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Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”!

Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”! By Mike Butler I have a bit of a confession to make. Most of you know that I love to dance and sing and perform, and it’s true I am not a great singer or a skilled dancer or a trained performer, but I am not shy in front of a crowd and I always give 110% when I perform (either at work or on stage)! When I was in high school there wasn’t a big following with Cheerleading or a Cheer Squad for sporting events. Everyone…
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Featurepreneur: The Business of Being an Artist in the Valley

Featurepreneur: The Business of Being an Artist in the Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn Bob Hainstock became a creative entrepreneur later in life, after 26 years of working as an author and journalist. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1996 with majors in printmaking and painting and began to slowly build his reputation and style in his home studio on the edge of the North Mountain, overlooking the Annapolis Valley’s patchwork landscape. Bob has earned creative awards from the Canada Council and Arts Nova Scotia, had his work selected for many private and public…
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The Art Spot: Marla Benton

The Art Spot: Marla Benton Marla Benton is a clay artist. Her work is currently on display in the Annapolis Valley as Uncommon Common Art Stop #19, located along the Berwick Rail/Trail head, in front of the Berwick Fruit Building, directly across from the garden bed. The installation piece is called “Text Me” and it is sponsored by The Grapevine. As an alternative to a cellphone text message, this piece beckons you to stop, touch, turn, and create a poetic message. The words allow you to reflect on your thoughts and take in your surroundings as you continue on your…
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Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery

Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jocelyn and Michael Lightfoot have travelled internationally to research best practices in the wine tourism industry and they are bringing their bold ideas back to the Valley. Coming from a long line of farmers (eight generations to be exact), the Lightfoots have created a winery built to impress! Thinking big hasn’t kept the Lightfoots from putting love into every small detail, however. They have considered the minutia from hand-harvesting their grapes and using traditional basket press production, down to the beautifully storied labels on their wine bottles. The Grapevine…
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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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