Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Mike Uncorked: VIVEAU Headline Juice

By Mike Butler A while back, a very nice gent named Nick MacDonald popped into TAN Coffee to say hi and introduce me to an awesome new product called VIVEAU. Have you ever been introduced to something or someone and then, everyday that follows, you SEE this product or person? That’s what happened with myself and VIVEAU! And what a great sight to see! VIVEAU is a refreshing juice that was created to fill a significant gap in the market and it’s a product you simply have to find and try! The founders, Ted Grant and Hanspeter Stutz, couldn’t find…
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Visually Speaking: The Final Word on Best-Laid Plans

By Anna Horsnell In January, eighteen local artists shared their goals and plans for this year. In May, we checked in to see how things were going. Who could have predicted what a year it would be? Now, as we count down the last days of 2020, our group of artists are giving their final thoughts on those best-laid plans. Eileen Boyd: It’s been a crazy year, but I did get rid of a pile of unwanted junk and I did complete some half-finished projects! And I also took an oil painting workshop. Fun! A pretty good year all around.*…
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Merry Windows

Christmas windows sure display charmBy Wendy Elliott The community was called on to fill some Christmas-themed former clinic windows with charm this past month in Wolfville, and folks stepped up.What was until recently the location of the Mud Creek Medical Clinic has been transformed with old fashioned toys, furnishings, and Christmas paraphernalia.Initially, owners Iain and Lis Porter contributed the ample space. Wolfville parks staff member Sheri Eaton took on the important role of arranger with help from Jessica Carrie. Alisha Christie, coordinator of community engagement, and Sarah Anderson of the Wolfville Business Development Corporation both rounded up various elements. “It…
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Honour Choir Forges On

By Wendy Elliott In normal times this would be the season for school concerts and musical events, but none of us are going anywhere to hear live music. I was amazed last week chatting with Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) conductor Heather Fraser just how much her choir is accomplishing despite the fact they can’t meet in person. It takes a minimum of three rehearsal Zooms each week for all of the age groups, and lots of organizing, but Fraser says her choir kids seem to like it: “We have a high retention rate and I’m proud that they’ve come…
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The Grapevine’s Season of Giving Food Bank Listing

Please Give Generously It’s important to remember that it’s not only during the holiday season that local food banks need help from Valley communities. If you’re able to help, or interested in adding a local food bank to your plan for charitable donations in 2021, here is a little info to help you on that path. This is by no means a comprehensive list. MIDDLETON NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus (students only)295 Commercial St.Middleton, NSB0S 1M0 Twelve Baskets Food Bank9326 Highway 10 RR 3Middleton, NSB0S 1P0 KINGSTON Upper Room Food Bank699 Main St.Kingston, NSB0P 1R0 BERWICK Berwick Food Bank100 South St.,…
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Sewing the Seeds of Hope in Zimbabwe

By Kate MacInnes Adams The Give Hope School Project is launching a special project. Sewing machines in both Nova Scotia and Zimbabwe are busy stitching hope for the children of Nyamuwanga. Here in the Annapolis Valley, a dedicated group of women have been busy sewing gift bags and coasters from African fabric. Across the seas in Zimbabwe a seamstress was hired by the society to sew pandemic masks for the children of the Nyamuwanga Primary School. Wolfville’s Spiwe Karipache-Scoggins, a passionate advocate for education, is the co-founder of the registered charity Give Hope School Development Project. Spiwe attended the Nyamuwanga…
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Support Moms in Motion this Holiday Season

As we are all aware, the holiday season will be even more challenging than usual this year. As some of us prepare for a holiday season at home, others are struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, this year we want to create an opportunity for women to support women. We invite you to support Moms in Motion this holiday season by donating to the Holiday and Heating Funds. Moms in Motion supports the most vulnerable in our community: new moms and their kids who are living on the margins of poverty. Moms and their kids learn about staying healthy and…
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Record Poppy Sales for Wolfville Legion

Despite gloomy predictions about the success of the Poppy Campaign in this year of COVID-19, the Wolfville Legion reported record sales, announced its president Donn Miles. “For the last 3 years,” said Donn, “we have been happy to take in an average of $12,000 in our campaign. But this year we have received well over $15,000. For this we have to thank all the people at this end of the Annapolis Valley, who gave so generously, often stuffing $5 and $10 bills into our cash-boxes. And more organizations and businesses than ever purchased wreaths for Remembrance Day.” “We also have…
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Books by Locals

By Wendy Elliott Daring, Devious and Deadly by Dean JobbImagine the staff of a bank walking out the door with the till open as a circus comes to town. Can you conceive of politics leading to pitched battle during a Nova Scotia election? These are the kinds of crime stories that Dean Jobb’s Daring, Devious and Deadly looks at from the early days of recorded history in this province. Over the years the Wolfville-based writer and professor of creative non-fiction has collected fifteen true stories of murderers, pirates, bank heists, and fraudsters. Jobb, who was once a court reporter, compiled…
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A Christmas Carol

Following the widely-acclaimed success this summer of their first ever Stage-to-Screen production, the Annapolis District Drama Group joined forces with Young Company Productions to create a family-favourite Christmastime spectacle that is certain to entertain: a screen-play version of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Pandemic-willing, to be screened at King’s Theatre the weekend before Christmas! With a cast numbering 55, this is probably the largest theatrical production ever in Annapolis Royal, and in a time of constraint due to pandemic restrictions. However, this well-loved tale lends itself quite easily to performance in line with current Provincial guidelines. The screen-play is…
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