Kings County art scene July 1

Wendy Elliott
Published on July 1, 2014

The Nova Swing Band played a Sunday afternoon concert outside the Wolfville Memorial Library recently and delighted their audience.

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Summer dance

Two well-known instructors from the Acadia Dance Community, Steph and Courta, are making a special trip back to Wolfville at the end of July to teach a summer camp. It will take place at Acadia University July 21–25. E-mail:


CD release shows

Ask Your Sister has a couple of upcoming CD release shows in the Valley.

The first is July 10 at 8 p.m. at the Old Orchard Inn Barn. Tickets are $15 advance from Box of Delights Bookshop or the website,

The second will take place on July 12 at 8 p.m. at Union Street Café in Berwick, $15 from the venue or call 538-7787.

Sister Sahara Jane, Ariana and Kamila Nasr call themselves Ask Your Sister. The band from Wolfville also includes Ariana’s husband, Andy Flinn.

The family met up in India in January, created a stage show and went on a tour in China before landing back in Nova Scotia to record a new album.


Concert series in New Minas

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

On July 5, Vintage will perform at 1 p.m., with Music Dogs on July 12. Then, on July 19, Tony & Lenny are lined up.

Pond Holla is scheduled for July 26, followed by Winehardt on Aug. 2.


MacIvor play to open


Valley Summer Theatre will get underway in the Al Whittle Theatre on July 3, with Marion Bridge by Nova Scotia’s own Daniel MacIvor.

Marion Bridge is MacIvor’s best known and most-produced play. This funny, heartwarming and lyrical play is the story of three sisters who hold a bitterly comic vigil over their ailing mother. Klinger says McIvor employs elegant theatricality to portray three remarkable women struggling to change their lives.

Marion Bridge will run from July 3–20. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Sleuth on stage

Not for the faint of heart, Sleuth, the ultimate game of cat and mouse, is played out in a cozy English country home owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. This psychological thriller will capture your imagination and intrigue your mind as anticipation builds on where the next move might take you.

Sleuth is a Tony Award-winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer and the 1972 movie version was nominated for four Oscars. CentreStage’s Sleuth is directed by Chérie Zinck.

Cast members are Bryen Stoddard and Mike Butler.

Sleuth opens in the newly-renovated Main Stage Theatre in the Lower Performance Centre with shows on July 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. A 4 p.m. matinee will be held July 6 at 4 p.m.

This production is not recommended for children.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors. Call 678-8040 for reservations.




Ghost walks popular

Ghost walks are becoming a popular summer activity across the Valley. The newest one will start next month at historic St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Auburn.

The church, which was consecrated in 1790, is going to present lamplight historic cemetery tours on Tuesday evenings, starting July 8 and continuing until Aug. 26, with a start time at 8 p.m.

The St. Mary’s cemetery, which surrounds the church, has been in continuous use since the 1790s, with the earliest grave marker still in existence dated 1815.

Join the spooky guides to learn and re-live the history of pioneer local families and the times in which they lived.

Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. Light refreshments will be served in the church annex following the tour.

The church is located on Highway 1, near Aylesford,

on the northeast corner of the Morden Road. For more information, call 847-9847.

Meanwhile, Jerome the GraveKeeper and his ghostly friends will inform and entertain in Kentville, Wolfville, Hall’s Harbour, Grand Pré and Windsor this summer.

The walks happen rain, snow or moonshine, so Jerome advises dressing appropriately and bringing an umbrella, bottled water, a flashlight and bug spray. Adult tickets are $15, students $10.

Valley Ghost Walk’s season begins July 4 in Windsor, and three are planned at the Grand Pré Winery starting July 25. For tickets, email, visit any TicketPro location, including Box Of Delights in Wolfville, Home Hardware in Windsor and Wilson's Pharmasave locations in Berwick and Kentville. 



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.


-  “In the nature of things” is a new exhibit of photography by Rachel Cooper in the gallery space at CentreStage Theatre, Kentville. The exhibit runs until July 12 and can be seen every Friday and Saturday evening and for matiness by theatregoers.



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


-  Ed Hollett of Cenreville is the artist on display at the Designer Café in Kentville. His work will be on display until July 27.

- 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.