Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

What’s Growing at the Harriet Botanical Gardens: Giving to the Earth

What’s Growing at the Harriet Botanical Gardens: Giving to the Earth By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth, gifts we have neither earned nor paid for: air to breathe, nurturing rain, black soil, berries and honeybees, the tree that became this page, a bag of rice, and the exuberance of a field of goldenrod and asters at full bloom. Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer says we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks ‘What more can we take from the Earth?’ and…
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Christmas Performances at Acadia

Christmas Performances at Acadia A Ceremony of Carols: Christmas at Acadia This season the Acadia Chorus, directed by Michael Caines, features works including familiar sing-along carols, lovely choral arrangements of two carols originating from Ireland and Britain, and a heart-warming original arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem, as well as the ever-popular Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Joining the Chorus will be university organist John Scott, Tristan de Borba on saxophone, and student soloists from the School of Music. Saturday December 1, 2018 7pm – 8:15pm Convocation Hall, Acadia Doors Open at 6:30pm $10 Admission at the Door…
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Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday

Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday By Laura Churchill Duke For the third year, this holiday season you can fill a box of cheer for people in need right here in Kings County. Valley Family Fun and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have paired up to create a program called Fill a Box of Cheer: The Local Option. “There are many adults in need locally who often don’t qualify for support through traditional programs, such as any targeted towards family and children,” says Candy O’Brien of CMHA. This is a way to reach more people. To…
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Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales

Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales With the festive season already fast approaching, crafters and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: Christmas Sale –Windermere Drop in and sip a cup of mulled juice while browsing the many tables of festive items offered for sale by a variety of sellers. Saturday November 17, 8am – 1pm Windermere Community Hall 402 Windermere…
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Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins

Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins Sally’s watercolour paintings of local scenes are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of November. WHO: I am an educator and artist, and I have lived and worked in many places, including Ontario, Calgary, Bermuda, the United States, and Nova Scotia. I am currently teaching a course in the School of Education at Acadia University. WHAT: I have been painting since about the age of 4. I began taking photography seriously in high school. I took many courses at the college and university level, to learn as much…
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Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event

Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event By Mika Francis Beyond Terroir, presented by Benjamin Bridge, Glooscap First Nation, and the Devour! Food Film Fest was a wonderful learning opportunity for all guests, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. Beyond Terroir combined the creative culinary collaborations of Chef Blair Lebsack, Kevin Kossowan, and Chef Kari Rose Lameman of Potlotek First Nation, paired with delicious wines from Bejamin Bridge, and traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge of the land. Beyond Terroir consisted of four stops, each entailing a gourmet dish prepared with traditional Mi’kmaq foods paired with Benjamin Bridge wines and musts, and culturally-informative lessons on different…
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Update From The Cafeteria

Update From The Cafeteria By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com I’ve been thinking about school food for over a decade, but I got serious about learning everything I could after selling the restaurant in 2015. This past May l felt ready to put my 23 years as a chef and 15 years as a restaurant owner towards making a difference at one of my three kids’ schools. I popped my head into the Berwick School cafeteria and offered to lend a hand. The principal and cafeteria staff there welcomed me in and we got down…
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Who’s Who: Mark Schofield

Who’s Who: Mark Schofield By Mike Butler Mark Schofield is in the league of people that I call Superhuman! No cape, no x-ray vision, no power to leap over tall buildings, but instead Mark is one of many that I’ve encountered who have suffered an injury, been set back many times in life, and instead of giving up he’s turned his plight around to want to benefit others. This is very superhuman to me and I want to share Mark’s story with you. With so much in the news about head injuries, concussion management in sport and the well-being of…
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Featurepreneur: Big Dreams, Tiny Art

Featurepreneur: Big Dreams, Tiny Art By Genevieve Allen Hearn Shelley Acker has started a new business that crosses boundaries between studio and retail space. In her window is a tiny life-like diorama of a bakery. Her sign reads Freedom Miniatures. The space is a combination of retail shelves on the right, and shelves showcasing tiny but shockingly realistic creations on the left. Behind the counter is a studio, where Shelley creates her miniature worlds. Shelley describes herself as an “artist in residence,” and puts a tremendous amount of imagination and personal experience into her work. As an example, the image…
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Mike Uncorked: The Headstrong Summit Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Headstrong Summit Experience By Mike Butler On October 18, 2018, I had the extreme pleasure of emceeing the very first Annapolis Valley Headstrong Summit at Brigadoon Camp. It was a tremendously rewarding experience and I want to share with you the highlights of this special day. Headstrong is an anti-stigma initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) for youth aged 12-18 to inspire students to “Be Brave, Reach Out, and Speak Up” about mental health. Launched across Canada (and now in Europe), Headstrong is teaching students how to recognize and reduce stigma, and become…
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