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In addition to the daily tours and demonstrations, a series of Special Events are held throughout the year. Generally, special admission fees will apply.
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Heritage Variety Show

A variety show with a difference. We'll have 1940s music, Eastern Shore music, special performances from the Trunk 7 Choir, Eastern Shore Players, Al MacDonald, Rusty Swinehammer, the Wilson Sisters, recitations and more. Due to the popularity of the show, it will run on Friday, July 25th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 pm) and a matinee show on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 PM (doors open 1:30).

Dinner will be served in the Cookhouse at 5:30 on Friday Night (Cash Bar):

Sausage on a bun, with Coleslaw & Potato Salad, Beverages & Apple Crisp $12


Fishcakes and Beans, Chow, Brown Bread, Beverages & Apple Crisp $12

Intermission Snacks:
Lemon Meringue Pie $3.50
Brownie & Ice Cream $3.50
Date Square $3

On Sunday, we will have our cold plates or fishcakes and beans. Snacks available at the intermission.

Date: Friday July 25th - Sunday July 27th, 2014
Location: Memory Lane Heritage Village
Fee: Dinner: $12, Show: by donation
Dinner: 5:30 PM, Friday Show 7:00 PM, Sunday Matinee: 2:00 PM

For more information call: 845-1937 / 1-877-287-0697 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11th Annual Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival

Spend the day with musicians who love this unique and versatile instrument. If you have ever thought about playing the harmonica, this is the place to start. If you played in the past and it’s now gathering dust, we’ll inspire you to start again. And if you’re a regular player, you’ll be happy to jam or share a tune with other professional and amateur performers.

This is a relaxing and intimate festival, held on the grounds and inside the Heritage Village historic buildings.

The festival ends with a two hour showcase concert featuring harmonica players from all musical genres, from the Isle of Skye to the Mississippi Delta.

DAY PASS ONLY $25.00 Includes: Admission, Classes, JAMboree, and Lunch. 

(2014 Workshop Schedule TBA, but similar to below):

2013 Workshop Schedule 

11:00 - 11:45  Beginner “Old Time” Class
Learn One Tune on a C Harmonica with Alastair MacDonald
In the Church

11:00 - 11:45 Children Only! (i.e. parents don’t come in) Beginner Class (Free)
Learn One Tune on a C Harmonica with Rick Smith
In the Schoolhouse

12:00 - 12:45 Adult Beginner Blues Class
Learn One Blues Tune on a C Harmonica with Phil Potvin
In the Schoolhouse

12:00 - 12:45 Celtic Stew
Celtic and Folk Techniques Demonstration and Discussion with Alastair MacDonald and Mike Currie
In the Church
*No Instrument Required

1:45 - 2:30 Brief History of the Harmonica & its Blues Players
Audio samples and talk by Phil Potvin
In the Church
*No Instrument Required


2:45 - 3:30  Intermediate Melodic Blues "Back Harp" Class
Getting more out of the harmonica, tips and tricks for the intermidate player with Mike Farrington.
In the Church


2:45 - 3:30  Beginner Class- Camp Fire Tune
Learn One Tune on a C Harmonica with Rick Smith
In the Schoolhouse


Festival Schedule:

10:30                  Registration begins for festival passes, classes, etc.

11:00 - 1:00        Morning Classes.

11:00 - 2:30        Parlour Jam

1:00 - 2:30          Lunch in the Cook House

2:30 - 3:15          Afternoon Classes.

3:00 - 4:30          JAMboree! (Bar Open)

5:00 - 6:30          Dinner in the Cookhouse.

7:00 - 10:00        Harmonica Showcase 


2013 Evening Showcase line-up includes:

Derek Caine, Mike Currie, Mike Farrington, Andrew Gillis, John Kennedy, Alastair MacDonald, Kathy & Mike Milton, Phil Potvin, Greg Simm, Rick Smith, James Thurgood & Paul Tupper


Check the Harmonica Website too for more information at


Date: Saturday August 23rd, 2014
Location: Memory Lane Heritage Village
Fee: $5 Day Admission, $5 per class, $10 for evening showcase, $49 Festival Pass includes lunch and supper, day and evening events.
11 AM - 10 PM

For more information call: 845-1937 / 1-877-287-0697 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Musique Royale Concert & Dinner

We are excited to bring soprano Suzanne Rigden to Memory Lane for our 4th Musique Royale Concert and Dinner to Memory Lane.

