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Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End: One Woman Show Hits The Stage In Wolfville!

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End: One Woman Show Hits The Stage In Wolfville! By Mike Butler Theatre has many challenges: knowing your lines, knowing your cues, remembering your props, working the set, staying in character, and so much more. Actors like to challenge themselves sometimes and up the ante, so to speak, so they choose projects that will stretch their talents. Actors do big ensemble plays, they try Shakespeare and Chekhov, they do a three-hander play, then a two-hander play and eventually, they try a one-person show (which I think is the biggest theatre challenge)! Local actress Carole Ball has…
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Kentville Skate Park Entering Second Phase

Kentville Skate Park Entering Second Phase By Genevieve Allen Hearn Looking for a father-approved activity this Father’s Day? The Kentville Skate Park is a great place to scooter, skateboard, or bike with Dad, and it’s located in Kentville’s recreation corridor alongside the Harvest Moon Trailway and next to the KCA playground. Pack a picnic and spend the day! Matt MacLeod, president of the Kentville Skatepark Association and father of two daughters, grew up in Kentville and has been skateboarding for over thirty years. While living in several cities across Canada he saw many examples of well-designed concrete skate parks that…
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The Grapevine Q&A: Shaun Majumder

The Grapevine Q&A: Shaun Majumder By Emily Leeson You might know Newfoundland comedian Shaun Majumder from his time on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, or his reality show Majumder Manor. Currently, he’s performing stand-up on a cross-Canada tour, and he’ll be visiting Wolfville’s Festival Theatre on July 8. Shaun took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for our editor, Emily Leeson: The Grapevine: Your new show is about hate — here at The Grapevine, our collective grandmothers want to know, why not love? Shaun Majumder: Love is so boring! I am just trying to follow…
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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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