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Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin

Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that the upcoming issue of the Grapevine was going to celebrate the literati among us by featuring great summer reads I was pretty excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do. One of the best summer reads available is Christy Ann Conlin’s, The Memento. This follow-up to her bestselling novel, Heave, was described by Caroline Adderson as “a grab bag of Gothic delights.” So I had an idea. What if I contacted Christy Ann and asked her to join me for dinner at a…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Field guides

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Field guides By Melanie Priesnitz If you are one of those people who like to know the names of plants as you walk by them in the woods, you are probably well acquainted with field guides. My new favourite guide is Boulder Publications’ Wildflowers of Nova Scotia by Todd Boland. The thing that really sets this book apart from other guides is the full colour photographs. It’s a resource for herbaceous plants of Nova Scotia both native and introduced. The guide is laid out by flower colour and contains simple explanations of…
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Summer Reading: Try an audiobook!

Summer Reading: Try an audiobook! By Angela Reynolds Summer is such a good time to read. It is also a great time to get outside work done — painting the house, weeding the garden, finishing up those building projects, mowing the lawn. When I think of chores, I automatically think of audiobooks. Every time I see my garage doors, I remember the book I was listening to when I painted them (Cinder by Marissa Meyer). My back porch was painted while I listened to Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Audiobooks are great for long drives as well. Taking a summer trip?…
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A New Kentville Library

A New Kentville Library by Lynn Pulsifer The doors of the old library in Kentville have closed to the public after 29 years, and it is with long-awaited excitement that a new library will be opening across town in a decommissioned United Church. After operating out of a repurposed car dealership building since 1987, the small library which occupied just over 2,000 sq ft., has been one of the smallest, but one of the busiest in the Valley. Our new library home will be in the former United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen. The corner stone of this…
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Featurepreneur: Fluent Frameworks — A new voice in the local cycling scene

Fluent Frameworks is a start-up business specializing in hand-built bicycles. Matt Manuel is the man behind Fluent Frameworks and he had this to say about exactly what it is that he does. So what is a hand-built bike? A hand-built bike starts with a frame built around you. Every detail is accounted for from the tube dimensions and its weight, to its length and ultimate look. It is an expression of one’s personality from its geometry to its paint and as unique to you as your fingerprint. How did you get into building bicycles? Cycling has always been a deeply…
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Pride

by Max Janes B.Sc, Acadia Pride Coordinator It has been 47 years since the first Pride rally, and in that time Pride has changed phenomenally. On June 28, 1969, local police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City arresting trans and gay youth and adults on the basis of prostitution. This raid was not the first of its kind, but this particular raid lead to rioting throughout Greenwich Village lead by transgender women, primarily people of colour. This riot began the struggle for LGBT+ rights in the United States and Canada. Later, in 1978, an eight-stripe rainbow flag was…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Woodland Bushcraft

By Melanie Priesnitz Do you know how to survive in the Woods? I do, at least I’d like to think I do. It’s not however a skillset that has come to me naturally. I certainly didn’t learn it on the urban streets of Toronto where I spent much of my youth. I’m much better at navigating through gridlocked traffic on my bicycle than finding my way out of the woods, but I’m learning! As the world becomes more filled with technology and urban sprawl we are losing touch with basic outdoor survival skills. We hope to help change this with…
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Hike it Baby: Wolfville Area’s Family Hiking Group

By Avery Peters Hiking was invaluable to me during my first pregnancy with my son, Llewyn, as I wrapped my head around the new phase of life my husband and I were about to enter. We had just moved to Wolfville, and we found our house right next to the Woodland Trails of Acadia University. I couldn’t help myself ⎯ I was down in the forest every day with our dog. In the early stages of pregnancy, after living here for a few months, I realized that my usual trail-running didn’t work for me. So, I fully immersed myself in…
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AVRL News: We Are Giving Away A Bike!

By Tim Jackson Bicycling in the Annapolis Valley has never been better, especially when it’s on a bike you’ve won by participating in the Summer Reading Club at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL). Children ages 0 to 12 who sign up can enter the Bike Bonus Bingo for a chance to win a 20-inch blue Huffy BMX bike donated by the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program. Sign up at any AVRL branch (or at the Bookmobile), get your THREADS log, read and complete the activities, and you are on your way. You can win different prizes and you can also get…
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Bicycles, Book Signings, And Billy The Kid: July At The Bookshop

By Benjamin Bush Anderson The Wild West lost its gun-slinging poster-boy, Billy the Kid, on July 14, 1881. His death, along with the dastardly exploits that marked his life, is viscerally re-imagined in Michael Ondaatje’s *The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems*. Come by the bookshop to holster your own copy! Looking for a cycling book to toss in your handlebar basket? We highly recommend *The Bicycle Diaries* by David Byrne (yes, that David Byrne). In his 2010 book, the Talking Heads front man chronicles his adventures as he pedals through, and engages with, some of the world’s…
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