Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Q&A with David Francey

Q&A with David Francey David Francey is a reknowned Canadian folk singer/songwriter whose lengthy music career has earned him numerous awards, including 3 Junos. In lieu of a concert tour for his brand new CD, The Broken Heart of Everything, he is taking his paintings on a cross-Canada trip. The first stops are right here in the Valley. The Grapevine (GV): You started a career in music in your forties — when did you start painting? Why did you start painting? David Francey (DF): I’ve been painting for close to 30 years. I married Beth Girdler, an exceptional watercolourist. She…
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A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery

A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Class is in session April 27 and 28. The lesson: Brewery 101. Eleven breweries spanning from Windsor to Yarmouth will be on tap at the event, showcasing what the Valley has to offer. Presented by Schoolhouse Brewery at their taproom in Windsor, the Highway 101 Tap Takeover is part of Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Week. The idea was hatched at a Nova Scotia Craft Brewers Association conference, where discussions about Craft Beer Week were occurring. Cam Hartley, owner of Schoolhouse Brewery, added up all the breweries and brewpubs…
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Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management

Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to be working at Valley Waste-Resource Management? Andrew Garrett (AG): Twenty years ago, after graduating from Acadia University, I got a job in Halifax providing education to residents about the new green cart program to collect compostable organics. A year later I came to Valley Waste to help out with their new green cart program… and I never left. I’ve been with Valley Waste for 19 years, working with staff to educate residents and businesses…
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Home Sweet Passive Home: A Passive House in the Gaspereau Valley

Home Sweet Passive Home: A Passive House in the Gaspereau Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn To recognize Earth Day on April 22, The Grapevine interviewed Phil Dennis about one of the most energy efficient homes in the Valley. Phil, his wife Mary Sweatman, and their two sons live in a custom-built, 2,500 square foot passive home in the Gaspereau Valley. The Grapevine (GV): What does passive house design mean? Phil Dennis (PD): Passive house is a standard of construction that sets limits on energy consumption and air leakage. Passive house isn’t really passive at all; the concept relies on active…
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HCYO becomes ARYO!

HCYO becomes ARYO! By Gillian Smith Following an invitation from the Acadia University School of Music, the Horton Community Youth Orchestra program (HCYO), presently located at Horton High School, will be moving to the Acadia University School of Music as of September 2018, and will be known going forward as the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO). ARYO will be operating alongside the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, and the Acadia Youth Band, both of which are very successful ensembles which use the Acadia School of Music facilities as well. ARYO will have the use of the Festival Theatre and surrounding classrooms….
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season

Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season By François Côté The eight-performance series features wonderful vocal and instrumental music performed by some of our nation’s best ensembles, and by artists visiting Wolfville from the USA and Ireland. The season opens in September with The Rose Ensemble and their performance of “The Land of Three Faiths,” featuring music that is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. In October, two ensembles from Quebec, collectif9 and Architek Percussion, join forces to present “My Backyard, Somewhere,” a multi-media experience featuring the works of five talented composers…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Native plants for Earth Day and every day

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Native plants for Earth Day and every day By Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator As the sun continues to warm the soil, and new signs of spring show themselves, we are reminded of the miracle that is the changing of the seasons. For me, the fact that spring shows up every year, albeit sometimes begrudgingly, is certainly cause for celebration. Often dramatic shifts in temperature, day length, and weather are what it takes to remind us of what is happening in the natural world. With the growing excitement of a new…
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Mapannapolis could turn into Mapvalley?

Mapannapolis could turn into Mapvalley? By Wendy Elliot On April 25 geoscience instructor Ed Symons, who chairs the Age Advantage Association, will speak about why Annapolis County is probably the most mapped county in the province. Last fall the Mapannapolis project was named one of five finalists for the 2018 Governor General History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming. For five years, a number of volunteers have been building a historical mapping resource for Annapolis County. Students from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), where Symons teaches, were involved from the outset too. In addition to information on over 2,400…
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Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster

Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster By Mike Butler Painters, sculptors, landscapers and barbers: there’s no debate from me that all these professionals are artists. The technique, the training, the patience, and the drive to create something unique and eye-catching, is apparent in these and many other occupations. Where some people would say being a barber is not the same as being a painter, I’m afraid you haven’t been to the right barber yet. To see what I mean, take a trip to Ascension Barbershop in Railtown, Wolfville and have your hair done by Nathanael Foster. Nate “The Barber” Foster…
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Babies and Books!

Babies and Books! By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator Annapolis Valley Regional Library Why read to your baby? There are so many reasons, but here at the library, some of our favourites include spending quality time together, hearing new words, creating a lifelong love of books, and enhancing imagination. Babies can start to see patterns and distinguish colours as young as two months; baby board books are a great way to develop those synapses. Of course we have many board books at the library, but we don’t stop there. Spring is in the air and so is Baby Storytime….
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