Hugh Sweeney, left, of Centreville and several friends performed outdoors at the Wolfville Farmers Market to the delight of those in attendance on June 22. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
Sherwood in concert
Popular musician Ian Sherwood will be giving a concert in Wolfville on July 19.
Sherwood is a storyteller and his stories of loss, joy, regret and reward are often painted with the backdrop of Canadian landscapes. He is a constant creator and has penned tunes for many other artists as well as film and television.
He will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre.
Mermaid Theatre's Summer Puppetry Camps, which will be taking place in Windsor starting July 8, are being offered for a variety of age groups.
For the youngest puppeteers (ages three to five), there are two pre-schooler puppet playtime workshops on July 15 and 16. Both workshops are from 10 a.m.-noon. Parent/guardian participation is required for this activity.
For elementary school students, week-long puppetry workshops will be held from July 8-12 and July 22-26. The workshops will be three hours each weekday. Younger students (ages 6-8) will come in the mornings from 9 a.m.-noon and older students (ages 9-12) will have their workshop from 1:30-4:30 pm.
For middle and high-school students, a three-day young adult puppetry workshop will be held July 17-19 and will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
All of these workshops will take place at a puppet-filled facility on Gerrish Street in Windsor, and every child will make a puppet or puppets to take home. For more information or to register, call at 798-5841.
Acadia University will be hosting a conference on Atlantic-Canadian literature as part of its ongoing Thomas Raddall Symposium series. The conference will include a series of academic panels on Atlantic-Canadian literature and will also feature several readings.
Herménégilde Chiasson, celebrated Acadian writer,
will read on July 5 at the Acadia Art Gallery, 6 p.m.
Lisa Moore, winner of the 2013 Canada Reads contest for February, reads on July 6 in the Irving Centre Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Alistair Macleod, author of Island and No Great Mischief, will read on July 7 at Festival Theatre, 4 p.m.
These readings are free and open to the public.
Mike Murley and his septet are performing at the Irving Centre in Wolfville on July 10. A jazz saxophonist originally from Windsor, Murley recently won his third Juno as a bandleader.
While he has lived in Toronto since 1981, Murley returns to the Valley frequently, usually to holiday at the family cottage. He has not played a concert in the area for a few years. The Wolfville concert will be the first on a Canada Council supported tour.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$10.
The Union Street Café has added a Grammy-winning musician to the latest line-up. Gordie Sampson will return after 10 years to play Union Street on July 13. Seats are $30 and are expected to go fast.
The Berwick venue will host Old Man Leudecke on June 27.
Singing in Berwick
The N.S. Choral Federation invites singers to come to the Adult Choir Camp Aug. 19-24 at the Berwick campgrounds.
Guest conductor is Len Ratzlaff from the University of Alberta Department of Music faculty. He co-supervises the graduate program in choral conducting and directs the Madrigal Singers. He also directs the Richard Eaton Singers, a symphonic chorus.
At the Acadia Gallery
Until Aug. 4, Art Hits the Wall will hold an exhibit at the Acadia Art Gallery. This not-for-profit organization, run by volunteers, will showcase the talent of local rug hookers and quilters.
Art Hits the Wall began in 2004 and, for the first time, is on tour beginning in Wolfville and ending at the Amherst Fiber Festival in the fall.
The theme for this year’s exhibition is Kaleidoscopes and will feature the work of talented Atlantic Canadian quilters and rug-hookers. Some workshops will be held in conjunction with the exhibit.