In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events
L’Acadie Vineyards’ Prestige Brut Estate 2013 has won silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England. The judges’ comments included a description of the winning wine as having “a floral, apple nose with chalky lemon and creamy pear on the refreshing, mineral palate.”
It will be available directly from the winery mid-June.
Kentville’s Hardware Gallery is welcoming “Shift Focus,” its third exhibition this season, featuring the work of travel photographer Meghan Bray and artist Justine MacDonald. “We are very pleased to welcome Justine and Meghan to our gallery this month. Their two distinct mediums create a stimulating dynamic” says gallery director, Sasha Nelson.
The exhibition runs from June 1 to June 27, 2018.
Launching its 2018 season, Uncommon Common Art has hit upon an opening event that is fitting to this unique public art adventure. On June 16, UCA will celebrate the beginning of their eleventh year of uncommon art in common places with a progressive opening happening consecutively at three of the art installations: bring a plain white t-shirt and leave with a three-part silkscreened wearable art piece. Go to uncommoncommonart.com for more details.
The NKEC Space Odyssey, based in Canning, Nova Scotia, is a high school student-led project that culminated, on Thursday June 7, with the successful launch of a weather balloon. Students have been spending countless hours planning, designing, and programming for the project. The weather balloon utilizes technology that will allow students to collect atmospheric data, raw video footage, and recover the balloon once it returns to the ground.
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Get ready to read! The Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading & Learning Challenge starts June 23 and ends August 18 (signup ends August 4). Kids from birth to age twelve can register online or in person at their local library. Readers can earn prizes like stickers, buttons, and badges. When kids sign up online and log how many minutes they’ve read, they get to choose an avatar, levelling up as they read. Go to the Annapolis Valley Regional Library website at valleylibrary.ca to find all the details and to register. Those who pre-register online between June 16 – June 22 will be entered to win a Family Pass to NS Museums.
The Portal Youth Outreach Association, in partnership with Home Depot- New Minas, is pleased to announce the launch of the Orange Door Project, addressing youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley. Donations to the project will go towards shelter, food, and employment supports for homeless youth. Along with a donation goal of $8000, the project is recruiting host homes and seeking partnerships with community organizations and businesses.
Once again this year the Horton High School graduation prom will be held at the Wolfville Farmers Market. On Monday, June 25, graduates will line up at 6:30pm at the Acadia arena and proceed down Main Street to Elm Street, where any grads who prefer to walk the route will join in from clock park, and will step in front and lead the way to the red carpet at the Farmers Market. Graduates will celebrate there from 7:30-11:00pm, finishing off their special evening with fireworks being lit off from President’s Field at 11:15pm.
You may have noticed some construction happening at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Board member Mark Crosby explains: “The building was granted heritage status by both the Province and the Town this past year. The status designation ensures the building will continue to be preserved. We were able to access some assistance to have a professional conservation assessment of the building completed which has provided us guidance on priority repairs, such as the much-needed brick repairs which are currently being done.” He continues, “A plaqueing event will take place in the fall to unveil the bronze plaques which will be installed on the front of the building. This event will include some sort of celebratory performance in the theatre, and we will invite politicians, community leaders, and of course, the public.”
Looking to up your playground game? Community Playboxes were placed in Oakdene Park and Memorial Park on June 7. The Playboxes are filled with a collection of balls, sports equipment, lawn games, jump ropes, and more. They are free for anyone to use – the town just asks that all equipment is returned to the box after being used. The Kentville Playboxes is a joint project by the Kings County Family Resource Centre and the Town of Kentville. During the month of June, folks are challenged to visit the Playboxes and share a photo using the hashtag #kentvilleplays.
The Canning Library Book, Bake, and Plant Sale on May 19 was a tremendous success, surpassing their goal of $2000.00! The final result, which includes the proceeds from Vesey Seeds orders, three silent auctions, and the Book, Bake & Plant sale, was $3198.00. The Summer Student Library Assistant will be starting on Tuesday, July 3, and summer hours will be Tuesday-Saturday from 12:30-5:30 pm. During the summer the library will offer free programs and activities for all ages.
The Canning Library offers free membership, Wi-Fi, and computer use, with photocopy and scanning services at $.25 per page.
Volunteers are needed to cover shifts, starting in September, on alternate Tuesdays from 2-5 pm or alternate Fridays from 5-7:30 pm. If interested, leave your name, phone number (and e-mail address if you have one) at the Library during open hours this summer.