Kings County Art Scene Dec. 19

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Tracey Porter and Sarah Hiltz of Kentville’s Harvestland Designs, wrapped up a busy day selling their handcrafted burlap wreaths at the Dec. 14 Wolfville Farmer’s Market. - Nancy Kelly,

New Year’s Dancing

The retro-pop dance-rock band TripALady will be holding their sixth New Year's Eve dance on Dec. 31. It will be Ariana Nasr's last performance in Nova Scotia for some while - the very next day she departs for India.  

The event takes place at the Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn, just outside Wolfville. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., music kicks off at 9 p.m. and the whole thing wraps up at 1 a.m.  

Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 advance, available from the Box of Delights Bookstore or from Aspinall Pottery at the Wolfville Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.  

For more information, call 697-2271.  


Learn to Dance

Join Heidi Kalyani, dance leader of ORO! Orkestra, for an eight-week class where she will share some stylish moves to go with some of ORO's grooves. Be ready for the next live music dance party, which is coming soon.

ORO! Orkestra plays the wild and beautiful folk dance music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.

Classes will run Mondays from Jan. 6–Feb. 24, 6:30-7:45 p.m., at the Wolfville Curling Club. The cost is $40. To register, email:



Nutcracker reprise

An encore screening of The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House in London will take place Dec. 22 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

It will run from 7–9:10 p.m.

Music for The Nutcracker was composed by Tchaikovsky. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

Profits from this screening will be used to update equipment at the theatre.


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 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 19-voice chorus will perform 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. Food bank items will be collected at the door.


Award winners

Award-winning musicians Donna and Andy will be performing at the Wolfville Farmers Market on Dec. 21. They will also appear at the Edible Art Café in Greenwich that afternoon from 2–4 p.m. and Dec. 23 and 24 from 1–3 p.m.


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.


Exhibition coming up

Mark your Calendars for the 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition 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. 

Opening reception will take place on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run until Feb. 15, 2014.








Singing for our supper

Join Donna Holmes, Alan Slipp, Tim McFarland and the Funtime Brigade for an evening of Christmas music and stories entitled Singing for Our Supper.  The entertainment 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 (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.



Dance series

On Jan. 3, the dance on film series at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville will feature dance 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.

- Through the end of the year, Size Matters: the annual big show of small works by gallery artists, is on. Everything in the show $200 or less. 

- 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, Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn, Box of Delights Bookstore Wolfville Curling Club Royal Opera House International Grenfell Association Edible Art Café James Anglican Church Acadia University Art Gallery Acadia University Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner Canadian Red Cross Nederlands Dans Theater

Geographic location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, India Wolfville.Doors Bulgaria Macedonia Greece Turkey London Kentville The Gentlemen Labrador Scotland Greenwich Philippines

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