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Mike Uncorked: August: Osage County

Mike Uncorked: August: Osage CountyWolfville Theatre Collective Returns with Pulitzer Prize Winning DramaBy Mike Butler Family is a funny thing. We all have a family , whether we want them or not, and each member of our family is so unique and creates a piece of the fun, weird, and sometimes frustrating puzzle that makes up the family unit. Well, if you think your family has troubles, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve met the family in Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning play August: Osage County. The Wolfville Theatre Collective, the independent theatre company that brought the Valley acclaimed…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Harder Hikers Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Harder Hikers Interest GroupBy Marie Mossman Are you looking to join a few friendly people who enjoy a physically demanding outing? You may like the Newcomers harder hikers group. It was started over two years ago by an enterprising person who wanted to organize longer and more challenging hikes than the Newcomers off-road hiking/biking group usually do. The members meet occasionally, when their able and congenial coordinator suggests a trail. Usually three to five people join the hike. One participant says “despite the fact we might be going a bit further or faster than the other Newcomers…
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Art Spot: Lynn A. Davidson

Golden Sunset

Art Spot: Lynn A. Davidson Lynn A. Davidson was born in Hants County and moved to Greenwich as a teenager. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and has lived with her husband Stephen in Newtonville (near Gaspereau) for over 40 years. There they brought up their 4 daughters: Emily, Lucinda, Cassandra, and Althea. She has always been interested in creating, so over the years she has done various things, including crafts, writing poetry and stories, quilting and sewing, and compiling and publishing a newsletter called Valley Sunshine. Life brings change: for the past 8 1/2 years, she has been one…
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Canning Home to Ships and Soldiers

Canning Home to Ships and SoldiersBy Tarina Bambrick & Bria StokesburyKings County Museum Known early on as Habitant Corner and Apple Tree Landing, the current name of Canning was bestowed in 1830 in honour of British Prime Minister George Canning. Over a century ago, Canning was the home of Sir Frederick Borden, a physician and businessman elected to the House of Commons in 1874. Under Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s administration in 1896, he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Militia and Defence. Sadly in 1900 Harold Borden, the only son of Sir Frederick, was killed in action during the Boer…
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Dinner Out: Bessie North House

Dinner Out: Bessie North HouseBy Scott Campbell In an issue of The Grapevine dedicated to Home, I can’t think of a better Dining Out feature than one about The Bessie North House. From the moment you pull into the driveway of this rural gem, you feel like you’ve arrived…home. There is something undeniably warm and welcoming about this wonderful dining destination and you feel it before you even enter the front door. Once inside, the warm dark trim of the door casings and staircase enrich the welcome. The dining room itself entices you even further into the century-old farmhouse and…
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Sunday Music in the Garden Room: Daniel Wnukowski

Sunday Music in the Garden Room: Daniel WnukowskiSubmitted Hot off of his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski is being hailed as “rapturous and glowing” (International Record Review) and “a pianist to watch” (New York Classical Review). He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra Filarmonica, Marchigiana, Poznan Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, and in numerous international festivals, including Chopin and His Europe in Warsaw, Poland; Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Pre-LSO Concert Series in London, UK. With his extensive touring experience throughout Europe,…
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Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings

With the festive season already fast approaching, crafters, artists, and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: Art Show and Auction–Wolfville This show features the work of the members of Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative. Beautiful and affordable pieces will include large and small paintings as well as jewelry of semi-precious stones set in fine silver. Friday November 1, 4pm – 7pm, and…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival

Top 10 Tips for an Icewine Lover by Sophia Luckett, sophiawinelover.com Not many people know this, but the benefits from drinking Icewine include glossy hair, increased endorphins, a good sense of humour, endurance, being 24% bullet proof, rhythm, power of persuasion, and an uncanny knack for foreign languages. Or, at least, I always have a sneaky suspicion this is the case when I’m drinking it. Note the one word and capital letter of Icewine.  This signifies it is a Canadian product and made to the very strict standards of the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).  Labelled in other countries, such as…
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IN REVIEW: Recent Events, Happenings and News

By Emily Leeson On January 10, Jim Henman, a founding member of April Wine, performed at Moe’s Place Music in Windsor. Wayne Walker saw that show, as well as Henman’s concert at Soundmarket Studio in Wolfville and commented, “I grew up listening to April Wine and it was nice to hear and meet a founding member of the band. Jim is a down-to-earth, nice person.”     Effective immediately, the parking lot in front of Shoppers Drugmart in Wolfville is now subject to the same rules as other Wolfville town parking lots. The Town is allowing for a grace period…
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ORO! Orkestra:Banding Together

By Mike Butler I love challenges and over the years I have challenged myself greatly with this column by writing about people from all walks of life, including couples, families, and even characters from history.  But this profile will be a true test to my skills because it’s about a GROUP of amazing people. I am thrilled to tell you all about the ORO! ORKESTRA! ORO! ORKESTRA is a Wolfville–based Turko-Balkan party dance band made up of community members and Acadia students and faculty.  Now heading into their third season, the band came about as a way to enjoy great…
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