Events

The 2017 Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award presented to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia

The 2017 Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award presented to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia Submitted This year the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia was the very fortunate recipient of the Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Legacy Foundation Award for 2017. The RTO Legacy Foundation was established in 1994 with the intent of supporting sick and/or challenged children in the province of Nova Scotia. This year’s RTO Legacy Foundation funds went directly toward supporting Camp Spectrum, the Annapolis Valley chapter of Autism Nova Scotia’s summer day camp for children and youth with autism. Camp Spectrum…
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Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles

Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles By Donna Holmes We asked local singer/songwriter Donna Holmes to send along a few questions for visiting Deep Roots Festival artists The Swinging Belles. Here’s their resulting chat. Donna Holmes is a local singer/songwriter who hosts a weekly open mic, sings with the Annapolis Big Band, and directs a seasonal variety show called Broken Leg Theatre. Donna also appears as a featured artist on Let the Good News Ring: Christmas Songs from the Annapolis Valley, an album recorded with the Hupman Brothers. The Swinging Belles (Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist Duane…
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Welcome NSCC Students!

Welcome NSCC Students! Whether this is your first year at NSCC Kingstec or you are a returning student, welcome. Much like the college you have chosen, Kentville has a great deal to offer in terms of recreation, fitness, spiritual, retail, banking, and health and wellness services. The Town of Kentville offers a full slate of recreational and fitness opportunities. Drop in to Town Hall and the Recreation Department or check out our website at kentville.ca for a full schedule of events or equipment available for loan. The town will be hosting one of the Canada Cup Mountain Bike races at…
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80th World’s Fair in Tremont

80th World’s Fair in Tremont Saturday, September 2 This family-friendly agricultural event is not to be missed. Admission to the grounds is $5.00 and children under 12 enter for free. Here are a few highlights planned for the Saturday, September 2: – Horse and Oxen Pulls All Day – 9:30am: Children’s Parade – 9:30am: Light Horse Classes 9:00am (Horse Ring) – 10:30am: Pets Judging – 10:30am: Cattle Judging ( Cattle Ring) – Dinner will be served from 11:30am to 1:00pm: Adults $10.00; Children $5.00 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm: Live entertainment – 4:00pm: Men’s, Ladies & Youth Cross Cut – Supper…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art By Alexandra Pulchny, Acadia University Art Gallery Collections and Outreach Assistant The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been integral to Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th century. Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, is a central place for Acadian identity.  While the history of the site is what sparks most interest, there is also a significant figure who brings many people to Grand-Pré and has encouraged interest in Acadian culture: Evangeline. The heroine however, is a literary creation. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem…
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The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library. For open hours, check valleylibrary.ca To contact Jamie directly, email djrobertson@eastlink.ca WHO:  I am a geologist and landscape photographer living in Grand Pré. In my career as a mineral exploration geologist, I had a great opportunity to travel widely in remote areas of Canada and the world. This triggered my passion for landscape photography, and often flying in helicopters and small planes allowed me to photograph these wilderness landscapes from the air. WHAT: It is the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson (an Acadia…
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Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year

Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year By Genevieve Allen Hearn Centre Square in Kentville is seeing a lot more activity these days. The weekly farmers’ market is bustling with patrons, the Kentville Merchant’s Group has been organizing events such as skateboard demos and car shows, the town uses the space to host Harvest Festival and Apple Blossom activities, and on August 26th the square will be closed to vehicles and given over to pedestrians for the 3rd annual Multicultural Fair. The Multicultural Fair is the brainchild of Lynn Jin, an immigrant from China. She wanted to create an…
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Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th

Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th By Donna Crawford, Show Committee Member Milkvale Farm’s Allison Magee is well-known to those who frequent Kentville’s Wednesday farmers’ market. But how many of those eager shoppers – seeking out fresh local veggies, fruit, and specialty items – know what Allison and five other Valley residents are planning in celebration of Canada’s 150th? In fact, even his neighbours in Welsford are unlikely to have heard what’s being set up for Saturday, August 12. “It has to do with our Country’s big birthday and with gardens of course” hints Magee. “Any Valley resident…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist For the past 11 years the Gardens have been graced with young artists for two weeks each summer during the Uncommon Common Art (UCA) Summer Camp. Art in the Garden campers spend their days exploring the garden and forest, playing games outside, and finding inspiration for their art in the natural world. We love the energy and life that the young people bring to the garden and they love having the garden as their playground. The camp is run by UCA’s Creative…
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Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art

Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is a community wide art exhibit that highlights two of Kings County’s greatest assets – the natural beauty of the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people who live in the area. Now into its tenth year, UCA Creative Director Terry Havlis Drahos has been at the helm of the project since the beginning. Originally from Chicago, IL, Drahos received her Bachelor of Design from Southern Illinois University. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Acadia and NSCAD Universities (Wolfville and Halifax, respectively) in 2006, specializing in Art…
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