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Featurepreneur: Getting Graphic with Conundrum Press

Featurepreneur: Getting Graphic with Conundrum Press By Genevieve Allen Hearn Need a break from traditional summer novels? Andy Brown from Conundrum Press specializes in the graphic novel genre, and is renowned in Canada as an industry leader. Brown has run his publishing company for over 20 years, and people are often shocked to hear that his business is located in rural Nova Scotia. Conundrum Press is opening a new office space in Wolfville, so we felt it was an auspicious time to catch up. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a bit about the landscape of Graphic Novels. Andy Brown (AB):…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal!

Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal! By Mike Butler Acadia University, Wolfville’s biggest employer, is known worldwide as a leader in education and it is a beautiful, essential piece to Wolfville’s notoriety. From Acadia, there have been many extraordinary people who’ve been a part of the Grapevine Who’s Who column. They’ve been leaders in their field and great contributors to the campus life and the future of its students. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to write about someone I’ve never met and know very little about what they study. So, Dr. Allison Walker was a…
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Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local!

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local! By Mike Butler If the name Jim Murphy doesn’t bring music to your ears right now, come September it sure will! Jim is part of the very busy board handling the organization and marketing for the 15th Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for Jim and his team but he was willing to lend me some time for this profile. Hear is a sweet little blurb about Jim Murphy! Jim was born and raised in Wolfville, went to Wolfville School, Horton High School, and then…
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Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots

Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Annapolis Valley benefits from multi-generational farming families who are rooted to this land in history, in family traditions, and in the crops they grow. But there is also a group of first generation farmers who have uprooted their lives from out-of-province, and sown new seeds in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine spoke to two farming couples who have recently moved to the breadbasket of Nova Scotia. Sarah and Kenny Macalpine – Two Birds One Stone The Grapevine (GV): What attracted you to farming? Sarah and Kenny (S&K): We are passionate…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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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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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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Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville

Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville By Mike Butler For the past 10 years, the Artfestival has brought colour and culture to the Valley. To celebrate its eleven-year run, I had the privilege of chatting with founding member and past president Jean Leung about her role in this special festival. The Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative was registered in 2008. The cooperative seeks to educate artists and the public about art and its importance to culture and heritage. The principles that guide the cooperative include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education,…
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Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong

Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong Darren Carey and Susan Wong are the owners of Bear River Vineyards. Susan is currently taking wine making courses from the University of California at Davis and will be the driver of their wine style, while Darren is the farmer in the operation, which still makes him (and anyone else who knows him) chuckle. The Grapevine: Your vineyards and winery have a unique history. Can you tell us about it? Darren Carey and Susan Wong: History in our roots. It’s one of the foundations on which our business is built. It is said that…
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Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton

Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton By Mike Butler “Happiness is knowing there is bread in the oven!” Elizabeth Charlton, of Slow Dough fame, is a well-known Valley-based baker and cooking genius. Have you ever had her carrot cake? Honestly folks, I pride myself on having carrot cake from corner to corner of the Maritimes and Elizabeth’s is my favourite! The bread, the lemon cake, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, chocolate-covered, whole grain: the list of her delectable treats is limitless. This wonderful Wolfville kitchen guru is the reason a lot of us give in to our sweet tooth temptations every Saturday at the…
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