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Burger Wars: That’s a Wrap!

Burger Wars: That’s a Wrap! By Laura Churchill Duke A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Burger Wars for Campaign for Kids: Episode III! Burger Wars keeps getting bigger and better, and this year is no different. This year, 44 restaurants from Digby to Windsor were involved, each donating $1 to Campaign for Kids for each specialty burger sold. The numbers are in, and this year, 12,330 burgers were sold in the Annapolis Valley! This is up from the 8800 from last year and 5500 in the first year. With the rounding of donations, doubling of others and…
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Apple Blossom Festival: The Lure & Lore

Apple Blossom Festival: The Lure & Lore By Genevieve Allen Hearn My mother was on the phone with my 35 year-old brother, who lives in Antigonish: “Will you be coming home for Mother’s Day?” she asks. “I think I’ll wait until Apple Blossom,” he answers. This conversation prompted me to ask: what is it about Apple Blossom that pulls people back to the Annapolis Valley? What is the secret to the festival’s lasting power, giving it the title of second-longest consecutive running festival in Canada? I looked first to the origins. The Apple Blossom Festival started as a celebration of…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Botanical Art

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Botanical Art By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist This season the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is celebrating the beauty of native plants as seen through the eyes of botanical artists. We have a variety of events taking place that bring together art and science in beautiful and unique ways. First off, we are hosting a regional art show featuring native Nova Scotia plants by members of the Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association. ‘Nova Scotia Native Flora in Art’ opens May 18 at 10:00am and runs until June 1 in the main lobby…
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Terry Drahos Exhibition Opens at Hardware Gallery in Kentville

Terry Drahos Exhibition Opens at Hardware Gallery in Kentville Hardware Gallery’s second exhibition this season, titled My North American Home, features the work of celebrated Wolfville artist and arts educator Terry Drahos. Running from April 27 to May 30, the show presents her body of work inspired by architecture. Terry uses bold colours and shapes reminiscent of both rural and urban constructions, rendered into abstraction. Drahos is passionately engaged with the practice of painting. Her use of colour is sophisticated: rich darks and somber, murky hues act as foils for bold primaries and other luminous colours. My North American Home…
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King County Honda is Driving Donations!

King County Honda is Driving Donations! To celebrate the twentieth year the Honda Civic is the best-selling car in Canada, Nick Balcom and Dwayne Anderson from Kings County Honda are giving back. Until June 8, they are donating $20 to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation for every test drive of the 2018 Civic in support of the Foundation’s spring campaign for infant radiant warmers. “We wanted to do something for the community,” says Nick. This is the first year they’ve done an initiative of this kind and they are already starting to see success. People have been test-driving, and the…
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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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Mike Uncorked: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Mike Uncorked: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia By Mike Butler The beautiful Wolfville Waterfront Park is beginning to blossom as the weather gets warmer and the tourists start arriving. When I was down there for a coffee the other day the picnic tables were full and the trail was alive with walkers and their dogs. It’s such a nice place to take a minute to unwind. The waterfront is going to get a lot brighter on May 16 at 6pm when the Town of Wolfville will raise the pride flag for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). This…
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Active and Healthy Living: Coffee and Music

Active and Healthy Living: Coffee and Music By Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca Saturday mornings in our house are coffee and music. During the week we listen to various playlists to either get pumped up and out the door, or calm the bustle of the week. On Saturday morning we slow down and indulge in a full album. This is where you can separate the good from the great. The greats make a full album that satisfies and entices you to linger on your couch with your coffee from beginning to end. One weekend we did…
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St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets Present Children of Eden

St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets Present Children of Eden Music and colour fill the air as the St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets present Children of Eden in Wolfville. The Stage Prophets’ sixteenth production brings this family-friendly storyline to life with universal themes and catchy music that has been performed by thousands of schools and theatre groups. Children of Eden is a touching musical about parents and children. The show focuses on the challenges of making choices, forgiveness, letting go, and the obvious good and evil that live within all of us. It’s an inspiring story told through music, costumes, acting, and magnificent…
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Merritt Gibson Library Annual Book, Plant, and Bake Sale

Merritt Gibson Library Annual Book, Plant, and Bake Sale By Emily Leeson Spring has sprung, and out Canning way the gardens are starting to pop up, the cottagers are arriving, and as they do every spring, the dedicated volunteers at the Merritt Gibson Memorial Library are gearing up for their annual Annual Book, Plant, and Bake Sale on May 19. Back in the early nineties, around this time of year, the residents of Canning were busy fundraising with a big plan in mind: A new, volunteer-run library. Richard Matheson, now of Country Real Estate, was at that time a new…
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