Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Wolfville Theatre Collective Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary!

Mike Butler Revue Show Set for November 7th at Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Has it really been five years since the Wolfville Theatre Collective started? Time flies, I understand that, and when you’re immersed in theatre for so long, like so many of us here in the Valley, you just lose track of time (and plays). I only started doing theatre productions 11 years ago (2020 was a write-off), but 75 productions in ten years is a lot (but what a ride!). With the five year anniversary upon us and a dire need to be back on stage after quite…
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Ginger Cookies

Robin Pacific I take a bite, frown. My friend Joss has made ginger cookies, and complains that there were about twenty steps, and six separate spices. A sophisticated recipe for ginger cookies is surely an oxymoron. They taste too complicated to be good. I get out my old friend Nancy’s cookbook, a scribbler in which she wrote out by hand all her favourite recipes—cakes, cookies and “squares”. She gave it to me for Christmas in 1968. ¾ c. short.1 c. white sugar (There are no instructions; Nancy assumed, rightly, that I knew the basics of making cookie dough). I had…
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News and Events from the Music In Communities Co-op

Kim Barlow I am so very pleased to announce that I received a grant from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada to support a run of shows and improvising sessions this winter. Through the Music In Communities Co-op (MIC), we’ll host a small, safe show every two weeks at the Al Whittle Theatre, featuring some fantastic open-spirited and creative musicians from our area and other parts of the Atlantic Bubble. We will also be collaborating with various groups to host music workshops and improvising sessions for kids, youth at risk, differently-abled folks, and other members…
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Visually Speaking: Welcome Susan Corbin Designs

Anna Horsnell Before paper or canvas, there was painting on silk. Different from other paints which adhere to the surface, silk allows dye to flow into the fibre and bond with the proteins, becoming a part of the silk thread itself. Dye also does different things on silk than on other fibres such as cotton. All of this is intoxicating stuff for someone like textile artist Susan Corbin, who loves to play with colour. Corbin designs and creates clothing with hand-painted and printed silk. “I dye silk with various shibori methods (ways of resisting dye by folding, tying etc.). I…
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Local Author’s Debut

Omar Bhimji Deborah Hemming’s novel, Throw Down Your Shadows, tells the story of sixteen-year-old Winnie, “a creature of habit, a lover of ritual and stability. If she had her way, not much would change. But when a new family moves to town, Winnie and her three best friends—all boys—find themselves changing quickly and dramatically to impress Caleb, their strange and charismatic new companion.” Set in the Valley, and centred around a mysterious fire at a winery, the book explores how Winnie and her friends test boundaries and “illuminate darkness within each other and themselves.” Recently, Hemming was kind enough to…
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2020 Devour! Events

Submitted The Food Film Fest reimagines its delicious festival with hybrid in-person and digital programming. Devour! The Food Film Fest is proving that hybrid is just as mouthwatering as the original with an in-person and digital festival combo. This year marks the tenth installment of the festival, coined Devour! 9.5 to reflect travel restrictions and smaller in-person gatherings. Organizers promise to deliver all of the festival’s baked-in goodness during the five-day event, October 21-25. “We’re reimagining and presenting the best possible version of Devour! in a new, exciting and safe way,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour! “Our goal…
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Safe and creative Weekend Workshops at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Submitted The Ross Creek Centre is raring to go with new programs for people from within the Atlantic bubble to come and relax, try something new and be taken care of for a couple of days. Executive Director Chris O’Neill says she is happy that the Centre’s staff had the experience of running safe and exciting camps for kids all summer, and she says they are ready to take the knowledge they gained over the summer to bring adults into small creative groups all through the fall. “We are so lucky to have this vast landscape that we are on…
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Seasonal Sampler

It’s harvest time and there’s lots to do in the Annapolis Valley. Here are some of our top picks of the 2020 season: Howard Dill Farmshowarddill.comOpen Daily in October including Thanksgiving and Hallowe’enLocated at 400 College Road, Windsor, NSNo charge for admission, donations welcomeDogs are welcome! Must be on leash!“Products available: pumpkins (all shapes and sizes), squash, gourds, apples, seeds, souvenirs, pickles, jam and many other items! Sorry, we do not offer a pumpkin or apple U-Pick at this time.” Valley Ghost Walksvalleyghostwalks.comAtlantic Bubble Walks available on demand starting at $150+hst. Contact jerome@valleyghostwalks.com Noggins Corn Maze & Family Fun Areanogginsfarm.ca/fun-on-the-farm/corn-maze969…
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One Market, Three Experiences at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market

Submitted The Wolfville Farmers’ Market Cooperative (WFM) is adapting to COVID-19 and the accompanying requirement for social distancing by offering three unique ways to access local products from its farmers, chefs, and artisans. On Saturdays, starting October 24, from 9am-1pm, the Market will move indoors, offering a safe socially distanced market featuring 35 vendors selling directly to customers. The safety plan includes unidirectional walkways, plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizers, mask wearing, limits on occupancy, and open doors for improved ventilation. Outdoor seating and local music will be provided while weather allows. Starting on Wednesday, October 21, the Market will trial a…
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A Room of One’s Own

Dr. Jeanette Auger Imagine that you have to move into a care facility after you have lived independently in your own home for many years. In your own home you are able to make your favourite meals, buy your own groceries, enjoy quite hours with a book, watch television, listen to music, and have meals and private conversation with friends. Should your health situation deteriorate dramatically, what is in store for you could be surprising. If you become in need of daily supervision by a nurse you will find yourself placed on a very long list of others waiting for…
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