In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

The Senior, Junior, and Beginner orchestras, fiddle group, and string instrument clinics for beginner players of the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO) are accepting online registration through the new ARYO website for the 2018/2019 season. The registration fee is $100 for the year (fiddle group: $25) and a selection of rental instruments is available for an additional $100 a year. Registration in person will also be possible on Sept.11 from 3:30-5:30pm at Festival Theatre. To register, go to Email any questions or comments to

There’s a new coffeehouse coming to Canning at the end of the summer! Alice Hartling is the founder of Village Coffeehouse, which won the Social Enterprise Challenge held by Andy Horsnell Consulting. Andy Horsnell has expertise in developing social enterprises, and selected one community-based enterprise out of many applicants to support through five days of free consultation. Andy says he chose Alice’s enterprise because, “I like the idea of supporting and showcasing a social enterprise that’s being started by an engaged individual. Social enterprises have long been associated with nonprofits. It’s good to show the other forms, to let people know that they can choose to do the same on their own.” He continues, “Alice demonstrated that she was willing and able to go forward in the short term and I love the idea of “third places” — intentional social hubs that provide a welcoming, neutral space where diverse people can create connection with each other.” Follow the development of the Village Coffeehouse at

On July 14​​, PBJ Design will be hosting two two coinciding events from 11am-3pm connected by the Harvest Moon Trail: The Kentville Chalk Art Festival and Wolfvile reCYCLE: The Bike Art Festival. These events will encourage active transportation between them. The festivals are being held to promote creativity and community engagement, so everyone is welcome! There will be food, music, and plenty of opportunity to show your artistic talents.

The Kentville Chalk Art Festival, now in its second year, will be fun for all ages, whether you enter the chalk art competition or just doodle away. There will be prizes donated from local businesses for the winners of the adult and children’s competitions.

In Wolfville, reCYCLE will take place in Waterfront Park and is set to be a new experience for many. Reusing old bike parts for new artwork, while also promoting active transportation, the festival is sure to appeal to bike and art admirers alike. Trail rides leaving from each location at 1:30pm will bring people between events on the Harvest Moon Trail. We encourage you to bring your bikes, but if you don’t have one, feel free contact organizers, who will have a few available for the day. For more information about these events and the Connect Annapolis Valley project, visit

On Saturday June 16, Uncommon Common Art launched its 11th season with a unique opening that suits this outdoor art adventure. Artists and UCA board members were silkscreening t-shirts at three of this year’s art installations. Participants pulled the first colour of the design at Stop 13 in Miner’s Marsh, the second at Stop 7 in Pond View Park in Wolfville, and finished their t-shirts at the Grand Pre Winery, the location of Stop 3. Uncommon Common Art capped off the afternoon of outdoor art-making with a complimentary wine tasting thanks to their sponsor Domaine de Grand Pre. At the opening, Uncommon Common Art announced that it is now a registered charity, having gone through a difficult vetting process. The Government of Canada recognizes the public art and education programming offered by UCA as of great value to the community.