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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 2010.

June 3–4, 2010

Nova Scotia Built Heritage Conference

House TourThis conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the efforts being made to preserve built heritage around Nova Scotia. Jointly organized by Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage, the towns of Lunenburg, Truro and Bridgetown, the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and the Annapolis Heritage Society. The certification of our North Hills Museum as a Provincial heritage property (see listing below) is just one conference event worth noting.

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June 3, 2010

North Hills North Hills Museum Provincial Heritage Plaque Unveiling

Plaque UnveilingCelebrate with North Hills Museum as the site is officially designated as a Provincial Heritage Property. All are welcome to visit and enjoy the barbeque, live music and the museum site as well.

The official unveiling takes place at 6 pm.

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June 5, 2010

Sinclair Sinclair Inn Museum 300th Anniversary celebration

Ken Maher The Soullard House section of the Sinclair Inn Museum turns 300 years old with a 1710 style market in the parking lot beside the museum. Join us for displays of period skills and trades, costumed interpreters, re-enactors and a great deal of fun.

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June 11–13

North Hills North Hills Spring Writers Workshop

G.E. Clarke A three-day workshop with George Elliott Clarke, multi award-winning author and member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Clarke is currently a professor of English at the University of Toronto. Advance registration required. Times are:

  • 7 – 9 pm on Friday, June 11
  • 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, June 12
  • 9 am – 2 pm on Sunday, June 13

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June 18

North Hills North Hills Museum Wine Tasting

Meet the vintner and sample wines from one of our Nova Scotia Vineyards.

Time and vineyard to be announced.

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July 21

North Hills North Hills Museum Community Barbeque/Pot Luck

Pot LuckA pot luck celebration for the community and beyond! Bring a salad or dessert — we provide the rest. All are welcome to enjoy good food, good music and the museum as well.

Event starts at 6 pm.

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August 15

North Hills North Hills Museum Vintage Automobile Show

Vintage CarsVisit the museum site and enjoy viewing a wide selection of vintage automobiles dating from the 1930s to 1970s. Your chance to chat with the owners about their collections.

Event starts at 2 pm.

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August 25

North Hills North Hills Museum 1960s Flashback Party

Corn BoilIn celebration of the 1960s — the era North Hills Museum was created by Robert Patterson. Come in costume, bring a salad or dessert to go with our BBQ, participate in games or groove to the music!

This is a free family event, and you can find out more at 902 532-2168.

Event starts at 6 pm.

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August 28

Five Century House Tour

House Tour We are delighted to partner with the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens to offer you a truly exclusive look into five centuries of Annapolis Royal’s built heritage. Our Day Tours feature six houses, the Historic Gardens and the three museums of the Annapolis Heritage Society. Our Evening Tour features a musical trip down memory lane. Read on, or simply buy your ticket now!

By phone at: Annapolis Heritage Society 902 532-7754
Historic Gardens 902 532-7018
Online at: www.historicgardens.com
In person at: The O’Dell House Museum, 136 St. George Street
The Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street

OUR DAY TOURS – yes, we have two!
You will all explore the reproduction 17th century Acadian cottage; the delightful 18th century Bonnett house, never before open to the public; the 19th century Runciman House, sensitively refreshed since its sale by the Heritage Canada Foundation to private owners; the charming 20th century Arts and Crafts Pickels-How House and the sweetly simple 20th century Colonial Revival Foster-Nicholson House. In addition, we are thrilled to offer you a 21st century home to view — the Langstaff House, a vibrant reproduction in the 1880s Victorian Stick/Eastlake style.

House Tour Five Century Day Tour: $25
Houses open from 10 am until 4 pm
Gardens open from 8 am until 5 pm
Museums open from 9 am until 5 pm
Light refreshments at Hillsdale House.

Five Century Day Tour plus the Mystery House! $35
Limited to 30 people
Your Mystery House ticket entitles you to visit all the houses and sites of the Five Century Day Tour, as noted above. In addition, you will participate in a Mystery House private tour at 1 pm, featuring a restoration lecture given by the home’s owner, a heritage award winner. This Mystery House private lecture tour is complete with a door prize for one lucky ticket holder. Space constraints limit this tour to 30 people.

Because the Five Century House Tour features six houses, three museums and the Historic Gardens, we are mindful that there is a lot to see in one day! For that reason, all Day Tour and Mystery House Tour ticket holders have the right to enter the Historic Gardens and the three museums of the Annapolis Heritage Society on Sunday, August 29th, free of charge, upon presentation of their Saturday ticket.

Our Evening Tour $25
Our evening tour features a musical trip down memory lane. You’ll experience the circa 1869 O’Dell House Museum for “Sea Shanties and Cider”, the songs reflecting the enormous influence of shipbuilding and seafaring on the history of the town. You’ll stop in along St. George Street at the circa 1821 St. Luke’s Anglican Church (the Garrison Church) for a delightful recital featuring both ecclesiastical and secular music. You’ll also visit the Gardens’ Acadian Cottage, a reproduction of a 1671 Acadian dwelling, to hear lullabies and other simple songs. Light refreshments will be served during this tour.

