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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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Q & A with Ken Schwartz of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre

Q & A with Ken Schwartz of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre For our Performing Arts issue, The Grapevine asked Ken Schwartz, artistic director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, about the ambitious productions in the works for this season The Grapevine (GV): You and Allen Cole have put together Animal Farm by Fire this year — how long have you been at work on that project and how did the idea for that show come about? Ken Schwartz (KS): Animal Farm has been a project I have been thinking about for many years. In some ways, it’s…
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Who’s Who: Jane Mangle is No Plain Jane

Who’s Who: Jane Mangle is No Plain Jane By Mike Butler Jane Mangle is a very familiar face in Wolfville and the surrounding area. Jane is a supporter of so many things in her community and, with her husband David, never wavers from being a kind and compassionate citizen, neighbour, and friend. After much hesitation, she agreed to be featured here and I believe it’s long overdue. This is no plain Jane. A proud Cape Bretoner happily living in Wolfville since 1982, Jane is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s dental hygiene program. She says, “We came because my husband David…
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The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks

The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks For a special Art Spot this issue, we caught up with our cover artist Brittany Brooks. The cover image is actually the art from the poster for the Full Circle Festival happening in Newport on June 22-24. We loved it so much that we knew it would make for a great Festival Guide cover — and we wanted to know more about Brittany. WHO: I’m an illustrator and musician based in Toronto, ON. My work is influenced by folk art, mid-century illustration, classic country music, and cowboys. WHAT: For visual arts, my go-to medium is…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beech Weevils

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beech Weevils By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist If you’ve noticed tiny pin sized holes in your American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees this spring you are not alone. Later in the summer you may see brown leaves and defoliation as well. Last year at the Botanical Gardens we noticed both of these symptoms. The beech leaf-mining weevil (Orchestes fagi) is to blame. It’s an invasive species that has recently become established in Nova Scotia and causes damage by feeding on and laying eggs in developing leaves. Acadia graduate student Joel Goodwin is researching…
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Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau

Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau By Mike Butler Are you a gardener? Have a green thumb? Well, I have to say that gardening has never been one of my strong suits. Plants, bugs, mulch, and seeds never found their way onto my hobbies list. However, I do envy those with the patience, the savvy, and the energy to study plants, create a garden, and maintain it. I am fortunate to live close to the Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University, and recently I got to meet the new curator (I can’t grow a geranium but I can…
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Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy

Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy By Mike Butler I’ve been writing the Who’s Who column for The Grapevine for nine years and it still amazes me when I come across a person so familiar to the Valley area (and beyond) but I don’t really know them. Kathleen Purdy is one of those people. Having this opportunity now to share her story is a real honour. Kathleen and her family are Valley treasures. Kathleen was born and raised in Nova Scotia but several years “away” studying, choreographing, and performing modern dance, mostly in Toronto. For some of those years, she was part…
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