Kings County Arts Scene Dec. 19

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The Fezziwig Society’s production of Alice in Pantoland hit the stage in Wolfville last week. Here, Isabelle Callaghan plays Alice. – Jennifer Hoegg, www.kingscountynews.ca

Seasonal concert

On Dec. 21, from 3–5 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, The Gentlemen’s Chorus, a Wolfville Baptist Church Community Outreach Program, will present a Christmas concert and carol sing.

Proceeds from this concert by the 19-voice chorus will be going to the International Grenfell Association in Labrador/Northern Newfoundland in memory of Dr. Ian Tuton, a charter member of the chorus. He spent 23 years with the Grenfell Mission after he emigrated from Scotland in 1966 with his wife, Myra, and family. 

The concert has many of the old sing-along tunes, plus a number of beautiful but unknown selections. Santa has been invited and hopes there will be some children there.

Tickets are $5 and are available from members, the Box of Delights or at the door. It’s also asked that attendees bring something for the food bank to the theatre as part of admission.

 

Award winner

Donna and Andy’s new CD, Blue Skies and Pirates, is a 2013 Family Choice Awards winner.

The Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products and services for children and families. This awards program, now in its 19th year, is one of the most coveted in the family-friendly consumer awards program.

This honour follows on the heals of their recent awards for their French CD, La vie pour moi, which won an ECMA for children's recording of the year in April and a Music Nova Scotia award for francophone recording of the year.

They will be performing at the Wolfville Farmers Market on Dec. 21.

 

Longest Night

St. James Anglican Church in Kentville will host the Longest Night concert on Dec. 21. The long running tradition starts at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Celtic harpists Ardyth and Jennifer, storytelling and candle lighting. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

Frank Mills visits Dec. 17

Internationally-known pianist Frank Mills returns to the Valley this month with his My Piano and Me – A Music Box Dancer Christmas. His 19-city tour wraps up in Wolfville on Dec. 17.   

The award-winning, million-selling composer is best known for Music Box Dancer, a recording released in the 1970s that became one of the most recognizable pieces of music ever played, reaching number one in 26 countries.  

Mills’ Christmas show takes audiences on an intimate musical journey of stories, memories and music. It showcases the magic of the season and tells the story of one song that almost never got released but would eventually skyrocket him onto the international stage.

Mills is the recipient of three Juno Awards, an international artist of the year award from Japan and the William Harold Moon Award. He has recorded 14 albums, has seven television specials to his name and is the author of the book, Frank Mills – My travels with Morley.

He will perform in Denton Hall at 7 p.m. Call 542-5500 for ticket information.

 

Exhibition coming up

The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition will be on display again next month in Wolfville. 

The Acadia University Art Gallery's annual non-juried exhibition celebrates the visual creativity 

of alumni, students, staff, faculty and the community. 

Submit work on Jan. 3 or 4 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

The opening reception will take place on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run until Feb. 15.

Weblink http://gallery.acadiau.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sing for our supper

Join Donna Holmes, Alan Slipp, Tim McFarland and the Funtime Brigade for an evening of Christmas music and stories.

Singing for Our Supper is being held at Acadia University’s Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

 

Fifty per cent of proceeds will go towards the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner, which is held at the Lion's Hall for all community members on Christmas Day. The other half will go to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

 

 

Be entertained

Entertainer Gordie Sampson will return to the Union Street Café in Berwick on Dec. 18. If you missed his sold-out show in July, now's your chance. Tickets are $30 and the show begins at 8 p.m.  

 

 

An Evening of Christmas Fun

Bob and Bryen's Christmas Ho Ho Ho show will be held on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the upper performance theatre at Centrestage Theatre in Kentville.

Several of the performers include Cherie Zinck, her elf, Ernest, Teresa Patterson and some of the Sweet Peas from How the Pea Came to Be. Valley Voices will also be lending their musical notes to the joy of the evening. Call 678-8040 to make reservations. Cost of the evening is $20 per person and will include finger foods.

 

 

Dance series

On Jan. 3, the dance on film series at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville will feature dancer Crystal Pite of the Nederlands Dans Theater.

It will start at 7 p.m.

 

 In the galleries

- Holly Carr has a collection of selected new works inspired by her recent Acadia exhibition on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.

- A show and sale of the original artwork (13 pieces in all) is also up for ‘Step Outside,’ the latest book by Doretta Groenendyk.

- Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White are the new artists who are showing their work at the Designer Café in Kentville. They call their exhibition When Two Hearts Collide.

 

Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, International Grenfell Association, Blue Skies James Anglican Church Music Box Acadia University Art Gallery Acadia University Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner Canadian Red Cross Centrestage Theatre Nederlands Dans Theater

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, The Gentlemen Labrador Scotland Japan Denton Hallat 7 p.m. Philippines Berwick

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