AVRL News: Robins, Daffodils, and Gardening

AVRL News: Robins, Daffodils, and Gardening By Tim Jackson Spring is here! March and the appearance of robins have ushered in spring. Longer days and a promise that winter weather was about to set sail. Bags of soil, heat mats, seed trays, little black pots, and seed packets are a rite of spring in my house. It’s time to take advantage of the warming weather and extra sunlight hours. April brought us Easter and April Fools, and even some snow, but spring is definitely here because the peepers are in full voice, daffodils adorn the table, and outside furniture is…
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Valley ICE Placements

Valley ICE Placements By Mike Butler If you’ve been reading the local newspapers lately, you would have seen quite a bit of press regarding the Integrity Cheer Empire or ICE All-stars organization as they’ve jumped, clapped, and cheered their way through many competitions this year and come out on top of a very successful pyramid. Chris Cunningham, or coach Chris as many call him, is All-star director and program manager at Integrity Cheer Empire and he’s super excited for this time of year because the ICE placements are coming up for new members to join the team. This has been…
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Murder Weapon Takes CentreStage

Murder Weapon Takes CentreStage By Mike Butler CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has staged its fair share of white-knuckle whodunits over the years. Nothing, however, has prepared audiences for their latest mystery: Murder Weapon. Murder Weapon, written by Brian Clemens, is a hypnotic mystery ready to challenge any armchair detective. So, you say you’ve read all the Agatha Christie books eh? And all the John Grisham, James Patterson, and Sue Grafton mysteries? Well, you seem pretty sure of your detecting skills then don’t you? Brace yourselves sleuths of the Valley, you’re going to have a run for your money with this…
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Richard Groot’s Photo Finish

Richard Groot’s Photo Finish By Mike Butler Richard (Dick) Groot is a very familiar face in the Valley. He’s a wonderful man with an exceptional photographic eye and I am proud to say he’s one of my fellow Men of Wolfville calendar buddies. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Dick’s work before, now is your chance because he has a photo exhibit coming up that you simply have to take in. It’s not some run of the mill display…or is it? Dick has been a published writer and photographer for many years and his accomplishments include a book…
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Annapolis Valley Regional Library: The Seed Library is Back Again

Annapolis Valley Regional Library: The Seed Library is Back Again By Tim Jackson Are you looking for a way to get some exercise and fresh air? Is growing vegetables new to you? Do you want some unique seeds to finish planting your vegetable garden? We can help. Beginning on Tuesday, May 2, the Dr. Frank W. Morse Memorial Library in Lawrencetown, and the Berwick & District Library, will again host the AVRL Seed Library. Last year there were 18 different types of seeds to choose from and they went quickly. Stop by and pick up free packets of seeds, complete…
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The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library

The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself and your student artists: David Fitch: We are a class of 22 grade 3 students, ages 8 and 9, at Glooscap Elementary School in Canning. The students and I look forward to drawing and art activities. Doretta Groenendyk is in to teach and work on art with the kids as well. WHAT: What are the artistic media used in the exhibition? How did you choose these styles? DF: We try to choose a variety of materials to…
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Tractors Needed!

The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is looking for owners of antique farm equipment who would like to place that equipment in the Grand Street Parade for FREE. This will be the longest parade in festival history, and its a wonderful opportunity to showcase our agricultural heritage. All participants are also invited to park their antique farm equipment at the KCA parking lot directly follow the parade for our first annual “Touch a Tractor” farm display event. or 902-678-8322

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work By Mike Butler Following the mind-blowing success of last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) is changing gears. This year, instead of a princess musical with singing dishes, they’ve chosen to stage the original writing of their own students in a play called Succession. The power of young minds and teenage hearts are what we are relying on to change the world these days, and I firmly believe that there’s nothing stronger than the written word, so I encourage you all to take in this special presentation of…
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Q&A with David Francey

Q&A with David Francey David Francey is a reknowned Canadian folk singer/songwriter whose lengthy music career has earned him numerous awards, including 3 Junos. In lieu of a concert tour for his brand new CD, The Broken Heart of Everything, he is taking his paintings on a cross-Canada trip. The first stops are right here in the Valley. The Grapevine (GV): You started a career in music in your forties — when did you start painting? Why did you start painting? David Francey (DF): I’ve been painting for close to 30 years. I married Beth Girdler, an exceptional watercolourist. She…
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A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery

A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Class is in session April 27 and 28. The lesson: Brewery 101. Eleven breweries spanning from Windsor to Yarmouth will be on tap at the event, showcasing what the Valley has to offer. Presented by Schoolhouse Brewery at their taproom in Windsor, the Highway 101 Tap Takeover is part of Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Week. The idea was hatched at a Nova Scotia Craft Brewers Association conference, where discussions about Craft Beer Week were occurring. Cam Hartley, owner of Schoolhouse Brewery, added up all the breweries and brewpubs…
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