Articles

In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch By Genevieve Allen Hearn As leaves fall from the trees, locally owned businesses seem to be budding around every corner in the Annapolis Valley. Here are a selection of businesses that have opened in the past month. The Core by Bad Apple Brewhouse – Wolfville Getting your hands on Bad Apple products just got a lot easier! Folks have been picking up growlers and cans at Bad Apple Brewhouse’s location in Somerset for years, but now bottle rockets (returnable 2 litre plastic bottles) and cans are available at their retail location…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Mezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah with Pianist Robert Kortgaard

Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah with Pianist Robert Kortgaard By François Côté Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actor, and broadcaster who has been captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She has appeared with leading opera companies, symphonies, and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. In Wolfville, her “Favourite Things” will form a very entertaining program including Italian and French art songs as well as excerpts from her signature lead role in Bizet’s opera, Carmen. Ms. Nesrallah is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for…
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Award-winning Solo Show Comes to Evergreen Theatre

Award-winning Solo Show Comes to Evergreen Theatre By Susan Wedlock What do you do when you are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease as a child and the only thing that will save you will leave you with only one eye? Well if you are Stephanie Morin-Robert you write and perform a multi-award-winning piece of theatre that uses comedy, dance, and story-telling to inspire and help others dealing with disabilities and differences. Blindside has been breaking boundaries and wowing audiences across North America and is touring the Maritimes in November with a local show at Evergreen Theatre November 17 at 8pm….
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Embracing the Darkness

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Embracing the Darkness By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist The forest is a magical place after dark. Unfortunately, sometimes fear of the unknown can leave us feeling unsafe to walk in natural places at night. This time of year the darkness is creeping in and the natural shift towards curling up indoors after dark has begun. While we sit inside our comfortable homes we sometimes forget that there is a whole world of wonder happening outside each night, no matter what time of year. I am never sorry when I make it a…
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Uncommon Common Art Calls for Submissions for Artist in Residence Program

Uncommon Common Art Calls for Submissions for Artist in Residence Program Uncommon Common Art (UCA) will be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County Nova Scotia during the month of May 2019. This month-long residency is open to professional artists working in any visual art medium. The participating artist is expected to lead at least two community activities related to the work they will be doing while in residence, and participate in the annual UCA public art exhibit. A community activity can take whatever form best suits the artist and project. Activities may include, but are not limited to, an…
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Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum

Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum By Wendy Elliott October is non-GMO month, and the moving documentary Modified will be screened October 22 at the Kings County Museum in Kentville. That’s prior to its screening at the Seoul International Film Festival in Korea. Modified recently received its ninth festival award at Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival in Germany. Filmmaker Aube Giroux, who grew up in the Valley, lived in Europe for two years where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are labelled on food products, and recalls coming home and feeling frustrated that they weren’t clearly identified…
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Featurepreneur: A Freakishly Talented Pair

Featurepreneur: A Freakishly Talented Pair By Genevieve Allen Hearn You may know Phantom Effects Special Effects & Make-up because of their annual Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House & Corn Maze at Stirling’s Fruit Farm in Wolfville. Or, perhaps you’ve been to a theatre production where they were responsible for make-up and props. Then again, you might have heard about their ghoulish motorcycle masks, or about the restoration work they’re doing in the Cornwallis Inn. Phantom Effects co-owners Aaron Peerless and Jaimie Corbin are busy entrepreneurs, especially around Hallowe’en. Luckily, we were able to steal them away from their work terrifying people…
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Art Spot: Koto Rumble

Art Spot: Koto Rumble Koto Rumble is a Valley artist who is in the process of translating The Grapevine‘s own StarDrop by Mark Oakley into Japanese! Her work is also currently featured at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery as part of their [g]astronomy exhibit, presented throughout the month of October to coincide with Devour! The Food Film Festival. I was born in Sapporo, Japan, and immigrated to Wolfville in 2017. I was an English teacher and a freelance translator in Japan. I am an artist specializing in kiri-e, which is a traditional Japanese cut paper art style, and I also paint and…
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Museum Ghosts Told to Behave at Randall’s Hallowe’en House

Museum Ghosts Told to Behave at Randall’s Hallowe’en House By Wendy Elliott Three ghosts appear to inhabit Randall House in Wolfville: There’s the young boy, the woman in white on the staircase, and the grumpy man upstairs. Bruce Simpson and other paranormal investigators clearly heard a little boy utter words when they visited last year, but it wasn’t any ordinary little boy. It was a spirit. Simpson and his wife, Charlene, own Caretakers Paranormal Investigations in Truro. They use their free time to travel to heritage homes and listen for spirits.They do not charge for their services. There’s one rule…
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Who’s Who: Norm Surette: Lost and Found

Who’s Who Norm Surette: Lost and Found By Mike Butler Norm Surette popped into T.A.N. Coffee, Wolfville one sunny day while I was working and handed me a CD. It’s pretty common knowledge that I love most genres of music and play music constantly at work and at home, it’s just how I live. Music is very special to me and Norm was kind enough to pass on his latest effort, Lost and Found, which is an engaging, marvelous recording featuring so many terrific singers, all singing Norm’s songs. My next step, naturally, was to tell everyone about the CD…
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