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Retail Boom in Kentville

Retail Boom in KentvilleBy Genevieve Allen Hearn Our Best of the Bunch survey results reflected a trend in the town of Kentville that we’ve been closely following here at The Grapevine. Many of the winners (and runners-up) are Kentville-based businesses, which was not the case a number of years ago. There is a difference in the town, and people are noticing. A promotional video of the town produced by Canopy Creative and commissioned by the Kentville Business Community even got the attention of CTV News, who recently aired a story on the revitalization of retail businesses in Kentville. I grew…
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FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to Future

FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to FutureBy Linda Best Please join us at 3pm on Sunday, January 26th at Chrismaria Family Restaurant, 8934 Commercial Street, New Minas. When we eat better, we live better. When we support businesses that help us to eat better, we all do better. Eating food grown here, rather than made from ingredients highly processed to withstand the rigours of a worldwide supply chain, is better for all of us. We can choose, and eat, and cook our way to better health and a more equitable, sustainable food system. We…
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Art Spot: Mario Croteau

Art Spot: Mario Croteau Mario Croteau’s photographs are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of January. WHO:I was born and raised in Quebec City. Ater visiting Nova Scotia 6 years ago, I moved here to fulfill my dream of doing fine art photography. Digital photography is my dream medium. I’m fully in control of every aspect of my production: from finding subjects and taking the pictures, to editing them on a computer and then printing them on fine art paper, I’m doing all steps, which is very gratifying. How did you come to…
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Way Back When

Way Back When DATE: circa 1928MATERIALS: PaperMEASUREMENTS: 30.5 cm L x 35.5 cm WSCOPE & CONTENT: This photo is of the Grade 10 students of Wolfville High School in 1928. The students acted out a scene entitled “A Grecian Scene” as part of the school’s Christmas Competition. Some of the people include: Lloyd Shaw, Lloyd Macpherson, Rex Porter, Joyce Sears, Harold Perry, Enid Coldwell, Helen Perry, Lorna Bishop, Frances Porter, Rose Cohen, John Murphy, Phyllis Barteau, Helen Fowler, Ralph Creighton, John Eaton, Marguerite Fowler, John Roach, Mabel Burgher, Florence Jodrey, Helen Young, Betty Williams, Jennie Pulsifer, Julia Burgher, Mildred Smith,…
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Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest Gallery

Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest GalleryOn now until the end of the year Home is a holiday show featuring the work of participating gallery artists. We chose the theme of Home as it is such an evocative word –one often associated with the holiday season. And yet, Home can mean so many things: an accommodation, property, a roof over one’s head; the family or social unit occupying a home; a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates; a game played at the team’s own field or court; or homing: the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and PlantsBy Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator The changing of the seasons is a powerful experience, especially when we choose to pay attention. We forget, amidst the busyness of our lives, that what is happening in the natural world around us is mirrored within us as well. Spring is an explosive celebration of new life, sometimes overwhelming in its displays and intensity. Summer is a time of growth, moving us upward and forward with great energy. Autumn finds us harvesting the literal and metaphorical fruits of our labours, knowing…
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Sunday Music, Part Two

Sunday Music, Part Two By Janet Kirkconnell Sunday Music in the Garden Room, a series now in its thirteenth year, is kept afloat by donations and volunteers. The second half of the 2019-2020 season of Sunday Music, presented in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus begins on January 5 with a piano recital by Baxter’s Harbour native Tabitha Payzant. A graduate of Mount Allison University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, she will present an excellent program of a Bach prelude and fugue, one of Beethoven’s late sonatas (op. 110), a Chopin étude,…
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Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!

Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!By François Côté Make your charitable donation to the Performing Arts Series before February 1, 2020, for a chance to win an all-inclusive round-trip train cruise for two from Halifax to Montreal aboard Via Rail’s The Ocean. The trip includes double bedroom accommodations and all meals. Dates are to be chosen by the winner, who may also gift the trip to someone else. What a wonderful opportunity for a cultural adventure to La Belle Métropole! For decades, your Acadia Performing Arts Series has been bringing world class performances…
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The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 Calendar

The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 CalendarBy Sophie Bérubé The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is a not-for-profit charitable group that works to raise the literacy levels of adults in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Since 2011, we have offered a creative writing class to our adult learners who are drawn to the literary arts. VCLA believes that adults learners, like children, also benefit from engaging in artistic creation. What began as a writing group has expanded into visual arts, song writing and music production programs. Since 2018, we have produced a calendar with photos of the Valley featuring poetry…
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