Concert times to be confirmed.

Please note: If you would like to purchase both a Day and Evening Tour, we have special package prices:

Day and Evening Tour – $45
Day Tour, Mystery House and Evening Tour – $55

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August 29

Edifice Magazine Old Home Workshops

Old House Seminars with Christopher Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of Edifice Old Home Magazine:

These seminars will be held at the Annapolis Royal Legion. To register, contact www.oldhome.ca or call 519-752-9801.

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September 5

North Hills North Hills Museum Tea at Two

Tea at TwoA lovely afternoon of tea, coffee and delicious home baked sweets with live music in the background.

Event starts at 2 pm.

Draw for a Wayne Boucher painting taking place at 4 pm.

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE EARL.

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September 10

O'Dell Nova Scotia Day Tea and Sir William Alexander play

As part of the Annapolis Royal 300th anniversary events, we will be hosting a tea and a dramatic insight into the life of Sir William Alexander at the O’Dell House Museum .

Time to be announced.

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September 17

North Hills North Hills Museum Wine Appreciation Evening

Enjoy an evening of Nova Scotia wine tasting and food pairing with Annapolis Highland Vineyards. The event begins at 7:00 pm and pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 per person.

To secure your place, phone 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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September 19

North Hills North Hills Museum Roadshow

RoadshowJoin Roger Crowther and friends for a day of antique appraising.

Cost is $5 per item, maximum of 2 items per person. Pre-registration is required.

The event will take place from 10 am to 4 pm.

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Late July – October

O'Dell Paint the Town Revisited Part 3 – The Houses of Annapolis Royal

Exhibit at the O’Dell House Museum open from late July until October.

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Until October

O'Dell Preserving a Legacy – Artifacts from the Runciman House

Runciman Built in 1817 for Reverend John Milledge, the Runciman House has often been described as one of the prettiest houses in Nova Scotia because of its “Regency Cottage” architecture. Owned since the 1970s by the Heritage Canada Foundation, it is one of the last residences in Annapolis Royal to maintain a long-term connection to one of its original families. Prior to their selling of the house in 2009 to private owners, the Heritage Canada Foundation board very generously donated the collections held at the Runciman House to the Annapolis Heritage Society.

Preserving a Legacy: Artifacts from the Runciman House is our wonderful exhibit showcasing artifacts and archival images which chronicle over 175 years of one family’s life in Annapolis Royal. It is open at the O’Dell House Museum now until late July.

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October 2–3

O'Dell Old Fashioned Apple Cider Pressing

As part of the yet-to-be-named Annapolis Valley harvest festival, we’ll be holding an old-fashioned apple cider pressing demonstration at the O’Dell House Museum. Take a turn grinding and pressing apples without the benefit of sophisticated machinery!

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October 21

Sinclair Annapolis Heritage Society Annual General Meeting

The Annapolis Heritage Society Annual General meeting will be held at North Hills Museum on October 21 at 7:00pm. Our presenter that evening will be Wayne Smith. Wayne has just finished his first season as a guide at North Hills, but he has previously worked for the National Gallery of Canada and has wonderful background in decorative arts. His topic for the evening will be the artifact collections at North Hills.

The Annual General Meeting is also an excellent opportunity to learn about the ongoing activities of the Annapolis Heritage Society, volunteer opportunities and where we are going over the next year. North Hills Museum is located at 5065 Granville Road in Granville Ferry.

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October 22–23 and October 29–30

Sinclair Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House

HauntedCome to the Sinclair Inn and learn about the ghosts, ghouls and goblins that have inhabited Annapolis Royal and the Granville Ferry area! An interesting combination of local folklore and entertainment, this family event is great for kids and adults.

The Sinclair Inn Museum is closed for the season now but skulls, tombstones, spiders, rats and the odd dismembered limb make a fine background for the one-armed soldier, the lady in the rocking chair, the Gray Lady of Granville and the ghost pirate guarding his treasure!

The Haunted House is open Friday and Saturday evenings — October 22, 23, 29 and 30 — from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Don’t miss it!!!!

This event will give a whole new meaning to the “Ghosts of the Sinclair Inn”.

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November 26–28, December 3–5

O'Dell Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas Our beloved and much anticipated celebration of the colour and simplicity of Christmas at the end of the Victorian era is taking place again this year at our O'Dell House Museum. As usual, our journey back to the holidays of a different time will be held over two weekends.

Victorian Christmas The festivities take place from 7 to 9 pm on both Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th. On November 28th you can visit from 2pm to 4pm. On the next weekend, the museum will be open Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th from 7pm to 9pm. On Sunday, December 5th, you can visit from 2pm to 4pm. There will be hot mulled cider and homemade cookies as well as carols sung beside the 1885 Annapolis Organ Company parlour organ.

Bring your family and uphold the truly magical Christmas tradition we began more than 30 years ago!

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