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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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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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Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs

Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs By Mike Butler After 25 years of working on the seas of the world, Andy Sherman has come ashore and made a life-changing shift by starting his own woodworking business. Taking into account that he lives here in Nova Scotia, with an abundance of natural resources, and a community of talent that is unique, supportive, and accepting, Hilltop Designs fell into place with as much ease as one could wish. “As much as I enjoy the creative, hands-on side,” Andy told me, “I have found that the marketing and promotion really gratifying, but…
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Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show

Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show By Mike Butler Musically and otherwise, I have been a big fan of Devon Barclay for many years. Back in the day, and yes, I can say that at my age, Devon and I would share wonderful conversations over coffee and cinnamon buns at the Coffee Merchant, and it was there I first heard Devon tickle the ivories. If memory serves me, it was “Bennie and the Jets” that he played, and it was amazing! Devon is returning to the Valley to entertain the masses at a concert celebrating his first…
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Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management

Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to be working at Valley Waste-Resource Management? Andrew Garrett (AG): Twenty years ago, after graduating from Acadia University, I got a job in Halifax providing education to residents about the new green cart program to collect compostable organics. A year later I came to Valley Waste to help out with their new green cart program… and I never left. I’ve been with Valley Waste for 19 years, working with staff to educate residents and businesses…
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