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Mi’kmaq History Month Events: Treaty Day & Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mi’kmaq History Month Events: Treaty Day & Sisters in Spirit Vigil By Genevieve Allen Hearn October is an important month for raising consciousness about Mi’kmaq history, culture, and the current issues facing Indigenous communities today. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day, an initiative designed to promote awareness about the residential school system and the impact this system has had on Indigenous communities in Canada. October 1 was Treaty Day, celebrated in Nova Scotia to recognize the treaties signed between the British Empire and the Mi’kmaq people. These treaties state that the Mi’kmaq never gave up their land title, and outline…
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Mural Inspired by Wolfville History and Nature

Mural Inspired by Wolfville History and Nature By Wendy Elliott A one-of-a-kind mural now marks Wolfville’s 125th anniversary as a town. To honour the past, brothers Michael and Dan Burt painted, wielding spray cans for four days on the brick wall to the east of Herbin Jewellers. The Halifax duo used elements from Wolfville history and nature for inspiration. A line of poetry from John Frederic Herbin’s book Marshlands added a focus: “The tide flows out as the day expands.” Once mayor of Wolfville, Herbin started selling clocks on Main Street in 1885. He was also the founder of the…
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Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet

Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com My two-year-old and I wandered into a little coffee bar one morning in Granada a few years ago. It had snowed lightly the night before and the air was chilly and damp. The bar was warm and smelled soothingly of coffee and oranges. I balanced my daughter on a barstool and ordered, cafe con leche for me and freshly squeezed orange juice for her. Next to me, a woman was preparing her breakfast. She poured a thin stream of olive oil over toasted bread that had…
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The Dome Chronicles: Mr. Hill’s Opus

The Dome Chronicles 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 flood and fire, triumph…
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Mike Uncorked: One Man Show about Troubled Artist Comes to Wolfville!

Mike Uncorked: One Man Show about Troubled Artist Comes to Wolfville! By Mike Butler Vincent Van Gogh is a name that is recognizable to everyone, young or old. His paintings of sunflowers, his Starry Night, and his self portraits, have become treasured pop culture icons. Arguably one of the most talented and gifted artists of all time, he was also a very passionate and at times tortured soul, who never realized his full potential. His paintings today sell for millions and his life and work are celebrated all over the world, but like too many artists his life was cut…
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Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member!

Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member! By Mike Butler The Valley is filled with exceptional community members. I have the honour of writing about them in this column, including a gentleman I had never met before, but now that I have I’m very excited to share his adventures with you. Barry Braun is the founder of the Happy Community Project. He has a vision to change the world one community at a time and who wouldn’t want to help with that vision? Barry didn’t always have this vision. In fact, for a significant portion of his existence, he was…
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Deep Roots at the Kings County Museum

Deep Roots at the Kings County Museum Submitted The Kings Historical Society and Deep Roots Music Festival are joining up to present two exciting “Concerts in the Courtroom” at the Kings County Museum during Deep Roots weekend. First, on Friday September 28 at 7pm, it promises to be a magical night of music in the historic courtroom at the Kings County Museum when Clary Croft brings his beautiful tenor voice, impeccable musicianship, and deep knowledge of folklore to share. Clary is cited in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada for his contribution to Maritime folklore and his ongoing research into…
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Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music

Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music By Laura Churchill Duke As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on!” Music does wonders for your soul, not to mention your brain development! It’s never too early to start introducing your children to music. When they are in the womb, they will start to recognize their mothers’ voices, so sing to them often. Once they are born, keep singing to your baby! It doesn’t matter how good you are. Make up the words if you have to! Just keep singing! There are several music or rhyme-time classes…
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Art Spot: Louise McDonald

Art Spot: Louise McDonald Louise’s photographs are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of September WHO: I was born outside London, England but have been living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley ever since I emigrated to Canada as a child. WHAT: I have always had some kind of camera in my hand, exploring this beautiful new country, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a community midwife, and a kind friend gave me the gift of a nice digital camera, that my interest in the photographic world began to deepen….
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New Tunes: John Tetrault

New Tunes: John Tetrault Joh Tetrault’s new album, Love/Unlove, was made over a period of a year at Soundmarket Studios right in Wolfville. Kory Bayer was the producer and engineer as well as the bass player. The recording includes many contributions from local artists, including Graham Howes, Alex Porter, and Ariana and Kamila Nasr. The CD is a collection of songs about aspects of love, from infatuation to patriotism. “Some tunes are fairly old and a few were written just before recording. Songwriting is a process of observation, and quite a bit of imagination. My love life is not nearly…
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