Events & Exhibits

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

This is the page for events that took place in 2012.

June 10, 2012

North Hills North Hills Museum Open House

Plaque Unveiling Drop by North Hills Museum, have some cookies and lemonade and learn about our upcoming workshops!

The open house takes place from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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July 18, 2012

North Hills North Hills Museum Community Barbeque/Pot Luck

Pot LuckBring a salad or dessert, we do the rest! Enjoy good food, local music and the museum as well at this free family event!

Event starts at 6 pm.

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July – October, 2012

North Hills Family Workshop Series

Experience the wonderful collections at North Hills Museum and share unforgettable moments with your children as they discover their own creativity in the studio workshops. For budding artists 5-12 years of age accompanied by an adult. Cost per child: $5.00 for each workshop; includes museum visit and all materials. Advanced registration required. 532-2168

“Dripping with Talent” Automatic Painting workshop: Sunday July 8, 2012 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

One of the most innovative art forms of the 1960s when Mr. Patterson purchased North Hills was ‘automatic painting’. Join us for a fun day of painting an original work of art without even touching the canvas. Wear old clothes!

“Power in Numbers – The Art of Collecting” Sculpture workshop: Sunday July 29, 2012 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Discover Mr. Patterson’s various collections. Create a Mixed Media sculpture inspired by the artifacts at North Hills or bring your own collectibles to assemble into a personalized work of art.

“Printmaker II” Print making workshop: Sunday September 23, 2012 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Last year we had so much fun making prints that we decided to do it again with a new twist: create a series of prints with more than one colour plate.

2nd Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition: September 30th – October 6th at ARTs PLACE in Annapolis Royal

The public is invited to attend a display of art works created by the young participants in the Family Workshop Series at North Hills Museum.

Opening Reception Sunday, September 30th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Birthday Workshops: Choose one of our many workshop themes for an exciting and unique birthday party at the museum. Call for details 532-2168.

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August 12, 2012

North Hills North Hills Museum Vintage Automobile Show

Vintage CarsView cars, trucks and tractors dating from 1900-1980. Chat with the owners, take pictures and enjoy the museum too at this free family event!

The event takes place from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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September 9, 2012

North Hills Tea at Two

Tea at TwoEnjoy tea and delicious home made goodies! Live music too!

The event takes place from 2 pm to 4 pm.

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September – October, 2012

North Hills Salt Box Talk: Lecture Series

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 power point presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and refreshments. Each lecture is $3.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays! Registration required, call 532-2168.

Framed – The Art Around the Painting: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Learn about the history and function of frames in the golden age of frame making between the 14th and 19th centuries in Europe. Discover the stylistic differences in the ornamentation of frames; often as fascinating as that of the paintings themselves. Mr. Patterson’s collection of art is surrounded by some wonderful examples.

Instruments of Illumination –The History of Stained Glass: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

A survey of the history of stained glass from the Mesopotamians (c. 3000 BC) to the hobbyists of today. Accompanied with examples from both the religious and the secular, from around the world to those found within our own community .We will also examine the process of manufacturing glass and the various methods used to create this timeless art form.

Chinoiserie at North Hills: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

One of the most important stylistic forms during the Georgian Period (1714–1830) ‘Chinese Taste’ in design was seen as exotic , fanciful, and a reaction against the ‘severity’ of Classicism. Join us as we trace its history and influence on the decorative arts; especially within the porcelain, furniture, and artifacts found at North Hills.

Groups: If your group is interested in having its own “Salt Box Talk” at North Hills Museum, please call us for our list of themes and available dates. 532-2168

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While it is not normally a title to brag about, the Town of Annapolis Royal will proudly call itself a GHOST TOWN this October!

From October 19 to 31, Annapolis Royal will take on ghostly aura as the spirits of the past take over the Town for a Halloween-inspired festival. There will be a spook-tacular array of activities including a Haunted House at the Sinclair Inn Museum, Ghostly Gardens After Dark at the Historic Gardens, ARCAC’s Ghost Story Gala at King’s Theatre, and lots more. Add to that some great Halloween parties, a Haunted Seek & Find, Ghostly Geo-Caches, and some ghoulish sales and specials by Annapolis Royal’s businesses… and you are sure to have a grand time when you visit… if you dare!

For further information visit www.ExploreGhostTown.com or call 532-7018.

October 19, 20, 26, 27

Sinclair A Haunted House

Ghosts and ghouls will entertain you at the Sinclair Inn Museum.

Location: Sinclair Inn Museum
Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm

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October 19, 20, 26, 27

O'Dell Hidden Hauntings

Explore the museum to discover some hidden “ghostly” treasures.

Location: O’Dell House Museum
Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm

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October 19, 20, 26, 27

Ghostly Gardens

A hauntingly good time for the whole family at the Historic Gardens!

Location: Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street
Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm

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October 19, 20, 21

Even the Afterlife Can be Fun

The Annapolis District Drama Group in conjunction with the Annapolis Royal Ghost Town is presenting two plays: “This Way to Heaven” by Douglas Parkhurst and “The Death of Me” by Norm Foster.

The plays will take place at the King’s Theatre on Friday, Oct 19, and Saturday, Oct 20, at 8.00 pm and on Sunday, Oct 21, at 2.00 pm.

Tickets are available from King’s Theatre Box Office.

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October 20, 27

Graveyard Tours

Join the Undertaker as he introduces you to ghosts of our past!

Meet at Fort Anne (beside the Museum), St. George Street.

The tours start at 9:30 pm.

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Sunday, October 21

Goblets & Goblins

Enjoy wine & scotch as you discover the surprises of our Ghostly Gardens after dark!

Location: Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street
Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm

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Saturday, October 27

Ghost Story Gala – Be Scared… Very, Very Scared!

The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council celebrates the art of storytelling with ghost story writer, Steve Vernon; story-tellers, Cindy Campbell, Shalan Joudry and Daureen Lewis; singer, Caleb Miles; violinist, Daniel Froese; swing band, Jazzette; and various and sundry town ghosts. Zenda, famed Tarot card reader, will tell fortunes and patrons will have the opportunity to bid on paintings inspired by Edvard Munch’s THE SCREAM. Deliciously macabre shocktails and nibbles will be available and a people’s choice costume award will be presented along with an announcement of winners in the Ghost Story Writing Contest. All this will take place in a slightly odd Victorian setting with MC Stephanie Domet, author, journalist, runner, damned good cook and radio host of CBC’s Mainstreet.

Tickets: $10 at ARTsPLACE (532-7069)… or at the door… if any remain!

We’d love to see you in costume… period or contemporary!

Location: King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

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Sunday, October 28

Ghost Town Lantern Walk

Experience our haunted past as you are guided through our ghostly National Historic District! Music, drinks and delectable delights included. Reservation only — space limited. Start times vary, every half hour from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Location: starts at the Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street
Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm

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Tuesday, October 30

Pre-carved Pumpkin Sale

In the Gardens Courtyard. Put the finishing touches on your own Halloween decorations - pick up your favourite carved or painted pumpkin. First come, first served!

Location: Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street
Hours: 1 pm – 4 pm

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November 30 – December 2 and December 7–9

O'Dell Victorian Christmas

victorian-christmas-IMG_0033 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 the O’Dell Museum. As usual, our journey back to the holidays of a different time will be held over two weekends.

The festivities take place from 7 to 9 pm on both Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. On December 2 you can visit from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Victorian ChristmasThe museum will also be open Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 from 7 pm to 9 pm. On Sunday, December 9, you can visit from 2 pm to 4 pm.

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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