by Stephen Dafoe
Locals will be picking up their crayons and their coffee cups at the Green Bean Coffee House and Bistro on Mondays starting Jan. 18. The local restaurant will be opening their doors to those who have taken up adult colouring. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and all are welcome, including children.
The idea to mix crayons and caffeine came from owner Doug Adsit’s wife Angie, and staff members Heather Casavant and Deby Kelly, the latter of whom recently spent 175 hours colouring a 2016 calendar for her mother as a gift.
“It’s the relaxation; that’s the big thing,” Kely said of having taken up colouring. “It’s the stress relief. When I sit down and start colouring, it doesn’t matter who is there or what is said. It doesn’t bother me. It’s very calming. I can colour for hours.”
Angie Adsit agrees with the calming aspects and adds that it is something she sometimes does while watching television as a way to unwind and relax.
The pastime has grown in recent months as colouring for adults has started to receive more attention in the media, including recent articles in the New Yorker, the Globe and Mail, and CNN. Much of the popularity comes, like many trends today, by enthusiastic practitioners sharing their results on social media.
Whether the adult colourist is a long-time expert or new to the hobby, they are invited to attend the Monday night sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Green Bean Coffee House and Bistro on 100 Street in Morinville. There is no cost to attend the event.