Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

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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The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer

The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer By Anna Horsnell We are not alone. Humans share planet Earth with a tremendous variety of other life forms. The animals around us look back at us, aware, holding us to account perhaps. Kaitlin Bauer is one who sees and pays homage through her fine wildlife drawings. The connection between animal and human is so often through the eyes, and Bauer understands that bond. Whether her subject is a great horned owl or a grizzly bear, she captures the direct stare or coy expression of the seemingly inattentive. She aims for the candid moment,…
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Who’s Who: Bernie Zinck

Who’s Who: Bernie Zinck By Mike Butler Bernie Zinck, in my opinion, is one of the most talented local musicians we have here in the Valley. I have known Bernie for close to 30 years, as we attended the same high school together: the original KCA. I’ve been following Bernie and his music adventures for many years, and I’m so excited to finally feature him in my Who’s Who column! Bernie was born and raised in Kentville, and was a prominent member of KCA’s celebrated band program! Bernie started playing guitar when he was eight years old, then he learned…
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ArtCan News

ArtCan News As the summer season comes to a close we’re reflecting on all the exciting events we had the privilege of hosting at ArtCan: many of the Kitchen Parties with Kim Barlow – a lovely variety of musicians, poets and writers; 5 abstract artists from Annapolis Royal presented a beautiful show during the month of August, and many students have also been making great work in the studio. Thank you to all the fantastic artists for making such a memorable summer! ArtCan Café will continue to serve coffee and desserts throughout the fall, but the lunch service will end…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gentle Yoga Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gentle Yoga Interest Group My Marie Mossman Ever wish you could join a yoga class without buying a wardrobe of tight bottoms and tops, or mysterious belts, blocks, and bolsters? Do you prefer gentle exercise? The coordinator of the Newcomers gentle yoga interest group has organized a new series of ten lessons on Tuesday mornings at a ground-level yoga studio in Wolfville. A member who plans to return for the new series of classes says, “I found the class non-judgemental and inclusive for people of all abilities, and I hope to improve my range of motion through…
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Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley

Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley Lindsey Reddin Boates Farm 432 Bligh Road, Woodville 9am-5pm 902-678-7301 or Certified organic apples & pears. Daniels U-Pick 4499 Highway 14 Windsor Forks 11am-5pm 902-798-5432 Plums, pears, apples. Dempsey Corner Orchards 2717 Highway 221 Aylesford 10am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-847-1855 or Facebook Garden veggies, pears, grapes, apples, pumpkins. $2 farm admission Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Highway 1 Greenwich 8am-9pm, Sundays 9am-9pm 902-542-7198 or Facebook Blackberries, garden veg & herbs, pears, apples. Foote Family Farm 1972 Woodville Road Woodville 8am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-678-4371 or Facebook Apples. Gates U-Pick 1269 Starrs Point…
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Newest Jan Coates Novel to Benefit Feed Nova Scotia

Newest Jan Coates Novel to Benefit Feed Nova Scotia Submitted With the release of Jan L. Coates’ new children’s book, Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, Nevermore Press in Lunenburg will be donating one dollar from the sale of each book to Feed Nova Scotia from now through October 14, Thanksgiving Day. Say What You Mean is the second middle-grade novel published under Nevermore’s Trap Door Books imprint. In Say What You Mean, twelve-year-old Jake MacKinnon rescues an old hound dog from the pound. Sandy turns out to be a fairy dogmother, who grants Jake’s greatest wish—to be…
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I KNOW A PLACE By Ron Lightburn Batidinha A tranquil pond next to the Harvest Moon Trailway in Coldbrook. Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at six locations in the Annapolis Valley: The Hardware Gallery, R.D. Chisholm, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing, Port Williams; and Saunders Tartans & Gifts, New Minas.