For ease of planning, events are listed in chronological order below.
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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.
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.
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.
Enjoy 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The event takes place from 9 am to 2 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.