Latest Posts

Letter From Wingfield Farm

NOTE: THE TICKET PRICE LISTED IN THE GRAPEVINE WAS ONLY FOR THE THURSDAY SHOW. ALL OTHER SHOWS: $25.00 + HST adult $18.00 + HST student A few years ago, on June 10, 2006, “Walt Wingfield” passed another milestone in his remarkable career. It was Rod Beattie’s 3,500th performance of a Wingfield play in a little over twenty years. Since their debut at the Orange Hall in Rosemont, Ontario in August 1984, Walt and Rod have delighted capacity audiences across Canada. Valley Summer Theatre is excited to be able to bring Rod Beattie to the Annapolis Valley this summer to star in the play…
Read more

Deep Down in the Sugar Swamp – Album Review

The South Mountain Rock Opera – The Dungaree Brothers with the Hupman Brothers Band For a few glorious moments last Monday night, Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville was transformed from a small-town celtic bar into a down-home dancehall shack out on the bayou. The Dungaree Brothers, together with the Hupman Brothers Band, combined forces to present the South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera to a dance-hungry crowd that lapped up the swampy beats like hot molasses punch. The supergroup played a set at the open mic in anticipation of their CD release concert, coming up on July 3rd in the Al Whittle…
Read more

Uncommon Common Art

For the third year in a row, Uncommon Common Art, the exhibit in nature, is back.  The Valley is host to this art scavenger hunt or art geo-caching or hiking meets art or all of the above.  The project has been described a number of ways, meaning something different to each person, yet it intrigues all. Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons and Kings County is a destination for two distinct reasons; the stunning natural environment that is the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people that live there. The Uncommon Common Art project was designed…
Read more

Celebrating 250 Years of the New England Planters

2010 is a very special year in local and Canadian history.  It marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters – one of the first large scale settlements of English-speaking colonists in Canada.  The Planters relocated from New England to the Maritimes between 1759 and 1774 bringing with them a new culture that greatly influenced the development of Nova Scotian society.  Sir Robert Borden, William Chipman and Charles Morris are only a few of the many Planters and their descendents who have influenced Canadian politics, invention and literature.  Several Planters became farmers and business owners whose descendents…
Read more

Bicycle Poker Run

On May 16th, 2010, Hip-EBikes Custom Shop, in partnership with community groups and organizations with similar missions (Mountain Equipment Coop, Retire Your Ride, Clean Nova Scotia & Nova Scotians Promoting Active Transportation on Community Trails), will host the first annual Annapolis Valley Bicycle Poker Run. How a Poker Run works is, upon registration (10am at the Coldbrook Lions Hall) teams or individuals are given a map with checkpoints and GPS coordinates and are then dealt 3 playing cards face down. These are your river cards to build your best five-card hand. Traveling to the checkpoints rewards the riders with another…
Read more

Drum Night

This year, the World in Wolfville annual spring drum show will feature two of Nova Scotia’s finest African music groups, FOLA and KOJO, along with hand-drum duo Ken Shorley and Denis Martin. And, Ken’s 28-member World Rhythm and Drumming class from Acadia U will be there as a special opening act! KOJO is a traditional Sudanese thumb piano band based in Halifax. The group was originally formed in 1996 when a number of refugees from southern Sudan settled in Canada. Kojo translates from the original Didinga as “re-birth” or “new crop” and was a way to preserve the spirit of…
Read more

So, You Think You Can Laugh?

Let me ask you a question.  How important is it to have laughter in your life? The statistics, which aren’t good, amaze me.  On average, an adult laughs only 12-15 times a day whereas children laugh over 400 times a day. Some would say we become more discriminating about what we laugh about as we grow up, but maybe we have forgotten how. I’m not kidding when I say we should relearn. Laughter is a truly natural and very effective healing method. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Parties, Laughercize and other laughter-oriented health trends have spawned a new approach to laughter.  Simply laughing…
Read more

Acadia Performing Arts Series: Chirgilchin

Wolfville, NS – The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Chirgilchin on Sunday, March 14 at 7:30 pm at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. It promises to be a unique musical experience. New York performance artist Laurie Anderson first met the three male vocalists at their appearance in that city in June 2005. She was so taken by their vocal technique that she decided to take part in the following morning’s throat-singing workshop. This led to an invitation by Laurie to collaborate on some studio sessions later in the year. “I first heard Chirgilchin at the Rubin Museum [of Art] …and…
Read more

Women Of Wolfville Presents

The Women of Wolfville are about to mount their ninth annual production – Stirring the Pot: WOW Dishes It Out. Food, in case anyone thought otherwise, is a complicated business in 2010. The Women of Wolfville have wanted to examine the food we eat for several years. Stirring the Pot is our collective response to a myriad of food-related issues facing the post-modern world. These days food can be an escape, a diversion or a dedicated pursuit. Today obesity abounds and eating disorders are not uncommon in the midst of world hunger. Yet director Emily Levy-Purdy notes that the topic…
Read more

Celebration of life for Lovis 

Our sweet little princess daughter and sister Lovis Sophie Tews died on Sunday, December 20, 2009, shortly after midnight in the arms of her Mama and Papa, with her “aunt” Hanneke and our wonderful palliative care doctor Catherine McNally by her side. Her fight against one of the most aggressive and fatal brainstem tumors, DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), is over. Lovis fought with courage, determination and grace. We miss her terribly and have yet to learn how to live without Lovis in our daily lives and in our future. Through our daughter, we learnt to live and to love…
Read more