Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

What’s Growing at Acadia

What’s Growing at Acadia By Sarah Boudreau, Acadia Community Farm Coordinator and Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Coordinator Acadia has a long history of growing food for the campus community, but also for teaching and research. From Acadia’s inception until the mid-1950s there was a working farm on the Acadia campus with livestock, fruit, and vegetables grown for the dining hall. In 1893 the Acadia School of Horticulture was established by the province of Nova Scotia with 60 students enrolled in its first year. In those early years many students worked on the farm for room and board while learning about…
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The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!

The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!! By Mike Butler Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced comedy thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Deck Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs and a talented cast of 7 local actors. The play is based on the book by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow, and directed by Chérie Zinck. The cast in order of appearance includes Mike Butler (ME!), Candy O’Brien, Alan Tupper, Emily…
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The Art Spot: Ericka Walker

The Art Spot: Ericka Walker This year, Uncommon Common Art began the year with another mural by Ericka Walker. Ericka Walker’s Mural – “Be Industrious That You May Live”, the motto of the King’s county Agricultural Society from 1806 onward, can be found at Longspell Point Farm on Medford Road in Kingsport. WHO: I am a visual artist living and working in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay here in Nova Scotia. I am also an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in the Printmaking Area of the Fine Arts Division. I am a daughter…
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Second Annual Medicine of the People Herbal Celebration to take place at Gaspereau Herb Farm

Second Annual Medicine of the People Herbal Celebration to take place at Gaspereau Herb Farm On Sunday August 12 nature lovers of all backgrounds will gather for the second annual Medicine of the People, the largest herbal gathering in eastern Canada. Hosted at herbalist John Cummings’ Gaspereau Herb Farm and Botanical Sanctuary, and organized by Cummings and student herbalist Andrée-Anne Bédard (of Bardane Cuisine), the event aims to build on last year’s success. Presentations will include: Zenovia Ursuliak, MD, PhD, FRCPC, who will be introducing attendees to her herbal tool kit for addressing anxiety issues. As a psychiatrist, Ursuliak integrates…
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Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms

Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery One of my favourite collections belonging to the gallery is definitely the Lorenzen mushrooms. Ernest Lorenzen, a forester and naturalist from Denmark, and his wife Alma Goguen, an Acadian from Cocagne, New Brunswick, began making pottery in 1947 as a hobby while living in Dieppe, NB. Earnest typically used the pottery wheel, while Alma modelled by hand. While living in Dieppe, their clay source was quite far away and inaccessible by car. Lloyd Shaw, then-owner of the brick factory in…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Art in the Garden

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Art in the Garden By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist We’ve been growing a very unusual species in the greenhouse this summer. They are erratic in growth habit and behaviour, and they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. That’s right, we’ve been growing humans! At the start of the season we moved our tropical blueberry collection outside so the plants could enjoy some fresh air and benefit from the natural predatory insects and pollinators. In the meantime, the blueberry house has been turned into a classroom for humans. We…
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The Acadia University Art Gallery presents: “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected”

The Acadia University Art Gallery presents: “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected” By Dr. Laurie Dalton, Director and Curator August 3 – September 30, 2018 Join us for the opening reception on August 3 at 7pm! Much of the way in which people have come to understand the artist has been a result of storytelling. This exhibition presents a selection of Maud Lewis artwork from private collections, along with memories of how people have come to collect her work. These demonstrate the ways in which we have come to remember, know, and situate the work of the artist. While Maud Lewis…
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Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope

Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kaleidoscope in New Minas is a program started by Donna Randell in 2015. Donna is a slight departure from the usual entrepreneurs that we feature in this column because her venture is a nonprofit. Kaleidoscope offers social and recreation opportunities for adults with special needs at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about how Kaleidoscope got its start. Donna Randell (DR): Kaleidoscope started when I couldn’t find daytime activities for people with special needs. Kathleen Purdy, executive director of the Alexander Society for…
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Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum Market

Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum Market Submitted The Town of Middleton has an exciting new addition these days. The Macdonald Museum Market opened for the first time on May 31 and continues each week on Thursdays, 4-7pm. With an average of 35 full-time and 10 part-time vendors so far, the outdoor market has been a huge success from the beginning. Everything at the Market is homemade, homegrown, or home-baked. Each week hundreds are enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, plants, and baked goods. There is even a gluten-free bake table! Freeze-dried fruit, delicious sausages on a bun, ice-cold homemade sodas, lemonade,…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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