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Marcel D’Entremont to Open Sunday Music in the Garden Room’s 2016-17 Season

MARCEL D’ENTREMONT TO OPEN SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM’S 2016-17 SEASON By Janet Kirkconnell Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, accompanied by Dakota Scott-Digout on piano, will open the 2016 – 2017 season of “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” at 2pm on September 25 in Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The program includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert, Britten, Copland, and Donna Rhodenizer, among others, and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz.      On his first appearance in Europe this past year at the Opéra de Rouen as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s…
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Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! By Scott Campbell

Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! Scott Campbell   Next to Christmas… and maybe Thanksgiving… my favourite holiday is The Devour Food Film Festival. This November the sights and smells of amazing movies and delicious dinners will fill the streets of Wolfville as The Devour Food and Film Festival hits the town.    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in one of the first Devour Food Film Festival events of the season – a taste of things to come so to speak. A small group of Film Foodies gathered at Restaurant Le Caveau for…
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Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls

Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls By Mike Butler It’s a very exciting time for live theatre in the Valley, as two unique productions get ready to take the stage. I want to tell you about them so you can mark your calendars and treat yourselves to these theatrical presentations.    First up, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, is presenting Calendar Girls, written by Tim Firth, and based on the worldwide smash hit film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee…
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Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections

Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections By Genevieve Allen Hearn Let’s talk about youth engagement in municipal politics. Voter rates among young demographics are appallingly low (in Kentville’s last election, for example, only 11.2% of people in their 20s voted, compared to 54.8% of people in their 70s), and it is uncommon to see anyone under the age of forty on Council or Advisory Committees. The common narrative that exists is that youth are apathetic. However, when you start to unpack this issue, it is clear that there is more to it than meets the eye. The Bad: The…
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ElderDogs Find Good Homes

ElderDogs Find Good Homes By Heather Davidson, Hants Border “Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, life without one is a life diminished.” -Dean Kootz Immediately after my dog died, I contacted ElderDog Canada, a national non-profit organization founded by Nova Scotian, Ardra Cole. It is dedicated to aging people, aging dogs, and the important connection they enjoy. They also provide homes for dogs with younger people who prefer an older dog to a pup or young dog. When (my future) dogs were left without a caregiver, ElderDog provided care and companionship in an approved foster home. Volunteers took the surrendered dogs…
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Active and Healthy Living: When You Meet the Beatles – Be Cool

Active and Healthy Living: When You Meet the Beatles – Be Cool Lee-Ann Cudmore Yesterday we met the Beatles. Not the actual, legendary group, but our own personal version of the Beatles. Most people have that one band – a band that has become the soundtrack to life – for us it is Wintersleep. Memories come back when I hear their albums; my little boy twirling around in the basement singing their songs, a winter spent painting by the fire, my husband playing guitar. As new parents when we were trapped in the house weekend after weekend, we would grab…
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What’s Growing in the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Music from the Acadian Forest!

What’s Growing in the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Music from the Acadian Forest! By Adrien Greene While working in the gardens we are constantly reminded of our incredible dependence upon plants. Not only do plants provide oxygen, food, shelter and medicine for us, they provide the material needed to build beautiful musical instruments! Around the world, humans have used seed pods, reeds, branches, stems, bark, gourds and beyond to develop an amazing variety of instruments. Within the Acadian Forest Region, in the small town of LaPatrie, Québec, the luthiers of Seagull Guitars craft exquisite guitars, mandolins and merlins. All of…
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School News

School News The Wolfville School Renovation project is moving along, but it looks like they need just one more day to get it just right for the returning students this year. The school will open one day later than expected, now scheduled for Thursday, September 8. According to Principal Steve Keddy, “Phase 1 of the project is near completion. This work involved renovating the elementary wing and an addition of three classrooms. School will start in September in this part of the building. Phase 2 has commenced with the demolishing of the old Junior wings with the only space remaining…
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Save Cinematopia

Save Cinematopia By Megan Halliburton Six and a half years ago, a dream came true for me. On a frigid January day in 2010, I opened the doors of my very own video store, Cinematopia, in Wolfville. It had been a labour of love getting the place off the ground, with a lot of hard work and a whole lot of help from fellow movie-lovers and local movers and shakers. What had started as an attempt to save Light and Shadow, the grand old institution started by the inimitable Bob Brown in 1989, ended up as the beginning of a…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beyond Blossoms

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Beyond Blossoms By Melanie Priesnitz The next time you visit a garden, I invite you to ignore all of the pretty flowers and try to focus on observing the diversity and beauty of plants beyond their blooms. As a beautiful human is so much more than a pretty face, plants hold great allure beyond their blossoms. If you look deeply into a garden you’ll see a myriad of interesting textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns. The plant world is a vastly diverse one, which is easy to see for yourself when you start…
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