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Musical entertainment at the Apple Blossom Festival coronation ceremony May 30 was provided by the Karen Robinson Valley Trio: left to right, John VanBlarcom, on upright bass; Brian Johnston, on keyboard; and Karen Robinson, drums and vocals. – John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca
Unbuttoning the Women of Wolfville
Clothing and memory, two evocative topics, make up the theme of the 14th annual Women of Wolfville (WOW) production June 13-14.
The collective creation is full of storytelling, song and dance. Titled Women of Wolfville Unbuttoned and Out of the Closet, the stories involve every aspect of garments from race shirts to clothes that talk.
WOW is a network of over 300 women, about 40 of whom have been preparing for this production in recent months. They range in age from four to 74.
The production will be staged three times at Festival Theatre in Wolfville June 13–14 at 7:30 p.m. A June 14 matinee will also be held at 2 p.m.
Through their annual theatrical adventures, WOW has raised over $160,000 for charity since 2001. This year’s show will help create a commemorative statue for Wolfville’s unacknowledged Second World War heroine, Mona Parsons. The proceeds will also help pay for free dance classes for kids, equipment for the Breastquest Dragon Boat Program, goats for a village in Tanzania and education for a female Guatemalan farmer.
Tickets for this year's production are $12 for students or seniors and $15 for adults. They are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.
Sleuth on stage
The ultimate game of cat and mouse will be played out on stage when Centre Stage Theatre in Kentville performs Sleuth.
Set in the cozy English country home of mystery writer Andrew Wyke, invited guest and rival Milo Tindle has come to lay claim to both Wyke’s wife and love of the game.
A psychological thriller that will capture the audience’s imagination and intrigue their minds as anticipation builds on what the next move might be, this play is not recommended for children.
Directed by Timothy Hawkins and Chérie Zinck, the play stars Bryen Stoddard and Mike Butler.
Performances will be on June 20, 21, 27 and 28 and July 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held June 22, 29 and July 6 at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations.
For the first time in Cadance Academy’s 35-year history, the dance school’s annual year-end recital will be a full-length feature presentation encompassing the entire dance school.
The Golden Apple, a story in six acts written by local writer Cameron Jess, tells the tales of various Greek myths leading up to the Trojan War. The senior students of the school will portray the major Greek gods and goddesses from Hera to Hermes, with the younger students shaping the scenes by portraying background characters such as Icicles in the winter scene, flowers in the springtime scene and the centaurs in the Underworld.
Returning to perform with the school is former graduate, Greg Palmer, known for his roles in the school’s wintertime production of The Nutcracker. He will be dancing the roles of Zeus and Hades.
The production showcases all the forms of dance that the school offers: ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern, as well as Acro.
The performances will be held at the Horton High School Performance Centre on June 7 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and June 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for seniors, students, and children. Contact Cadance at email@example.com or 679-3616 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Belly Dance Show
San Francisco’s Kami Liddle and belly dancers from all over the Atlantic provinces will be showcasing their talents in Wolfville June 14.
Dancers include Elinor Crosby, Cabaret Serpentine, Angie Oriana Jenkins, Circle of Sisters and more.
The show will get underway at 8 p.m.
Uncommon Common Art
There is gold in Kings County and a map to take art lovers right to it – and the best part is, no digging is required.
Uncommon Common Art will kick off its seventh season June 21. Until mid-October, there will be 18 installations set up at sites throughout Kings County.
Brochures/maps will be available at all Visitor Information Centres and area businesses.
The event will be launched June 21 at 477 West Long Island Road, North Grand Pré, from 2-5 p.m. At this celebration, participants will have the opportunity to view the first stop on the map and chat with the artists who bring the exhibits to life.
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 The Grand Budapest Hotel on June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
The film tells the between-the-wars adventures of Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary European hotel concierge, and the lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), who becomes his most trusted friend. Set against the backdrop of a dramatically changing Continent, it tells the story of the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.
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.
Word at the market
The Wolfville Farmers' Market is planning its annual Word at the Market event for July 2 from 4-7 p.m. as part of its weekly Wednesday Community Market.
The event will celebrate writing. The main themes of the writing will be food, farming, homesteading, gardening and things hand-made, but it will also showcase the Valley writing scene in general. Attendees will be able to enjoy readings and demos, a showcase of writing and publishing in the Valley and the Dirty Word Open Mic - where weeding and writing grows prose!
Writers, reporters, independent publishers, bloggers, photographers, printers, community groups who have published a cookbook, book clubs, creative writing teachers, editors, organizations involved in the world of literacy and words are invited to participate. Organizers are looking for demos, readings, children’s activities, panelists to talk about food/farm writing or blogging and for participants in the open mic.
Anyone interested in participating If you are interested in participating is asked to fill out a registration form by June 12.
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
Performances include 7:30 p.m. shows on June 6-7 and a 2 p.m. matinee on June 7.
Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $15 for students and members of Quick as a Wink, and $12 for children. Tickets are available at Moe’s Music shop in Windsor or by calling to reserve at 798-5565.
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 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.
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.
Calling on artists
Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is looking for submissions. If you are interested in exhibiting, submission forms are available at www.acadiacinema.coop/jacksgallery
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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.