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Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year!

Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year! By Mike Butler I will never forget it. I was in high school and I’d heard about this wonderful new establishment in Wolfville called the Atlantic Festival Theatre, a unique and elaborate stage modeled after the thrust stage of the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was a breathtaking adventure for a sixteen year old to see that kind of stage and the professional theatre that was performed on it. I was chosen in its first year to be an usher and one of the workers in the gift…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Working outside in nature most everyday gives me a wonderful opportunity to really see and feel the changing seasons. It has made me less reliant on internet and radio weather forecasts, and taught me to observe and interpret the signs around me. Prior to the onset of technology, this type of observation of the natural world was common practice. With changing times, more of us are losing track of what’s happening outdoors and some simply don’t seem to care. Each year I note the first…
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The Glass Menagerie Comes to Wolfville

The Glass Menagerie Comes to Wolfville By Mike Butler The Wolfville Theatre Collective, the local community theatre group that brought you Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, and Tuesdays with Morrie, returns this September with another classic drama for the valley to embrace: Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The Glass Menagerie is the play closest to the early life of Tennessee Williams, and the work that made him famous in the theatre world. Williams’ real first name is Thomas, and Tom, a would-be writer, is the narrator we meet as the drama begins. Tom takes us back…
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The Kitchen Party Cookbook!

The Kitchen Party Cookbook! The Grapevine Chats with Jenny Osburn Following the success of The Union Street Café Cookbook in 2015, Jenny Osburn is back with another volume of delectable dishes called The Kitchen Party Cookbook: Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs, and Good Times in the Maritimes. Designed by award-winning letterpress artist Laura MacDonald (Deep Hollow Print) and featuring a Nova Scotia food map by Monica Beaton, The Kitchen Party Cookbook keeps the good times rolling with more than sixty fresh and fun new recipes. Joel Plaskett declares that The Kitchen Party Cookbook is “the proof in the pudding” that Nova…
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The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant

The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant By Genevieve Allen Hearn ’Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant’ stars Lennie Gallant with an amazing supporting band comprised of Sean Kemp (violin), Jeremy Gallant (keyboard and percussion), Jonathan Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau. This critically acclaimed production stars Gallant himself presenting his folk-rock/roots music, along with captivating tales in a multimedia format that utilizes stunning visual works from celebrated Prince Edward Island artist and sibling Karen Gallant. As well as the paintings,…
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Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition

Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition By Genevieve Allen Hearn Hillary Webb has been working tirelessly to get ready for the grand opening of her new restaurant. On September 20th you’ll be able to find Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House on the corner of Cornwallis and Webster in Kentville (where the Central Café used to be located). Formerly working in the sciences, Hillary chatted with The Grapevine about her foray into the world of sandwiches, baked goods, and tea. And if her food tastes as good as it looks on the Hill’s Grills Instagram feed, the valley is in…
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Youth Engagement from the Inside

Youth Engagement from the Inside By Genevieve Allen Hearn We met at Cotton Tale Café with our babies and toddlers in tow. It felt like an interview disguised as a playdate. Or perhaps the reverse. Either way, this is how working mothers can balance their professional and domestic lives – meeting in a space where children can run, crawl or wriggle while talking over coffee and intermittently jumping out of seats to diffuse a toy theft situation. I wrote an article about youth engagement in municipal politics last September before the municipal elections. Emily Lutz and Meg Hodges were two…
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Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson!

Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson! By Mike Butler Generally, for my Who’s Who column, as well as my Uncorked column, I stick pretty close to the arts community for my subjects and topics. I understand though that our community is made up of very special people who contribute to other areas like politics, science, and sports, so it’s always fun and exciting to branch out and write about someone within one of those worlds. When I was growing up in Kentville, my father owned his own sporting goods store, so I was surrounded by hockey, golf, football, baseball, etc. I never…
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Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience By Mike Butler There are some very positive perks to being kind of known here in Wolfville. Yes, I dabble in some theatre and work in a very busy café where I schmooze with lots of people, but I think it’s my Grapevine work that puts me on the map here in the valley. This “little” community paper has taken me to wonderful places and introduced me to amazing people, and most times with no effort on my part: those places and people have come to me. There was many a time…
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The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba

The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. The Grapevine (GV): What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Alex Cuba (AC): There was a time in my childhood when I wanted to be a doctor, and that lasted a few years, but at the age of 14 music became important for me and I went into it full on embracing it with…
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