Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Festival Feature: Full Circle

Full Circle The Full Circle Festival, a newfangled stringband hootenanny, happens this year June 22 to 24 at the Avon River Heritage Museum in Newport Station. Here at The Grapevine, we’d heard that in addition to great music, food, and fun there were a few instances of things coming, well — no better way to put it — full circle at the festival this year. Devin Lake grew up in Avondale, and lived up north for many years. He’s just brought his young family back to Avondale and built a house right across from the festival site. His band, The…
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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events By Emily Leeson A new weekly market is set for Thursdays at Macdonald Museum in Middleton from 4-7pm beginning on May 31 and running to Thanksgiving week. Over 30 vendors have signed up so far. According to Janice Slauenwhite, director of the museum, everything for sale will be homemade, home-baked, or homegrown. “We have D’Aubin’s doing a sausage cart, other vendors with prepared foods, baked goods, several veggie vendors, artists, crafters, eggs, meats…a great variety,” she says. They’re hoping to have live music and it will all take place outside on picnic tables…
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Kingsport Gala Days

Kingsport Gala Days By Charlene MacLellan, President, Kingsport Community Association This year Kingsport Gala Days marks its 37th year of fun activities and events in the community. The first Gala Days took place in 1981, when the community planned a barbecue and party at the Park Pavilion in Kingsport to celebrate the installation of a new playground at the park. The playground was installed by the TelecomPioneers, a volunteer organization of Maritime Tel & Tel. The idea of hosting an annual social event in the community was born at that party. At that time the Kingsport Community Association was already…
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Greenwood Players Stage Ira Levin’s Deathtrap

Greenwood Players Stage Ira Levin’s Deathtrap By Crawford Van Horne The Greenwood Players are suspensefully waiting for the audience’s reaction to their latest production, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, which holds the record for the longest-running thriller on Broadway. When the story begins, Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, once the toast of Broadway, has hit a slump and had a series of box office flops. Clifford Anderson, a student at one of Sidney’s writing seminars, has sent Sidney a script which Sidney is certain will be a hit. Clifford’s play, Deathtrap, is a five character, two act thriller, so perfect that,…
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The Dome Chronicles: If Dreams were Horses

The Dome Chronicles: If Dreams were Horses 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, through…
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Seussical: The Musical: Magical Production Comes to Windsor

Seussical: The Musical: Magical Production Comes to Windsor By Mike Butler Oh the places you should go and oh the thinks you can think!! One of those places you should think about going is definitely Windsor because Quick As A Wink Theatre Society is performing the Tony-winning Suessical: The Musical and it’s a must-see production for people of all ages. The wind in Windsor is blowing terrific costumes, set pieces, and all things Seuss-y your way! You’ll see a turtle named Yurtle, an elephant named Horton who keeps hearing a Who, a Cat in The Hat, a couple of other…
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Family Fun at Festivals

Family Fun at Festivals By Laura Churchill Duke From now until the end of summer, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a community festival happening every weekend in the Valley! These are great events to attend, as most of them have free activities for kids, and it gets you out exploring towns and villages that you might not have visited before! At community festivals you might get horse and ox pulls, fireworks, community suppers (a cheap and yummy way to feed the family while supporting a good cause), and parades. Here are a few tips if you…
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Robust Legocy goes to Robofest 2018!

Robust Legocy goes to Robofest 2018! By Andriel Pitter On May 17, four Nova Scotia high school teams who competed at Acadia’s robot programming competition went on to the Robofest World Championship at Lawrence Tech University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan. On of those teams, Robust Legocy, came from our own Horton High School. Robust Legocy team members Aidan Karcha, Austin Oickle, Ethan Bullerwell, and Lex Zacharias attended the event, along with their coach Andy Pitter and mentor Jeanne Caldwell. Robofest features a variety of robotic competitions, including a robot parade and a science exhibition, but the main competition is simply…
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The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks

The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks For a special Art Spot this issue, we caught up with our cover artist Brittany Brooks. The cover image is actually the art from the poster for the Full Circle Festival happening in Newport on June 22-24. We loved it so much that we knew it would make for a great Festival Guide cover — and we wanted to know more about Brittany. WHO: I’m an illustrator and musician based in Toronto, ON. My work is influenced by folk art, mid-century illustration, classic country music, and cowboys. WHAT: For visual arts, my go-to medium is…
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Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society

Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society By Mike Butler As much as I enjoy the acting, directing and marketing side of community theatre, sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and watch others do great work and embrace the talent we have here in the Valley. That’s one of the reasons I chose to sit in the producer’s chair for the new CentreStage Theatre offering, The Savannah Sipping Society! To be the rooster in the hen house with these wonderfully talented Nova Scotian/Southern Belles has been a blast and I can guarantee that audiences will enjoy them even more then I…
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