the Historic Gardens, is one of the four events – be sure to stop by for some great local coffee, baked goods, produce, meat, fish, eggs… well, you get the picture.  The other three markets are special Christmas Craft markets: at the Fire Hall, the Legion and the Academy… representing the very best of handcrafts, artwork and other great gift ideas.  Take a peek at the Market Map…

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Make sure you leave time to shop downtown Annapolis Royal as well, and have lunch at one of our great restaurants. You will want to spend the whole day in Annapolis Royal – who wouldn’t?

And be sure to visit the Historic Gardens Booth at the Fire Hall Christmas Market to pick up your Membership, 2015 Calendar, new Jigsaw Puzzle and other Garden Gifts.

Meet you in Annapolis Royal!

 

Going NUTS in Annapolis Royal

Go NUTS in Annapolis Royal on October 18

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Conkers? Has anyone really heard of conkers? New to many Nova Scotians, but an old tradition for anyone of British heritage, Conkers has been making a reappearance in Annapolis Royal in recent years.

The game of conkers involves, quite simply, a chestnut on a string.

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Well, two actually, as each person in the duel requires the same armament. The objective – to break your opponent’s conker. Sounds simple, but it is actually quite difficult and makes for great fun for participants and spectators alike. To quote the Annapolis Royal organizers, conkers is “A game of Kings and school boys – This centuries old form of sporting battle is about to re-emerge.”

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The 3rd Annual North American Conkers Championship will be held “centre-Courtyard” at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens on Saturday, October 18 during the Winter Market. Registration is at 10am and the tournament begins at 10:30am as participants vie for the coveted Crofton Chalice. No entry fee, no experience necessary, all ages welcome! For details, visit www.annapolisroyalconkerclub.ca

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After the tournament, head over to the Annapolis Royal Golf Club at 2:00pm to try your hand at a putting competition that will drive you NUTS, during the “Great Putting Challenge”. Yes, you guessed it – instead of balls you will be putting with conkers! Putter and conkers are provided.

Join us in Annapolis Royal for this unique day of events, and while you are here be sure to enjoy some of our many GHOST TOWN activities (www.exploreghosttown.com).

Conkers 2014 Poster

Meet you in Annapolis Royal!

Town Announces “Meet you in Annapolis Royal” Video Series

When they decided to create a series of five new promotional videos, the Town of Annapolis Royal had a great challenge. How do you capture more than 400 years of community and natural beauty in an attractive and engaging video production? With its particular mix of history, arts and gardens, Annapolis Royal is a community unlike any other. From the energy of the Saturday morning farmer’s market to the mystery of the candlelight tour at the Garrison Burial Grounds to the serenity of a walk through the roses at the Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal offers a wide variety of experiences for visitors and residents. Capturing the spirit of the town was the task given to Edifice Media when the Town of Annapolis Royal partnered with various community groups to create the “Meet you in Annapolis Royal” promotional videos.

“My family and I have been spending summers in the Annapolis Royal area since 2006 and have always been drawn to this perfect little town” said Edifice Media CEO, Dr Christopher Cooper. “This past summer we filmed a series of promotional videos based on the Branded Entertainment model of short episodic snap shots of the best Annapolis Royal has to offer – as always just a pleasure to work with the core people taking on this initiative and what better canvas to paint with than Annapolis Royal!

This video project was funded by the Town of Annapolis Royal with support from the Historic Gardens, Parks Canada, The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, Explorer Visitors Guide, Annapolis Heritage Society and Annapolis Region Community Arts Council. “It was such a pleasure to work with Christopher Cooper and all the community partners who collaborated on this project” said Trish Fry, Manager of the Historic Gardens. “With social media marketing at the forefront, it is vitally important to have visual and engaging media as part of our internet marketing, and Edifice Media delivered just that.”

The first of the videos in the “Meet you in Annapolis Royal” series was released in the autumn. This video featured Laura Lowe riding a bicycle along St George Street while greeting merchants and residents along the way. The remainder of the videos will be released March 3 through April 14 to build momentum leading into the 2014 visitor season. “Thanks to the Town of Annapolis Royal for leading this effort to get us this far” Fry adds. “Now it is up to all of us to ensure that this tool is used to its maximum potential.”

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Check it out!   MeetYou in Annapolis Royal

Historic Gardens – Call for Sculptures 2014

Art in the Gardens – Inspiring!

Basalt II by Brad Hall

It’s hard to imagine how one could improve upon the award-winning Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal… until you take a tour of the Garden Sculptures on display throughout the gardens each summer.

Several years ago, in partnership with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, the Historic Gardens started incorporating sculpture into the Gardens on a seasonal basis. As with everything in the Historic Gardens, the Sculpture Project is growing and blossoming each season.  Each piece is sited thoughtfully within the 17 acres of gardens; allowing the artwork to both enhance its surroundings and to be enhanced by the gardens around it. The resulting marriage of gardens and sculpture has been met with great enthusiasm from Historic Gardens visitors.

We are fast approaching the deadline for our annual call for Expressions of Interest, and therefore want to publicize once again as a reminder about this great opportunity for artists to showcase their work. If you are an artist, please have a look at the information in the link below. (Or if you know of an artist who might be interested, please share this with them.)

Expressions of interest 2014

We look forward to another exciting display of garden sculpture in the Historic Gardens in 2014.

A Visit with the Hookers…

We have been selling tickets on a beautiful hooked mat this summer, donated by the Habitation Hookers to raise money for the Historic Gardens. With the draw only two weeks away we wanted to take a moment to recognize this dedicated group of hookers and to let you know where you can see this mat, and how you can purchase tickets.

I was invited to join this group at the Port Royal Community Hall to see them “at work”. And while this incredible project is most worthy of being labelled “work”, once you sit in with them for a few minutes you realize that it is indeed a labour of love for them all. They so enjoy their craft, and the social time they have as they hook and create, that there is no question that they simply love being hookers and have loads of fun doing it.

Thanks so much to this group creating this mat for us.

A Word from the Habitation Hookers:

Hope you like our “charity” mat. One of our members, Carol Thorne, created the pattern and put it on the backing. Our other members donated the wool fabric and the time required to hook the mat – several months of time. It was then whipped (the wool yarn edging was put on) and the binding tape was sewn on the back of the mat to finish it.

Have fun with it and we hope it is a successful fundraiser for the Historic Gardens!

The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, December 14, at 11am during the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market.

If you have not yet picked up your tickets, or if you feel the need to help your odds of winning by purchasing MORE tickets, there are a number of ways…

The Mat will be displayed every day (Tues-Sat) at the Gardens office until December 14. Tickets may be purchased there as well. (There is one exception, as follows…)

The Mat will be displayed Saturday December 7 at the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall during the Christmas Craft Market. We will be there with memberships, calendars, cards, and yes… with raffle tickets.

And if you can’t get here in person but want to buy tickets, well this is 2013 after all so we have tickets available through our Web Store. You can buy online and if you win the Mat, shipping can easily be arranged.