Events

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work By Mike Butler Following the mind-blowing success of last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) is changing gears. This year, instead of a princess musical with singing dishes, they’ve chosen to stage the original writing of their own students in a play called Succession. The power of young minds and teenage hearts are what we are relying on to change the world these days, and I firmly believe that there’s nothing stronger than the written word, so I encourage you all to take in this special presentation of…
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Q&A with David Francey

Q&A with David Francey David Francey is a reknowned Canadian folk singer/songwriter whose lengthy music career has earned him numerous awards, including 3 Junos. In lieu of a concert tour for his brand new CD, The Broken Heart of Everything, he is taking his paintings on a cross-Canada trip. The first stops are right here in the Valley. The Grapevine (GV): You started a career in music in your forties — when did you start painting? Why did you start painting? David Francey (DF): I’ve been painting for close to 30 years. I married Beth Girdler, an exceptional watercolourist. She…
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A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery

A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Class is in session April 27 and 28. The lesson: Brewery 101. Eleven breweries spanning from Windsor to Yarmouth will be on tap at the event, showcasing what the Valley has to offer. Presented by Schoolhouse Brewery at their taproom in Windsor, the Highway 101 Tap Takeover is part of Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Week. The idea was hatched at a Nova Scotia Craft Brewers Association conference, where discussions about Craft Beer Week were occurring. Cam Hartley, owner of Schoolhouse Brewery, added up all the breweries and brewpubs…
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HCYO becomes ARYO!

HCYO becomes ARYO! By Gillian Smith Following an invitation from the Acadia University School of Music, the Horton Community Youth Orchestra program (HCYO), presently located at Horton High School, will be moving to the Acadia University School of Music as of September 2018, and will be known going forward as the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO). ARYO will be operating alongside the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, and the Acadia Youth Band, both of which are very successful ensembles which use the Acadia School of Music facilities as well. ARYO will have the use of the Festival Theatre and surrounding classrooms….
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season

Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season By François Côté The eight-performance series features wonderful vocal and instrumental music performed by some of our nation’s best ensembles, and by artists visiting Wolfville from the USA and Ireland. The season opens in September with The Rose Ensemble and their performance of “The Land of Three Faiths,” featuring music that is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. In October, two ensembles from Quebec, collectif9 and Architek Percussion, join forces to present “My Backyard, Somewhere,” a multi-media experience featuring the works of five talented composers…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Native plants for Earth Day and every day

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Native plants for Earth Day and every day By Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator As the sun continues to warm the soil, and new signs of spring show themselves, we are reminded of the miracle that is the changing of the seasons. For me, the fact that spring shows up every year, albeit sometimes begrudgingly, is certainly cause for celebration. Often dramatic shifts in temperature, day length, and weather are what it takes to remind us of what is happening in the natural world. With the growing excitement of a new…
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Mapannapolis could turn into Mapvalley?

Mapannapolis could turn into Mapvalley? By Wendy Elliot On April 25 geoscience instructor Ed Symons, who chairs the Age Advantage Association, will speak about why Annapolis County is probably the most mapped county in the province. Last fall the Mapannapolis project was named one of five finalists for the 2018 Governor General History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming. For five years, a number of volunteers have been building a historical mapping resource for Annapolis County. Students from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), where Symons teaches, were involved from the outset too. In addition to information on over 2,400…
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Babies and Books!

Babies and Books! By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator Annapolis Valley Regional Library Why read to your baby? There are so many reasons, but here at the library, some of our favourites include spending quality time together, hearing new words, creating a lifelong love of books, and enhancing imagination. Babies can start to see patterns and distinguish colours as young as two months; baby board books are a great way to develop those synapses. Of course we have many board books at the library, but we don’t stop there. Spring is in the air and so is Baby Storytime….
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The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving

The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving By Wendy Elliott The Wolfville of Wolfville (WOW) believe that caring connects everyone. The town’s unique community theatre group has built its 15th annual collective creation, Got Your Back!, on the theme of care giving. “Care giving embodies kindness and empathy, which are both at the core of the human experience,” says Acadia University student Alisha Christie. Christie is one of five community development students that have joined the WOW network of over 300 women across the Valley. Actor and writer Gail Salmon says, “we all forget that caring is…
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In Review: Recent Happenings, News, and Events

In Review: Recent Happenings, News, and Events On February 19, KingsAero Tech broke ground on a new hangar. For aviation enthusiasts in Kings County, this marks the resurgence of opportunity since the closure of the Waterville Airport. Karl Deter and Gordon Squires formed KingsAero Tech in 2017 and now they’ve got big plans for the new facility. “Our goal is to be the best and most professional private aviation maintenance facility in the Maritimes,” they say in a release. The plans also include the Atlantic School of Sky Diving setting up shop at the site sometime in the near future….
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