Suzanne Rigden, originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia grew up singing folk songs on the hearth of the family fireplace. Little did she know that it would turn into her profession and lifelong passion. Currently residing in Montreal, Suzanne has traveled to many different countries to perform including China, Estonia, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Israel, France, Germany, England, and from coast to coast in Canada and the United States. 
She completed a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance at Memorial University and a Masters in Opera Performance at University of British Columbia. After this she was invited perform as a young artist with the Montreal Opera from 2009-2011. Since then Suzanne has spent two summers in San Francisco with the prestigious Merola Opera Center at San Francisco Opera singing lead roles, as well as making her mark on the international stage with her “remarkable gift for stratospheric coloratura” and witty "comic genius." She recently shone in the roles of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Pacific Opera Victoria and Queen of the Night in La Flûte enchantée with Festiva lOpéra de Ste-Eustache. The critics were unanimous in praising her magical performance. "Suzanne Rigden, pert and personable as the worldly flirt Zerbinetta, has a gleaming, cleanly articulate coloratura sound, and she nails her huge, dazzlingly virtuosic recitative and aria, which ranges up to high E."

For more information on Suzanne please visit

Musique Royale, now in its 29th season, is cross-province festival that brings performances of early and traditional music to settings of historic and cultural significance in communities throughout Nova Scotia.

The Clam Harbour United Church provides an unforgettable venue for the Musique Royale concerts. This simple church (seating is limited to 90) built in 1891 features superb acoustics in an intimate setting. However we do recommend that you bring a cushion for the "puritan pews".

We will have great overnight packages available, check our gift shop closer to the date for details and to order tickets.

To View Seating Plan for Church, follow this link:


Date: Saturday September 6th, 2014
Location: Clam Harbour United Church at Memory Lane Heritage Village
Fee: $52 preferential seating includes "Inspired by Music" Heritage Dinner, some concert only tickets available at $25/ticket
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM

For more information call: 845-1937 or 1-877-287-0697 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Menu TBA

Candlelight Concert with “Musical Friends”

The “Musical Friends” choir perform their annual candlelight concert. Seating is limited.

Date: Saturday November 15th, 2014
Location: The Memory Lane Church
Fee: Good will donation welcome
5:00 - 6:00 PM (doors will not open until 4:45 PM)

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Traditional 1940s Christmas Dinner

Based on popular demand we will be hosting two authentic 1940s Christmas dinners served by lamplight in our traditionally decorated Cookhouse.  No turkey! Both dinners are preceded by a concert at 5:00 PM in the Memory Lane church. Musical Friends on Saturday and Steeple Chasers on Sunday. Reserve your ticket by August 30th to avoid disappointment. Call to reserve tickets, or send an email. Or, you can purchase your ticketsat our online gift shop. No refunds available.



Date: Saturday November 15th - Sunday November 16th, 2014
Location: The Cookhouse, Memory Lane Heritage Village
Fee: $25.00 per person
5:30 Cash Bar Opens; 6:00 PM Dinner Begins

For more information call: (902) 845-1937 / 1-877-287-0697 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



*Roasted “Best Bird in the Yard”
With Summer Savory Dressing and Gravy
“All the Vegetables from the Garden”
Clam Harbour Cranberry Sauce
Memory Lane Pickles, Plum Bread

Plum Pudding with Rum Sauce
Selection of Tarts and Cookies
* best bird this year is chicken

Candlelight Concert with Steeple Chasers Choir

Candlelight Concert at Memory Lane Heritage Village featuring the Steeple Chasers Choir from the Parish of Ship Harbour.

An uplifting performance of seasonal songs to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Free admission.

Date: Sunday November 16th, 2014
Location: Memory Lane Church
Fee: Free Admission
5:00 PM

For more information call: 1 877 287 0697 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)