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Dales museum winter programme
Tuesday 22 October 2002

AS winter arrives with a bang, the Yorkshire Dales Museum at Hawes has announced its early winter programme to offer visitors unusual views of the national park - whilst warm and dry indoors.

'Dales Panoramas' is the title of an exhibition of Askrigg-based artist Janet Rawlins' latest works in watercolour, which will go on show from November 9 until December 1.

The exhibition is the centrepiece of the museum's early winter events programme, which will also see performances by the Harp Singers and the North Country Theatre.

There will be a charity preview of 'Dales Panoramas', in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, over the lunchtime of 9 November. Tickets are £3.50, which includes wine and nibbles, and can be obtained by calling (01969) 667450.

On Thursday 7 November, the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum will be presenting an evening with the Harp Singers. The title of their production is 'Viva Victoriana', a performance of parlour songs and music hall choruses. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £5, including light refreshment, and are available again by calling (01969) 667450.

The North Country Theatre will be at the museum on 11 December with their production 'A Month in the Country'. The play is the first stage adaptation of the novel by J L Carr. It tells the story of two men, an artist and an archaeologist, recently returned from the horrors of the trenches, who find themselves working side by side in a Yorkshire village church.

What they slowly uncover is an ancient village mystery, hidden passions and the healing power of a month in the country. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets are £6 (£4 under 16s) and are available by calling (01969) 667450.

Other events this November and December include a spinning and woolcraft demonstration by the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum on both the November 12 and December 3 between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

The Friends will also be holding their last lecture of the year at the museum on November 15 at 7.30. 'The Anatomy' of the Chair will be presented by Susan Bourne.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher comments: "Despite the main visitor season coming to a close, the museum is still very much alive with things to see and do; we are particularly pleased to be hosting two very different evenings of entertainment for anyone wanting to enjoy a winters evening of culture in the Dales."

Entry to Janet Rawlins' exhibition is free and the museum is open daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm.

The Dales Countryside Museum - managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - tells the story of the people and the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, building the link between the history of the area, the landscape and the work of the national park.

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