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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Annapolis Heritage Society has recently been gifted with the extraordinary collection of wood carvings created by Eugene “Bud” Hamm of Clarence, Nova Scotia. A self-taught carver and great lover of language, Mr. Hamm enjoyed creating beauty with both wood and words. (In addition to his carvings and plaster bas-reliefs, Mr. Hamm also published 21 volumes of poetry.)
From a Humble Block of Wood showcases Mr. Hamm’s interest in the natural world as well as his connection to his fellow man. This charming exhibit of the carvings of a lifetime is on display at the O’Dell House Museum from late July to the end of the year.
A perennial favourite, our exhibit The Age of Sail in Annapolis County features shipbuilding artifacts from our own Wagstaff and Hatfield collections. The ship’s painting was found in 1967 in the attic of the O’Dell House Museum, and the half models in the collection were used by shipbuilders as scale references during vessel construction.
It is open at the O’Dell House Museum now until the end of the year.