Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Who’s Who: David Hovell

A Little Wine, A Little Magic, and A Big BusMike Butler David Hovell and I go WAY back! Well, not that WAY back but a while at least! I have been a proud tour guide on the Magic Winery Bus for four of its ten years on the road, and it’s been something I cherish and thank David for all the time. He loves this area as much as I do and David sees potential when there’s nothing in front of him, sees opportunity when it hasn’t even knocked yet, and sees growth when the seed has barely been planted….
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Windsor Agricultural Society to Host Modified 256th Hants County Exhibition

Submitted The oldest agricultural fair in North America will move to a modified format in 2021 to safely operate within public health protocols. In March, the Exhibition Association of Nova Scotia announced that all traditional “in-person” fairs and exhibitions in Nova Scotia would be cancelled again in 2021 due to COVID-19. Individual fairs could go forward with scaled down events meeting public health protocols. A traditional Hants County Exhibition welcomes roughly 30,000 visitors annually from all over the Maritime provinces, making it a large contributor to the local Valley economy. While the impact of Covid-19 has created a challenging situation,…
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The Tradition Continues: Berwick Gala Days!

Submitted Community members in Berwick’s Apple Capital and surrounding areas are excited to join together to celebrate the last long weekend of the summer. Travel to Berwick for Labour Day weekend! The events will kick off on Saturday morning with one of two community breakfasts at the Berwick Lions Hall. The official opening will take place here at the 830am with the Mayor and Royal Party in attendance. As traditions continue, Saturday will be filled with the Children’s Parade, followed by treats for everyone, and prizes and activities for youth on the grounds. Traditional events are taking place such as…
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Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Janet Kirkconnell We’re back—maybe! Phase 5 of the Nova Scotia Government’s plan for reopening the province is expected to be brought into effect on September 15, and if, with this, Acadia University at long last opens the campus to the public— we’re ready with a full 2021-22 season! The Homecoming weekend concert on October 17 will be given by pianist Walter Delahunt, with a concert in memory of Felicita Kalejs, followed on October 24 by an unusual Debut Atlantic offering, the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio, made up of pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley, and jazz bassist Tom Easley. On November…
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Why Singing Together Feels So Good

Heidi Kalyani I was standing in the tunnel at the Atlantic Festival Theatre with my camera up to my eye capturing moments from the Deep Roots Music Festival when I started to cry. Arguably, I was going through a rough time (as I had recently exited a long and painful relationship), but as is the unfortunate custom in our culture, I had been “nobly” holding in my emotions and getting on with my role of taking photographs. That is until Coco Love Alcorn stepped on to the stage and began to sing, “Out of the hard times in life comes…
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Books By Locals: Dean Jobb’s Madness, Mayhem & Murder

Wendy Elliott Wolfville’s Dean Jobb is the author of six books, three in just the last year. His latest, Madness, Mayhem & Murder, is a collection of 16 true tales of crime and justice drawn from almost two centuries of Nova Scotia’s history, from the province’s first murder case in 1749 to its last execution in 1937. The cast includes pirates and privateers, terrorists, shadowy Confederate agents, and a motley crew of smugglers, thieves, killers, duel-fighting gentlemen, and a few people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. These are stranger-than-fiction stories of crime and punishment, tragedy…
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Who’s Who: Michelle McKean

Mike Butler Is there ever a perfect time to be featured in this column? Possibly! If you have a new business, a new show, a new something to promote, it’s great to be able to reach an audience to support you. If I were you, I would flag and tag this profile for possible future use, because Michelle McKean is a STAR and even if you might not require her services now, you may down the road. Let’s get acquainted with this wonderful woman. Michelle McKean grew up in Pictou County and was blessed with an amazing family. After high…
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Featurepreneur: Dreams of Denim

Genevieve Allen Hearn The owners of Ametora Supply, Alex and Margaret Pearson, recently moved their shop from Lunenburg to Centreville. The vintage clothing shop oozes all kinds of charm and nostalgia. The Grapevine wanted to find out more about this entrepreneurial couple, and how they found their way to the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about Ametora Supply.Alex and Margaret (A&M): Ametora Supply is a gender and size inclusive curated vintage shop with a focus on denim and clothing made in Canada and the United States. We moved to Lunenburg from Halifax four years ago, in need of…
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Wolfville’s Pond View Park

Submitted Anyone who has not yet visited Pond View Park at the west end of Wolfville, you can be sure you have found it now, as a sign was recently erected denoting the only town park in the area. Originally the pond was used for farm irrigation and is it still preserved at the eastern end by the Elderkin family who continue to own the west end of the pond. When the two condominium developments were built, what is now the park was a rock pile covered with shrubs and weeds. The land was deeded to the town as part…
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On The Cover: Recognizing Artist Bob Hainstock

Anna Horsnell Something new but perhaps long overdue. Over the last several months, visual artists from Windsor to Annapolis Royal were invited to nominate a fellow artist who they felt deserved recognition for both their art career and their contribution to the Valley art community and community at large. What followed were very thoughtful nominations acknowledging those artists who go above and beyond, artists who share their creativity, and their time and effort to make a difference. To be recognized by one’s peers is perhaps the sweetest of achievements, to be acknowledged by those who do what you do, those…
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