Events

Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday

Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday By Laura Churchill Duke For the third year, this holiday season you can fill a box of cheer for people in need right here in Kings County. Valley Family Fun and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have paired up to create a program called Fill a Box of Cheer: The Local Option. “There are many adults in need locally who often don’t qualify for support through traditional programs, such as any targeted towards family and children,” says Candy O’Brien of CMHA. This is a way to reach more people. To…
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Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales

Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales With the festive season already fast approaching, crafters and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: Christmas Sale –Windermere Drop in and sip a cup of mulled juice while browsing the many tables of festive items offered for sale by a variety of sellers. Saturday November 17, 8am – 1pm Windermere Community Hall 402 Windermere…
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Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins

Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins Sally’s watercolour paintings of local scenes are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of November. WHO: I am an educator and artist, and I have lived and worked in many places, including Ontario, Calgary, Bermuda, the United States, and Nova Scotia. I am currently teaching a course in the School of Education at Acadia University. WHAT: I have been painting since about the age of 4. I began taking photography seriously in high school. I took many courses at the college and university level, to learn as much…
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Mike Uncorked: The Headstrong Summit Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Headstrong Summit Experience By Mike Butler On October 18, 2018, I had the extreme pleasure of emceeing the very first Annapolis Valley Headstrong Summit at Brigadoon Camp. It was a tremendously rewarding experience and I want to share with you the highlights of this special day. Headstrong is an anti-stigma initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) for youth aged 12-18 to inspire students to “Be Brave, Reach Out, and Speak Up” about mental health. Launched across Canada (and now in Europe), Headstrong is teaching students how to recognize and reduce stigma, and become…
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The Box of Delights Presents: Ami McKay

The Box of Delights Presents: Ami McKay By Desdemona Shaw In the Victorian tradition of Yuletide ghost stories, critically-acclaimed local author Ami McKay invites us to step back into the magical world of The Witches of New York in her newest book, Half Spent Was the Night. This enchanting tale is the perfect companion to the chill days and long nights of winter, reminding us of the hidden magic of the season. Set just after the events of the previous novel, mystery swirls around the three witches of New York as they contend with storms, demons, and the intrigue of…
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The Raise the Roof Concert at Wolfville Baptist: A Jazzy Christmas

The Raise the Roof Concert at Wolfville Baptist: A Jazzy Christmas By Wendy Elliott Swing into the holidays early with seasonal music presented with a jazz twist on Sunday afternoon, November 25, at Wolfville Baptist Church. Five jazz performers will gather to entertain: Hazel Walker as vocalist, Graham Howes on keyboard and vocals, Nick D’Amato on bass, Max Gallant on drums, and Matt Nicholson on tenor sax. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Wolfville Baptist Church’s new roof campaign, which is meant to replace fifteen years of leaks. The $160,000 project will see the church roof coated in…
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On Solid Water

On Solid Water By Joel Hornborg Without a doubt, the most incredible experience I know is gliding through spectacular frozen landscapes! Each winter, people are drawn to marvel at the beauty and power of the snow and ice that signifies a true northern winter. Even in the harshest of winter, there are wonderful opportunities to get outside and enjoy it as well. Many years ago, I was introduced to skating on natural ice by my grandfather in Sweden, and since then it has become a passion bordering on obsession. In 2016 I had the opportunity to return to Sweden once…
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Winter Songs at the Old Hall

Winter Songs at the Old Hall By Kim Barlow Every few weeks the kids and I go for a drive across the province to see my parents, and along the way we pass several cute little wood-sided community halls. Some are decrepit and for sale, others are still in use, their signs announcing jam sessions and fundraisers. These little halls are cheap to rent, and cozy, and many have fully-equipped kitchens. After twenty years out west and up north, I notice the slower economy here has spared this province from a certain amount of the worst kind of development, like…
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Stolen Art Songs

Stolen Art Songs By Janet Kirkconnell Great violin-makers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Stradivari and the Guarneri, designed their instruments (cellos included) to mimic the human voice. Students of stringed instruments are often urged by their teachers to make their instrument sing. Yet the cello is considered to be the most voice-like of all instruments, acoustically and expressively, with its range from basso profundo to one that competes with coloratura. Even the timbre of the cello is quite close to the timbre of the singing voice. The ultimate step? A concert of songs ‘sung’ by a cello. The…
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Armistice at Acadia

Armistice at Acadia By Wendy Robicheau Thursday, 7 November 1918 was not a normal day for the Acadia Collegiate Academy boys. Why? Those who volunteered for the turnip harvest were excused from classes. On the College farm next to Willett Hall, they pulled, topped, and hauled about 800 bushels of turnips destined for the vegetable cellar. Their day was interrupted by “Toddy” De Wolfe running through the field announcing that the Germans had signed an armistice. The College authorities dispelled the myth, telling the students that when official news about the armistice came, the College bell would be rung. An…
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