Build­ing on suc­cess

New vol­un­teers, board mem­bers, spon­sors needed for 2019 Ap­ple Blos­som Fes­ti­val

Valley Journal Advertiser - - ARTS - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

The An­napo­lis Val­ley Ap­ple Blos­som Fes­ti­val is in good shape fi­nan­cially and is look­ing for vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing new board mem­bers, to help bol­ster its ef­forts.

The fes­ti­val’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, chaired by fes­ti­val pres­i­dent and pub­lic­ity di­rec­tor Alxys Cham­ber­lain and vice pres­i­dent and fi­nance di­rec­tor Lo­gan Morse, was held in the his­toric Corn­wal­lis Inn ball­room on Nov. 27.

Morse said the board of direc­tors would con­tinue to fo­cus on re­turn­ing spon­sor­ship to pre­vi­ous lev­els and would con­tinue to seek cost efficiencies in 2019.

The fes­ti­val had $4,784 of rev­enue in ex­cess of ex­pen­di­tures for the fis­cal year end­ing Aug. 31. This puts the cur­rent op­er­at­ing sur­plus at $54,356, as a sur­plus of $49,572 was car­ried over from the prior fis­cal year. Morse said there was a high level of com­mit­ment from the board to re­duce ex­penses.

“We saw in­creases in most all of our rev­enue streams and most sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased our spon­sor­ship lev­els for the first time in a decade,” Morse said. “The fes­ti­val sits in a strong fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to con­tinue into the fu­ture but we know that the work is not done.”

The fes­ti­val couldn’t hap­pen with­out the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of vol­un­teers. Morse said they wel­come new vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in work­ing in a num­ber of ca­pac­i­ties, in­clud­ing new board mem­bers.

Morse, Cham­ber­lain, Juli McHat­tie, St­ef­fany Cox-Lin­gard, Krista Morine, Katie Godon, Ryan Swet­nam and Angela Pel­ton were all reaf­firmed as mem­bers of the board of direc­tors at the meet­ing.

Morse said that, through a pro­vin­cial grant, the fes­ti­val is cur­rently en­gaged with the Aca­dia En­trepreneur­ship Cen­tre to con­duct a strate­gic re­view. The way for­ward will be pre­sented at the end of the re­view process. They are cur­rently work­ing on a new web­site as well, which the board hopes will be up and run­ning in time for the next fes­ti­val.

Cham­ber­lain said the 86th an­nual fes­ti­val held in 2018 was a suc­cess by many ac­counts.

“As you may have no­ticed, sev­eral new events were added to the fes­ti­val this year that added life to the fes­ti­val and re­vived sev­eral lost tra­di­tions,” Cham­ber­lain said.

The 87th an­nual fes­ti­val takes place from May 29 to June 3, 2019, with the theme “Once a Blos­som — Al­ways a Blos­som.”

The next reg­u­lar board of direc­tors meet­ing takes place at the fes­ti­val of­fice, lo­cated in the for­mer Corn­wal­lis Inn, now known as Main Street Sta­tion, in Kentville Dec. 4.

KIRK STARRATT

An­napo­lis Val­ley Ap­ple Blos­som Fes­ti­val vice pres­i­dent and fi­nance di­rec­tor Lo­gan Morse and pres­i­dent and pub­lic­ity di­rec­tor Alxys Cham­ber­lain present re­ports at the fes­ti­val’s an­nual meet­ing.

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