Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

News from the Evergreen Theatre

David O’Leary With a bit of help from NS Communities, Culture and Heritage, Evergreen Theatre staged its re-opening in February this year with concerts by Ben Caplan, Hillsburn, Rose Cousins, and Hauler. Given our rather small pandemic seating limits (40 or so folks) the shows were almost instant sell-outs and went off without a hitch while following all Covid-19 precautions. The May lockdown forced the postponement of Sahara Jane and Ken Shorley and a visit from Newfoundland’s Quote the Raven. Those two shows have been rescheduled to July 17 and October 1 respectively. Evergreen is in negotiation with a raft…
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Coming Back: Two Planks and a Passion Returns for Summer 2021

Ken Schwartz As I write this, the company at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company is in production rehearsals for the first time in almost two years. Our 2020 season was completely postponed due to Covid-19, and the third wave earlier in 2021 nearly wiped out this year’s 30th anniversary season before we even started work. But only weeks ago, a small window opened in the pandemic, and we were able to start rehearsals in the hopes that, by the time we got to mid-July, live performance for an audience would be possible. We took a calculated risk, and…
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Who’s Who: Sehkahnee Reynolds

Mike Butler Sehkahnee Reynolds is the coolest, let’s just get that out of the way! He is a barber and owner of Sehkahnee’s Ascension Hair Grooming and Accessories shop in Wolfville, but he’s so much more! Sehkahnee’s is THE place to get a smooth fade and to chill out while getting spruced up. Sehkahnee Reynolds is a Jamaican-Canadian who grew up in Toronto. He was raised as an athlete, and that’s why he came to Nova Scotia: “I was offered a scholarship to play ball at Acadia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, came here after my…
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Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal Runs August 16-21

Expanding to six days, FODAR offers live performances inside and out. One of the very few live performance festivals in the country to run in 2020, Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) returns for its seventh year with a six-day festival which includes its popular Dance on Film evening, last year’s audience hit Market Dances, four evenings of live performance on stage at King’s Theatre and, new this year, a Studio Showing. Festival Schedule is as follows:Monday, August 16: 7:30pm, King’s Theatre: Dance on Film Night – West Side Story (1961)Tuesday, August 17: 8pm, Market Square: Market DancesWednesday, August 18…
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Short Cuts: News and Happenings Around the Valley

Colin Mitchell, former editor in chief of The Athenaeum, the Acadia Newspaper is proud to announce a feel-good story for the month of July. The Ath has always been known as a venue for creativity and inspiration for students for decades and Joe’s Food Emporium on Main Street, Wolfville has supplied much of the brain food to those creative students for over 40 years. Now, they’re teaming up! For the month of July, Joe’s Food Emporium will donate $1.00 from every order of their famous Scott Skins to The Ath Journalism Award, how cool is that?? So get out there,…
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Terra Spencer and the Class of 1971

Friday September 10 at 8:00pmMermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor Where were you in 1971? Maybe you were trying to impress someone cute sitting next to you in Biology class, or figuring out a plan to borrow your dad’s car on Friday night, or playing Twister in the rec room. Or maybe, like Windsor, NS songwriter Terra Spencer, you just daydreamed about doing all those things while you flipped through a box of records in your grandparents’ basement. In any case, there’s no question that 1971 kicked off a golden age of music, and Terra has assembled a stellar band…
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Books By Locals: Dean Jobb’s latest success

Wendy Elliott The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, a new book by Dean Jobb of Wolfville, is flying off the shelves, and no wonder. It’s the kind of book you have to keep reading to the end. True crime is mesmerizing because it really happened. Dean brings all the detail to his storytelling. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was a deliberate murderer. Born in Scotland, but raised in Quebec City, Cream was a suspect in the deaths of two Canadian women and likely killed up to four people in Chicago before he…
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Valley Regional Enterprise Network to Develop Strategic Tourism Plan

New initiative aims to make the Annapolis Valley a tourism destination of choice.Submitted Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy and supports thousands of local jobs and businesses. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to help the Valley Regional Enterprise Network (REN) improve and expand local tourism experiences in the Annapolis Valley and identify new opportunities for tourism development. Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, has announced a non-repayable contribution of $117,250 to the Valley REN. This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official…
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Celebrating Nova Scotia’s First Vineyard

Allan Lynch After a year with little to celebrate, Nova Scotian winemakers are popping corks and raising glasses to commemorate the 410th anniversary of the planting of the province’s first vineyard. In 1611 Louis Hebert, the apothecary at The Habitation in Port Royal, planted a hillside vineyard in Bear River. According to Canadian wine expert Tony Aspler’s book Vintage Canada, Hebert “loaded his canoe with vines he brought with him from France” and paddled to Bear River “to plant himself a vineyard.” It’s a natural progression for a place where the continent’s first dinner club, the Order of Good Cheer,…
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Music In Communities: Summer Music

Kim Barlow Music In Communities is a non-profit cooperative that advocates for music literacy, engagement and inclusivity in rural Nova Scotia. We’re getting ready to bring loads of music your way this summer! First, we’d like to introduce our two awesome Canada Summer Jobs employees, Maisie and Reuben Gilbert. They’re young, but they bring a lot of skill and experience to the positions. Reuben just finished his second year at Acadia University in the School of Music and Maisie will begin studies post-pandemic. They have won awards with their family band, The Gilberts, (with brother Frieden) and have accumulated an…
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