Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal Runs August 16-21

Expanding to six days, FODAR offers live performances inside and out. One of the very few live performance festivals in the country to run in 2020, Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) returns for its seventh year with a six-day festival which includes its popular Dance on Film evening, last year’s audience hit Market Dances, four evenings of live performance on stage at King’s Theatre and, new this year, a Studio Showing. Festival Schedule is as follows:Monday, August 16: 7:30pm, King’s Theatre: Dance on Film Night – West Side Story (1961)Tuesday, August 17: 8pm, Market Square: Market DancesWednesday, August 18…
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Short Cuts: News and Happenings Around the Valley

Colin Mitchell, former editor in chief of The Athenaeum, the Acadia Newspaper is proud to announce a feel-good story for the month of July. The Ath has always been known as a venue for creativity and inspiration for students for decades and Joe’s Food Emporium on Main Street, Wolfville has supplied much of the brain food to those creative students for over 40 years. Now, they’re teaming up! For the month of July, Joe’s Food Emporium will donate $1.00 from every order of their famous Scott Skins to The Ath Journalism Award, how cool is that?? So get out there,…
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Valley Regional Enterprise Network to Develop Strategic Tourism Plan

New initiative aims to make the Annapolis Valley a tourism destination of choice.Submitted Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy and supports thousands of local jobs and businesses. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to help the Valley Regional Enterprise Network (REN) improve and expand local tourism experiences in the Annapolis Valley and identify new opportunities for tourism development. Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, has announced a non-repayable contribution of $117,250 to the Valley REN. This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official…
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Celebrating Nova Scotia’s First Vineyard

Allan Lynch After a year with little to celebrate, Nova Scotian winemakers are popping corks and raising glasses to commemorate the 410th anniversary of the planting of the province’s first vineyard. In 1611 Louis Hebert, the apothecary at The Habitation in Port Royal, planted a hillside vineyard in Bear River. According to Canadian wine expert Tony Aspler’s book Vintage Canada, Hebert “loaded his canoe with vines he brought with him from France” and paddled to Bear River “to plant himself a vineyard.” It’s a natural progression for a place where the continent’s first dinner club, the Order of Good Cheer,…
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In With The New: New Valley Businesses to Watch

Who said a pandemic is a bad time to open a business? There are so many new and creative businesses cropping up around the Valley and we cannot contain our excitement! • Wolfville Wedding Chapel – The Valley is home to Nova Scotia’s first full-service wedding chapel! Want a no-fuss wedding but with ALL the charm and whimsy? This place on 360 Main Street is perfect for tying the knot or renewing vows with up to 20 of your favorite people! • Petite Patrie – The award-winning chocolate maker has found a new home in Kentville! The retail shop…
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Ron Lightburn Harbourville Moonlight. Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: Tides Art Gallery, R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor; Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Featurepreneur: Where the Wild Things Shop

Genevieve Allen Hearn Jon Foster is no stranger to The Grapevine. You may remember him from a Mike Uncorked article where Mike Butler covered Motiv Fitness, Abhaya MMA, and the Adventure Climbing Gym—all businesses currently or formerly run by Foster. A serial entrepreneur, Foster has most recently seen opportunity in the outdoor gear market, especially during a time when activities such as fishing and camping are enjoying huge surges in popularity. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about Wild Valley Supply Co.Jon Foster (JF): We are a fishing, camping and Timberland Pro workwear retail store with a brick-and-mortar location in Greenwich…
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CentreStage Update

Mike Butler To all you theatre lovers out there: we are getting close everyone! Because the restrictions are lifting and life is pivoting, CentreStage is keeping an eye out for when all is safe and clear to have our patrons back. In the meantime, we used this downtime to upgrade lighting, sound, and hearing device equipment in the theatre, do some year long spring cleaning, get plans in place for the big return, and of course, we have our vintage radio shows that can be accessed through the CentreStage website. Why not join our newsletter and be the first to…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: Silver Lake

Margot Bishop On route 221, there is a tiny little hidden gem that is free for one and all. Silver Lake in Lakeville, NS, can be reached by several different roads, but the address of Silver Lake Beach is 585-569 Lakewood Rd. Silver Lake is a glacial “kettle” lake, formed when a pocket of ice broke off a glacier and stayed embedded in the sediment. When the ice melted, it formed a “kettle,” which either fills with ground water or is fed from a stream. It is shallow around the edges, but is 14-19 metres deep in the centre, according…
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Featurepreneur: Retreat Yo’self!

Genevieve Allen Hearn *I know it as Canning’s princess house. You may know it as Borden Estate or The Old Place. Whatever the name, the 1864 Gothic Revival style home in Canning is awe-inspiring, and it has now been transformed into a retreat space. Jessica Bergevin leads the Borden Place Wellness retreats, which include physical, horticultural, and historical elements. Bergevin also operates Jessica Bergevin Physiotherapy, and shared her story with *The Grapevine. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your niche in physiotherapy.Jessica Bergevin (JB): I am a women’s health/pelvic health physiotherapist. Although I treat a broad range of pelvic health…
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