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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits By Melanie Priesnitz Do you remember when you were young and ran wild in the ravine behind your house, splashed in puddles in the garden, and climbed trees? I hope so because it probably means that you are now a confident person with a healthy understanding of risk management, strong creative thinking, and problem solving skills, along with an inherent respect for the environment and how you fit into it. You likely weren’t aware that you were honing these skills as you played freely in wild spaces as a child,…
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Annapolis Hop Field Ale

Annapolis Hop Field Ale In early December, the Wolfville Farmers Market was transformed into the ‘Annapolis Winter Night Market’, a launch for Alexander Keith’s new Annapolis Hop Field Ale. Keith’s has teamed up with local farmers and artisans to launch the newest small-batch brew. The Grapevine caught up with Alexander Keith’s Brewmaster Stefan Gagliardi to talk about the local connections of their new ale. The Grapevine (GV): The new Alexander Keith’s Annapolis Hop Field Ale is designed to showcase the flavours of the Annapolis Valley – where are the hops currently being grown? Stefan Gagliardi (SG): We worked with three…
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The Metropolitan Opera at the Cineplex

The Metropolitan Opera at the Cineplex By Margot Bishop There are just 4 more HD performances from the Met in New York screening at Cineplex in New Minas this season. HD productions give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on when the curtain comes down at the opera house. At La Bohème, the house used its three trailers to move set pieces on and off stage. The Met has the capacity to move 50 tonnes on their trailers. To watch these giant movers handle the big pieces of set is quite an experience. The trailer for the street scene…
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Valley Family Fun: Fun Mocktails for Kids

Valley Family Fun: Fun Mocktails for Kids By Laura Churchill Duke When my cousins were little, their mom would buy them sparkling juice, pour it into a wine glass, and they would call it Kid Wine! They felt really grown up. With that in mind, for special occasions, we like to make some fun mocktails for the kids. Here are some of our favourites: Shirley Temple Don’t forget this classic drink! Combine a few drops of grenadine with 7-Up! Make sure you add a cherry and umbrella to the top! Sprinkled Milk Coat the rim of a glass with frosting….
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Uncorked: Neil Simons’ Rumors Hits The Valley!

Uncorked: Neil Simons’ Rumors Hits The Valley! By Mike Butler I was walking down the street the other day and I noticed that no one was smiling. No one was smirking, grinning, or even wincing…nothing! I think everyone needs a good laugh in their life. I guarantee a way to scrape away the winter blues is to come to CentreStage and see their latest production: Neil Simon’s Rumors! Written by Neil Simon, famous for brilliant comedies like The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, Lost in Yonkers, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Rumors was first performed on Broadway in…
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Matt the Music Man

Matt the Music Man By Mike Butler A few months ago I hosted the Night Kitchen event and Matt The Music Man was performing. He was a complete delight to watch and listen to. Matt was kind enough to give me a copy of his new album “Everyday Superheroes,” a wonderful collection of quirky, delightful songs aimed at younger listeners. I encourage any of you with young kids to run out and pick up a copy. Very reminiscent of the Fred Penner, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Raffi era I grew up in, Matt has taken all the musical styles…
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Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs!

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs! By Mike Butler Whether reading or watching a mystery, you just never know who is behind the crime until it’s all said and done. Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries and it wasn’t until the final pages of her acclaimed novels that the reader finally got the answers they were looking for. Some of Dame Agatha’s works were turned into stage plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running show in theatre history, and behind its latest production are two genius directors putting their own spin on this classic Christie whodunit! Who’s…
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Mousetrap Mania: Quick As A Wink Stages Christie Classic!

Mousetrap Mania: Quick As A Wink Stages Christie Classic! By Mike Butler Just off the heels of their hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone, Quick As A Wink Theatre Society, Windsor’s local theatre company, brings their production of the world’s longest running play to the stage. Quick As A Wink Theatre Society proudly presents Dame Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, The Mousetrap, a thriller which includes dark humour, a twisting and turning plot, and an ending which has been heralded as the “biggest secret in theatre.” Picture it: England, 1952. At their country guest house, Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Giles Ralston (Ryan…
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Qigong, Meditation and Healing

Qigong, Meditation and Healing By Jack Risk The first thing I realized about qigong was that it a made me feel better. Mild depressions were lifted, moods were smoothed out, stress and fatigue seemed to drop away easily and my body was refreshed. As time went on and I began doing more qigong I came to understand that this was only the beginning. On a regular basis qigong makes me feel calmer, more cheerful, more energetic, and better able to concentrate. Emotions don’t slow me down the way they once did. However, watching what it’s done for others with more…
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March Break @ your library!

March Break @ your library! Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator When you make plans for March Break, why not include the library? We have so many FREE events happening it will make your head spin. Our plans include escape rooms, playing with mud and slime, art classes, yoga, music, Lego, and games. We will be launching our new Be Fit Kits in Berwick and Middleton. Visit the library website at valleylibrary.ca to find out all the details and to register for the ones you want to attend.