Events

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist   Volunteers have been generously giving their time to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens since the day we opened. Over the years our volunteers have ranged in age and background and have performed a wide array of duties, including leading public tours, collecting phenology data, gluing and scanning herbarium specimens, seed sorting and cleaning, and caring for and propagating plants in the greenhouse and garden.   Some of our youngest volunteers came to us from Fairfield School many years…
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style Horton High School, Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm By Mike Butler   While you might be hoping for a white Christmas, on December 16, I will be having a blue Christmas because world champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn is returning to the Valley with his Christmas with the King family-friendly stage show extravaganza.   I am a bit of an Elvis fanatic. Everything from fifties “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis to leather suit 1968 Comeback Special Elvis through to portly rhinestone-clad Elvis in the seventies! He is a…
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ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre

ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre By Mike Butler   ‘Tis the season of friends, family, fun, trimmings, gifts, goodness, and cheer! I love the holiday season for all its busyness and chaos and for all the quiet moments it offers. I also love the incredible number of family shows that happen this time of year. One of my holiday treats is the annual Fezziwig show! Each year (for years) I’ve sat in the audience and watched a slew of adorable local faces grace the stage in beautiful costumes and perform a…
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THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR!

THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR! Submitted   This year marks the twelfth year that Cadance Academy has staged its annual production of The Nutcracker at Wolfville’s Festival Theatre. With performances on December 9 and 10, this lively and colourful production is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Cadance Academy’s director, Gaea Jess, is looking forward to this year’s show: “I can’t believe this is our twelfth year doing this show! We all work so hard on this production, trying to make improvements that are sure to impress the audiences, but it’s also like a well-oiled machine. I…
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The Weeks Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

The Weeks Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) By Garry Leeson   ‘Twas weeks before Christmas when all through the town Not a senior musician was wearing a frown. Their instruments were cleaned, all tuned up with care, In hopes that when they played them, an audience’d be there.   Why stay at home, nestled, all bored in your bed? Come to the Festival Theatre and join them instead, You in a kerchief, your friend in a cap, Not just vegging away on a long winter’s nap.   They have a fiery conductor, so lively and quick But…
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Annapolis Valley Honour Choir celebrates Celtic, East Coast musical roots in winter concert

Annapolis Valley Honour Choir celebrates Celtic, East Coast musical roots in winter concert Submitted   The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s 2017-18 season continues with their second concert, “On This Winter’s Night With You – An East Coast Christmas,” on Saturday, December 9. Further exploring the season’s central theme of “finding home,” this Maritime kitchen party of a concert embraces Nova Scotia’s Celtic and folk roots and musical traditions. The choirs will perform traditional carols and Gaelic lullabies, arrangements by Great Big Sea, and music by the late great Ron Hynes and Rita McNeil.   The AVHC is excited to welcome…
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A DOUBLE DOSE OF DICKENS: Valley Theatre Groups put on Classic Christmas Tale

A DOUBLE DOSE OF DICKENS: Valley Theatre Groups put on Classic Christmas Tale By Mike Butler   Nobody loves the holiday season like I do! If you know me or you’ve visited my workplace during the holidays then you’ve witnessed “Holiday Mike” in action and it’s seriously similar to the movie Elf without the yellow tights! Although the commercialization of Christmas and the very early TV ads and store displays get on my ever-loving nerves, I still find immense joy in the holiday season. Once Remembrance Day has passed and we dip into mid-November, I feel the holiday season can…
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Christmas Business Fair at NSCC Kingstec Campus

Christmas Business Fair at NSCC Kingstec Campus By Amanda Pace   Amanda Pace is a Business Administration student at the Nova Scotia Community College, Kingstec Campus. She has organized a Christmas Business Fair for December 2 and we asked her to tell our readers a bit about organizing the event.   In January 2017, after 15 years of being out of school, I started my first year in the business administration program at NSCC Kingstec Campus. I wasn’t sure what I expected to get out of the program, I just knew I needed a change of pace in my career…
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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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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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