Events & Exhibits

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

This is the page for events that took place in 2013.

May 16, 2013

O'Dell Dominion Atlantic Railway – An Evening of Pictures, Stories & Songs ↩

TRAIN-POSTER-small Do you have memories of riding the rails? Does the sound of a train whistle set your heart racing? If so, we have a special evening planned for you. Wolfville musicians Gary Ness and the Mud Creek Boys have will present an evening of songs, stories and images on the historic Dominion Atlantic Railway.

This is a fundraising event in support of the Annapolis Heritage Society.

King’s Theatre
May 16, 2013 starting at 8:00 pm

Tickets are available at the O’Dell House Museum
136 St George Street
Annapolis Royal
902 532-7754

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

O'Dell Pot Luck/BBQ and Jam Session

Bring a salad or dessert, we provide the rest. Enjoy great food, live music and the museum at this free family event. If you sing or play an instrument, join in our jam session!

This event will take place on Tuesday, July 16th at 6 pm.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Yarmouth Shantymen Concert


The acclaimed Yarmouth Shantymen are coming to Annapolis Royal on July 28th. The group were founded, somewhat by accident, in 1984. Group member Eric Ruff, the retired Curator of the Yarmouth County Museum, asked a number of friends to accompany him to illustrate a talk on traditional Sea Shanties. The group discovered an immediate connection with these working songs.

Almost 30 years later, the group has produced three albums and is still going strong. Sea shanties are the rhythmic songs sung by sailors during the age of sail. Each of the songs has its own rhythm and would be particular to a certain job aboard a ship. The musical rhythm helped co-ordinate the effort of the sailors while hoisting cargo, making sail or any of the countless other jobs performed on a sailing vessel. Many of these songs are centuries old and they certainly would have been familiar to sailors for the Annapolis Royal area.

“I am very excited that the Yarmouth Shantymen are coming to Annapolis Royal” said Annapolis Heritage Society Curator, Ryan Scranton. I have known Eric Ruff through museum circles for years and have had the occasion to hear the Shantymen on a number of occasions. There is something special in hearing the songs and rhythms that our ancestors would have known so well. It is quite interesting to imagine a schooner making its way up the Annapolis Basin with the only sound being the sailors singing”.

The concert will be held at St George and St Andrew United Church (401 St. George Street) at 7:30 pm on July 28. Tickets are available for $10 at the O’Dell House Museum, Sinclair Inn Museum and at the door. This event is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Heritage Society. To reserve tickets please call 902 532-7754.

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August 11, 2013

North Hills North Hills Museum Vintage Automobile Show

Vintage CarsEnjoy viewing cars, trucks and tractors from 1900-1980 while chatting with the owners. All are welcome at this free family event!

The event takes place from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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June – August 2013

O'DellCandle Dipping

Join the staff of the O’Dell House Museum on Saturday mornings from June to August for candle dipping. This is an ideal activity either before or after you have visited the local farmers market.

This activity takes place every Saturday from 10 am till noon.

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Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cricket Returns to Annapolis Royal


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July – September 2013

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

“Out of Your Depth” Tint, Tone, and Shade in Landscape painting:
Sunday July 7, 2013 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Discover the many landscape paintings at North Hills. Sketch a view around the museum, then through an examination of tint, tone and shade learn to create depth using colour in your very own painting.

“Climbing the Walls” Wallpaper design workshop:
Sunday August 25, 2013 1:00 – 4:00 pm

North Hills Museum has some wonderful Georgian inspired wallpaper. Discover some techniques in creating pattern, then design and print your very own wallpaper.

“Dishy Designs” Painting on dishes in the ‘Chinese Taste’:
Sunday September 22, 2013 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Mr. Patterson had a huge collection of Chinese inspired antique ceramics. Explore the many patterns and meanings behind the various symbols found in these dishes, paint a design in the “Chinese Taste” on a dish.

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August 31, 2013

North Hills Annapolis Heritage Society Community Yard Sale

Join your friends and neighbours on the grounds of North Hills Museum for a giant Labour Day Weekend Yard Sale! There is no charge for a table, but we do ask that you book your space in advance. Please call 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com for information.

The event takes place from 9 am to 2 pm.

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September 29 – October 5, 2013

3rd Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition ↩

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 (see below), at ARTs PLACE in Annapolis Royal.

Opening Reception:
Sunday September 29, 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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September – October 2013

North Hills Salt Box Talks: 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.

Chinoiserie at North Hills:
Tuesday September 10, 2013 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.

