A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth

A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth By Anna Horsnell Tracy Horsman’s pottery and ceramic art studio resides within a wonderful log cabin on her property overlooking Cape Blomidon and the Minas Basin. She doesn’t need to look far for inspiration. The surrounding fields and woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for creations made from the earth itself. This is art that truly requires getting your hands dirty and Horsman admits she fell in love with clay the moment she first held it in her hands as a child. “I love the smell of it, the squishiness of it,…
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Mike Uncorked: Mason & Lutes Take Over Union Street

Mike Uncorked: Mason & Lutes Take Over Union Street By Mike Butler I have got a great date night idea for everyone! Grab your partner and head to the Union Street Cafe on June 15 to hear two incredible performers: Garrett Mason and special guest poet J.G. Lutes! This is going to be a very special evening of entertainment and you don’t want to miss it! The dynamic duo of Garrett Mason and J.G.Lutes is all kinds of awesome. They find purpose in creating art and they’re taking it on the road to share with part of the country. Come…
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Highlights from The 21st Great Little Art Show

Highlights from The 21st Great Little Art Show By Tacha Reed Most look back on their 21st year as a time of exploration and growth, and the same can be said for much of the artwork in this year’s collection for The Great Little Art Show. Many returning artists have presented works that provide evidence of a period of great exploration and development. We’ve also had a number of artists bravely join us for the first time, with several sharing works that may challenge your expectations for a rural community arts exhibit. The 21st Great Little Art Show continues weekends…
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Don’t Tell my Mommy: A Poem for Mother’s Day

Don’t Tell my Mommy By Colette Peng (10) and Carmen Peng (13) I asked Mommy where I was from, Mommy smiled, “I found you on the street.” I knew Mommy was wrong, But how could I tell her, As that would hurt Mommy’s feeling. I’ll tell you how I know: My dad’s last name is Peng, My sisters’ last name is Peng, Mine is also Peng, Only Mommy’s is Chang. Now you know, Who was found on the street, But please, don’t tell this secret To my Mommy!  

Festival Spotlight: ArtFestival Wolfville

Festival Spotlight: ArtFestival Wolfville Make sure you save the date to attend the 12th Annual ArtFestival Wolfville featuring the work of the members of Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative. The festival will showcase paintings and handmade silverwork with precious stones. This is a family-friendly event with music, food, and fun for all. The work of more than fifteen members of the cooperative will provide a perfect opportunity to appreciate some of the beautiful work of local artists. Make sure you come early to get the best selection. The festival will be held Saturday July 27 from 8:30am to 2:00pm in outdoor tents…
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Festival Spotlight: Annapolis Valley Exhibition

Annapolis Valley Exhibition August 12 to August 17 Lawrencetown “Starting in 1927 as the Riverside Guernsey Club Show, our Ex became known as the Annapolis County Exhibition and later the Annapolis Valley Exhibition. It began as a 1-day show, but changed to a 2-day event in 1928, adding a large tent to showcase indoor events. The first permanent building to be constructed was the dining hall in 1930, at a cost of $1,100. Two large barns and a sheep shed were next to be added. The exhibition has operated annually since its inception, and during the 1950s and early ’60s…
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Festival Spotlight: Kempt Shore Festivals

Festival Spotlight: Kempt Shore Festivals Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground is a gorgeous twenty-acre site in Kempt Shore, Hants County with 800 feet of sandy beach frontage on the beautiful Minas Basin at the mouth of the Avon River. This is the site of the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, held the third full weekend of July, when we present a variety of world class music to fans. Everything from blues, folk, country and jazz to Texas swing, all done through microphones as much as possible and not electronically augmented, allowing the artists to show their special talents. New this year…
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Family Fun at Festivals

Family Fun at Festivals By Laura Churchill Duke From now until the end of summer, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a community festival happening every weekend in the Valley! These are great events to attend, as most of them have free activities for kids, and it gets you out exploring towns and villages that you might not have visited before! At community festivals you might get horse and ox pulls, fireworks, community suppers (a cheap and yummy way to feed the family while supporting a good cause), and parades. Here are a few tips if you…
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Stage Prophets to Perform Fiddler on the Roof

Stage Prophets to Perform Fiddler on the Roof By Wendy Elliott The classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is set for May 16 – 19 in Wolfville. The award-winning tale of Tevye the dairyman and his family’s struggles in a changing Russia is a true musical theatre tradition. Stage Prophets will bring it to life on the Festival Theatre stage for four evening performances and two weekend matinees. Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof was the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince. Touching audiences worldwide with its humour, warmth,…
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Mom’s Gift: Poignant Comedy takes CentreStage

Mom’s Gift: Poignant Comedy takes CentreStage By Mike Butler Spring has arrived (according to the calendar anyway)! Despite the fluctuating weather (I had shorts on a week ago and today I am shovelling off the walkway at T.A.N), there is always a cozy seat at CentreStage Theatre for a wonderful show. A new production has arrived at the theatre and it’s the perfect outing for friends and family to take in. Mom’s Gift is a poignant comedy written by Phil Olsen and tells the story of a family dealing with the many issues that make up our daily lives. Mom…
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