Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Books by Locals

By Wendy Elliott My Jelly Brain Has An Important Message Wolfville resident Mark Selvidge is a brain injury survivor with a mission. He is the co-author of a children’s book, My Jelly Brain, about brain injury and the importance of inclusion regardless of differences. He and his co-author, counsellor and life coach Betty Ann Buott, are passionate about educating others about brain injury. They have presented to various elementary schools in the Valley and several years ago at a National Brain Injury Conference. The book is a teaching tool. When talking to school classes about the dangers of brain injuries, Mark usually…
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Visually Speaking: Love and Landscape

By Anna Horsnell This month, well-known Wolfville artist Steven Rhude is presenting a new series of oil paintings at Harvest Gallery. His inspiration grew from those things he cares about, something certain to hold onto in our year of turmoil. Those things are love and landscape. “I was getting all kinds of requests to participate in online shows with COVID themes which I thought were predictable, so I ignored that and observed some of the things that are familiar to not just me, but all of us in this region. The Wolfville trail remained open and that’s where I started…
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Mike Uncorked: Day to Day With KCA

Calendar Fundraiser Showcases Local SchoolBy Mike Butler For 13 years (Primary through Grade 12), I was fortunate to attend Kings County Academy in Kentville. For those wonderful, memorable years I made the bestest friends, fondest memories, and my junior and senior high experiences were filled with laughter, love, and practically no drama! For decades, KCA was home to so many students. I am so lucky to still be in touch with dozens of my friends and teachers, even though the school no longer exists. So, when I heard the Kentville Historical Society was releasing a special calendar commemorating the old…
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Mike Uncorked: Out and About with Earth Adventures

By Mike Butler Who doesn’t love the outdoors? We live in such a beautiful area, where all year there’s something exciting, fun, and fulfilling to do outdoors: biking, hiking, walking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, the list goes on. With Earth Adventures, the stakes have been raised in outdoor enjoyment! Earth Adventures is a free resource (website and app) for families and small youth groups that provides easy-to-follow instructions for self-guided activities on thirty short trails in some of the most popular and beautiful locales in Halifax and Kings Counties. Earth Adventures was created by a team of collaborators that includes Alan…
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Featurepreneur: Blow Your Own Way

By Genevieve Allen Hearn Nathan Penney found his passion in an unusual way: through a chance meeting at a music festival. Now working as a glass blower while raising his 2-year-old daughter, Nathan chatted with The Grapevine about his journey becoming a creator, and how artisans are faring during COVID-19. The Grapevine (GV): What got you into glass blowing?Nathan Penney (NP): When I finished university I was going to summer music festivals that often had artists there for the weekend. I met a glass blower who did live demonstrations of his work for passersby to watch. I was enamoured by the process and how it…
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Who’s Who: Peter Dewar: The KING-stec of Cooking!

By Mike Butler I have a hard time saying no when asked to be part of a project, be it theatre, fashion shows, or fundraiser events. I love helping and being part of the community in all forms because I get to meet some pretty fascinating people along the way. The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation recently asked me to host some online cooking tutorials as part of their Harvest for Health fundraiser. Myself, a sous-chef (an employee of the Valley Regional Hospital), and a celebrity chef spent a few hours creating a culinary masterpiece with a prominent Valley fruit or…
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Weekend Workshop Retreats at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Submitted The Ross Creek Centre is excited to extend invitations to adults in the Atlantic bubble to benefit from amazing access to artists and a chance to do something creative with no experience necessary. Executive Director Chris O’Neill says they are ready to take the knowledge they gained over the summer to bring adults into small and safe creative groups all through the fall. This series of weekend workshop retreats has been specifically tailored to provide an inspiring retreat setting where individuals can escape from the everyday and scratch their creative itch. O’Neill says that the fall programs are designed…
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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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