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Events & Exhibits

These past events are listed in chronological order, for reference purposes.

This is the page for events that took place in 2015.

June 29

North Hills Jazz Café – Steve Lee Trio

2016-07-29-jazzcafe-small Enjoy an evening of swing and Latin jazz with the Wolfville based Steve Lee Trio, accompanied with coffee, tea, and delicious desserts by Paula Buxton of Leo’s Café.

North Hills Museum
June 29 – 7 to 9 pm

Tickets are $20 each (limited and sold in advance only) and are available at North Hills Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets call 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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July 23

North Hills Kids Pirate & Privateer Party

2016-07-23-wreckers Join us for an afternoon of crafting, games, treasure hunt and special treats. Dress up as a pirate, buccaneer, or a shipmate. Free for the whole family; donations welcome.

North Hills Museum
July 23 – 2 to 4 pm

Rain date: July 24 – 2 to 4 pm.

For more information, call 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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August 14

North Hills Annual Vintage Automobile Show

2016-08-14-car-show View cars, trucks and tractors dating from 1900 – 1980. Chat with the owners, take pictures and enjoy the museum. All are welcome at this free family event.

North Hills Museum
August 14 – 1 to 4 pm

For more information or to register a vintage or classic vehicle, call 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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August 31

North Hills Jazz Café – Ariana Nasr

NASR_Ariana-SMALLWednesday, August 31st, 2016, will be our last Jazz Café for the season at North Hills Museum, and our feature talent will be Ariana Nasr.

Ariana Nasr loves music, and she is not afraid to show it. Whether she is singing Edith Piaf, an Italian art song or a jazz standard, she will give you everything she's got (and sometimes more). In addition to singing, she also plays accordion, saxophone and violin. She will be presenting a new solo act featuring well-known songs from around the world accompanied by her chromatic button accordion.

The concert will be from 7 to 9 pm, and as usual accompanied by the delicious desserts created by Paula Buxton of Leo’s Café.

Tickets are $20 each (limited and sold in advance only) and are available at North Hills Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets call 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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July – August 2016

North Hills Adult Lecture Series
Salt Box Talks Revisited – Summer 2016 Schedule

Instead of watching summer re-runs on television, why not revisit some of our most popular Salt Box lectures on selected Tuesday evenings at North Hills Museum?

This program is designed for those who would like to discover and appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and refreshments.

Each lecture is $6.00 per person.

Registration required, call 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7 – 9 pm
Tapestries – Paintings in Thread

Visiting lecturer Paul Paquette will present a captivating survey of the history of European tapestry; from the 8th century B.C. through the medieval age and the Renaissance. Its demise as an art form due to stylistic changes between the 17th – 19th centuries will be investigated. Finally, its rebirth by 20th century hobbyist will be examined.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7 – 9 pm
Great Collectors & Patrons of the Arts

Join us as we examine the history of collecting and its relevance to museums and galleries. We will focus on great Canadian patrons and their contribution to national and provincial culture and heritage. Central to this discussion will be the story behind Robert Patterson’s collection at North Hills, and his gift to the province of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7 – 9 pm
History of European Landscape Painting – Part 1

We will trace the origins of the European landscape in the pastoral images found in Hellenistic and ancient Roman art. Examine the use of the landscape motif and its decorative beauty found in medieval religious paintings and illuminated manuscript. Discover the sharply observed details and luminous space in 15th century renaissance paintings from Northern Europe and Italy. Learn about the 16th century taste for panoramic views and the bourgeoning art of topography, and the ideal landscapes of the 17th century embellished with the ruins from the classical world.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7 – 9 pm
History of European Landscape Painting – Part 2

Our travels through European art continue in 18th century France and England featuring rich pastoral landscapes. Topographical ‘Views’ reach the height of popularity with the Grand Tour in Rome and Venice. The later 18th and early 19th centuries present new themes in landscape painting such as the ‘Sublime’ (the power of nature) and ‘the Beautiful’ (pleasing meditations on nature). We will also examine the more spontaneous observations of nature found in the works of the 19th century French Realists, Impressionists; such as Monet and Pissarro, and the Post Impressionists; such as Van Gogh and Cezanne.

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July 9 – September 5

O'Dell Hog Island Exhibit

hogisland-small Opening Saturday, 9 July, there will be a small exhibit at the O’Dell House Museum featuring the history of Hog Island, Annapolis Royal, in conjunction with the House and Gardens Tour sponsored by the Historic Gardens. This region, encompassing the new Fortier Mills Subdivision, the area of the Fire Hall and the Tidal Power Station, has a long and interesting history, stretching back to the early 18th century. The site of early executions in the town, it also witnessed the 19th and 20th centuries attempts at industrialization, including the construction of sailing ships and the manufacture of such things as cast iron stoves, skis and wooden toys.

