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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events Emily Leeson   The Grand Opening of the new L’Arche Homefires building at 341 Main Street, Wolfville  took place on September 15. Over 500 visited the building for the drop-in event and tours of the new space. “We were very happy to welcome so many old friends and new friends. It was great to see people who had mobility challenges easily access the space. It was also wonderful to hear members of the Anglican community reminisce about the space  as where they taught Sunday School or where their families enjoyed community suppers” says…
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Valley Family Fun: Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids

Valley Family Fun: Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids By Laura Churchill Duke As the author Beverly Cleary says “children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something teachers make us do at school”. In the valley we are blessed with so many great local authors writing books specifically for kids. The best places to find these books are by asking a librarian at your local library (valleylibrary.ca), or by stopping by one of our book stores. Box of Delights in Wolfville and Chisholm’s in Kentville always carry a great selection of local reads. Here are some of…
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Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You!

Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You! By Mike Butler At the age of 38 I am proud to say I’ve only had four jobs in my life. I’ve been very fortunate to remain at my jobs for long periods of time before needing to make the change to something else. I started working when I was 16 years old in the retail field and haven’t looked back; it’s definitely the area I fit into best. While I’ve had only four jobs, by this age, some people have had over a dozen with a mixture of full- and…
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Acadia Lifelong Learning: ALL for one and one for ALL!

Acadia Lifelong Learning: ALL for one and one for ALL! By Mike Butler I haven’t been an official Acadia student for many years but I’ve made a pact with myself to always continue learning, each and every day. This world is filled with so many wonderful things to discover that you can be a student all your life. Learning does not stop when you graduate from high school or walk across the stage to collect your university degree. I’ve heard of the Acadia Lifelong Learning (ALL) program before but was re-introduced to the concept recently through a great friend and…
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Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year!

Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year! By Mike Butler I will never forget it. I was in high school and I’d heard about this wonderful new establishment in Wolfville called the Atlantic Festival Theatre, a unique and elaborate stage modeled after the thrust stage of the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was a breathtaking adventure for a sixteen year old to see that kind of stage and the professional theatre that was performed on it. I was chosen in its first year to be an usher and one of the workers in the gift…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Working outside in nature most everyday gives me a wonderful opportunity to really see and feel the changing seasons. It has made me less reliant on internet and radio weather forecasts, and taught me to observe and interpret the signs around me. Prior to the onset of technology, this type of observation of the natural world was common practice. With changing times, more of us are losing track of what’s happening outdoors and some simply don’t seem to care. Each year I note the first…
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The Glass Menagerie Comes to Wolfville

The Glass Menagerie Comes to Wolfville By Mike Butler The Wolfville Theatre Collective, the local community theatre group that brought you Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, and Tuesdays with Morrie, returns this September with another classic drama for the valley to embrace: Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The Glass Menagerie is the play closest to the early life of Tennessee Williams, and the work that made him famous in the theatre world. Williams’ real first name is Thomas, and Tom, a would-be writer, is the narrator we meet as the drama begins. Tom takes us back…
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The Kitchen Party Cookbook!

The Kitchen Party Cookbook! The Grapevine Chats with Jenny Osburn Following the success of The Union Street Café Cookbook in 2015, Jenny Osburn is back with another volume of delectable dishes called The Kitchen Party Cookbook: Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs, and Good Times in the Maritimes. Designed by award-winning letterpress artist Laura MacDonald (Deep Hollow Print) and featuring a Nova Scotia food map by Monica Beaton, The Kitchen Party Cookbook keeps the good times rolling with more than sixty fresh and fun new recipes. Joel Plaskett declares that The Kitchen Party Cookbook is “the proof in the pudding” that Nova…
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The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant

The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant By Genevieve Allen Hearn ’Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant’ stars Lennie Gallant with an amazing supporting band comprised of Sean Kemp (violin), Jeremy Gallant (keyboard and percussion), Jonathan Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau. This critically acclaimed production stars Gallant himself presenting his folk-rock/roots music, along with captivating tales in a multimedia format that utilizes stunning visual works from celebrated Prince Edward Island artist and sibling Karen Gallant. As well as the paintings,…
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Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition

Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition By Genevieve Allen Hearn Hillary Webb has been working tirelessly to get ready for the grand opening of her new restaurant. On September 20th you’ll be able to find Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House on the corner of Cornwallis and Webster in Kentville (where the Central Café used to be located). Formerly working in the sciences, Hillary chatted with The Grapevine about her foray into the world of sandwiches, baked goods, and tea. And if her food tastes as good as it looks on the Hill’s Grills Instagram feed, the valley is in…
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