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Featurepreneur: Makers Gonna Make

Featurepreneur: Makers Gonna Make By Genevieve Allen Hearn We wanted to get a sense of what it is like being an entrepreneur with a home-based business versus opening a brick and mortar retail space. We connected with two makers: Erika Diehl creates beautiful macramé creations at home and sells them at craft fairs and by request, and Don Beamish is the general manager of the handmade ‘end grain’ cutting boards company Larch Wood Canada that has recently opened a storefront in Wolfville. Erika Diehl – Maritime Macramé The Grapevine (GV): Is Maritime Macramé a full-time endeavor, or do you have…
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The Art Spot: Makenzie Welton

Makenzie Welton’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours WHO: I’m just an average teenage girl with an above average interest in art. I recently graduated from high school, so I’ve had a lot more time to focus on my paintings and honing my style. When I’m not working on something, I can generally be found drinking tea, listening to music, or playing outside with my animals. Nothing too abnormal, really. WHAT: Although I enjoy trying out any medium that comes my way, I’ve come to love painting…
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I KNOW A PLACE: Annapolis Royal

I KNOW A PLACE: Annapolis Royal Driving along the highway, there’s plenty of natural scenery to take in, but there’s also some new public art on offer to motorists travelling across the Valley floor. Annapolis Royal has a new community ID sign and it is the result of a collaboration between two local artists: designer Steve Slipp commissioned the original artwork from Ron Lightburn. “I created an acrylic painting that provided the basis for the vector art that Steve used to complete the design” explains Ron. “Some colours were changed for the sign, which was manufactured with vinyl adhered to…
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Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville

Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville By Mike Butler If you’ve read my columns, you’ll notice that I promote a lot of community theatre projects, and why wouldn’t I? The talent in this beautiful valley is overwhelming and I love being not only a member of the local community theatre scene, but also a supporter and marketer! I know how many hundreds of hours it takes to put on a two-hour, four-performance run of a show and I want people to see it! I’ve had the pleasure of doing comedies, musicals, dramas, and childrens’ theatre, and I’ve worked…
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Who Who’s: Jeremy Ingham, Super Who’s Who!

Who Who’s: Jeremy Ingham, Super Who’s Who! By Mike Butler If footprints are the impressions left by a person walking, heartprints are the impressions a person leaves on your heart. For me, and many others, Jeremy Ingham is a valley heartprint! Jeremy Ingham was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, moved with his family to Wolfville shortly after his first birthday, and has lived here ever since. He attended Wolfville School for primary and middle school and then went on to Horton High School. “When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to live, work, and study here as long…
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The Q&A: The Craft Fair Business with Monica Jorgensen

The Q&A: The Craft Fair Business with Monica Jorgensen Monica Jorgensen looks after all of the fabulous event listings that you see in this paper. She also manages her own business Mad Catter Studio. We asked her a few question about what it’s like running a craft fair business. The Grapevine (GV):What do you make and sell? Monica Jorgensen (MJ):I make plush monsters, tooth pillow monsters, and this year I’m making some small purses, wallets, and change purses. My business name for the last several years has been MONsters by MON, but I have recently changed to Mad Catter Studio…
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Valley Family Fun: Holiday Gift Guide

Valley Family Fun: Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke There are a lot of places you can go for kids to make something themselves. There are even business owners who will come right to your home to make things with you! Start with the Clayground Studio in Wolfville! Kids can make a painted pottery piece or older kids can try a fusible glass craft. Be sure to check the firing dates for the last day that the pottery will be ready before Christmas! At Ocean Zn in Berwick, you can book a sea glass making workshop where participants (young…
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Kentville’s Historical Society: Impacting the Future by Preserving the Past

Kentville’s Historical Society: Impacting the Future by Preserving the Past By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kings County has one. Windsor and Berwick have one. So do Wolfville, Canning, Hantsport, and Middleton. So why doesn’t Kentville – a town steeped in rich history – have a historical society? Well, they didn’t until just recently. On August 30, 2017 a group of citizens registered the Kentville Historical Society as a non-profit organization, and they are now looking to correct what they saw as a major oversight. John MacDonald, one of the society’s board members, didn’t have an answer to why Kentville lacked a…
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Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday

Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday By Laura Churchill Duke For the second year, this holiday season you can fill a box of cheer for people in need right here in Kings County. Valley Family Fun and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have paired up to create a program called Fill a Box of Cheer: The Local Option. “There are many adults in need locally who often don’t qualify for support through traditional programs,” says Candy O’Brien of CMHA, “such as any targeted towards family and children.” This is a way to reach more people. To…
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Wolfville Historical Society and Acadia Art Gallery Present: Leo Deveau

Wolfville Historical Society and Acadia Art Gallery Present: Leo Deveau 400 Years in 365 Days: A Daily Calendar of Events from Nova Scotia’s History November 22 at 2 pm Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, local historian Leo Deveau decided to update, revise, and extend the Nova Scotia Book of Days, originally published by Shirley Elliott in 1979. The result was 400 Years in 365 Days: a fun, trivia-filled record of the people and communities of Nova Scotia over the past 400 years. Leo has assembled over one thousand entries reflecting events in the histories…
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