Kings County art scene May 27

Wendy Elliott
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Well done, Chantal

Young Wolfville pianist Chantal Peng has enjoyed a busy spring. She recently won all her senior piano classes in the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival and also won all her classes in the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, where she was awarded the Bach Prize, the Most Outstanding Pianist award and the Acadia University Rose Bowl.

Peng was chosen to represent the festival at the Nova Scotia provincial finals on May 30 in New Glasgow. In addition, she competed in the provincial round of the Canadian Music Competitions and was chosen to compete at a national level in Quebec City in June.


Best of British theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time National Theatre will be screened on May 30.

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, it will be shown at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. It was the winner of seven Olivier Awards last year.


D-Day anniversary

On June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Wolfville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is hosting a special screening of a unique production, The Pegasus Bridge Show, written and performed by Michael Bawtree.

Just after midnight on D-Day, June 6, 1944, six gliders, each containing 30 soldiers, were towed across the English Channel to Normandy. Their aim was to land beside two bridges in German-held territory and capture them before the enemy could blow them up. It was thought of as more or less a suicide mission, but it succeeded brilliantly, and ensured that the invasion a few hours later on Juno would be a success. Sword and Omaha beaches would not be bottled up on its eastern flank because of the actions of these soldiers.

Well-known man of the theatre Michael Bawtree was commissioned to write The Pegasus Bridge Show for the 65th anniversary of D-Day. He toured it through the United Kingdom, raising substantial funds for wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. A DVD of the production was created in Wolfville by filmmaker Dave Sheehan.

The film will be presented at Wolfville’s Legion hall. Co-hosting will be Sgt. Garrow Hill-Stosky of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, an Afghanistan veteran.

Funds from the evening will go to support the Veteran Emergency Transition Services (VETS), a registered charity founded in Halifax four years ago, which is working nationally to provide aid and comfort to transient and homeless Canadian veterans.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Box of Delights. Seating is limited. Call 542-9184.


Coming to Berwick

The Otesha Project will be performed in the Berwick Town Hall on June 8 at 3 p.m. This is a cycling theatre troupe that is travelling over 1,200 kilometres to spread a message of hope and action.


Men’s choir in concert

The Nova Voce Men’s Choir will present a 10th anniversary concert on June 8 at 3 p.m. in Denton Hall, Acadia University.

Mezzo soprano Christianne Rushton will be featured.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for students and they are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen Short Term 12 on June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Grace (Brie Larson) is a 20-something supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, she is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend/co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). Suddenly, circumstances combine to threaten Grace’s stability.

Tickets are $8.


The last screening until September will be on June 22 as Fundy Film then makes way for live summer theatre at the Al Whittle Theatre.




Ron Hynes on stage

Newfoundland’s renowned singer/songwriter Ron Hynes will be giving a concert on May 30 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.

It starts at 8 p.m. and features one of Canada’s favourite songwriters.


Visit The Secret Garden

Quick as a Wink Theatre and King’s-Edgehill School collaborate annually to present a spring musical. This year’s production of “The Secret Garden” is sure to impress. 

Performances are being held at King’s-Edgehill School’s Fountain Performing Arts Centre

There are four evening performances, starting at 7:30 p.m., on May 30–31 and June 6–7. There are three afternoon performances, starting at 2 p.m., on May 31, June 1, and June 7.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $15 for students and members of Quick as a Wink, and $12 for children. The June 1 performance is a pay-what-you can.

Tickets are available at Moe’s Music shop in Windsor or by calling to reserve at 798-5565.


New name

A musical variety night called Remembering Wilf Carter is set for May 31 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning, for the performance, which features Ontario's yodelling singer Andy Bowes.

Also performing are Nova Scotia's Floyd Spicer, Ron Muise, Carl Dalrymple, Lois Lutz and Country Kids. MC will be Floyd Spicer.  

Tickets are $10 at the door or from Cochrane's Pharmacy in Canning and Wolfville.

The Wilf Carter Room at the Museum on Main Street will be open the day of the show from 3-5 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Wilf Carter Room, Canning Library and Heritage Centre. Information: 582-3320.


At CentreStage

Three to get Married by Kay Hill is a historic comedy, set near Aylesford in the 1830s. It describes how a resourceful clergyman sets out to marry off his three daughters.

Three to Get Married is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage May 30-31.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. 

Call 678-8040 for reservations.



