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Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo By Mike Butler What an exciting Who’s Who! I rarely get to write about duos, but this one is so special that I couldn’t resist. Ian Gilmore and Amy Reitsma are coming to Wolfville this month to perform in Valley Summer Theatre’s ninth season opener I Do! I Do! and I want to tell you all about them and this fantastic show. Let’s start with Amy! Amy Reitsma is originally from Seabright. She attended Queen’s University for music (singing), and after graduating she worked in theatre and…
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The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less!

The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less! By Emily Leeson The 2017 outdoor summer season Two Planks and a Passion Theatre production at Ross Creek features a world premiere of Nothing Less!, cowritten by novelist Ami McKay and Artistic Director Ken Schwartz as the Theatre Off The Grid MainStage production. *Nothing Less!* follows Canadian women during the Great War as they knit their bit, bought Victory bonds, and kept the home fires burning. Yet they still didn’t have the vote. Set during the spring of 1918, the show is a moving tale of an intrepid…
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Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters

Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters By Mike Butler   What a true honour it is to share this ‘Who’s Who’ profile with you! This fascinating man came my way via recommendation (which sometimes produces the most interesting ‘Who’s Who’ articles), and I am so thankful my email was working that day! It has been a superb experience getting to know Chief Sidney Peters through our interview and I’m delighted to share his story with you. Chief Sidney Peters is the 13th of 14 children to the past Chief Joseph Peters and Doris Peters. He was born and raised in Middleton,…
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Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes

Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes By Mike Butler This ‘Who’s Who’ is about a real prince of a fella everyone! I’ve known Jeremy Lutes, and his wonderful parents, for many years, but it wasn’t until recently when I interviewed Jeremy on my half-hour discussion show on Eastlink TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, that we really got to know each other well. Jeremy is an intelligent, positive, talented, and genuinely nice person, and I’m very excited to feature him here. Jeremy Germain Lutes was the last baby (or so he was told) born in the Wolfville hospital and, believe it or not…
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Who’s Who: Diana Shelley

Who’s Who: Diana Shelley By Mike Butler Have you ever had that moment where you’ve seen a face for years, interacted with that face, and felt like you knew that person, but actually could not make the connection when that person and you shared a half a dozen emails because you never knew their name? It wasn’t until Diana Shelley sent me her photo for this profile that the light bulb in my little brain came on and EUREKA, I made the connection of DIANA being the lady I’ve served coffee too (small coffee in the square bottom cup) for…
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Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm: Support for Mental Health

Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm: Support for Mental Health By Angela McMullen From a young age, Charlotte Paul of Mount Denson knew that she wanted to help others. Initially, she believed this could be achieved through nursing. Although a nursing career would enable her do this, she wanted to help people who faced specific challenges and barriers, especially persons living with mental illness. Time and circumstance provided her with the opportunity to succeed in doing just that. Charlotte is a recent graduate of the Social Services program at NSCC Kingstec. As a student, she decided that she wanted to “make an…
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Who’s Who: Justin Brown, Music Man!

Who’s Who: Justin Brown, Music Man! By Mike Butler Greetings Grapevine readers! I got a pretty special gent to tell you about in this issue’s Who’s Who. This is a really neat story of someone who was involved with theatre years ago, who came to my attention through their day job, and then out of nowhere burst back into the musical theatre scene in the Valley. He is really embracing his love and passion for entertaining audiences, and I am so excited to tell you about Justin Brown and the upcoming production he’s in – The Music Man! This handsome,…
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Grapevine on Government: King-Hants Counts – A New Political Advocacy Group in Our Community

Grapevine on Government: King-Hants Counts – A New Political Advocacy Group in Our Community By Emily Kathan A group of citizens in the Valley have recently come together to advocate for electoral reform. You may have heard something before about proposed changes to our current “first-past-the-post” system, including multiple parties promising electoral reform in the last federal election. What would electoral reform mean? According to King’s-Hants Counts members, Carolyn Campbell, S.J. Hauer, and Bill Zimmerman, electoral reform would create a voting system “that would make Parliament more consensual, resulting in better decision making, and encouraging all citizens to become more…
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The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby

The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby in Wolfville have weathered quite the spring, but they are back in action!  After two devastating floods in March, they reopened in April, only to have yet another flood close their stores again. “We had a very successful grand reopening on Saturday, April 15, only to have a third flood from another apartment’s hot water tank the next evening. So, three floods in six weeks, two new floors, and one very disappointed Eddie, our dog, who wasn’t able to come to the store for quite a…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla By Susan Wedlock Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self-produced album, “HUMAN”.  Alysha Brilla will have a show at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville on May 26. Visit evergreentheatre.ca for ticket info. Susan Wedlock (SW): Can you list five words that describe you? Alysha Brilla (AB): Colourful, Dreamer, Soul Seeker, Idealist, Curious SW: “Best Dressed Brilla” – I believe this term was used at the Juno Awards in 2015. What was that about? AB: My friend and designer…
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