Natal Day weekend kicks off in style

Lawrence Powell
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Queen Annapolis Royal and Queen Annapolisa 82nd Caitlin Bridson-Pateman.

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The Natal Day canteen is always popular.

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toe-tapping children's music at town hall.

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These people were 'Stylin'' around town. The little girl in the centre is named Annapolis.

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Stylin' artist Wayne Boucher.

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Striking a stylish pose at Fort Anne.

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The Stylin' crowd for First Fridays sponsored by the Annapolis Board of Trade.

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Queen Annapolis Royal Caitlin Bridson-Pateman on her way to the opening ceremonies.

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Princesses and Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins.

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Colourful costumes and happy faces.

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Music and song at Dan's photograpy studio and Sissiboo coffee shop.

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Video of the entertainment.

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Axe and hammer handles made by Ken Maher at Sinclair Inn Museum.

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Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins welcoming everybody to Annapolis & District Natal Day Weekend Celebrations.

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Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie brought greetings from council.

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Peter Davies wearing his master of ceremonies hat.

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There were bands all over town -- with some fine guitar picking.

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Farewell to Nova Scotia went over well with the crowd at Market Square.

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A standup guy at Market Square.

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St. George Street in Annapolis Royal was still busy at 8 p.m.

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Bluegrass at Mrs. Nicholson's.

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The bass player.

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Best friends at Market Square.

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Geoff Keymer on banjo.

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Jane Seary performed outside of town hall.

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A frontrow seat for the entertainment.

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The 84th of Foot Regiment set up camp at Fort Anne Friday evening.

Annapolis Royal packed for annual event, First Fridays

By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

editor@annapolisspectator.ca

Annapolis Royal was in full festive swing Friday evening as hundreds packed the town for the launch of Annapolis & District Natal Day Weekend Celebrations. The evening coincided with the Annapolis Board of Trade's monthly First Fridays celebrations which had stores open late and live music perform throughout the town. On the streets was the First Fridays 'Advance Style Walking Parade' with a score of well-dressed beuties and dandies about town.

A royal procession of princesses in antique cars left Fort Anne for Market square at 7 p.m. and Town Crier Peter Davies both proclaimed the celebrations opened and acted as master of ceremonies -- literally wearing two hats as he fulfilled his duties.

The reigning Queen Annapolis Royal Caitlin Bridson-Pateman spoke at the opening ceremonies, along with Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins, and Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie.

This year's princesses were also introduced and after the ceremonies the royal party danced with young children as a local band played music in the background.

At 8 p.m. at town hall, a plaque honouring Annapolis Royal's Dr. Dsurene Lewis was unveiled. And as the sun was setting, the 84th of Foot Regiment finished setting up its annual encampment at Fort Anne.

Friday evenings activities were just a fraction of the events planned for the Natal Day weekend in Annapolis Royal. See complete schedule here.

Organizations: Annapolis Board of Trade

Geographic location: Annapolis Royal, Annapolis County

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