Until We Meet Again

Coming soon to CentreStage Theatre is Until We Meet Again, which will hit the stage
June 5-7 at 8 p.m. and June 8 at 2 p.m.

This is a new dramatic comedy by Nova Scotian playwright Colleen Hagen, performed by Carole and Geoff Ball.

Having not seen each other for almost 40 years, Harold and Ellen and are reunited for the first time since college. With Ellen's life in limbo and Harold's history of tough luck relationships, these two find they still have a thing or two in common. As they look back on their past sorrows and dreams, they find new purpose and hope for their future.

Until We Meet Again is presented by Plays On Stage as a special event at CentreStage in the Upper Performance Centre. Call 678-8040 for reservations.

My Invisible Friend

A play dealing with the issue of bullying is going to be presented by CentreStage Theatre, Kentville.

Cynthia Myers, an artistic director with the theatre, became concerned with this issue over the past year and wrote a play, My Invisible Friend, to help students, teachers and parents deal with it in a positive way.

Twelve young people - and a few adults - will bring this story to the stage on June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Upper Performance Centre. The show is suitable for upper elementary through high school. Call 678-8040 for reservations.



Boys launch new CD

Wolfville band Men Will Be Boys will hold a

CD release party at the Lions Hall in Wolfville on June 7.

Dancing runs from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Admission is by freewill offering, with proceeds to the L’Arche Homefires – Building Our Dream campaign.


Pecha Kucha returns

Pecha Kucha will be back for a second round of story telling on Thursday, June 12. Community members appear as storytellers with 20 slide images and 20 seconds per slide to share a narrative.

Cost is $6 generally and $4 for students and seniors.

It will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Box of Delights Bookstore in Wolfville.


Blue Lotus in concert

Blue Lotus will be performing two concerts locally in June. Plan for an evening of world fusion music, inspired by Sufi poetry, Indian raga, Turkish rhythms and the direct language of the love song in its many manifestations.

The first show will be held June 14, 8 p.m., at Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students or seniors.

Then, on June 19 at 8 p.m., the second concert will be held at Manning Chapel, Acadia. Tickets are $15 adults or $10 for students or seniors.



Ninth season

The Paints and Pots Creative Artists has opened its ninth season at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. 

Open daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., this year there is a new addition with cigar box guitar maker Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame.

Lots of new functional and decorative pottery and watercolour paintings are also on display.

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Join the Circle

The Artists Circle in Kingston is a non-profit group of approximately 30 members, and new members are welcomed to join. 

All painters work in a variety of media to capture a wide range of subject matter. Some artists sell their work on greeting cards, while others paint rocks.

The group was formed approximately 30 years ago with just 10 members and some are still with the circle.

The group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month from October until May at the Anglican Church in Kingston. To inquire about membership, please call membership chair Judy Parks at 528-8507.  Workshops are offered throughout the year and non-members are welcome.

Between mid June and mid-September, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the group shows affordable art at The Shack in Margaretsville. 


Art in the Garden

A summer camp will be held at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens with artist and educator Terry Drahos.

Art in the Garden is a fun week of art and outdoor exploration.

The dates of the camps are July 14-18, Art in Nature; and Aug. 11-15, Art and Science. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camps are aimed towards children ages seven to 12. The cost is $195 and it includes all art supplies and a snack.


Calling on artists

Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is looking for submissions. If you are interested in exhibiting, submission forms are available at 

For more information, contact


In the galleries

- A new group exhibition at the Acadia Art Gallery features the work of the artists who participated in the recent live painting event Art Battle 125. An artist afternoon will take place on June 4 at 3 p.m.

- Grand Pré artist Jean Leung has her artwork on display at the Designer Café in Kentville. It will remain up until June 15.





Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Acadia University, Canadian Music Competitions British theatre Night Time National Theatre Royal Canadian Legion Evergreen Theatre West Nova Scotia Regiment The Secret Garden Edgehill School Veteran Emergency Transition Services CentreStage Theatre Wink Theatre Fountain Performing Arts Centre Canning Library Lions Hall Box of Delights Bookstore Anglican Church The Shack Acadia Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Kings Annapolis Valley New Glasgow Quebec City Afghanistan Margaretsville English Channel Normandy United Kingdom Iraq Halifax Canning Newfoundland Canada Kentville Windsor Northeast Kings Education Centre Ontario Aylesford Kingston Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

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