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Valley Yurt Builders go to Kyrgyzstan

It has been a long time dream for us (Selene, Alex and Yara Cole of Little Foot Yurts) to travel to Kyrgyzstan to study with traditional yurt and felt masters. After months of planning and with the help of the Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association, we ventured to Kyrgyzstan this past June. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country, rich in mountains, high altitude pastures and alpine lakes. Kyrgyz culture is most concentrated in rural areas and has a semi-nomadic way of life with seasonal traditions. The rugged countryside’s historic architecture is not buildings but self-contained communities with movable homes called yurts…
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Biography of Silas Tertius Rand

Shirley Soleil has written a biography of Silas Tertius Rand, a man who contributed to the rich history of Canada and, more specifically, the Maritime Provinces. Rand was born on May 17th or 18th, 1810 and spent his early years in Cornwallis Township, now part of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. He became well known throughout the Maritime provinces for his dedication to the First Nations people, the Mi’kmaq. Originally Rand set out to evangelize the First Nations people. As his relationships with them developed he became a friend who advocated on their behalf in the social, educational, religious…
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War Child Benefit Concert

Imagine……. Thom Swift, The Hupman Brothers Band, The Dungaree Brothers, Ken Shorely, Tracey Clements, Harry Roberts, some surprise guests, and……..a World without War. Harry Roberts, with the help of Linda Wheeldon, brings this lineup to a 4th Annual War Child Canada fundraising concert at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on Saturday December 11 at 8pm. Tickets are just $15 and available at Just Us Coffee, Wolfville, as of November 14th. On a quest to denounce war and create awareness about the causes and perpetrators of war while at the same time supporting this truly honourable charity, propelled by the…
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Deep-Seated

Album Review of Loveseat Volume 1 by The Hupman Brothers Band The Hupman Brothers wear a lot of musical hats: energetic late-night blues band, acoustic folk duet, soulful balladeers. In their new album, set to be released at a big concert this Saturday, they have their electric dynamo chapeaus firmly in place, tearing through a wide range of genres and styles with tracks that would make the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, and Herbie Hancock all proud. There are songs to dance to, songs to make love to, and songs to gun it down to Memphis to. As their…
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Cuddle up to an exhibition of hooked rugs

Margaret Forsey’s art has been described as fun, colouful, folky, cheerful, feminist, cozy and fuzzy. Her work as an artist has led her from studies at NASCAD, to artist in residence at the Craft Council of Newfoundland Clay Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland, then at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon, and back East to work, live, and teach art in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The first pieces in her current series, which have been inspired by the folk art traditions in Newfoundland and by her work as a doula and caregiver to children, will be…
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Heather Pineo Regan: The Ivory Tickler

This will be a Who’s Who first: Heather Pineo Regan is the first interviewee I have never met! It’s amazing what technology can do when you need to interview someone thanks email! I am so thankful Heather was recommended to me for a Who’s Who profile –I hope this article gives Heather some exposure. Heather was born and raised in Nova Scotia and began her formal musical training in Halifax at the age of nine. It was while studying piano at the Maritime Conservatory of Music that she first appeared as a soloist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Heather received…
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The Nutcracker Ballet

Cadance Academy under the direction of Gaea Jess is proud to bring to life the beloved children’s classic, “The Nutcracker”. The Nutcracker is a one and a half hour kaleidoscope of sights and sounds sure to enthrall the young and old alike. This will be the 5th year Cadance Academy performs their rendition of The Nutcracker at Festival Theatre in Wolfville on Sat. Dec. 4th at 2 & 7pm and Sunday the 5th at 1:00pm. The Nutcracker Ballet includes a diverse array of dancing styles from Ballroom, Russian, Spanish, Arabian, Chinese and of course Ballet. Director Gaea Jess says this…
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Fezziwig’s new incarnation

The 16th annual production of Wolfville’s Fezziwig Society will present a hilarious Britishstyle pantomine for family audiences from Nov. 18-20. Halifax actor and producer Jeremy Webb was commissioned to craft a brand new take on the familiar fairy tale story and producer Pat Salmon says he has delivered a very entertaining script. Well-known local performers Ray Baltzer and Sherry Bishop have taken on the roles of Cinderella’s father and the delightful fairy godmother. Both will be familiar to Fezziwig audiences. David Simpson plays Prince Charming, while Acadia University theatre graduate Alan Slipp acts as his sidekick. Over 25 children and…
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Swingology channels Django

On May 15, 1953, in the tiny French village of Samois sur Seine, legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 43. He left behind an incredible body of recorded music and original compositions, which was nearly forgotten after his death by all but a few aficionados. Fortunately, the gypsies kept his legacy alive, and today, fuelled by the Internet, thousands of musicians all over the world are rediscovering Django and his music. One such group of musicians is Swingology, a quartet based in and around Windsor, Nova Scotia, who are becoming widely…
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Lives Shattered, Lives Rejuvenated

The circumstances of life are not always kind. A pair of one-act plays exploring this theme are being presented at Studio-Z, upstairs at the Al Whittle Theatre November 4th and 5th. “Compassion,” is an awardwinning play about lives shattered and lives rejuvenated. A jilted young man and an embittered older woman are challenged by a stranger to confront their demons and thereby embrace the fullness of life. In “Forgiveness,” a young woman, devastated by her husband’s infidelity, must reexamine her feelings when a long-held family secret is revealed. Actors in these plays are Jamie Loughead, Doug MacInnis, Emily Levy-Purdy, Karen…
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