In the 20th century, it has been the location of links to Granville Ferry, first by bridge and then by causeway, which in the 1980s became the site of North America’s first tidal power plant. The exhibit will run until Labour Day.

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September 11

North Hills Tea and Garden Party

2016-09-11-tea-small Join us for an afternoon of live music, tea and wonderful treats. Free family event, donations welcome.

North Hills Museum
September 11 – 2 to 4 pm

For more information, call 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2016

Sinclair Ghost Town 2016: Sinclair Inn Escape Rooms

You are locked into the Sinclair Inn and you have 45 minutes to work together and gather all the clues to find a key to get out, or you will be accused of murder or hanged.

We offer two themed rooms that allow you to step back in time and experience the intrigue of our local history.

1 – The Armstrong Room
Lawrence Armstrong (1664–1739), Lieutenant–Governor of Nova Scotia, was found dead with five stab wounds and a sword beside him in his bed — a suicide or murder? Will you escape or be accused of murder? (max. 8 people)

2 – The d’Aulnay Room
In 1645, Charles de Menou d’Aulnay (1604–1650) attacked Fort LaTour at the mouth of the St. John River. He forced Madame LaTour to witness the hanging of every member of the garrison. Will you get out in time or be hanged? (max. 8 people)

Booking
October 21, 22, 28 & 29
Maximum 8 people per room
Appropriate for 14 yrs of age +, accompanied by an adult
The Armstrong Room: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, or 8:30 pm
The d’Aulnay Room : 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, or 9:00 pm

Tickets: $15.00 each
Advance reservations only: Visa, Mastercard, and advance cash purchases accepted
To book, or for more information – call Wayne at 902 532-7754

Click here to download a PDF of this event description.

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September – October 2016

North Hills Adult Lecture Series
Salt Box Talks Revisited – Fall 2016 Schedule

This program is designed for those who would like to discover artifacts and art history, appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and delicious baked treats and refreshments.

Each lecture is $10.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays!

Registration required, call 902-532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Painting in Canada Part 1
We will trace the origins of painting in the New World from the early French patronage of the church in the 17th century to the English tradition of painting images of important officials, merchants and their properties. We will explore the Canadian landscape through the eyes of 18th century topographical painters, and the wonderful paintings of everyday life by Krieghoff and Kane. The works of the academically trained artists will also be explored, that would lead to the foundation of different art societies and associations, culminating with the foundation of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1880.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Painting in Canada Part 2
Our travels continue through post confederation Canada with the impressionistic style paintings by members of the Canadian Art Club, to the struggle to define nationalism as seen in the works of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, and their contemporaries Emily Carr and David Milne. We will also study the works of great modern painters such as Alfred Pellan, Paul Emile Borduas and Jean Paul Riopelle. The 1950s and 60s produced great abstract artists such as Jock MacDonald and Jack Bush, and in the Maritimes; Bruno Bobak, Molly Bobak, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Alex Colville. These and many other 20th century Canadian painters will be discussed.

Tuesday, October 11, 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm
The Dishes in the House
North Hills Museum is a treasure chest of some of the finest Georgian porcelain. We will trace the evolution of English porcelain production beginning in the early 18th century. Discover the many manufacturers found within the collection; such as, New Hall, Worcester, Minton, Spode, Bow, Wedgewood, and many more. We will discuss different manufacturers’ histories and study their patterns, patronage, and how to identify their hallmarks.

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November – December

O'Dell Victorian Christmas

AHS-2016-11-14-xmas-small Join us for our annual return to the late 19th century, and celebrate a very Victorian Christmas. The O’Dell House Museum will be beautifully trimmed with decorations made from the forests and gardens of Annapolis County. Our animators will be exquisitely dressed in Victorian costume. We will also feature an exhibit of vintage ornaments and Christmas post cards. Top off your visit with a glass of hot mulled cider and home-made cookies as you sing carols with friends.

November 25 & 26 – 7 to 9 pm
November 27 – 2 to 4 pm
December 2 & 3 – 7 to 9 pm

Victorian Christmas – O’Dell House Museum
136 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, NS

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November – December

O'Dell Antique Christmas Postcards

AHS-2016-11-14-xmas-small Visit the special exhibition space on the second floor of the O’Dell House Museum. During the Christmas season, we will be featuring an exhibition of antique Christmas postcards from 1900 to 1910 belonging to Lois Jenkins.

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday 1 – 4 pm
Friday 1 – 8 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday & Monday - Closed

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