Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

The Grapevine’s Federal Election Candidate Special

The Grapevine‘s Federal Election Candidate Special In anticipation of the fast-approaching federal election later this month, The Grapevine contacted local candidates with questions reflecting issues of particular interest to the Valley and to our readers. While we have made every effort to include all candidates on the ballot in Kings-Hants and West Nova, we are only able to publish those that contacted us by press time. All answers are printed here in full, unedited and as the candidates sent them. Responses have been included in the order they were received. The Grapevine: What do you plan to do to improve…
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Ten Valley Businesses Join Together to Host Retreat

Ten Valley Businesses Join Together to Host Retreat By Christa Bedwin A Valley business owner put together an extraordinary retreat this summer, and the participants were so delighted with it that I feel excited to tell other local business owners so maybe we all can get inspired to do something similar. The Valley has plenty of potential to become a real retreat destination! Kayla Cotton of Lahara Yoga in Wolfville put together a retreat with 10 compatible businesses from the Valley. Retreat participants were delighted, mentioning that they loved the experience of coming to the Valley and trusting that all…
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Young Picassos

Young Picassos By Laura Churchill Duke “It is never too early to introduce kids to art,” explains Laurie Dalton, director and curator of the Acadia Art Gallery. Many parents are nervous about taking their children to an art gallery. Is it appropriate? Will they be bored? Will they be the one to knock over the sculpture? Dalton gives the following tips: Bring a bag of colour swatches and shapes. Give each child a colour or shape and ask them to find something in the gallery that is the same shape or colour. Buy a postcard at the gift shop before…
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Devour Launch Party at The Toronto international Film Festival

Devour Launch Party at The Toronto international Film Festival By Nancy Miotto The Devour Food and Film Festival held an advance launch party in Toronto on September 8, during The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The event was held in a tented venue outside the historic Campbell House Museum on Queen Street. In keeping with the Italian theme of this year’s upcoming festival in Wolfville, the evening was hosted by the Italian Trade Commission. Lia Rinaldo and Michael Howell greeted their many guests and celebrities. Devour supporters in attendance included actor Jason Priestley and Toronto food writer and restaurant critic…
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Mike Uncorked: I Love Lucy: My Dream Vacation to Jamestown, New York!

Mike Uncorked: I Love Lucy: My Dream Vacation to Jamestown, New York! By Mike Butler I was ten years old when Lucille Ball passed away. It’s one of my first recollections of a celebrity who meant something special to me dying and I remember having to process her death and learn the ability to look back on someone’s life and career and find great appreciation in their legacy! After Lucille Ball, artists like John Candy, John Ritter, Phyllis Diller, Mary Tyler Moore, Harvey Korman, Gene Wilder, and so many more have passed on and left an indelible and inspiring gift…
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WISE ACADIA Camp Full STEAM Ahead: A Great Success

WISE ACADIA Camp Full STEAM Ahead: A Great Success Barb Anderson Randy Newman Jen Richard From August 6 to 9, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Acadia held its third annual overnight summer science camp for girls entering grades 7 and 8. The Full STEAM Ahead camp was organized by a planning Team of WISE Acadia faculty, staff, and students and welcomed thirty campers from across the province to the Acadia University campus. The girls experienced a variety of speakers, workshops, arts-based activities, and many fun events (including the leaders ‘roasting’ marshmallows for s’mores under a broiler due to the…
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Sunday Music in the Garden Room Opens Another Exciting Season

Sunday Music in the Garden Room Opens Another Exciting Season By Janet Kirkconnell Sunday Music in the Garden Room opens its 2019-2020 season on September 22 with the dynamic violin and piano duo meagan&amy at 2pm in the Garden Room of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville. Pianist Meagan Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis, both Saskatchewan born and bred, and now based in Montreal, are the first to have been awarded “Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Tour”, a co-operative undertaking by three of the chief classical music impresario organizations in Canada, Prairie Debut (in existence for…
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Deep Roots Spotlight: Kim Barlow Interviews Catherine MacLellan

Deep Roots Spotlight: Kim Barlow Interviews Catherine MacLellan On opening night of the Deep Roots festival, celebrated Maritime singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will set the tone with a screening of her National Film Board documentary The Song and the Sorrow, directed by Millefiore Clarkes, and a duo performance following. The film captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile a family tragedy, confront the hurtful mystery of her absent father, Gene MacLellan, and embrace his musical legacy, as well as break the silence surrounding mental illness. Kim Barlow recently had a conversation with Catherine about music, mental health, and her father’s legacy. Here…
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A Fond Farewell to The Box of Delights Bookshop

A Fond Farewell to The Box of Delights Bookshop By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Box of Delights Bookshop has officially announced that the store will be closing at the end of September, 2019. This news has been met with a mixture of sadness and nostalgia from the community. Founded in 1972 by Hilary Sircom, The Box of Delights Bookshop is named after the British children’s novel by John Masefield. In 1991, it was purchased by Mitzi DeWolfe, who upheld a high standard of community-oriented bookselling during some difficult times in the industry. The beloved bookshop carried a wide range of…
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Indigenous Programming at Deep Roots

Indigenous Programming at Deep Roots By Genevieve Allen Hearn Eight years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be the student intern for the Deep Roots Music Festival. During my summer contract, I was tasked to work on the Indigenous programming for the event. You may remember, 2011 was the year celebrated indigenous singer Kinnie Starr and the indigenous band Digging Roots headlined. To complement the headlining acts, we had performers from Bear River lead the community in traditional song and dances in Clock Park, and at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. That experience opened up a whole new world to…
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