Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

2020-21 Acadia Performing Arts Series: A Series Driven by Wonderfully Musical Women!

2020-21 Acadia Performing Arts Series:A Series Driven by Wonderfully Musical Women! With Michael Kaeshammer on April 5, and Wonderheads Theatre’s Grim & Fischer on April 23, the 2019-20 Acadia Performing Arts Series still has two of its very best events to present, and yet, we’re already preparing to launch the 2020-21 Series, and what a Series it will be! It will be launched officially on April 5 at the Michael Kaeshammer concert, and 2020-21 subscriptions will go on sale. Individual concert tickets will go on sale during the summer. Our glossy Series brochure containing all details will also be ready for April…
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Local Wine Included in Prestigious Top Ten

Local Wine Included in Prestigious Top TenKim Cyr December 2019 brought a special accolade to the Nova Scotia viticulture industry, and specifically to Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. Michaela Morris of Decanter magazine released a list of her top ten favourite wines tasted during the year. Her “Top Ten Wines of the Year from Italy and Beyond” includes primarily Italian wines, one each from Australia, Portugal, and France, and an extraordinary wine from Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia: their Blanc de Blancs Brut, 2014, (single varietal, 100% Chardonnay, Traditional Method/Méthode Champenoise). The wine itself is notable for a few things,…
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The Dome Chronicles: Mush

The Dome Chronicles: MushGarry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and…
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Joy Abounds at International Community Potluck

Joy Abounds at International Community PotluckN. Neslihan Ivit On February 29, I was very excited for my second time joining the international community potluck. I arrived early at the Coldbrook Lion’s Hall to lend a hand with the setting of the tables, chairs, and cutlery. At 5:30pm, people started to arrive with the dishes they had prepared, each from their traditional cuisines. It is fascinating that families from different cultures come together, unite around international flavours on the table, and share them with joy and love. When I went near the table with the food, I could see all the…
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Who’s Who: Lindsay Ward: Play Me Some Mountain Music!

Who’s Who: Lindsay Ward: Play Me Some Mountain Music!Mike Butler For years, I had heard about the power and joy of music therapy and I’ve known lots of music therapy students and professionals, many who began playing at the TAN Coffee Open Mike nights. To hear their stories and be a part of their life journey is very fulfilling. I feel that music therapy is still very new but, I also know that in my forty years on the planet, music has always been such a driving force and motivator for me. Let me introduce Lindsay Ward to tell us…
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The Women of Wolfville Will Tackle Change, But Not Now

The Women of Wolfville Will Tackle Change, But Not NowWendy Elliott The 19th annual production by the Women of Wolfville, Changing Now by WOW, will not be staged in April as planned. In fact, the final sketch has yet to be written. Right now everybody is dealing with abrupt change. Self isolation is the new term that we were confronted with mid-March. Coping with Covid-19 will be the final piece for our show. For the last three months the cast of close to 40 women have been looking at how society can be changed positively from the inside out. Among the…
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Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s Day

Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s DayAnna Horsnell Dramatic colour, skillful drawing, wonderful imagination, and brave interpretations of a theme. These are qualities that make art stand out, qualities that make us stop and maybe see things through another’s eyes. When the artist is ten or sixteen years old, surprise quickly turns to genuine appreciation. Such was the case on March 3 at a wonderful youth art showcase in the the Lions Hall of the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick (otherwise known as the Apple Dome). One of the many events this month inspired by International…
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Learning is Not All in Your Head

Learning is Not All in Your HeadKathleen Purdy, Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts It is gratifying to see the media devote more time to the importance of children playing outside, which recognizes the value of movement itself as a major learning modality. In the last 25 years a lot has been learned about the brain and the interrelationships between physical movement, human development, and cognitive learning. Among neurologists there is a growing understanding of brain plasticity. According to Dr. Norman Doidge, “neuro-plasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response…
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Valley Crossroads Health & Wellness Centre

Valley Crossroads Health & Wellness CentreEmily Leeson The Valley Crossword Health and Wellness Centre in New Minas is now just months away from opening its doors. The centre currently under construction is a collaboration between three local doctors, Dr. Craig White, Dr. Mark Johnston, and Dr. Chris King. When its doors open later this spring, the centre will be home to at least two family practices and a host of other health-related businesses. It’s poised to offer a fresh new space for healthcare, and in doing so hopefully encourage other medical professionals to consider calling the Valley home to their…
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New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing Station

New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing StationGenevieve Allen Hearn Main Street Station is certainly shaping up to be quite the service hub in Kentville. You can now drop off your tailoring needs, get a shave and haircut, fill up your cider growler, and then drop by The Healing Station Natural Health Clinic for a massage, or perhaps acupuncture, or a consultation with a naturopath. All these services are offered under one roof by five different health care providers: naturopathic doctor Amy Florian, acupuncturist Sharon Conroy, and registered massage therapists Andrea MacDonald, Tamarah D’Entremont, and Bethany Hayes. Before opening the…
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