Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist As beautiful as the Norway Spruce Forest in Acadia’s Woodland Trails appears to be, biologically it’s not as beautiful as it could be.  It lacks the diversity that is essential to a balanced and healthy environment. Norway spruce (picea abies) is native to Europe and is listed as an invasive species in many regions outside of its range. Norway spruce is a dominant species that grows rapidly in its early years, growing as much as three feet per year for the…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art By Alexandra Pulchny, Acadia University Art Gallery Collections and Outreach Assistant The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been integral to Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th century. Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, is a central place for Acadian identity.  While the history of the site is what sparks most interest, there is also a significant figure who brings many people to Grand-Pré and has encouraged interest in Acadian culture: Evangeline. The heroine however, is a literary creation. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem…
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Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local!

Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local! By Mike Butler A few months ago I emceed the MOMFEST event at the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. This event is a very special thing here in the valley where mothers can go and visit information booths and attend workshops on various topics pertaining to motherhood, raising a child, and health and wellness, while interacting with other mothers and sharing stories and experiences about raising children. The event also features extracurricular activities the valley has to offer for moms and their children. I met a slew of interesting business…
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Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education!

Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education! By Mike Butler John Smith is a pretty familiar face to the Valley. I’ve known John for a few years and I’m so proud to have shared the stage with him about half a dozen times. He’s friendly, outgoing, family and community-minded, and a great friend (and co-star!) and John is part of a pretty awesome project that I want to share with you. But first a little bit about the man behind it: John Howard Smith, proudly named for his two grandfathers, was born and raised in Nova Scotia. John joined the…
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Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream!

Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream! By Genevieve Allen Hearn How better to spend the lazy, hazy final month of summer than by the seaside with an ice cream? June Granger opened her ice cream shop, i scream, last year and is in full swing this summer. Located on Main Street in Canning, her shop transports you to the 1940s with a large inviting counter, jars filled with candy and sweets, and colorful bunting hanging in the window. The Grapevine chatted with June about her new business full of sweet things and happiness! The Grapevine (GV): What inspired…
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The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library. For open hours, check valleylibrary.ca To contact Jamie directly, email djrobertson@eastlink.ca WHO:  I am a geologist and landscape photographer living in Grand Pré. In my career as a mineral exploration geologist, I had a great opportunity to travel widely in remote areas of Canada and the world. This triggered my passion for landscape photography, and often flying in helicopters and small planes allowed me to photograph these wilderness landscapes from the air. WHAT: It is the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson (an Acadia…
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Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year

Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year By Genevieve Allen Hearn Centre Square in Kentville is seeing a lot more activity these days. The weekly farmers’ market is bustling with patrons, the Kentville Merchant’s Group has been organizing events such as skateboard demos and car shows, the town uses the space to host Harvest Festival and Apple Blossom activities, and on August 26th the square will be closed to vehicles and given over to pedestrians for the 3rd annual Multicultural Fair. The Multicultural Fair is the brainchild of Lynn Jin, an immigrant from China. She wanted to create an…
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Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th

Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th By Donna Crawford, Show Committee Member Milkvale Farm’s Allison Magee is well-known to those who frequent Kentville’s Wednesday farmers’ market. But how many of those eager shoppers – seeking out fresh local veggies, fruit, and specialty items – know what Allison and five other Valley residents are planning in celebration of Canada’s 150th? In fact, even his neighbours in Welsford are unlikely to have heard what’s being set up for Saturday, August 12. “It has to do with our Country’s big birthday and with gardens of course” hints Magee. “Any Valley resident…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist For the past 11 years the Gardens have been graced with young artists for two weeks each summer during the Uncommon Common Art (UCA) Summer Camp. Art in the Garden campers spend their days exploring the garden and forest, playing games outside, and finding inspiration for their art in the natural world. We love the energy and life that the young people bring to the garden and they love having the garden as their playground. The camp is run by UCA’s Creative…
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Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales

Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery It seems botanical art is quite popular in the art world, but where did it originate from? Botanical art began in ancient Greece as a way to catalog plants that had economic value and healing properties. In 18th-century Europe, artists were using botanical illustrations to integrate beauty and new subjects to their work, thus, the mid-18th and early-19th century became Botanical Art’s golden period. During this time, botanical illustration, as a past-time, was considered a proper/genteel activity for women who were financially and socially…
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