Events & Exhibits

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

This is the page for events that took place in 2014.

June – August 2014

North Hills North Hills Enchanted – Family Workshop Series

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the construction of North Hills, an enchanting series of Family Workshops are on offer. Through the centuries, adults and children alike have been fascinated by the world of faeries, gnomes and pixies. This theme has been explored in art, literature and design. North Hills Museum, nestled in a rural woodland setting, is the perfect place to bring you closer to these magical beings… It is time to believe…

For budding artists, 5 to 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

“Hidden Houses” Miniature house construction:
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Where do faeries live? Could it be in a secret place? Create your own whimsical house and conceal it around North Hills, hidden from the human eye.

“Wee Folk” Making little people workshop:
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Did you know that Faerie means Faye = Friend and Erie = Green? Create your very own tiny green friend or perhaps a gnome, pixie, elf or sprite and hide them in the gardens of North Hills.

“Squish a Faerie” flora and fauna printing:
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Did you know that you could create prints of little people using flowers, leaves and grasses? Print your own enchanted figures with the art found in nature.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

North Hills Annapolis Heritage Society Yard Sale

Join us on the grounds of North Hills Museum for this annual Giant Yard Sale Fundraiser for the Annapolis Heritage Society, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Lots of “new to you” items to choose from! If you have items you would like to donate for this sale, please call the museum at 532-2168 to arrange drop off or pick up.

Community members are invited to book a personal table at no charge, but must book in advance.

Please call 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com or historic@ns.aliantzinc.ca for more information.

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July – August 2014

North Hills Salt Box Talks Revisited

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 power point 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 532-2168. Email: northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Instruments of Illumination – The History of Stained Glass
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7–9 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.

Framed – The Art Around the Painting
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7–9 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.

The Royal Academy at North Hills
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7–9 pm

Founded by King George III in 1768, the Royal Academy of the Arts raised the position of artists through education and opportunities to exhibit their work. During the Georgian Period (1714–1830), some of the most famous members included Sir Frances Chantrey, George Chinnery, Francis Cotes, John Hoppner and George Morland, all for you to discover at North Hills Museum. 

“Keeping up with the Stuarts”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7–9 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.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

North Hills 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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6 pm. Call 532-2168 for more information.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

North Hills North Hills Enchanted – Woodland Party

For the young and the young at heart. Join us for a fun filled afternoon of crafting in the “miniature tradition”. Dress up as your favourite elf, sprite, faerie, wee folk or king. queen, knight or damsel. Frolic through the lawn of North Hills in search of dragon’s eggs and enjoy tasty treats prepared by our talented kitchen elves.

This event is free for the whole family (donations to the museum appreciated). It will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm. (Rain date: July 27.)

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Sunday August 10, 2014

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. Call 532-2168 for more information.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

North Hills Anniversary Garden Party

Join us in celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the house now known as North Hills Museum. First known as Rumsey Farm, then as the Amberman house, this 1764 Salt Box home was purchased 50 years ago by retired antique dealer Robert Patterson. Mr. Patterson bequeathed the house and contents to Nova Scotia Museum in 1974.

The afternoon will feature special guests, live music and wonderful food. This event will take place from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, September 7.

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

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September – October 2014

North Hills 2014 Fall Salt Box Talks

This program is designed for those who would like to discover and appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. In keeping with the 250th anniversary of the building, as well as the 50th anniversary of Robert Patterson purchasing North Hills, we offer a selection of topics which are inspired or directly related to these celebrations. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable, refreshments and baked treats. Each lecture is $8.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays! Registration required: call 902 532-2168. Email: northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tapestries – Painting in Thread
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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.

Great Collectors & Patrons of the Arts
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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.

The The British are Coming!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

In 1763 British Captain Benjamin Rumsey was granted 1000 acres of land, on which, North Hills was built in c. 1764, making it the oldest house in Granville Ferry. Dr. Barry Moody, Professor Emeritus Acadia University shares his expertise on the 18th century arrival of the Planter and Loyalists in Granville Township.

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 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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October 5–11, 2014

North Hills Fourth Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition

At ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal:

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

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1 – 3 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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October 17–19 and October 24–26, 2014

O'DellSinclair Ghost Town 2014

Ghost TownOctober has arrived and, once again the museums of the Annapolis Heritage Society are showing their spooky sides. Join us for this year's Ghost Town activities. http://www.ExploreGhostTown.ca

Sinclair Inn Haunted House 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Oct 17-19 and Oct 24-26

O’Dell House Museum Hidden Hauntings 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Oct 17-19 and Oct 24-26

November 6, 2014

Annapolis Heritage Society Annual General Meeting

The Annapolis Heritage Society Annual General Meeting will be held on November 6 at St George and St Andrew United Church in Annapolis Royal.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the operations of AHS. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Our special presentation that night will be a report by our Post Office Working Group as to the potential for restoration and uses for this historic structure.

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November/December 2014

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

Victorian Christmas Join us for our annual celebration of Christmas at the end of the 19th century. The O’Dell House Museum is lavishly appointed with decorations made from the forests and gardens of Annapolis County. Enjoy a glass of hot mulled cider and homemade cookies as you sing carols with friends.

November 28–29 • 7 pm - 9 pm
December 5–6 • 7 pm - 9 pm
December 7 • 2 pm - 4 pm

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November 28–29 and December 5–6, 2014

Victorian Christmas Dinners at the Bailey House


bchristmas-DSC_0469-smallA Victorian-era Christmas Feast

What could be a more delightful way to lead into the festive season in 2014? The Society invites you to a special fund raising dinner on the evenings of November 28 and 29, and December 5 and 6, 2014 and we are limited to 10 people per evening of a feast typical of that held by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle during the Christmas season, 1899.

(Sorry December 6 is sold out already.)

Now, some 115 years later, this four course dinner will be held at the Bailey House, a home also touched by the royal family when Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent, danced at a ball in this historic home.

THE EVENT: Your presence is welcome after 6:30 pm for feasting to commence at 7:30 pm at the Bailey House [150 St George Street, Annapolis Royal].

THE ATTIRE: Appropriate costuming of the era and for the occasion is de rigueur [but not required].

THE EVENING: The four course repast will be interspersed with Parlour games appropriate of the era and a stroll to the O’Dell House Museum for the Victorian Christmas festivities.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION: To this special fund raising event is $150 [all inclusive] per person [with a $100 tax deductible receipt offered].

This is a special event that will cater to only 40 people over the two weekends. Two tickets for the Messha Bruggergosman concert at King’s Theatre on December 12 will be given away to someone who attends this event.

AHS is a strong supporter of the built, written, and oral heritage of Annapolis County. But support of heritage, preserving bits of our past, comes at a cost. Your support will allow us to continue our mandate of heritage preservation.

CONTACT: Call Ryan Scranton at the O’Dell House Museum at 902.532.7754 for tickets for one of these special evenings of November 28 or 29 or December 5. (December 6 is sold out already.)

Please respond by November 7, 2014.


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