Articles

The Dome Chronicles: If Dreams were Horses

The Dome Chronicles: If Dreams were Horses 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…
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Seussical: The Musical: Magical Production Comes to Windsor

Seussical: The Musical: Magical Production Comes to Windsor By Mike Butler Oh the places you should go and oh the thinks you can think!! One of those places you should think about going is definitely Windsor because Quick As A Wink Theatre Society is performing the Tony-winning Suessical: The Musical and it’s a must-see production for people of all ages. The wind in Windsor is blowing terrific costumes, set pieces, and all things Seuss-y your way! You’ll see a turtle named Yurtle, an elephant named Horton who keeps hearing a Who, a Cat in The Hat, a couple of other…
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Family Fun at Festivals

Family Fun at Festivals By Laura Churchill Duke From now until the end of summer, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a community festival happening every weekend in the Valley! These are great events to attend, as most of them have free activities for kids, and it gets you out exploring towns and villages that you might not have visited before! At community festivals you might get horse and ox pulls, fireworks, community suppers (a cheap and yummy way to feed the family while supporting a good cause), and parades. Here are a few tips if you…
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Robust Legocy goes to Robofest 2018!

Robust Legocy goes to Robofest 2018! By Andriel Pitter On May 17, four Nova Scotia high school teams who competed at Acadia’s robot programming competition went on to the Robofest World Championship at Lawrence Tech University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan. On of those teams, Robust Legocy, came from our own Horton High School. Robust Legocy team members Aidan Karcha, Austin Oickle, Ethan Bullerwell, and Lex Zacharias attended the event, along with their coach Andy Pitter and mentor Jeanne Caldwell. Robofest features a variety of robotic competitions, including a robot parade and a science exhibition, but the main competition is simply…
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The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks

The Art Spot: Brittany Brooks For a special Art Spot this issue, we caught up with our cover artist Brittany Brooks. The cover image is actually the art from the poster for the Full Circle Festival happening in Newport on June 22-24. We loved it so much that we knew it would make for a great Festival Guide cover — and we wanted to know more about Brittany. WHO: I’m an illustrator and musician based in Toronto, ON. My work is influenced by folk art, mid-century illustration, classic country music, and cowboys. WHAT: For visual arts, my go-to medium is…
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Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society

Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society By Mike Butler As much as I enjoy the acting, directing and marketing side of community theatre, sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and watch others do great work and embrace the talent we have here in the Valley. That’s one of the reasons I chose to sit in the producer’s chair for the new CentreStage Theatre offering, The Savannah Sipping Society! To be the rooster in the hen house with these wonderfully talented Nova Scotian/Southern Belles has been a blast and I can guarantee that audiences will enjoy them even more then I…
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Dancing in the Street: Electronic Music Arts Expo Takes Over Aberdeen Street June 30

Dancing in the Street: Electronic Music Arts Expo Takes Over Aberdeen Street June 30 By Genevieve Allen Hearn Chris Rushton fondly recalls listening to his father play electronic music at home. “I was born into the scene,” he says. Growing up in Calgary, his father would DJ in the living room. Now with two children of his own, Chris wants to continue to pass down an appreciation for electronic music – but he wants to go one step further, bringing it out of the living room and onto the streets: “I’ve always wanted to organize a day-time, family-friendly electronic music…
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FESTIVAL GUIDE

FESTIVAL GUIDE June 8-9 PORT WILLIAMS DAYS & 19th ANNUAL VILLAGE-WIDE YARDSALE Port Williams, NS portwilliams.com – June 16 Teddy Bear Jamboree Falmouth, NS falmouthcommunityhall@gmail.ca – June 14-17 ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL Louisbourg & Chéticamp, NS festivalracinesetbottines.ca rootstobootsfestival.ca – June 16 AVONDALE ART FAIR & GINGER FESTIVAL Avondale, NS avondaleartfair.com – June 16-17 DEVIL’S HALF ACRE MOTORCYCLE EVENT Kentville, NS kentville.ca – June 28-July 1 FOX MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Aylesford, NS foxmountaincampingpark.com – June 22-24 FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL & SUMMER SOLSTICE POP-UP MARKET Newport Landing, NS fullcirclefestival.ca – June 30 VALLEY ELECTRONIC MUSIC & ART EXPO Kentville, NS kentville.ca –…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beech Weevils

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beech Weevils By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist If you’ve noticed tiny pin sized holes in your American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees this spring you are not alone. Later in the summer you may see brown leaves and defoliation as well. Last year at the Botanical Gardens we noticed both of these symptoms. The beech leaf-mining weevil (Orchestes fagi) is to blame. It’s an invasive species that has recently become established in Nova Scotia and causes damage by feeding on and laying eggs in developing leaves. Acadia graduate student Joel Goodwin is researching…
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Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau

Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau By Mike Butler Are you a gardener? Have a green thumb? Well, I have to say that gardening has never been one of my strong suits. Plants, bugs, mulch, and seeds never found their way onto my hobbies list. However, I do envy those with the patience, the savvy, and the energy to study plants, create a garden, and maintain it. I am fortunate to live close to the Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University, and recently I got to meet the new curator (I can’t grow a geranium but I can…
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