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Mike Uncorked: Burial Grounds Care Society: From the Ground Up!

By Mike Butler The Burial Grounds Care Society are the leaders in preserving history and legacy here in the Valley, and I am so excited to feature them here in The Grapevine. The five people who created the Burial Grounds Care Society, along with other helpers, saw a need for cemetery research and restoration in Kings County. They since have done just that. Now, with 15 sites under their belts, the research and preservation is in full swing, with no signs of stopping. Why is there such a Society here in the Valley? Well the members feel its important to respect…
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Visually Speaking: Live and In Person

By Anna Horsnell As much as artists need galleries, musicians need venues to play their music. Online videos and recordings can only go so far to satisfy both the listener and the creator of music. Nothing quite compares to a live performance. Whether on stage or facing the stage, the sound and energy soaks into your bones and quenches some universal thirst that just makes you feel good. Located in East Margaretsville, The Evergreen Theatre appreciates the feel-good effects of music. As detailed on its website, “in its 20-year history, The Evergreen has developed from a local amateur talent event…
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Featurepreneur: (Re)Freshen Up!

By Genevieve Allen Hearn We have certainly seen a trend in the retail scene lately—a number of home design shops are springing up around the Valley. We think it’s great timing, as folks are spending more time staying close to home! With so many options, buying ethically-made items for the home from locally-owned stores has never been easier. ReFresh Home and Design is the newest addition, located in Wolfville. Owned by Melisa Yale, the store focuses on clean, minimalist design and functionality. With holiday shopping around the corner, this shop may be exactly what we need right now! The Grapevine (GV): What…
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Who’s Who: Ashley Jean

Luminous lashes and more!By Mike Butler We are 3/4 of the way through 2020 and more than ever we need to take a breather, relax, and just regroup after the last few months, am I right? Things are waking up again—cafes, restaurants, schools—and if you haven’t had a chance to treat yourself to something fun in awhile, some self-care is needed! There’s a wonderful new business on Main Street, Wolfville called Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique, and within this quaint beauty bar you’ll find Ashley Jean, and she is just as luminous as the business. Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique is a…
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Light in the Dark: Caravan Theatre on Tour with 4.48 Psychosis

By Dorothy King If you like theatre that’s a little dark and edgy, with just enough light and humour to see tomorrow, the play 4.48 Psychosis is a must-see in Nova Scotia this fall. Caravan Theatre will tour British playwright Sarah Kane’s raw depiction of her own mental illness. Written in 1999, the play is a lyrical conversation between the tormented Kane, her elusive essential self, and the doctors who are treating her. Kathy France is the artistic director of Caravan Theatre, based in Wolfville. When asked why she thinks 4.48 Psychosis will resonate with audiences, France’s answer was two-fold. “First, it’s brilliant, radical…
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Deep Roots announces 17th Valley Arts Award

Deep Roots announces 17th Valley Arts AwardValley Arts Award 2020: Fred & Nancy Chipman A Wolfville couple with a long-time commitment to supporting the arts are this year’s recipients of the 17th Valley Arts Award. Fred and Nancy Chipman have contributed their time and energy to a number of arts organizations over the years, leading to this latest recognition from the Deep Roots Music Cooperative. Former members of the Deep Roots membership committee and annual donors, the Chipmans were also involved with the Acadia Performing Arts committee. Fred served as chair of the group during the 1990s and continued as…
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Thank You from the Kings-Kikima Grannies

The Kings-Kikima Grannies wish to thank the wonderful, caring Valley community, who never fail to support us in our fundraising endeavours. Because of Covid, we were unable to have our usual yard sale at the Lions Hall in June. As life gradually became easier throughout the summer we thought we would try an outside yard sale like we did 13 years ago, and for many years after, until too many sales in the rain drove us indoors to the Lions. The idea at first was to have a ‘pop up’ sale, but it quickly took on a life of its…
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The Grapevine’s 2020 Municipal Election Questionnaire

The following are responses from a selection of candidates running in municipal elections around the Valley. While we made every effort to contact as many candidates as we could, we were only able to include responses from those we had received by press time. For more questions and candidate responses, visit grapevinepublishing.ca The Grapevine: The Valley’s unique and vibrant arts community has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. What concrete steps will you take to support the recovery and growth of the arts economy in your municipality? Don Clarke, Mayoral Candidate (incumbent), Town of Berwick: The current Council supports public art including…
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Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose

Nova Scotia Landscapes in oil, watercolour, and graphiteSubmitted Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose is currently on view at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs until October 11. Cluny Maher was born in 1941 in Frampton, Dorchester County, south of Quebec City in the province of Quebec. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and a Bachelor of Education (1964) from Loyola College in Montreal, he taught for twelve years in the public school system. In 1973 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir George Williams University (Concordia). In 1977 he moved to Nova Scotia with his…
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In Photos: Making Music in the New Reality

It’s no secret that the last few months have been especially challenging for musicians. We caught up with a selection of talented Valley players to find out how they’ve been making their music during a time when shows have been limited and touring has been impossible, and to share their plans for the future with our readers. We are so lucky to have so many amazing folks making music in this Valley. The Basin BrothersThe Basin Brothers have been working on a new album with Thomas Stajcer at the New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth (shown here), a follow-up to…
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