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The Dome Chronicles: Mr. Hill’s Opus

The Dome Chronicles By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph…
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Mike Uncorked: One Man Show about Troubled Artist Comes to Wolfville!

Mike Uncorked: One Man Show about Troubled Artist Comes to Wolfville! By Mike Butler Vincent Van Gogh is a name that is recognizable to everyone, young or old. His paintings of sunflowers, his Starry Night, and his self portraits, have become treasured pop culture icons. Arguably one of the most talented and gifted artists of all time, he was also a very passionate and at times tortured soul, who never realized his full potential. His paintings today sell for millions and his life and work are celebrated all over the world, but like too many artists his life was cut…
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Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member!

Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member! By Mike Butler The Valley is filled with exceptional community members. I have the honour of writing about them in this column, including a gentleman I had never met before, but now that I have I’m very excited to share his adventures with you. Barry Braun is the founder of the Happy Community Project. He has a vision to change the world one community at a time and who wouldn’t want to help with that vision? Barry didn’t always have this vision. In fact, for a significant portion of his existence, he was…
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Deep Roots at the Kings County Museum

Deep Roots at the Kings County Museum Submitted The Kings Historical Society and Deep Roots Music Festival are joining up to present two exciting “Concerts in the Courtroom” at the Kings County Museum during Deep Roots weekend. First, on Friday September 28 at 7pm, it promises to be a magical night of music in the historic courtroom at the Kings County Museum when Clary Croft brings his beautiful tenor voice, impeccable musicianship, and deep knowledge of folklore to share. Clary is cited in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada for his contribution to Maritime folklore and his ongoing research into…
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Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music

Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music By Laura Churchill Duke As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on!” Music does wonders for your soul, not to mention your brain development! It’s never too early to start introducing your children to music. When they are in the womb, they will start to recognize their mothers’ voices, so sing to them often. Once they are born, keep singing to your baby! It doesn’t matter how good you are. Make up the words if you have to! Just keep singing! There are several music or rhyme-time classes…
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Art Spot: Louise McDonald

Art Spot: Louise McDonald Louise’s photographs are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of September WHO: I was born outside London, England but have been living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley ever since I emigrated to Canada as a child. WHAT: I have always had some kind of camera in my hand, exploring this beautiful new country, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a community midwife, and a kind friend gave me the gift of a nice digital camera, that my interest in the photographic world began to deepen….
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New Tunes: John Tetrault

New Tunes: John Tetrault Joh Tetrault’s new album, Love/Unlove, was made over a period of a year at Soundmarket Studios right in Wolfville. Kory Bayer was the producer and engineer as well as the bass player. The recording includes many contributions from local artists, including Graham Howes, Alex Porter, and Ariana and Kamila Nasr. The CD is a collection of songs about aspects of love, from infatuation to patriotism. “Some tunes are fairly old and a few were written just before recording. Songwriting is a process of observation, and quite a bit of imagination. My love life is not nearly…
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Call for Submissions: Uncommon Common Art 2019

Call for Submissions: Uncommon Common Art 2019 Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is an annual site responsive art project that brings visual art out of institutions and into rural communities of Kings County, Nova Scotia between June 1 and October 30. This free event, which is starting its twelfth year, highlights the exceptional locations of the Minas Basin and Annapolis Valley. UCA guidebooks lead residents and visitors in exploring the art installations in our communities, nature trails, and country lanes. Our projects expand the relationship between art and nature, and constantly work to make visual art and physical activity a more…
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MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY!

Who’s Who: MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY! By Mike Butler When was the last time your little piggies went to market? You need to put your best foot forward and go see Marie Jardine. Read on and find out why. Marie Jardine was born and raised in Dartmouth. In 1977 her dad retired from the Navy and they moved to Ontario. She went to high school in Kincardine, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Huron and then went to Sheridan College to study graphic design and worked in Toronto for a few years. She says, “I worked for…
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In Review

In Review Recent News, Happenings, and Events On Wednesday September 26, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market will celebrate their newly installed 20kw array of solar panels with a sustainability fair as part of their Wednesday Community Market and Market Supper. They’ll share the story of how this project came to pass, and its expected impacts, while recognizing community partners who made it possible. The highlight of the night will be a Q and A session with several NS experts from the solar energy sector. On Saturday September 29 from 9:30am – 3pm, Wolfville’s Quiet Garden will be hosting “Soil and Spirituality:…
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