Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell With Acadia’s 2018-2019 academic year commencing, the chamber music series Sunday Music in the Garden Room, in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville, returns. On September 16 at 2pm, two Montrealers, Stéphane Tétreault, cello, and Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano, on a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritimes, will open the season. Both have distinguished track records as outstanding artists, despite, especially in Tétreault’s case, their relative youth. The most recent recognition of Tétreault’s artistry was the presentation of the Maureen Forrester Next Generation Award…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Many people have just gone back to school this month after a summer of growth and learning. The Botanical Gardens supports many educational opportunities both formal and informal in our outdoor classroom 365 days a year. The classroom here has no walls or roof, it is everywhere, and the teacher is the natural world. I feel so fortunate to work outside in an environment where there are so many lessons to be learned and new skills to acquire. Every day as I walk in the…
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Acadia University Art Gallery Back to School Contest

Acadia University Art Gallery Back to School Contest By Dr. Laurie Dalton Director/Curator – Acadia University Art Gallery Adjunct Professor – Department of History and Classics Welcome back Acadia faculty, staff, and students, and Wolfville parents and teachers! Did you know that the Acadia University Art Gallery is a great place to take classes and groups? We offer tours of our exhibitions for free, as well as hands-on workshops in our outreach studio that can be tailored to classroom themes! Currently on view until September 30 is “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected.” This exhibition presents a selection of artwork by…
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It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse

It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse By Genevieve Allen Hearn When you visit the location that Alice Hartling chose for a coffeehouse in Canning, it’s not hard to see the appeal. The storefront is nestled among other charming spots such as the seasonal ArtCan Gallery & Café, Crystany’s Brasserie, Aspinall Pottery, and Esmé, and it backs on to the Habitant River, providing a pastoral view. As we chat, June Grainger of i scream stops by to say hello. Meanwhile, tourists are outside on the benches devouring their ice cream cones before they melt in the late summer heat. Originally from Windsor, Alice…
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The 25th Anniversary of the Wolfville Memorial Library

The 25th Anniversary of the Wolfville Memorial Library By Wendy Elliott It is hard for us today to imagine the importance the Wolfville train station had a century ago when the rail line was the highway through the Valley. Esther Clark Wright knew. She included a whole chapter called “The Train” in her quite marvelous 1957 memoir and love letter to the region, Blomidon Rose. “We who travelled down the Valley and back again had a sharing of experiences and a fund of recollections that drew us together,” she wrote. The first railway station at Wolfville was built in 1869…
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Register for ARYO Strings Program!

Register for ARYO Strings Program! By Elizabeth Sircom Do you play a string instrument, or would you like to learn? Registration for the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO) strings program is already possible online and an in-person registration day will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from 3:30pm-6:30pm, at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Instrument rental will take place at this time. The ARYO program consists of group lessons (“clinics”) for beginners in violin, viola, cello, and double bass and participation in a Beginner, Junior, or Senior Orchestra, for youth aged between 10 and 24, Acadia University students included! It…
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Booker School Teacher Shortlisted for Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2018

Booker School Teacher Shortlisted for Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2018 Submitted In June 2018, Booker School Curriculum Coordinator and teacher Temma Frecker was shortlisted for the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with 24 other teachers from across Canada. The award is designed to recognize the exceptional work carried out by teachers around the country in teaching Canadian history, and highlight the unique projects, initiatives, and learning experiences that have been facilitated by these educators. Temma is one of only two teachers within the province of Nova Scotia to be shortlisted for the award…
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Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now Celebrates Feminism and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in Nova Scotia

Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now Celebrates Feminism and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in Nova Scotia By Dorothy King Are we there yet? Nope. But it’s sure been a wild, heroic ride for women’s rights so far. That’s the takeaway from Kathy France, the artistic director of Caravan Theatre in Wolfville. France has launched Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Nova Scotia, and explore just how far feminism has brought us. The celebration France has conjured up combines an eclectic group of independent female artists….
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Mike Uncorked: Sweeney Todd and Charley’s Aunt: Demonic Barber and Classic Romp Hit Valley Stages

Mike Uncorked: Sweeney Todd and Charley’s Aunt: Demonic Barber and Classic Romp Hit Valley Stages By Mike Butler So, there’s back to school stuff going on and the general autumn prep, which means we all need a little break with something to do, right? This September the Valley theatre scene is exploding with two terrific productions covering all genres and you should mark your calendars to catch both! Up first, for all you devilish musical fans, the Valley premiere of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to the Al Whittle Theatre and it’s going to be a…
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Fourth Annual Black Rock Fairy Walk

Fourth Annual Black Rock Fairy Walk By Barb Reynoldson On Saturday September 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm, the Black Rock Trails Association is hosting the fourth annual Fairy House Walk. This is a family event using the short trail starting at the trail head at 4404 Black Rock Rd, and allowing those who are young at heart to build fairy houses and attend a fairy tea, with a freewill donation being collected for the trail association. Follow the Purple Trail, see if you can find the fairy houses. Look up in the trees as well as on the woodland floor….
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