Articles

Margot’s Hidden Gems: Heritage and Farm Markets

Margot Bishop Our heritage is a feast. The farmers, fishermen, hunters, gatherers, along with the land, rivers, lakes, bays, mudflats and orchards, all being part and parcel of our ancestors’ gifts to us. These resources and the knowledge of how to produce food from them, should be considered a feast. A feast celebrating all that we are and can be. Our roadside stands and farm markets are full of wonderful products and produce from our lovely Valley. Some are tiny stands at the end of a farm lane, with the hope that the trust and honesty of most people will…
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Concerts-in-Waiting: Food for the Soul

Janet Kirkconnell As this issue of The Grapevine goes to press, it is not yet known if the green light will be given to the Sunday Music in the Garden Room concerts waiting in the wings. A full 2021-22 season of chamber music is at the ready. Over the past 18 months, COVID-19 has muted live music on the Acadia campus, following the necessary exclusion of the public, and even students and staff for a long time, from the university grounds. Many people have lamented not being able to attend the Sunday Music concerts, and have expressed the hope that…
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Harvest for Health: Tastes of Europe

Valley Regional Hospital Foundation Makes Plans for Scans! Mike Butler The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation is at it again with their most ambitious fundraising campaign ever! Health services are so important here in the Valley and, as we know, a lot of machines and equipment and essential pieces needed to aid our health get old, outdated, and eventually need replacing. In 2019 the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation (VRHF) executed a virtual cooking class fundraiser to purchase a new C-Arm for the hospital. It was very successful! This year, the campaign is bigger because the equipment needed is larger. Are you…
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6th Annual Fairy Walk

Black Rock TrailsSaturday October 9, 1:00pm- 4:00pm On Saturday, October 9, the Black Rock Trails Association is hosting the sixth annual Fairy House Walk. This is a Covid-safe outdoor family event using the short trail starting at the trailhead at 4404 Black Rock Roadd, Black Rock, and allowing those who are young at heart to walk the fairy woods and build fairy houses. Unfortunately, the Covid-sensitive fairies cannot provide a tea this year. The Tradition of Fairy Houses has its roots on a few islands off the coast of Maine. For decades people were inspired to create whimsical houses made…
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PEACE BY CHOCOLATE’S TAREQ HADHAD TO HEADLINE VALLEY FUNDRAISER

Building a cause through entrepreneurship and community Submitted The Valley Women’s Business Network (VWBN) is delighted to present Tareq Hadhad, the inspiring founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate, at its fall fundraiser on Friday, October 15. The event takes place at the Maritime Express Cider Co. ballroom in Kentville. Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. The event includes appetizers, a cash bar, and door prizes. An online silent auction precedes the event. The audience will learn the Hadhad family story as Syrian refugees, and the challenges that come with rapid growth in expanding to new markets and…
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Confession of a Carnivore

Garry Leeson When I was a boy my family was always on the move. In the 1950s and ’60s we lived at numerous locations in the city of Toronto, but most of our time was spent on various rented farms and small properties in the nearby countryside.My parents were of pioneer stock, born and bred to a certain way of life and whenever possible when we arrived at any property that was large enough for a garden, the first order of business was to dig the shovels out of the 1949 Ford sedan that served as our moving van and…
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Ross Creek Fall 2021 Programming and Events

Submitted Goodbye summer, hello autumn!We are so grateful to so many people for seeing us through our 30th anniversary season this summer and are so proud to have welcomed back hundreds of artists, campers, and theatre patrons to Ross Creek. Adult Weekend Workshop Retreats (October & November)Break away for a unique and creative experience in our fall series of weekend art intensives for ages 16+ with extraordinary artist mentors. Learn about a new medium, or fine-tune your creative toolkit with friends (or make some new ones along the way)! Each session is all about giving yourself time and new creative…
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When Country Gets The Blues

Charlie A’Court and Witchitaw bring tour to Berwick’s Union StreetSubmitted Powerhouse Blues artist Charlie A’Court and outlaw country rockers Witchitaw, have joined forces to create an exciting new show called When Country Gets The Blues. Together, these well-known East Coast artists are set to embark on a theatre tour that will make stops in all three Maritime provinces this fall, including Berwick’s Union Street and Windsor’s Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre. To celebrate the tour A’Court and Witchitaw have recorded a brand new live album. Separately, each act is known for their entertaining live shows and commitment to their respective…
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Indigenous Legend Tomson Highway opens Devour! The Food Film Fest

Featuring an expanded hybrid event with generous servings of in-person and digital programming Submitted With a fusion of food and film, Devour! has always been a hybrid festival, and this year just got a little sweeter. The 11th installment, celebrating Global Indigenous Cinema and Cuisine, will span 47 events over 6 days, running from October 19-24, 2021. Devour! is thrilled and honoured to announce our headlining special guest, Tomson Highway, Governor General award-winningplaywright, musician, and novelist. “Glooscap First Nation has successfully collaborated with Devour! in years past to celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and bring this experience to visitors from around the…
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New Space for The Red Door

Lindsay Millar, MD, CCFP The Red Door Youth Health & Support Centre has moved to a fantastic new space at 10 Webster Street, Suite 203, in Kentville. Look up from Webster Street below, and you’ll see our rainbow and trans pride flags in the windows! Our new clinic is bright, welcoming, and spacious, enabling us to expand our services. We continue to provide sexual health care for youth age 13-30 including: STI testing and treatment (including HIV testing), contraceptive counselling, free condoms, low-cost birth control, the morning-after pill (PlanB), gender-affirming care for trans and non-binary clients, pap tests, and a…
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