Colouring brings out the inner kid in all of us

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Charlottetown brewery breaks out the crayons and pencils

By Michael Conor McCarthy

Most people who enjoy spendtime with colouring are closer to birth than the legal drinking age, but that didn’t stop anyone Wednesday night at Upstreet Craft Brewing.

The Charlottetown bar put pencil crayons, markers and crayons into the paws of patrons at its packed pub, stuck a beer at their elbows and "A Tribe Called Quest" on the speakers.

The event was planned a month in advance to give it enough time to blow up on Facebook.

More than 900 people indicated an interest or an intention to attend, despite the bar has seasting for only 70 patrons.

Nikki Matheson, Megan Shoemaker and Rachel McGrath, came after first hearing about the event on Facebook.

“It’s a new, fun thing to do, instead of the same old thing over and over again,” said Shoemaker.

The bar was packed before the set start time of 6:30 p.m. came, and revelers continued to pile in well after sunset.

Mike Wasnidge, Upstreet’s marketing and special events manager, conceived the plan for the night after reading about a bar in Toronto trying it out. He had no idea what kind of reaction it would get, but said that he tries to provide creative experiences for his guests.

“People that don’t consider themselves artists still have that creative need,” said Wasnidge.

One artist who did attend was Lacey Duffney. She had previously tried out adult colouring books. 

“My friend bought me a book,” she said.

“So when I’m bored at home, I can just sit there and colour,”

It was early childhood educator Alan Boland’s first time at Upstreet, but he too had already tried his hand at adult colouring, calling the decision to make a trip to the event a “no-brainer.”

“It brings out the inner kid in everybody, something that’s easy to lose nowadays,” he said.

In a Facebook post following the event, Upstreet indicated it is planning more adult colouring nights.

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Organizations: Tribe Called Quest

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Toronto

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  • Ally
    March 26, 2016 - 20:59

    This is a great idea, anything artistic or creative really would be fun, any crafts or painting would be fun too