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Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner

Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner By Mike Butler Well, despite a bucket load of press recently regarding her amazing achievements, Birgit Elssner has never been a Who’s Who feature and I am proud to tell you all about her. I meet some very fascinating people through this column, most of whom are born and raised here in the valley, but Birgit falls into the unique category of coming from afar – moving to our beautiful Valley and making a home and establishing herself here. And what a story I have to share.    Birgit Elssner was born and raised in East…
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Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls

Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls By Mike Butler It’s a very exciting time for live theatre in the Valley, as two unique productions get ready to take the stage. I want to tell you about them so you can mark your calendars and treat yourselves to these theatrical presentations.    First up, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, is presenting Calendar Girls, written by Tim Firth, and based on the worldwide smash hit film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee…
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Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections

Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections By Genevieve Allen Hearn Let’s talk about youth engagement in municipal politics. Voter rates among young demographics are appallingly low (in Kentville’s last election, for example, only 11.2% of people in their 20s voted, compared to 54.8% of people in their 70s), and it is uncommon to see anyone under the age of forty on Council or Advisory Committees. The common narrative that exists is that youth are apathetic. However, when you start to unpack this issue, it is clear that there is more to it than meets the eye. The Bad: The…
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Uncommon Common Art Tour 2016

Uncommon Common Art Tour 2016 By Debbie Gudgeon Harris I have become a big fan of public art. I’ve had the privilege of visiting a few galleries over the years and that is always a wonderful experience. But there is something about finding art where you least expect it, or, like the Uncommon Common Art (UCA) project, searching for a specific installation in and around your own community that I really love. The annual UCA project not only gives you opportunities to experience new art every summer, but it also encourages you to get out and explore the area in…
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ElderDogs Find Good Homes

ElderDogs Find Good Homes By Heather Davidson, Hants Border “Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, life without one is a life diminished.” -Dean Kootz Immediately after my dog died, I contacted ElderDog Canada, a national non-profit organization founded by Nova Scotian, Ardra Cole. It is dedicated to aging people, aging dogs, and the important connection they enjoy. They also provide homes for dogs with younger people who prefer an older dog to a pup or young dog. When (my future) dogs were left without a caregiver, ElderDog provided care and companionship in an approved foster home. Volunteers took the surrendered dogs…
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Trio Canoë to Open Acadia’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series

Trio Canoë to Open Acadia’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series By Peter Smith Trio Canoë will open the Acadia Performing Arts Series on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30pm at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Their diverse program, entitled “Hommage à Schumann”, features selections by Schumann himself as well as others by Debussy and Chopin. Trios written by two 20th century composers, Marjan Mozetich and György Kurtág will complete the evening. Trio Canoë (can oh) is comprised of three of Canada’s most acclaimed chamber musicians: clarinetist Jean-Francois Normand, violist Marina Thibeault, and pianist Philip Chiu, who gather in this unique and compelling…
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Active and Healthy Living: When You Meet the Beatles – Be Cool

Active and Healthy Living: When You Meet the Beatles – Be Cool Lee-Ann Cudmore Yesterday we met the Beatles. Not the actual, legendary group, but our own personal version of the Beatles. Most people have that one band – a band that has become the soundtrack to life – for us it is Wintersleep. Memories come back when I hear their albums; my little boy twirling around in the basement singing their songs, a winter spent painting by the fire, my husband playing guitar. As new parents when we were trapped in the house weekend after weekend, we would grab…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton By Susan Wedlock Raine Hamilton will play at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, NS on Sept 17. For ticket information visit evergreentheatre.ca You are a singer and violinist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Is that where you started out? I got my start in Winnipeg, yes. It is a musical and welcoming place for artists. I’m lucky this is my home. It is also flat, and that has done a lot to shape my understanding of physics. What genre would you say your work fits into best? Acoustic folk, singer-songwriter. How is your personality reflected in…
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Library Notes

Library Notes By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library As we gear up for Fall storytime season, music comes to mind. After all, what would storytime be without music? Of course we share lots of books at storytime, but we also love our songs and rhymes. We know that kids love music, that we humans enjoy a good sing-along. We start with the babies — Windsor and Wolfville offer Babies & Books storytimes, and in Berwick, storytime starts with toddlers. Tuesdays in Wolfville means Book in the Nook, with stories and songs, often with Troubador Lisa playing…
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In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! (Part 2)

In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! By Genevieve Allen Hearn As a continuation from the last issue, here are more local businesses that will be appearing soon in a neighbourhood near you! Schoolhouse Brewery
 Location: 40 Water Street, Windsor (behind T.A.N. Coffee) Open date: They hope to open the retail shop by December and the Taproom by next Spring. What will you offer? Cameron Hartley: Although we have loved having the title “Nova Scotia’s smallest craft brewery”, it has many challenges. For the past year we have been at our maximum production of 300litres/week…
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