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Mike Uncorked: My Ten Years of Community Theatre

Mike Uncorked: My Ten Years of Community TheatreBy Mike Butler Picture it: December 2009. I’d only been in Wolfville for a few years. I was still getting my feet wet and looking for ways to get involved in this community. I was so young! I’d just started writing for The Grapevine, I was working full time at Atlantic Lighting Studio, and I’d met so many folks there. One day, Marion Leier was in the shop and mentioned her daughter Kerri was in need of an actor for a play she was directing. An actor had just backed out and she…
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Who’s Who: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Who’s Who: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and FutureBy Mike Butler When the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future walked into my apartment to be interviewed, it got really TENSE! These fascinating apparitions have been making appearances on stage, television, film, and in literature for over a hundred years and it’s been very difficult to get them all in the same room to interview, but I finally did it. Let’s get into the holiday spirit of things, and learn more about three of the most famous ghosts in history! Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, and…
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Give to the Fundy Dental Community Project

Give to the Fundy Dental Community ProjectSubmitted Are you looking for a unique and life-impacting gift to give this holiday season? What about giving someone you don’t know the gift of a smile, with all of its additional benefits! Treatment through the Fundy Dental Community Project (FDCP) has life-impacting results for their clients. This type of opportunity can be an invaluable turning point and catalyst towards a future built on stronger mental, emotional, and physical well-being; overcoming obstacles that they previously felt were insurmountable, and opening doors to more opportunities. One recent FDCP patient says, “this program has been a…
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Chrysalis House Thanks Mrs. Claus

Chrysalis House Thanks Mrs. ClausBy Ginger McPhee For The Grapevine‘s Season of Giving issue, we’d like to tell you about an amazing woman in our community who is most certainly deserving of some recognition for her great work. At Chrysalis House, Wendy Richardson is also known as Mrs. Claus. She lives in Greenwood, and she has been hosting a Christmas breakfast pajama party for the Chrysalis House Association every year for the past nine years. On December 7, she hosted her tenth fundraiser. Every year, she contacts the Chrysalis House Association to collect a wish list from the shelter, and…
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They Built a Dome: The Dome Chronicles Book Launches December 14

They Built a Dome: The Dome Chronicles Book Launches December 14Emily Leeson (with Zoe D’Amato) “Can you hear that?!” My mother was yelling into her phone. “Hear what?” I whispered back, lowering the volume on my receiver. I was in class, but I have a policy of always picking up when family calls…well, when my parents call, that is. They have a habit of getting into some sticky situations — like when Dad got stuck down the well, or when they crashed the wagon into the woodpile (everybody including the horses ended up upside — down, but ultimately fine). “I…
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Donate to the Kingston Library Expansion

Donate to the Kingston Library ExpansionBy Muriel West Are you looking for a new option for Christmas giving? A worthy project where you can be assured that a large portion of your donation isn’t being used for “administrative” expenses? Are you looking for a project that will benefit a large swath of society: the privileged as well as the disenfranchised, the elderly well as children? Something that will provide you with a tax receipt for the full amount of your gift? Perhaps your group, class, or workplace wants to impact the local community with a meaningful project at holiday time…
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Keeping Kentville’s History Alive

Keeping Kentville’s History AliveBy Lynn PulsiferKentville Historical Society It has been a busy year for museums in the town of Kentville! A new Heritage Centre opened its doors to the public in May. Located in Kentville’s downtown in the former VIA Rail Station, this small brick building sits alongside what was once the main rail line that ran through the town. Opening under the management of the newly formed Kentville Historical Society, the Centre consists of a written and pictorial history of three featured areas: old photos of the town, sports in Kentville over the years, and the development of…
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Mother Goose Muddle is Fezziwig’s Anniversary Show

Mother Goose Muddle is Fezziwig’s Anniversary ShowSubmitted This December will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fezziwig Family Christmas Frolic. To celebrate, the cast is reprising its very first original pantomime, Mother Goose Muddle. “We keep doing it because it’s really fun to stage these shows and so many people get enjoyment out of it each year,” says director Wendy Elliott. “It brings a whole community together to laugh and sing — that’s always the best part.” This year’s script is the first to be repeated. It features the familiar Victorian Fezziwig family hosting their annual holiday party, much as…
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The Grapevine’s Season of Giving Food Bank Listing

The Grapevine‘s Season of Giving Food Bank ListingPlease Give Generously Every year we donate a portion of our sales profit from our Season of Giving issue to a local cause. This year, we’ve directed those funds towards buying tangerines for the Wolfville Area Food Bank Holiday Hampers. These hampers are a true community effort. Each hamper is packed with the goods for a festive meal with all the fixings. Each ingredient is collected by local community groups. For example, local students gather donations of gravy; apple juice, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, carrots, and peas all come in from the congregations of…
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Art Actually

Art ActuallyBy Anna Horsnell Artists are different creatures. They communicate in a language that goes beyond words. They see possibilities and potential where others might not. Whether their chosen medium is photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, video, or any other visual art, artists attempt to shine a light and draw attention. They point to the beautiful and the sublime, the unjust and the controversial. They hold up a mirror, and capture the moment. They inspire and they confound. Most of all, artists mark a universal wall to say humanity was here. In this time and in this place, we lived….
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