Events

A Year of Better School Food

A Year of Better School FoodBy Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com 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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Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister Act

Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister ActSubmitted Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister Act, based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Filled with powerful gospel music and a truly moving story, Sister Act…
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Retail Boom in Kentville

Retail Boom in KentvilleBy Genevieve Allen Hearn Our Best of the Bunch survey results reflected a trend in the town of Kentville that we’ve been closely following here at The Grapevine. Many of the winners (and runners-up) are Kentville-based businesses, which was not the case a number of years ago. There is a difference in the town, and people are noticing. A promotional video of the town produced by Canopy Creative and commissioned by the Kentville Business Community even got the attention of CTV News, who recently aired a story on the revitalization of retail businesses in Kentville. I grew…
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Art Spot: Mario Croteau

Art Spot: Mario Croteau Mario Croteau’s photographs are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of January. WHO:I was born and raised in Quebec City. Ater visiting Nova Scotia 6 years ago, I moved here to fulfill my dream of doing fine art photography. Digital photography is my dream medium. I’m fully in control of every aspect of my production: from finding subjects and taking the pictures, to editing them on a computer and then printing them on fine art paper, I’m doing all steps, which is very gratifying. How did you come to…
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Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest Gallery

Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest GalleryOn now until the end of the year Home is a holiday show featuring the work of participating gallery artists. We chose the theme of Home as it is such an evocative word –one often associated with the holiday season. And yet, Home can mean so many things: an accommodation, property, a roof over one’s head; the family or social unit occupying a home; a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates; a game played at the team’s own field or court; or homing: the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and PlantsBy Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator The changing of the seasons is a powerful experience, especially when we choose to pay attention. We forget, amidst the busyness of our lives, that what is happening in the natural world around us is mirrored within us as well. Spring is an explosive celebration of new life, sometimes overwhelming in its displays and intensity. Summer is a time of growth, moving us upward and forward with great energy. Autumn finds us harvesting the literal and metaphorical fruits of our labours, knowing…
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Sunday Music, Part Two

Sunday Music, Part Two By Janet Kirkconnell Sunday Music in the Garden Room, a series now in its thirteenth year, is kept afloat by donations and volunteers. The second half of the 2019-2020 season of Sunday Music, presented in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus begins on January 5 with a piano recital by Baxter’s Harbour native Tabitha Payzant. A graduate of Mount Allison University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, she will present an excellent program of a Bach prelude and fugue, one of Beethoven’s late sonatas (op. 110), a Chopin étude,…
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Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!

Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!By François Côté Make your charitable donation to the Performing Arts Series before February 1, 2020, for a chance to win an all-inclusive round-trip train cruise for two from Halifax to Montreal aboard Via Rail’s The Ocean. The trip includes double bedroom accommodations and all meals. Dates are to be chosen by the winner, who may also gift the trip to someone else. What a wonderful opportunity for a cultural adventure to La Belle Métropole! For decades, your Acadia Performing Arts Series has been bringing world class performances…
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The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 Calendar

The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 CalendarBy Sophie Bérubé The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is a not-for-profit charitable group that works to raise the literacy levels of adults in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Since 2011, we have offered a creative writing class to our adult learners who are drawn to the literary arts. VCLA believes that adults learners, like children, also benefit from engaging in artistic creation. What began as a writing group has expanded into visual arts, song writing and music production programs. Since 2018, we have produced a calendar with photos of the Valley featuring poetry…
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