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Check out Summer at Our Valley Museums

Check out Summer at Our Valley Museums By Wendy Elliott This summer, museums in the eastern Valley have a wide variety of displays and activities on for the busy summer months. There is truly something for everyone. At the West Hants Historical Society’s museum on Kings St. in Windsor there is a standing display and a busy research centre. The museum is holding a genealogy fair on Saturday, July 28 with a focus on family history research. On the day of the event the public is invited to come take in the rich ancestral history of this area. There will…
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Embracing the Arts: Transformation and Inclusion

Embracing the Arts: Transformation and Inclusion By Kathleen Purdy David shuffles into the room, all smiles. He sees fabric draped on the walls, a couple of young women standing around a keyboard, and many familiar faces. “Hi!” he shouts to no one in particular and everyone in general. He moves through the room giving a few people great bear hugs. Anna sits in a chair with her head down, not ready to look at anyone. Her buddy comes and sits beside her and they talk. Brendon walks around with a big smile on his face, looking everyone in the eye…
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Uncommon Common Art 2018

Uncommon Common Art 2018 By Terry Havlis Drahos, UCA founder/creative director This year, Uncommon Common Art 2018’s theme is Lines of Site. Curator Kate Ward asked participating artists to respond to the following statement: The lines of this site (Fundy shore and mountains) contain movement and transition. Lines of Site can be ephemeral and temporary by nature where time blurs between the past, present, and future: environmental lines, geographical lines, historical lines, blood lines, time lines. Lines of Site can also be an unobstructed line of “sight” between an intended observer (or spectator) and a subject of interest. It can…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit By Melanie Priesnitz One of the many wonderful things about summer in the Valley is the abundance of great locally-grown food. Much of the food grown here commercially is not native to the region. Most of the big crops have been introduced from other regions, and some never existed anywhere in the wild. Corn (Zea mays), for example, is said to have been developed approximately 7000 years ago in Mexico from a wild grass called teosinte. The corn that we cultivate and eat today has been in this region…
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Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud!

Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud! Mike Butler François Côté is a very recognizable face in the Valley and beyond. I’ve known him for many years, having seen him perform at events like Night Kitchens, open mics, and The Wolfville Farmers Market. He is a cherished Valley talent and it’s my pleasure to bring his story to The Grapevine. François Côté’s story begins in the fall of 1979 and spring of 1980, a period that would define François’ life. He says, “During those 8 months, I turned 18 and the Katimavik program took me from my hometown, Québec, to Wolfville…
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A Community That Bakes Together

A Community That Bakes Together By Genevieve Allen Hearn Adam Barnett and Duncan Ebata share the same enthusiasm for building vibrant and resilient communities. This common interest, matched with their take-action approach to ideas, has resulted in a collaborative effort to build a community oven in Wolfville’s Robie Tufts Nature Park. Before we delve into this any further, it may be prudent to quell any presuppositions that the community oven will be built in or around the chimney that is home to the threatened chimney swifts. The accompanying image illustrates the proposed location of the oven. Fear not – those…
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Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration

Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration By Jaya Fahey and Sue Abbott, Bird Studies Canada While enjoying the Bay of Fundy coast, you’ve probably noticed thousands of sandpipers in late summer. Coastal beaches in the Minas Basin are vital places for semipalmated sandpipers and other shorebirds during their 4,000km migration to South America. Semipalmated sandpipers are in trouble – their population in the Bay of Fundy has declined by 50% since the 1970s, and they need our help. The Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy is a critical stopover site for hundreds of thousands of semipalmated sandpipers…
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Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville

Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville By Mike Butler For the past 10 years, the Artfestival has brought colour and culture to the Valley. To celebrate its eleven-year run, I had the privilege of chatting with founding member and past president Jean Leung about her role in this special festival. The Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative was registered in 2008. The cooperative seeks to educate artists and the public about art and its importance to culture and heritage. The principles that guide the cooperative include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education,…
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Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong

Featurepreneurs: Darren Carey and Susan Wong Darren Carey and Susan Wong are the owners of Bear River Vineyards. Susan is currently taking wine making courses from the University of California at Davis and will be the driver of their wine style, while Darren is the farmer in the operation, which still makes him (and anyone else who knows him) chuckle. The Grapevine: Your vineyards and winery have a unique history. Can you tell us about it? Darren Carey and Susan Wong: History in our roots. It’s one of the foundations on which our business is built. It is said that…
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Pride Events 2018

Pride Events 2018 By Mike Butler July is Pride Month! Sounds funny for ME to say that because every day for me is PRIDE something or other. When you live it, it makes the month seem like an extension of your usual celebrating of the LGBTQ community. I’m very excited for the Pride events this year in the Valley as we have TWO weeks of special events to help celebrate! Let’s chat about Saturday July 14! Well, to kick off the two week Pride celebration, my partner Ian and I are getting married! This is coincidentally the same day that…
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