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Grand-Pré Will Be A Happening Place Again This Summer

Grand-Pré Will Be A Happening Place Again This Summer By Wendy Elliott This summer visitors will be able to discover the Landscape of Grand-Pré World Heritage Site through a wide-ranging experiential program. Tourists and locals alike can participate in guided visits of Grand-Pré National Historic Site, followed by wine tasting at Domaine de Grand Pré. They’ll be able listen to the stories of the spirits of Grand-Pré at night and enjoy musical Sundays. Peace circles will also take place on Sunday and stone painting and Mi’kmaw storytelling will be offered to children on Mondays. The Société Promotion Grand-Pré is pleased…
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Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track!

Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track! By Mike Butler Ben Brown has got all the right wheels turning for success! Ben is a probably a familiar name to almost everyone here in the Valley and beyond and I’m so excited to finally feature him in my column. Ben is a positive, hardworking, inspirational force here in our community and that inspiration has touched so many lives. Now Ben can add a little Grapevine fame and recognition to his long list of accomplishments. Ben was born in Weston, Nova Scotia but is currently residing in Cambridge. He…
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Annual Evangeline Kennel Club All Breed Dog Shows Coming to Wolfville

Annual Evangeline Kennel Club All Breed Dog Shows Coming to Wolfville Submitted The Evangeline Kennel Club, a small non-profit society dedicated to canine companionship, will be having their annual Canadian Kennel Club All Breed dog shows June 29 – 30. This will be the first time in 50 years that the shows will be held in Wolfville, at the Acadia Arena. There will be two full shows each day, Saturday and Sunday, and each will feature around 150 purebred dogs. It is a great opportunity to watch dogs strut their stuff, see the grooming of various breeds, talk to breeders…
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Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival

Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival By Kim Barlow Full Circle Festival is a sweet little music gathering in Newport on summer solstice weekend, when the Avon River Heritage Museum and surrounding area are filled up with sun-drenched nature-lovers, barefoot muddy children, friendly dogs, and blissed-out dancers. It is one of the first summer weekends when folks shed their workloads and winter worries and find each other in a field to share stories, kombucha, fresh air, and great music. Hannah and Arnie Naiman are a father and daughter musical team from Toronto, performing Appalachian old-time and original songs, and…
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Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star

Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star Earlier this month, Valley author Dana Mills was in Toronto as a recipient of The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Rising Star program, which provides talented emerging writers with a financial award, the mentorship of an established writer, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre. He was chosen for the award by David Adams Richards. Dana’s short story collection, Someone Somewhere, is available from Gaspereau Press. Photos: Dana Mills (Credit Katherine Holland); The Art Gallery of Ontario 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars panel discussion, June 5, 2019.

On the Cover: Two Planks and a Passion Theatre

On the Cover: Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Heading into their 2019 summer season at The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, the folks behind Two Planks and A Passion Theatre are hard at work preparing an impressive selection of productions. Artistic director Ken Schwartz was generous enough to find a few minutes in the midst of a full rehearsal schedule to answer some questions for The Grapevine:** The Grapevine (GV): Describe the Two Planks and A Passion experience in one sentence: Ken Schwartz (KS): A unique marriage between nature and the imagination resulting in an intimate, unforgettable experience….
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Valley Family Fun: Introducing Kids to Live Theatre

Valley Family Fun: Introducing Kids to Live Theatre By Laura Churchill Duke It’s true: someone actually answered a cellphone and proceeded to have a conversation in the middle of a play at CentreStage Theatre! I know this for a fact, because my sister was acting on stage. We were all gobsmacked. We need to set a good example for kids at the theatre – and even for other adults! Some parents worry about taking their kids to live theatre, nervous about how they might behave. When asked what children get out of going to live theatre, CentreStage veteran Nancy Henry…
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Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Awards S.M.I.L.E Program with $500,000 Grant

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Awards S.M.I.L.E Program with $500,000 Grant Submitted In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is proud to announce the S.M.I.L.E (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program as a 2019 Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipient. A national charity, Jumpstart helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. S.M.I.L.E is an innovative, volunteer-driven adapted physical activity program delivered to children, youth, and adults with developmental, cognitive, physical, and/or sensory disabilities. The goal of S.M.I.L.E is to improve participants’ total development and…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Sanctuary

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Sanctuary By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Getting outside is not hard to do. You need no special equipment nor fancy clothes. You need only the desire and determination to make it so. As I sit at my desk writing these words to inspire others to get outside, a solitary bee is madly buzzing around me. He’s flying directly into my office window with monomaniacal determination as he looks through the glass to where he wants to be. As a former office worker, I often felt much like this little bee,…
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Museum Spotlight: Macdonald Museum

Located in Middleton, the Macdonald Museum houses numerous exhibits including the Nova Scotia Clock collection, as well as a research library for genealogical historical research. Between May and December, the museum also hosts a community farm market on Thursdays, 4pm-7pm (call 902-825-6116 for more information).