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Save Cinematopia by Megan Halliburton

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Six and a half years ago, a dream came true for me. On a frigid January day in 2010, I opened the doors of my very own video store, Cinematopia, in Wolfville. It had been a labour of love getting the place off the ground, with a lot of hard work and a whole lot of help from fellow movie-lovers and local movers and shakers. What had started as an attempt to save Light and Shadow, the grand old institution started by the inimitable Bob Brown in 1989, ended up as the beginning of a beautiful new endeavour. Times were…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beyond Blossoms by Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist

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The next time you visit a garden, I invite you to ignore all of the pretty flowers and try to focus on observing the diversity and beauty of plants beyond their blooms. As a beautiful human is so much more than a pretty face, plants hold great allure beyond their blossoms. If you look deeply into a garden you’ll see a myriad of interesting textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns. The plant world is a vastly diverse one, which is easy to see for yourself when you start looking closely at the different types of leaves, veins, stems, and endless shades…
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Perseverance At The Box Of Delights Bookshop by Benjamin Bush Anderson

As thousands of students drag their heels back through school halls, we prepare for the inevitable wave of young folk flocking our shelves for the books being forced upon them. Pluck up, dear despondent scholar, for our books don’t bite and only long ago possessed bark. One such a book that may be assigned to such a student is Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Now a classroom staple, the Pulitzer Prize winning novella was first published in Life Magazine on September 1, 1952. For all you students looking to make your grade without reading the book, we’ll give you…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Dam by Garry Leeson

In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man by Mike Butler

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Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man Mike Butler With the Deep Roots Music Festival fast approaching (have you got your pass yet?) and the booming Valley music scene on people’s mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to profile one of our Valley music treasures, Jason Burns. The list of musicians, and singers in this area is quite extensive but I chose Jason for this column because of his talent, love of music, community spirit, and so much more. All of the things that make Jason a unique talent could never fit into this article but we’ll see if I can…
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Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin by Scott Campbell

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When my editor told me that the upcoming issue of the Grapevine was going to celebrate the literati among us by featuring great summer reads I was pretty excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do. One of the best summer reads available is Christy Ann Conlin’s, The Memento. This follow-up to her bestselling novel, Heave, was described by Caroline Adderson as “a grab bag of Gothic delights.” So I had an idea. What if I contacted Christy Ann and asked her to join me for dinner at a local restaurant and then I’d write about it. And…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Field guides by Melanie Priesnitz

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If you are one of those people who like to know the names of plants as you walk by them in the woods, you are probably well acquainted with field guides. My new favourite guide is Boulder Publications’ Wildflowers of Nova Scotia by Todd Boland. The thing that really sets this book apart from other guides is the full colour photographs. It’s a resource for herbaceous plants of Nova Scotia both native and introduced. The guide is laid out by flower colour and contains simple explanations of plant identification and botanical keys so you don’t need to be a botanist…
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Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale by Mike Butler

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Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale Mike Butler   Come gather around boys and girls. I want to tell you a story all about two wonderful women and the land they created. It’s a story filled with dreams, fun, fantasy, adventure, and whimsy. This is the story of Queen Wendy LaPierre and her daughter, Princess Marissa, who braved the elements, crossed moats, and slayed dragons to create the wonderful and exciting business world of the Cotton Tale Café + Play. Okay, well maybe they didn’t slay dragons or cross moats but it took guts, gusto, and elbow…
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The Dome Chronicles: Charlie Harris’ Mill by Garry Leeson

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In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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