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The Dome Chronicles: The Eye Of The Beholder

The Dome Chronicles 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 flood and fire, triumph…
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Valley Family Fun: Young Picassos

Valley Family Fun: Young Picassos By Laura Churchill Duke “It is never too early to introduce kids to art,” explains Laurie Dalton, director and curator of the Acadia Art Gallery. Many parents are nervous about taking their children to an art gallery. Is it appropriate? Will they be bored? Will they be the one to knock over the sculpture? Dalton gives the following tips: Bring a bag of colour swatches and shapes. Give each child a colour or shape and ask them to find something in the gallery that is the same shape or colour. Buy a postcard at the…
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Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!!

Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!! By Mike Butler On July 14, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon, I married the most wonderful man on the planet! It was a day (and a process) that was beyond perfect. The support Ian and I have received since day one of our relationship leading up to the wedding day is so profound and overwhelming and I thought I would dedicate this Mike Uncorked to our special day for everyone to read about and be a part of. How it all began … I’m a sappy romantic at heart and I believe in time and…
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Hardware Gallery Organizes Mural Project in Kentville

Hardware Gallery Organizes Mural Project in Kentville By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kentville will get a little more colorful this summer. Board members of Hardware Gallery, the new art gallery located in the Town of Kentville, are making a community effort to get new, contemporary murals in the town. The Kentville Business Community has recently amended their façade program to include murals, which means businesses can apply for 50 per cent of the mural creation cost. Dave Reid from D.M. Reid’s Jewellers is the first business to jump on board. Reid, who sits on the Kentville Business Community board, says, “The…
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Check out Summer at Our Valley Museums

Check out Summer at Our Valley Museums By Wendy Elliott This summer, museums in the eastern Valley have a wide variety of displays and activities on for the busy summer months. There is truly something for everyone. At the West Hants Historical Society’s museum on Kings St. in Windsor there is a standing display and a busy research centre. The museum is holding a genealogy fair on Saturday, July 28 with a focus on family history research. On the day of the event the public is invited to come take in the rich ancestral history of this area. There will…
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Embracing the Arts: Transformation and Inclusion

Embracing the Arts: Transformation and Inclusion By Kathleen Purdy David shuffles into the room, all smiles. He sees fabric draped on the walls, a couple of young women standing around a keyboard, and many familiar faces. “Hi!” he shouts to no one in particular and everyone in general. He moves through the room giving a few people great bear hugs. Anna sits in a chair with her head down, not ready to look at anyone. Her buddy comes and sits beside her and they talk. Brendon walks around with a big smile on his face, looking everyone in the eye…
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Uncommon Common Art 2018

Uncommon Common Art 2018 By Terry Havlis Drahos, UCA founder/creative director This year, Uncommon Common Art 2018’s theme is Lines of Site. Curator Kate Ward asked participating artists to respond to the following statement: The lines of this site (Fundy shore and mountains) contain movement and transition. Lines of Site can be ephemeral and temporary by nature where time blurs between the past, present, and future: environmental lines, geographical lines, historical lines, blood lines, time lines. Lines of Site can also be an unobstructed line of “sight” between an intended observer (or spectator) and a subject of interest. It can…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit By Melanie Priesnitz One of the many wonderful things about summer in the Valley is the abundance of great locally-grown food. Much of the food grown here commercially is not native to the region. Most of the big crops have been introduced from other regions, and some never existed anywhere in the wild. Corn (Zea mays), for example, is said to have been developed approximately 7000 years ago in Mexico from a wild grass called teosinte. The corn that we cultivate and eat today has been in this region…
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Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud!

Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud! Mike Butler François Côté is a very recognizable face in the Valley and beyond. I’ve known him for many years, having seen him perform at events like Night Kitchens, open mics, and The Wolfville Farmers Market. He is a cherished Valley talent and it’s my pleasure to bring his story to The Grapevine. François Côté’s story begins in the fall of 1979 and spring of 1980, a period that would define François’ life. He says, “During those 8 months, I turned 18 and the Katimavik program took me from my hometown, Québec, to Wolfville…
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