Kings County art scene July 29

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Jamie Konchak as Dustbowl Joan. Two Planks & a Passion Theatre’s summer season runs until Aug. 17 at Ross Creek, near Canning. Shows are outdoors at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and indoors in case of rain. Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was created and directed by Ken Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story.- Submitted

Marking the First World War

On Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Wolfville Legion, the Wolfville Historical Society will pay tribute to the First World War.

The film King and Country, starring Tom Courtenay and Dirk Bogarde, will be shown. The film features a young soldier who refuses to fight in the First World War. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.


Love in Bloom

A late-summer social at Prescott House Museum will feature live theatre dramatic readings of Kings County love stories and music on the green.

Held in the gardens of the Starr’s Point museum from 2-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, it is a fundraiser for the Kings County Museum.

The audience is encouraged to wear fancy, period clothing and a prize will be awarded. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $12.


Paint the Village

Join the Artist's Circle to celebrate Margaretsville Days with artists painting throughout the village of Margaretsville. 

Paint the Village from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Art Shack by the wharf. Participate in the art sale and silent auction being held in the Community Hall from 1-6 p.m. Cost is free;

contact or call 902-365-2409 for more.


Auditions scheduled

The Greenwood Players welcome all interested thespians or "would like to be's" to attend open auditions for the fall production of Miracle on 34th Street.

The play has roles for men and women from 18 and up and four children ages eight to 12.

Auditions are conducted in a group script reading format. Audition reading sessions will take place on the Greenwood Players stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre on Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and 11 from 7-9 p.m. and Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m.

For further information, contact 765-0906. Please note: all participants in the Greenwood Players will need to have a valid Community Rec Pass or Club Card.


Music in Berwick

On Aug. 16, Ryan Cook will be in concert at Union Street Café in Berwick, and on Aug. 23, Meaghan Blanchard will be on stage.


Summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre will present Mass Appeal from July 31-Aug. 17.

Mass Appeal is the most produced play by playwright Bill C. Davis. Written in 1980, it quickly became a Broadway hit, garnering numerous award nominations. The play is a two-character comedy-drama, focusing on a complacent Roman Catholic pastor (Father Tim Farley) and the idealistic young deacon (Mark Dolson) who is assigned to his affluent suburban parish. While the play deals with issues facing the Catholic church in the early 1980s - issues the church still faces today - its essence is a generational conflict that could apply to just about any workplace that might come to mind.

It will be shown at the Al Whittle Theatre. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.

The Two Planks & a Passion Theatre summer season runs until Aug. 17 at Ross Creek, near Canning. Shows are outdoors at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and indoors in case of rain.

The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, is based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard. In it, a group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves, directed by Ken Schwartz. It starts at 6 p.m.

Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was created and directed by Ken Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story.

Both shows are not always on the same night.


Concert series in New Minas

New Minas recreation is holding another Saturday afternoon concert series this summer in Lockhart-Ryan Park.

Winehardt will be on stage Aug. 2.


Musique Royale on tour

The Best of Boxwood Musicians will be in Port Williams on Aug. 1, 7.30 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Best of Boxwood gathers the renowned artists presented at the annual festival in Lunenburg for an explosion of musical traditions. Their lively program captures the fun, passion and powerful connections between traditional folk music of Maritime Canada, Ireland, Scotland and beyond, featuring their roots in the baroque and renaissance.

Musique Royale includes some of the top artists across the spectrum of Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, Maritime, ballad singing and baroque music. A concert with any one of these amazing musicians would make for a great evening; together, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. It will feature William Coulter, guitar; David Greenberg, Cape Breton and baroque violin; Nuala Kennedy, Irish flute and songs; Alison McGillivray, cello; Chris Norman, flutes, pipes, and songs; and Eamon O’Leary, ballads, banjo, and guitar.

Then, on Aug. 5, 7.30 p.m., classical guitarist Sylvie Proulx and soprano Janice Jackson will perform in Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville. Salsa Barocca, a Spanish program that explores the Latin American folk genre, along with Spanish and South American Baroque repertoire, with music from Spain, Bolivia, Peru and beyond. Selections feature voice and guitar arrangements ranging from chanonas to tangos and reflect the African indigenous and European influences that define Latin American music.



In the galleries


-      Barry's World is on at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 24.This solo exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts.


- The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., featuring Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame; a cigar box guitar maker. Weblink Http://


- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour presents Geographically Incorrect, which is an exhibition of the new artworks by Monika Wright and Fabienne Leydecker. Runs until Aug. 15.

-      Also in Hall’s Harbour, Charlene Swift-McCullough is the featured artist at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest, and of the Paints and Pots Creative Artist group. The shop is open daily, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Look for the open yellow doors of the shop, on the parking side of the lobster pound.

- Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood, is at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 11.

-      At Ocean Spirit Studio in Canning are rug portraits by Margaret Forsey, jewelry by Michelle Faihe and paintings by Freda Nauss. 

- Uncommon Common Art has kicked off its seventh season. 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.



Organizations: Wolfville Historical Society, Prescott House Museum, Point museum Kings County Museum A.V.M. Morfee Centre Club Card Catholic church Al Whittle Theatre Passion Theatre Ross Creek Centre Acadia Art Gallery Best of Boxwood Musicians Anglican Church

Geographic location: Kings, Berwick, Margaretsville 34th Street Wolfville Canning Broadway Cape Breton Ross Creek Lockhart-Ryan Park Port Williams Boxwood Lunenburg Ireland Scotland Spain Bolivia Peru Nova Scotia

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