ARTS AROUND: Transport yourself back in time at McLean Mill

Christmas market opens this weekend

The McLean Mill Christmas Market kicks off this weekend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MELISSA MARTIN

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Transport yourself back in time, to Christmases past and a simpler time.

McLean Mill will be all decked for the holidays at this year’s McLean Mill Christmas Market from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. Every year, the Community Arts Council brings a variety of artisans and crafters to the Mill to ring in the Christmas season. This year, we are partnering with McLean Mill Historic Park to be bigger and better, with the mill light-up, trains, bonfires, a s’mores bar, carollers and even breakfast with Santa.

The park is open in the evenings to bring a bit of magic while you stroll the historic mill site and shop for all those extra special holiday gifts. Train and Breakfast with Santa tickets are available at Rollin Art Centre. Kids ride for free with paid adults.

MISTLETOE MARKET

Join us this Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Rollin Art Centre Holiday LITE-UP, when the gardens and grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland and Mistletoe Market begins.

Come and stroll the magically-lit gardens, then pop upstairs to the gallery and visit Mistletoe Market where you will find hundreds of gift items for all your shopping needs. The market is a showcase for more than 75 local artists, artisans and crafters. You will find something for everyone on your list: pottery, jewellery, scarves, photographs, original paintings, glass works, quilted stockings, holiday cards, ornaments and much more!

Mistletoe Market runs until Dec. 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Argyle and 8th Ave. We are also wheelchair accessible.

HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS

The Rollin Art Centre and decorated grounds will remain open late on Friday, Dec. 7, Friday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for you to wander the beautifully decorated grounds and enjoy some holiday shopping in our gift shop and gallery.

MEMBERSHIP NIGHT

The Community Arts Council is holding their annual Members Appreciation Day with two days of savings! If you are a current member, join us in the gallery on Thursday, Dec. 6. (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 7 (open late, until 8 p.m.) to receive 20 percent off all items in the gift shop and gallery, excluding ticket sales.

This is also a great time to renew your 2019 membership, don’t forget!

SPECIAL GUESTS

Please join us Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. for an evening with local First Nations artist/carver, Cecil Dawson, where Cecil will be sketching and story telling, and again on Friday, Dec. 14th from 1-3 p.m. Then local author, Joan Donaldon-Yarmey, will join us in the gallery on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. for a book signing event, showcasing her mystery, young adult, Canadian historical and Christmas romance novels.

CANADA’S MASTER ILLUSIONIST

Help us to raise funds for the gardens and grounds of the Rollin Art Centre with a family friendly fundraiser on Jan. 12, 2019.

Canada’s Master Illusionists Murray Hatfield and Teresa don’t just do magic, they are magic! Combining breathtaking magic, interactive comedy and some of the newest, most exciting and most up-to-date stage illusions, this will be an evening of exceptional entertainment that is completely unique and world-class.

The show takes place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. All tickets are $30 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre or online (https://rollin2019.brownpapertickets.com ). What a GREAT Christmas gift!

FELTING WORKSHOPS

Three felting workshops by artist Gittan Klemetsrud will teach the traditional and the contemporary techniques of felting. Express yourself through colour, texture, and design, while creating one-of-a-kind items.

1.) Scarf Workshop – Feb. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $330 + materials.

2.) Bowl/Lantern Workshop – Feb. 19 and 20, 5 – 9 p.m., $150 + materials.

3.) Handbag Workshop – Feb. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $270 + materials.

Register for all three workshops and receive a 30 percent discount (savings of $225). Call Rollin Arts Centre to register today. Space is limited to only seven spots per workshop.

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Portal Players Dramatic Society presents A Christmas Message from the Capitol Glees, Wee Glees and Sea Note Choruses. Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets ($10 or $5 for children under 12) are available at the box office or at the door.

WELCOME YULE

Remember to put Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the ADSS Theatre on your calendar. Come and enjoy the Barkley Sounds Community Choir and special guests when they sing Christmas cheer loud and clear for all to hear. Tickets are at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, from choir members and at the door for $15 (under 12 free).

HURRY!

Tickets are selling fast for Timbre! Choir’s 46th annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS.

“HEARTH & FIRE” will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit, with familiar Christmas music and some new twists on some old favourites. Join the choir, Rosemary Lindsay, Danielle Marcinek and members of Chor Leoni from Vancouver for a wonderful afternoon of choral music to warm your heart.

Be sure to purchase your ticket in cash for our Spring Concert at a reduced rate. This offer is only applicable if you attend this performance.

Tickets are on sale at the Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s and from choir members. Adults/Seniors = $20 and Students and Children (under 18) = $5.

Don’t miss coming early to hear the AV Community Band in the lobby.

OUTSIDERS COMEDY NIGHT

Stages Youth Theatre is holding a fundraiser in support of their student trip to London, England in 2019. The show is on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, featuring Peter Hudson, Andrew Mack and Mikey Dubs. Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre, Rollin Art Centre, Trends and Steampunk Café, or order on line at www.atthecapitol.org.

CHAR’S LANDING CONCERTS

Advanced tickets available at Char’s Landing or the Rollin Art Centre.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Maddie Storvold – “Open Book” Western Canada Tour

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., AV Words on Fire ! – Spoken Word Open Mic Featuring: Mark Leiren-Young

Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Ryan “The Fox” McMahon: Songs & Stories – CD Release Party

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Itamar Erez Trio – world/jazz

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412.

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