Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld

Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld Neil Groeneveld’s watercolours are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of February. His work can also be found at Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative events, and on his Facebook page. I’m a retired school teacher and moved to Wolfville with my family in 2011. I’ve been engaged in drawing and painting, as well as woodworking and photography, for much of my life. I’ve been painting in watercolour for about 15 years and, since living in Wolfville, I’ve had many opportunities to study with other artists, which has encouraged me to focus…
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La Dolce Vita: Cool trivia just in time for the Icewine festival

La Dolce Vita: Cool trivia just in time for the Icewine festivalBy Kim Cyr This grape shares its name with a capital/port city of the country of Oman, was loved by Leonardo DaVinci, and is used in Grand Pre Winery effervescent style wine and one of their Icewines. This grape shares its name with a famous hairdresser, as well as a postmodern American author/wit, and is often used in Nova Scotia Icewine This port-style wine, made by the Petite Riviere winery, partially shares its name with a famous mouse, and is dedicated to the 5th Canadian Division. This style of…
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Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One Canvas

Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One CanvasBy Anna Horsnell It begins over morning coffee. Surrounded by an idyllic setting on the shore of Black River Lake, artists Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White begin to imagine their next painting. They discuss ideas, suggesting a direction, a theme, maybe some aspect of the Valley near to their hearts. Here the spark of inspiration is often spoken out loud, shaped, and realized in a wonderful collaboration of life and art. Their shared studio is a large, bright space dedicated to art making. That’s not by chance. From the moment they decided to build…
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Local Professor’s Work Twice Celebrated

Local Professor’s Work Twice CelebratedSubmitted Dr. William H. Brackney, an emeritus professor at Acadia University, has recently been recognized twice for his significant work in the areas of Christian thought and ethics. Brackney came to Acadia in 2006 to join the Faculty of Theology and retired in 2018, but continues as an adjunct in the Department of History and Classics. On September 28, Dr. Brackney, the author of over 50 works, was honoured with a festschrift volume, Crossing Baptist Boundaries, published by Mercer University Press. Sixteen scholars from internationally-recognized institutions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, provided essays…
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I KNOW A PLACEBy Ron Lightburn Dockside, Hall’s Harbour Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas.

Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New Comedy

Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New ComedyBy Mike Butler 2020 is upon us and CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is gearing up for another fantastic twelve months of entertaining the Valley (and beyond) with top notch productions. This little theatre with the big heart has a stellar lineup of plays, including comedies, dramas, children’s shows, mysteries, and a dinner theatre, so keep on top of their offerings and don’t miss out! Centrestage is kicking off the year with The Wild Women of Winedale, a joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching comedy focusing on three women at crossroads in their…
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Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020

Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020By Anna Horsnell Happy New Year! This is that time of year: if not for resolutions, then for personal plans for the coming year. The following visual artists have very kindly agreed to share their artistic goals and dreams for 2020. This is an invitation to follow their creative journey. We’ll catch up with them later for a mid-year and end-of-year update to discover their challenges and celebrate their success. Let’s inspire each other. Twila Robar-DeCoste: I plan to finish the certificate course in botanical illustration from RBGE Edinburgh, and use my…
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A Year of Better School Food

A Year of Better School FoodBy Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | 2019 was truly a Year of Better School Food in the Annapolis Valley! Through incredible grassroots efforts by administrators, cafeteria and health workers, and dedicated parents, at least ten Valley schools added salad bars and are working on healthier options on their menus. Central Kings Rural High School made room for a giant new salad bar and replaced many of their highly processed menu items with real home cooking, perhaps the first high school in Nova Scotia to do so. Berwick and District School…
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