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Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Janet Kirkconnell We’re back—maybe! Phase 5 of the Nova Scotia Government’s plan for reopening the province is expected to be brought into effect on September 15, and if, with this, Acadia University at long last opens the campus to the public— we’re ready with a full 2021-22 season! The Homecoming weekend concert on October 17 will be given by pianist Walter Delahunt, with a concert in memory of Felicita Kalejs, followed on October 24 by an unusual Debut Atlantic offering, the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio, made up of pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley, and jazz bassist Tom Easley. On November…
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Who’s Who: Michelle McKean

Mike Butler Is there ever a perfect time to be featured in this column? Possibly! If you have a new business, a new show, a new something to promote, it’s great to be able to reach an audience to support you. If I were you, I would flag and tag this profile for possible future use, because Michelle McKean is a STAR and even if you might not require her services now, you may down the road. Let’s get acquainted with this wonderful woman. Michelle McKean grew up in Pictou County and was blessed with an amazing family. After high…
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Featurepreneur: Dreams of Denim

Genevieve Allen Hearn The owners of Ametora Supply, Alex and Margaret Pearson, recently moved their shop from Lunenburg to Centreville. The vintage clothing shop oozes all kinds of charm and nostalgia. The Grapevine wanted to find out more about this entrepreneurial couple, and how they found their way to the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about Ametora Supply.Alex and Margaret (A&M): Ametora Supply is a gender and size inclusive curated vintage shop with a focus on denim and clothing made in Canada and the United States. We moved to Lunenburg from Halifax four years ago, in need of…
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Wolfville’s Pond View Park

Submitted Anyone who has not yet visited Pond View Park at the west end of Wolfville, you can be sure you have found it now, as a sign was recently erected denoting the only town park in the area. Originally the pond was used for farm irrigation and is it still preserved at the eastern end by the Elderkin family who continue to own the west end of the pond. When the two condominium developments were built, what is now the park was a rock pile covered with shrubs and weeds. The land was deeded to the town as part…
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On The Cover: Recognizing Artist Bob Hainstock

Anna Horsnell Something new but perhaps long overdue. Over the last several months, visual artists from Windsor to Annapolis Royal were invited to nominate a fellow artist who they felt deserved recognition for both their art career and their contribution to the Valley art community and community at large. What followed were very thoughtful nominations acknowledging those artists who go above and beyond, artists who share their creativity, and their time and effort to make a difference. To be recognized by one’s peers is perhaps the sweetest of achievements, to be acknowledged by those who do what you do, those…
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Visually Speaking: Berwick Mural Society’s Picture This Campaign

Anna Horsnell Picture This: A large-scale mural depicting Berwick’s agricultural heritage painted bold and beautiful on the brick wall of the original Berwick Fruit Company building. It’s a natural location, adjacent to the Harvest Moon Trail off Mill Street that offers over 400 feet of empty wall just begging for a little colour and attention. Berwick’s reputation as the province’s apple capital has been well earned over the years and what better way to pay tribute than with public art that is available to residents and visitors alike. The idea will become an exciting reality in September. Berwick resident Greg…
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Mike Uncorked: Nancy Peck: Mind Over Matter!

A Sacred Recital for the Medical CommunityMike Butler “I Have A Brain Tumour.” I have known and adored Nancy Peck for as many years as I’ve lived in Wolfville. She’s a gem! Recently Nancy reached out with an email that was at first devastating but then filled with great relief and comfort. How I started this article is how Nancy started her email: “I have a brain tumour!”—and thank goodness I’m a rational enough person to read further before resorting to panic. She explained, “on December 9, 2019 I underwent an 8-hour surgery to remove a benign, non-aggressive brain tumour….
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Why The Arts Matter

Erin Patterson Here in this beloved Annapolis Valley, as elsewhere, we are facing many challenges. The climate emergency threatens our coastlines, our food security, and our children’s futures. Our healthcare and education systems, despite the selfless and often thankless efforts of their workers, are overburdened and under-resourced. The inflated housing market has put homeownership out of reach for many Nova Scotians and has put pressure and hardship on renters. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated societal inequities, caused an increase in physical and mental health issues, and burdened the economy. In such a context, the arts and culture sector is…
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Local Grad Wins 2021 Watson Kirkconnell History Prize

Beverly Boyd, Wolfville Historical Society “When you study history, you figure out how the world has shaped into what it is today,” says recent Horton High School graduate Yarrow Bedwin, who recently won the Wolfville Historical Society’s Watson Kirkconnell History Prize.Yarrow, who plans to pursue a degree in economics at Dalhousie University this fall, adds, “I enjoy learning about everything.” He credits history teacher Brad Richard for bringing the past to life through active class discussions. “I was one of the most vocal in that class, and I intend to include history courses at Dal as well!” Graduating with an…
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CentreStage: My Ten Year Anniversary!

CentreStage: My Ten Year Anniversary!Mike Butler 2021 marks my ten-year anniversary being involved with CentreStage Theatre. It’s hard to believe how fast these years went by. It’s also hard to believe how much theatre I’ve done with (and outside of) CentreStage Theatre. Seventy-five shows in 11 years (including the pandemic times), is something I am very proud of. So many friendships, working relationships, connections, challenges, and the chance to work the memory, get creative and have an outlet to be a bunch of nutty enduring characters has made my time on stage with CentreStage so enjoyable. I’ve been an actor,…
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