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A Community That Bakes Together

A Community That Bakes Together By Genevieve Allen Hearn Adam Barnett and Duncan Ebata share the same enthusiasm for building vibrant and resilient communities. This common interest, matched with their take-action approach to ideas, has resulted in a collaborative effort to build a community oven in Wolfville’s Robie Tufts Nature Park. Before we delve into this any further, it may be prudent to quell any presuppositions that the community oven will be built in or around the chimney that is home to the threatened chimney swifts. The accompanying image illustrates the proposed location of the oven. Fear not – those…
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Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration

Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration By Jaya Fahey and Sue Abbott, Bird Studies Canada While enjoying the Bay of Fundy coast, you’ve probably noticed thousands of sandpipers in late summer. Coastal beaches in the Minas Basin are vital places for semipalmated sandpipers and other shorebirds during their 4,000km migration to South America. Semipalmated sandpipers are in trouble – their population in the Bay of Fundy has declined by 50% since the 1970s, and they need our help. The Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy is a critical stopover site for hundreds of thousands of semipalmated sandpipers…
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Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville

Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville By Mike Butler For the past 10 years, the Artfestival has brought colour and culture to the Valley. To celebrate its eleven-year run, I had the privilege of chatting with founding member and past president Jean Leung about her role in this special festival. The Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative was registered in 2008. The cooperative seeks to educate artists and the public about art and its importance to culture and heritage. The principles that guide the cooperative include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education,…
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Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong

Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong Darren Carey and Susan Wong are the owners of Bear River Vineyards. Susan is currently taking wine making courses from the University of California at Davis and will be the driver of their wine style, while Darren is the farmer in the operation, which still makes him (and anyone else who knows him) chuckle. The Grapevine: Your vineyards and winery have a unique history. Can you tell us about it? Darren Carey and Susan Wong: History in our roots. It’s one of the foundations on which our business is built. It is said that…
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Pride Events 2018

Pride Events 2018 By Mike Butler July is Pride Month! Sounds funny for ME to say that because every day for me is PRIDE something or other. When you live it, it makes the month seem like an extension of your usual celebrating of the LGBTQ community. I’m very excited for the Pride events this year in the Valley as we have TWO weeks of special events to help celebrate! Let’s chat about Saturday July 14! Well, to kick off the two week Pride celebration, my partner Ian and I are getting married! This is coincidentally the same day that…
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The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus: Good Valley Family Fun

The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus: Good Valley Family Fun By Laura Churchill Duke “Mommy! I wish we could go on a double-decker bus!” This was a frequent request from my boys (at the time aged four and six). I’d looked into the bus rides around Halifax, but at over $50 for the family, I just couldn’t justify it. You could imagine my delight when I saw an advertisement for the Magic Winery Bus: a double-decker bus in Wolfville! As the operator of the family website Valley Family Fun (valleyfamilyfun.ca), I had had several followers email me to ask me if…
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St. John’s Anglican Church Celebrate 200 Years: Special Events Slated For Historic Church Milestone

St. John’s Anglican Church Celebrate 200 Years: Special Events Slated For Historic Church Milestone By Mike Butler While the town of Wolfville celebrates its 125th year, another historic Wolfville establishment is commemorating its anniversary, and its longevity is worth noting. St. John’s Anglican Church is celebrating its 200th year with some special events. With such a tremendously interesting history behind it, the church has become a landmark in our town and whether this is your congregation of choice or not, the stability and beauty of this church and its members is worth celebrating. On June 17, 2018, the 200th anniversary…
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The Place to be this Summer: Your Local Library!

The Place to be this Summer: Your Local Library! By Angela Reynolds The Valley will be bustling with activity this summer and as usual, Valley libraries will be bustling too. The Annapolis Valley Regional Library once again will be featuring a performer tour. We will be hosting Mi’kmaw dancer Trevor Gould, and Rhys Bevan-John will bring us his one-man theatre show using mime, puppets, masks, and “good ole tom-foolery.” Symphony Nova Scotia will offer a family version of their Munchkins program, featuring two musicians. Well-known storyteller Shauntay Grant will be sharing stories for the whole family, and author- illustrator Emma…
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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events The Senior, Junior, and Beginner orchestras, fiddle group, and string instrument clinics for beginner players of the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO) are accepting online registration through the new ARYO website for the 2018/2019 season. The registration fee is $100 for the year (fiddle group: $25) and a selection of rental instruments is available for an additional $100 a year. Registration in person will also be possible on Sept.11 from 3:30-5:30pm at Festival Theatre. To register, go to acadiaregionalyouthorchestra.ca. Email any questions or comments to aryostrings@gmail.com There’s a new coffeehouse coming to Canning…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: The Firefly Eco Cabin Project Website: kickstarter.com/projects/1236776413/the-firefly-eco-cabin-project-0?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=firefly%20eco%20cabin Description: The idea behind The Firefly Eco Cabin Project is to create an eco-friendly living space for people of all ages to experience and learn about sustainable construction. The Firefly Eco Cabin will be built at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. It will function as an exhibit for visitors to interact with and explore, including information about how the building works. The Eco Cabin will also be a space to accommodate visitors, such as professional art instructors…
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