Keeping up with the Stuarts:
Tuesday September 24, 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us as we travel through the English furniture styles that were popular during the Stuart period from the beginning of the reign of James I in 1603 to the end of Queen Anne’s reign in 1714. We will examine the sturdy oak construction of the Jacobean style that was prevalent from James I to Charles I; the austere designs of the Puritans; the influence of the French and Dutch in the Carolean style while Charles II was in exile; the graceful and decorative styles of furniture in the William and Mary period and finally the mastery of technique during the reign of Queen Anne. Mr. Patterson’s collection boasts many fine examples of furniture that covers the Stuart period.

Restoration and Conservation:
Tuesday October 8, 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Learn about the evolution of restoration and conservation in paintings and antiques. Discover some of the techniques that museums use to maintain their collections and how they may be applicable to the preservation of your own treasures. Discussion will also include fascinating stories of conservation from the lecturer’s own experience.

Groups: If your group is interested in having its own “Salt Box Talk” at North Hills Museum, please consult our list of themes below.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Annapolis Heritage Society Annual General Meeting

Dr. Marc Lavoie of Université Sainte-Anne will present some of his recent discoveries as his crew of archaeologists continue to process the material they found while digging in the Belleisle area. Dr. Lavoie's presentations always provide interesting insights on the lives of those who lived here during the pre-deportation Acadian period.

This meeting is also an excellent way to learn about the ongoing activities of the Annapolis Heritage Society.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 7 pm at the St. George and St. Andrew United Church, 401 St George Street, Annapolis Royal.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Charitable Giving Techniques – What Donors Need to Know

Several charitable organizations in the Annapolis Royal area are joining forces to host an informative panel presentation on Tuesday, November 26, on techniques that allow donors to any registered charity to maximize the effectiveness and tax efficiency of their gifts. The panel will include experts in law, tax and special tax-effective donation methods.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about this topic, whether you are a potential donor of some of the wonderful registered charities in our region, or someone who works or volunteers with a charitable organization. The event is not intended to solicit funds on behalf of any charity, but to provide an opportunity to become better informed about charitable giving.

The hosting organizations are the Annapolis Heritage Society, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society, King’s Theatre Society and King’s Theatre Foundation, all of whom are very pleased and proud to be able to collaborate on an event of this type. It is recognized that all the local charities share a common pool of supporters, and thus the concept of a joint presentation was embraced by the partnering organizations as the best possible way to offer information to our community.

The panel presentation will be held at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal, starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 and will last approximately one hour. There will be opportunity for questions following the presentation, as well as a social time with refreshments.

For further information, please call 532-7018.

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November 29–30 and December 6–8, 2013

O'Dell Victorian Christmas at the O'Dell House Museum

Victorian Xmas Things are quickly coming together for the most wonderful time of the year at the O’Dell House Museum. Volunteers have been in the woods gathering fir boughs, Canadian holly and beech leaves. The gardens and orchards of Annapolis County have produced holly, boxwood, a variety of dried flowers and fruit. On a Monday morning in late November all of these elements are gathered together and the museum is transformed into a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of Christmas in the 1870s. “Victorian Christmas truly shows Annapolis Royal at its best,” said Ryan Scranton, Curator of the Annapolis Heritage Society. “In this one event we have a mixture of history, the natural environment, the artistry of our decorators and a whole heap of volunteerism. This event really does highlight the strengths of our community.”

When you enter the museum you can tell that something interesting is happening. Rather than the glare of electric light, the museum is lit with traditional oil lamps and candles. A friendly costumed interpreter greets you, offers some cookies and a cup of hot-mulled apple cider. From around the corner you can hear the sound of people singing carols. As you walk toward the music, you begin to notice the delicately made strings of fir garland and the swags above the doors. Exploring a bit deeper into the building you have the chance to meet costumed interpreters who are busy working in the kitchen or reading stories in the parlour. It is not hard to understand how this event has been a tradition in Annapolis Royal for almost 40 years.

This event will take place at the O’Dell House Museum on November 29 & 30 and on December 6 & 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm and on December 8 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

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December 4, 2013

O'Dell Annapolis Heritage Society Annual Volunteer Reception

The Annapolis Heritage Society’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening will take place on December 4 at 7 pm. If you are currently an AHS volunteer or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we strongly encourage you to attend.

This is a relaxed evening at the O’Dell House Museum featuring refreshments by Paula Buxton of Leo’s Café.

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