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Way Back When

Way Back When DATE: circa 1925 MATERIALS: Paper MEASUREMENTS: 6.3 cm L x 10.8 cm W MARKS/LABEL: Outdoor rink, Wolfville school grounds in 1920’s. NARRATIVE: Building is the MacKay School building (1893) from the East DESCRIPTION: Group of boys and one or two girls dressed in outdoor winter clothes, on skates, in a rink with boarded perimeter. All photos courtesy of Randall House Museum 259 Main Street, Wolfville, NS 902-542-9775, wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca Now closed for the winter season, but please check the website for spring programming!

AVRL NEWS: Annapolis Valley Regional Library Receives Funding for Be Fit Kits 2.0

AVRL NEWS: Annapolis Valley Regional Library Receives Funding for Be Fit Kits 2.0 By Angela Reynolds In 2015 the AVRL launched the original Be Fit Kits that focused on physical literacy and movement skills. The Be Fit Kits are bags of equipment and books that families can borrow from the library. The bags are loaned for three weeks, just like books. Created to provide an opportunity for people to learn fundamental skill movements together in a safe and comfortable environment, families can use these to be active together. After receiving feedback from community members, AVRL wanted to expand the kits…
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Book Review: Dark Angels by Hubert E. Devine

Book Review: Dark Angels by Hubert E. Devine By Jim Morton Motorcycle gangs, the backdrop of Dark Angels, aren’t usually the flavour of my literary escapes, but I am drawn to the work of Nova Scotia writers and Hubert Devine’s first novel is highly engaging, charged with excitement and surprise. Dark Angels introduces Will Alexander, a bright, athletic 19-year-old Saint Mary’s University dropout who idolizes a father he’s never known. As the tale opens Will is a newly-minted member of the Dark Angels motorcycle club. From that beginning Devine maps a maze of intrigue and suspense as Will is buffeted…
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In Review: Recent News Events, and Happenings

In Review: Recent News Events, and Happenings Early in February L’Acadie Vineyards’ 2015 Vintage Cuvee went sip to sip with ten other Gold Medal Plates Best of Show wines in the finals of the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC. The certified organic, traditional method sparkling was awarded Best of Show at Gold Medal Plates Halifax in October 2017. This is the fourth time L’Acadie Vineyards has earned Best of Show in the five years that the wine competition has been held in Halifax. “We are very proud of our wines and are looking forward to showing them at the…
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Dinner Out: McGill’s Fabulous Flashback Dinner

Dinner Out: McGill’s Fabulous Flashback Dinner By Scott Campbell What an awesome trip back to the sixties and seventies with the fantastic crew at McGill’s in New Minas. This incredible idea for a themed dinner was done perfectly with the serving staff and the kitchen staff all wearing tie-dyed apparel. The cocktail menu for the evening evoked a lot of nostalgia for many of the diners. Original recipe Singapore slings were coming out on trays alongside the crowd favourite: “The Lost Annapolis.” The delicious drink has roots in Canada’s oldest settlement. You don’t get much more “retro” than that. But…
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Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master

Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master By Mike Butler I grew up in a world where Mr. Dressup, Romper Room, Sesame Street, and The Big Friendly Giant were my entertainment. The wholesome beautiful world of puppets, magic, stories, and adventure entered my life every day and it was a glorious way to be brought up. We are so fortunate to live in a valley where community theater is ablaze with productions of all forms including musicals, dramas, one-act plays, concerts, and puppetry. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a recent addition to this vibrant community: the new…
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Uncorked: Cinderella! Cinderella! Family Show Casts a Spell at CentreStage Theatre!

Uncorked: Cinderella! Cinderella! Family Show Casts a Spell at CentreStage Theatre! By Mike Butler Picture it, July 2010, a 30-year-old man steps onto the CentreStage Theatre stage for the very first time dressed as an adorable cat named Tom in the production Cinderella! Cinderella! That very timid (at the time) actor was me, and the role was too much fun to pass up when CentreStage recently decided to remount this wonderful, enchanting family production. I am back as the cat and having just as much fun with an all-new cast of incredible actors. Cinderella! Cinderella! by Edith Weiss is the…
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Windsor Makers: A Democratization of DIY

Windsor Makers: A Democratization of DIY By Genevieve Allen Hearn On Monday, February 12, Catherine Jamieson and Kathy Monroe planned a community meeting to discuss the launch of Windsor Makers. Expecting twenty-five people, they scrambled to find chairs when over seventy-five showed up. “We are re-inventing the idea of tribe,” says Catherine, who sees maker spaces as a way to connect our communities. Let’s pause here for a moment. If you’re like me, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about makerspaces, but also get lost in the confusion of different models that are appearing. Here’s a brief introduction to the…
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The Art Spot: Marcel Morin

The Art Spot: Marcel Morin Marcel Morin’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue for month of February. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours Wolfville Memorial Library Exhibit: “The Lost Art of Cartography” WHO: I am a thirteenth-generation Acadian/Métis and have lived in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and all over Nova Scotia. I studied cartography at the College of Geographic Sciences here in the Annapolis Valley, graduating in 1992, and spent the next 15 years living and working in Vancouver. In 2007 I moved back to Nova Scotia with my wife Angela and…
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Review: Something is Always on Fire My Life So Far: Measha Brueggergosman

Review: Something is Always on Fire My Life So Far: Measha Brueggergosman By Evelyn C. White World renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman has lived in the Annapolis Valley for the past several years. In an unvarnished and highly entertaining saga that validates the adage “you are only as sick as your secrets,” she bares all in her new memoir. Infidelity. Insolvency. Sexual improprieties. Gastric bypass. Emergency heart surgery. The in utero deaths of her twins. The births of her beloved sons. “Some part of your life is always going to be in flames,” she writes. “If it’s not your finances,…
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