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Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master

Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master By Mike Butler I grew up in a world where Mr. Dressup, Romper Room, Sesame Street, and The Big Friendly Giant were my entertainment. The wholesome beautiful world of puppets, magic, stories, and adventure entered my life every day and it was a glorious way to be brought up. We are so fortunate to live in a valley where community theater is ablaze with productions of all forms including musicals, dramas, one-act plays, concerts, and puppetry. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a recent addition to this vibrant community: the new…
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Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic

Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic By Mike Butler   Some of my favourite articles that I write are about people, places, and businesses that I didn’t know about prior to writing about them. These articles put me in touch with the most interesting people — just like Amanda Dainow!   Amanda is a clinical herbalist and founded Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic in Kings County in 2011. She is a co-founder and the president of North Mountain Animal Sanctuary and has facilitated the Wolfville Plant Walks as a fundraiser for North Mountain Animal Sanctuary for five years. Amanda…
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The Art Spot: Tacha Reed

The Art Spot: Tacha Reed   Tacha Reed’s current exhibit “What We Leave Behind…”  is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours   WHO: Originally born in Middleton, I was raised and educated in Halifax and moved to Ellershouse in 2009. Life in the country meant a whole new career path for me; I became heavily involved with the local arts council, which inadvertently led to me taking on the position of manager of the Avon River Heritage Museum in Avondale (one of Hants County’s truly hidden gems).   WHAT:…
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Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON

Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON By Mike Butler   Well, here we are. Another year of Who’s Who to look forward to. I love writing and sharing these profiles with the community. Happy New Year and enjoy all these fine folks!   I’m starting the year off with a pretty cool guy whom I’ve known for a few years now. He’s friendly, knowledgeable, environmentally-conscious, and a coffee drinker, to name just a few good points. He’s very well-known in the Valley but has never had the Who’s Who treatment, until now. Here is a businessman and all-around great gent Kyle Thompson….
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Featurepreneur: Petit Patrie Fine Chocolate

Featurepreneur: Petit Patrie Fine Chocolate By Genevieve Allen Hearn   Gabrielle Breault has a fascinating story – one of overcoming obstacles and finding her passion. In 2017, she became the only person making bean-to-bar chocolate east of Quebec. Made in Medford, her chocolate bars offer a very different experience than eating mass produced candy bars. Much like drinking a fine wine, it requires mindfulness in order to appreciate the nuance and complexity. It took me to a whole new level of chocolate indulging!   The Grapevine (GV): What compelled you to start a chocolate making company? Gabrielle Breault (GB): I…
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WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day!

WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day! By Mike Butler   Happy Holidays Everyone!   December is upon us and with it comes the feeling of Christmas and the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and trying to keep up with the concerts, theatre productions, holiday gatherings, and the occasional glass of eggnog and kiss under the mistletoe! Do remember to breathe and enjoy this wonderful time of year, it goes so fast! And also remember that sometimes you are the best gift to give someone; your time and company are priceless!   I have many favourite…
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Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup!

Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup! Genevieve Allen Hearn   Rescue Coffee Co. is a business built around a cause.  Roasted in Lakeville, and owned and operated by Wolfville native Claire Vaughan, the organic fair trade coffee company donates 10% of profits to partnering animal rescue organizations. Claire now lives in Moncton (with her pup, of course!) where she runs the business out of her home office. After just two short years on the market, Rescue Coffee can be found in retail stores across five provinces. The Grapevine caught up with Claire to find out what it takes to…
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Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince

Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince By Mike Butler   Growing up was very fun for me. I have a wonderful, supportive family and I can’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t play a huge part in our lives. With the age ranges of my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, and grandparents, I was influenced by just about every genre of music. My sisters bombarded me with the 80’s, and aunts and uncles kicked it up a notch with 70’s rock and disco, but it was my parents and my grandparents that introduced me to…
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Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!

Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company! By Mike Butler   Driving along the highway, everyone knows and loves the view! Coming over the mountain to see Blomidon, heading into Halifax and seeing the smoke from the Sackville Lumber Mill, and all of the greenery and the waterways of Windsor, make the drive so much more enjoyable. Over the last year, there’s been a new piece of the landscape added and it’s a wonderful addition between exits 9 and 10: The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!   Alan Stewart, the sixth generation farmer from…
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The Art Spot: Makenzie Welton

Makenzie Welton’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours WHO: I’m just an average teenage girl with an above average interest in art. I recently graduated from high school, so I’ve had a lot more time to focus on my paintings and honing my style. When I’m not working on something, I can generally be found drinking tea, listening to music, or playing outside with my animals. Nothing too abnormal, really. WHAT: Although I enjoy trying out any medium that comes my way, I’ve come to love painting…
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