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Papilio to play at Evergreen Theatre

The next offering at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville is an emerging Celtic group from Halifax, whose members have some pretty impressive musical chops. The concert is on Saturday August 21 and reservations/tickets can be obtained online at www.evergreentheatre.ca, or at evergreentheatre@gmail.com or 902-825-6834. Papilio, a neo-traditional band from Nova Scotia, captures the spirit and drive of traditional Celtic, Folk, Nordic, and World music while giving it a new, contemporary, creative twist that is all their own. More than a Ceilidh band, they are a progressive neo-traditional trio that invites the listener on an auditory journey through Ireland, Scotland, the Maritimes,…
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The Woman in Black next up for Valley Summer Theatre

On June 7th 1989 Stephen Mallatratt’s play The Woman in Black opened at the Fortune Theatre in West End London and it has been running there ever since.  Over 7 million people have now seen that West End London production, which has just passed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats to become the fifth longest running play in the history of the West End. It has been described as “one of the most exciting, gripping, and successful theatre events ever staged”. This summer Valley Summer Theatre is delighted to be able to produce The Woman in Black in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at…
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Ridge Fest 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s festival time in Nova Scotia; musical attention is being generated all across this province. From last weekend’s blues & roots Kempt Shore Music Festival to the upcoming alternative Evolve in Antigonish, it seems like every music genre has a place to call its own…including country! When asked why hold Ridgefest – a large country festival – in Port Williams, festival organizer Kevin Brown responded, “It’s a wonderful fit, why not? It reflects the thriving AG industry of the valley and, besides perhaps maybe the Exhibition, there isn’t a large outdoor summer music festival in…
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Letter From Wingfield Farm

NOTE: THE TICKET PRICE LISTED IN THE GRAPEVINE WAS ONLY FOR THE THURSDAY SHOW. ALL OTHER SHOWS: $25.00 + HST adult $18.00 + HST student A few years ago, on June 10, 2006, “Walt Wingfield” passed another milestone in his remarkable career. It was Rod Beattie’s 3,500th performance of a Wingfield play in a little over twenty years. Since their debut at the Orange Hall in Rosemont, Ontario in August 1984, Walt and Rod have delighted capacity audiences across Canada. Valley Summer Theatre is excited to be able to bring Rod Beattie to the Annapolis Valley this summer to star in the play…
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Deep Down in the Sugar Swamp – Album Review

The South Mountain Rock Opera – The Dungaree Brothers with the Hupman Brothers Band For a few glorious moments last Monday night, Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville was transformed from a small-town celtic bar into a down-home dancehall shack out on the bayou. The Dungaree Brothers, together with the Hupman Brothers Band, combined forces to present the South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera to a dance-hungry crowd that lapped up the swampy beats like hot molasses punch. The supergroup played a set at the open mic in anticipation of their CD release concert, coming up on July 3rd in the Al Whittle…
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Uncommon Common Art

For the third year in a row, Uncommon Common Art, the exhibit in nature, is back.  The Valley is host to this art scavenger hunt or art geo-caching or hiking meets art or all of the above.  The project has been described a number of ways, meaning something different to each person, yet it intrigues all. Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons and Kings County is a destination for two distinct reasons; the stunning natural environment that is the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people that live there. The Uncommon Common Art project was designed…
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Celebrating 250 Years of the New England Planters

2010 is a very special year in local and Canadian history.  It marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters – one of the first large scale settlements of English-speaking colonists in Canada.  The Planters relocated from New England to the Maritimes between 1759 and 1774 bringing with them a new culture that greatly influenced the development of Nova Scotian society.  Sir Robert Borden, William Chipman and Charles Morris are only a few of the many Planters and their descendents who have influenced Canadian politics, invention and literature.  Several Planters became farmers and business owners whose descendents…
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Bicycle Poker Run

On May 16th, 2010, Hip-EBikes Custom Shop, in partnership with community groups and organizations with similar missions (Mountain Equipment Coop, Retire Your Ride, Clean Nova Scotia & Nova Scotians Promoting Active Transportation on Community Trails), will host the first annual Annapolis Valley Bicycle Poker Run. How a Poker Run works is, upon registration (10am at the Coldbrook Lions Hall) teams or individuals are given a map with checkpoints and GPS coordinates and are then dealt 3 playing cards face down. These are your river cards to build your best five-card hand. Traveling to the checkpoints rewards the riders with another…
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Drum Night

This year, the World in Wolfville annual spring drum show will feature two of Nova Scotia’s finest African music groups, FOLA and KOJO, along with hand-drum duo Ken Shorley and Denis Martin. And, Ken’s 28-member World Rhythm and Drumming class from Acadia U will be there as a special opening act! KOJO is a traditional Sudanese thumb piano band based in Halifax. The group was originally formed in 1996 when a number of refugees from southern Sudan settled in Canada. Kojo translates from the original Didinga as “re-birth” or “new crop” and was a way to preserve the spirit of…
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So, You Think You Can Laugh?

Let me ask you a question.  How important is it to have laughter in your life? The statistics, which aren’t good, amaze me.  On average, an adult laughs only 12-15 times a day whereas children laugh over 400 times a day. Some would say we become more discriminating about what we laugh about as we grow up, but maybe we have forgotten how. I’m not kidding when I say we should relearn. Laughter is a truly natural and very effective healing method. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Parties, Laughercize and other laughter-oriented health trends have spawned a new approach to laughter.  Simply laughing…
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