Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson!

Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson! By Mike Butler Generally, for my Who’s Who column, as well as my Uncorked column, I stick pretty close to the arts community for my subjects and topics. I understand though that our community is made up of very special people who contribute to other areas like politics, science, and sports, so it’s always fun and exciting to branch out and write about someone within one of those worlds. When I was growing up in Kentville, my father owned his own sporting goods store, so I was surrounded by hockey, golf, football, baseball, etc. I never…
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Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience By Mike Butler There are some very positive perks to being kind of known here in Wolfville. Yes, I dabble in some theatre and work in a very busy café where I schmooze with lots of people, but I think it’s my Grapevine work that puts me on the map here in the valley. This “little” community paper has taken me to wonderful places and introduced me to amazing people, and most times with no effort on my part: those places and people have come to me. There was many a time…
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The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba

The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. The Grapevine (GV): What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Alex Cuba (AC): There was a time in my childhood when I wanted to be a doctor, and that lasted a few years, but at the age of 14 music became important for me and I went into it full on embracing it with…
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The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict

The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict 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,…
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Opening the Vaults, Acadia University Art Gallery: Alex Colville, Fête Champêtre

Opening the Vaults, Acadia University Art Gallery: Alex Colville, Fête Champêtre By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery The Acadia University Art Gallery is proud to present one of many works by Alex Colville: Fête Champêtre. This work is on display in our current exhibition, “From the Vault, Alex Colville: Living Things,” on display until September 30. Many locals and Grapevine readers know the name Alex Colville, and are just as enthusiastic and excited to see his work on display as we are to exhibit it. In 1993, Alex Colville spoke to this particular work: “There…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens By Adrien Green, Head Gardener and Educator In our beautiful forest community, when we stand amid the trees we often feel the sensation of belonging, or that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Humans have received many gifts from trees over millennia including food, lumber for building, heating for homes and oftentimes metaphors conveying strength, flexibility and generosity. Trees can make us feel humble and connected all at once. In the spirit of Deep Roots, let’s imagine what lies beneath the trunks of the trees we see in…
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Recipe: Corn Fritters

Recipe: Corn Fritters Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook. Her second collaboration with Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, will be available this fall! Find more recipes at jennyosburn.com and see what she’s up to on instagram at jenny.osburn Well the countdown is on. The Kitchen Party Cookbook will soon be on the shelf at bookstores, farmer’s markets, and coffee shops, and hopefully in your kitchen! Laura MacDonald even let my kids and I use her press to print a few…
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Random Act of Kindness

On Sunday, August 27th, I was out cycling with three friends. I hadn’t cycled for so long that my friend and inveterate teacher Helen Harper was giving me a lot of guidance on the use of my gears. A group of cyclists was passing our slow foursome, and chatting to us as they did so. One of the group cycled up beside me and said he thought that my bike seat needed to be raised, that I would enjoy my cycling much better, and get less tired. He didn’t have the correct tool for my old bike, but a woman…
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The 2017 Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award presented to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia

The 2017 Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award presented to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia Submitted This year the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia was the very fortunate recipient of the Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award for 2017. The RTO Legacy Foundation was established in 1994 with the intent of supporting sick and/or challenged children in the province of Nova Scotia. This year’s RTO Legacy Foundation funds went directly toward supporting Camp Spectrum, the Annapolis Valley chapter of Autism Nova Scotia’s summer day camp for children and youth with autism. Camp Spectrum…
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Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles

Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles By Donna Holmes We asked local singer/songwriter Donna Holmes to send along a few questions for visiting Deep Roots Festival artists The Swinging Belles. Here’s their resulting chat. Donna Holmes is a local singer/songwriter who hosts a weekly open mic, sings with the Annapolis Big Band, and directs a seasonal variety show called Broken Leg Theatre. Donna also appears as a featured artist on Let the Good News Ring: Christmas Songs from the Annapolis Valley, an album recorded with the Hupman Brothers. The Swinging Belles (Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist Duane…
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