Articles

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Art in the Garden

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Art in the Garden By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist We’ve been growing a very unusual species in the greenhouse this summer. They are erratic in growth habit and behaviour, and they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. That’s right, we’ve been growing humans! At the start of the season we moved our tropical blueberry collection outside so the plants could enjoy some fresh air and benefit from the natural predatory insects and pollinators. In the meantime, the blueberry house has been turned into a classroom for humans. We…
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The Acadia University Art Gallery presents: “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected”

The Acadia University Art Gallery presents: “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected” By Dr. Laurie Dalton, Director and Curator August 3 – September 30, 2018 Join us for the opening reception on August 3 at 7pm! Much of the way in which people have come to understand the artist has been a result of storytelling. This exhibition presents a selection of Maud Lewis artwork from private collections, along with memories of how people have come to collect her work. These demonstrate the ways in which we have come to remember, know, and situate the work of the artist. While Maud Lewis…
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Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope

Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kaleidoscope in New Minas is a program started by Donna Randell in 2015. Donna is a slight departure from the usual entrepreneurs that we feature in this column because her venture is a nonprofit. Kaleidoscope offers social and recreation opportunities for adults with special needs at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about how Kaleidoscope got its start. Donna Randell (DR): Kaleidoscope started when I couldn’t find daytime activities for people with special needs. Kathleen Purdy, executive director of the Alexander Society for…
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Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum Market

Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum Market Submitted The Town of Middleton has an exciting new addition these days. The Macdonald Museum Market opened for the first time on May 31 and continues each week on Thursdays, 4-7pm. With an average of 35 full-time and 10 part-time vendors so far, the outdoor market has been a huge success from the beginning. Everything at the Market is homemade, homegrown, or home-baked. Each week hundreds are enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, plants, and baked goods. There is even a gluten-free bake table! Freeze-dried fruit, delicious sausages on a bun, ice-cold homemade sodas, lemonade,…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Eye Of The Beholder

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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Valley Family Fun: Young Picassos

Valley Family Fun: Young Picassos By Laura Churchill Duke “It is never too early to introduce kids to art,” explains Laurie Dalton, director and curator of the Acadia Art Gallery. Many parents are nervous about taking their children to an art gallery. Is it appropriate? Will they be bored? Will they be the one to knock over the sculpture? Dalton gives the following tips: Bring a bag of colour swatches and shapes. Give each child a colour or shape and ask them to find something in the gallery that is the same shape or colour. Buy a postcard at the…
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Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!!

Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!! By Mike Butler On July 14, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon, I married the most wonderful man on the planet! It was a day (and a process) that was beyond perfect. The support Ian and I have received since day one of our relationship leading up to the wedding day is so profound and overwhelming and I thought I would dedicate this Mike Uncorked to our special day for everyone to read about and be a part of. How it all began … I’m a sappy romantic at heart and I believe in time and…
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Hardware Gallery Organizes Mural Project in Kentville

Hardware Gallery Organizes Mural Project in Kentville By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kentville will get a little more colorful this summer. Board members of Hardware Gallery, the new art gallery located in the Town of Kentville, are making a community effort to get new, contemporary murals in the town. The Kentville Business Community has recently amended their façade program to include murals, which means businesses can apply for 50 per cent of the mural creation cost. Dave Reid from D.M. Reid’s Jewellers is the first business to jump on board. Reid, who sits on the Kentville Business Community board, says, “The…
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