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Tuesday April 1, 2014 – Sunday May 25, 2014

“A roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” - Daily News

It’s simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The Banks children wish for the perfect nanny and when Mary Poppins arrives their world is turned upside down. Disney’s long-running Broadway musical blockbuster features breathtaking dance numbers, dazzling special effects and Academy Award winning songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” This irresistible classic tale is fun for the whole family and will make many a grown-up feel like a kid again! Mary Poppins promises to be "practically perfect in every way."

Wednesday April 23, 2014 – Saturday April 26, 2014

Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," and considered by many, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world (including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End). Since starting out, at the age of twenty, in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

Sunday April 27, 2014 2:00pm

We close our 25th season with Musicians in Residence Jason Davis and Lucy Hayes Davis joined by guitarist Jeff Torbert and pianist Lynette Wahlstrom as we present an intimate afternoon of German Lieder, French Mélodie, Spanish Canción and Italian Canzone. Travel around the world as we explore these touching, subtle and evanescent fusions of poetry and music from the beloved composers Brahms, Strauss, Grieg, Debussy, Rodrigo, de Falla and Respighi.

Tuesday April 29, 2014 – Sunday May 11, 2014

“Looks, charm and no end of congeniality” – The Globe and Mail

Miss Caledonia takes the crown. Desperate to escape the stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of 1950s life on Rural Route 2, Peggy Ann Douglas dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie star and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant. Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts or will shaky nerves and work ethic sabotage her efforts? Follow the quest of this beauty queen on her pursuit for the Miss Caledonia tiara.

Thursday May 1, 2014 – Sunday May 4, 2014

Greetings from the Northumberland Shore! It is our pleasure to extend to you, a warm, Maritime welcome from the members of the Slow Food Northumberland Shore Convivium. Our region extends along the Sunrise Trail, from our border with New Brunswick, near the town of Amherst in Cumberland County, to the Canso Causeway—the entryway to Cape Breton Island. We relish the bounty that both the terroir of our rolling farmlands and meroir of our natural marine environment provide and we look forward to sharing it all with you this spring.

Our host village is Tatamagouche. Tucked along the Northumberland Strait between the Waugh and French Rivers, it is a village that is bucking the trend of most rural communities in Nova Scotia. It is a phenomenon--a growing community in an era when out-migration and diminishment is an unfortunate reality in rural Atlantic Canada. Our region was built from a diverse mix of cultures. Mi’kmaq First Nations people were the first stewards of the land. French Acadians constructed dykes and farmed our shores until they were expelled in the historic expulsion of the Acadians in 1755. British Loyalists followed, along with the Ship Hector bringing the first wave of Scottish immigrants in 1773.

Today, Tatamagouche and its surrounding areas continue to be a melting pot for diverse groups of people. This diversity of cultures has given rise to a local food movement that is both old and new, native and non-native: lobster and inshore fisheries as well as aquaculture operations that focus on oysters, mussels, hard shell clams (“quahogs”) and bay scallops; honey, maple syrup, wild blueberry farms and fruit orchards; organic dairy; poultry, pork, beef and lamb farms; vegetable farms and CSA’s; various cheeses made from goat, sheep and cow milk; a winery, beer and spirit distilleries; and a lavender farm.

Between meetings, we invite you to celebrate the opening of our local lobster fishery season at a kitchen party in the beautiful village of Wallace. We offer you the opportunity to taste the full spectrum of the recently completed 2014 maple syrup season at Sugar Moon Farm. You are invited to take a walk along the Waugh River to learn about the North Colchester River Restoration Project and the fish ladder that was recently built to protect and improve the spawning habitat for returning salmon and sea run trout. We will toast a glass--or two--of wine at the province's oldest and largest winery, Jost Vineyards in Malagash. And many other experiences and opportunities that are further listed and described in our itinerary found in the 'Details of Events' tab.

Thursday May 15, 2014 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Join us at the Halifax Club for an evening celebration and showcase of local wine, spirits, food, music from St.Cecilia Concert Society, and art from Argyle Fine Art! This is event is going to be based on our "7 Rooms. 7 Experiences." platform, with event details becoming available in January 2014.

It may be super early, but tickets have that super hot price right now.

Experience a deliciously wide range of wines from Avondale Sky Winery while satisfying your palette with local fare from Wolfville's Front + Central. Also in the room will be local artisan jeweller Angela Crace and local pianist Willem Blois.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your desire for delicious spirits. This room will showcase Ironworks Distillery, Dee Dee's Ice Cream, Scanway Catering, and Java Blend Coffee.

This event marks beginning of wine season. This room will showcase the 4 vineyards from the locally-famous Wolfville Magic Winery Bus (Luckett, L'Acadie, Domaine de Grand Pré, and Gaspereau). Epicurean delights will be provided by Le Caveau, Privet House, and Luckett Vineyards. Live music provided by Quartet La Corde, as well as two surprise guest performers.

Yes, it's the Wine & Spirits Gala, but we thought we'd invite some of our beer friends as well. On this fine evening, Boxing Rock Brewing, North Brewing, Garrison Brewing, and Propeller Brewing will be serving Nova Scotia's most golden treasures. We'll also have Brooklyn Warehouse, the Stubborn Goat, and Meadowbrook Meat Market serving up hearty local fare. Musicial artist TBA shortly.

This room will feature a pop-up art gallery, the Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pourhouse, Chef Ray Bear of Scanway Catering, and Jost Vineyards.

We still may change the name of this room, but one thing is certain, we'll have Obladee Wine Bar and Ratinaud French Cuisine teaming up together to do something very special.

Experience the magic of FRED and Fashion East. This room will feature an epic beauty bar where FRED and his team will be doing makeovers throughout the evening. Once you've been beautied up, you can head over to the Fashion East photo booth, or taste some delicious food from FRED or bubbly from L'Acadie Vineyards.

Thursday June 5, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014

Bring your family & friends and come savor the sights, sounds, and tastes of EVERYTHING LEBANESE, including three evenings of world class entertainment, authentic Lebanese cuisine, live musical and cultural shows, children’s fun play area, mouth-watering pastries, great cultural displays and much, much more!

Thursday August 14, 2014 – Sunday August 24, 2014

Details will become available after the May 15 press launch at the Halifax Club.

Thursday August 14, 2014 6:30pm

Details will become available after the May 15 press launch at the Halifax Club.

Saturday August 16, 2014 – Sunday August 17, 2014

Details will become available after the May 15 press launch at the Halifax Club.

Saturday August 23, 2014 – Sunday August 24, 2014

Details will become available after the May 15 press launch at the Halifax Club.

Tuesday September 9, 2014 – Sunday October 5, 2014

How far would you go for your happily ever after? Follow Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of the beanstalk fame), a baker and his wife as they take a journey into the woods to find their happiness. It’s a magical, bewildering place full wonders and fears. Come into the woods with us where a witch, a wolf and a mysterious stranger entangle familiar fairy tale characters to create a new story of self-discovery. Wishes come true here, but at a price. Even storybook characters must face the music – of which there is plenty – in this multiple Tony Award–winning tale.

Tuesday October 21, 2014 – Sunday November 9, 2014

A touching story mixed with Norm Foster’s signature comic wit.
A comic drama from one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights that is as funny as it is touching. Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen his son, Drew, in thirteen years. Then one day Drew announces that he’s coming to visit his father at his rundown Saskatchewan ranch. His motives for the homecoming aren’t clear, nor are Harry’s feeling about his son – who is now all grown up. A story about repairing broken relationships, with no shortage of laughs, this drama will pull at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone!