Events

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE STUMBLES INTO WINDSOR

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE STUMBLES INTO WINDSOR Quick As A Wink Theatre Performing Hit Musical! By Mike Butler   HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2018 is upon me and with it comes a lineup of very exciting projects. There’s no rest for the wicked and I do not see me resting until about mid-June! I’m going into my ninth year of writing for The Grapevine and I still feel as lucky today as I did when I began writing these columns. To be able to share my thoughts, reviews, and recommendations to the Valley is such a delight for me, and I want…
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The Horton Community Youth Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting winter season

The Horton Community Youth Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting winter season By Elizabeth Sircom   In November the HCYO senior orchestra performed alongside the Acadia University Orchestra in a combined concert at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Another concert will take place in March, and plans are being made for a new collaboration with the Horton senior concert band, playing music by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (“Song of the Universal”).   This string program for young people was established in September 2015 by Dr. Christoph Both (cello), Dr. Gillian Smith, DMA (violin), and Kay Greene, Horton band director,…
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Eagle Watch Soars to New Heights

Eagle Watch Soars to New Heights By Genevieve Allen Hearn   Need an excuse to get yourself out of the house on these chilly days? The 26th Eagle Watch is set to take place the weekend of January 27 and 28, and February 3 and 4. What started from humble beginnings in 1992 has grown into a major event in Sheffield Mills. One of the event’s original organizers, Glenn Ells, recalls the first pancake breakfast – the cornerstone of the weekend’s activities. “It was in the community hall with no commercial kitchen. We had to borrow a grill to cook…
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The 2017 Best of the Bunch Grapevine Results

The Grapevine’s 2017 ‘Best of the Bunch’ Results! We received a huge response to our second annual ‘Best of the Bunch’ survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! What a great selections of place to visit, things to do, and experiences not to miss in the Valley. While you are out and about, watch for The Grapevine’s ‘Best of the Bunch’ sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses. Food & Drink Best restaurant: Troy Runner up: The Naked Crepe Bistro Best fine dining restaurant: Blomidon Inn Restaurant Runner up: Le Caveau Best pub food: Paddy’s Pub Runner up: King’s…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist   Volunteers have been generously giving their time to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens since the day we opened. Over the years our volunteers have ranged in age and background and have performed a wide array of duties, including leading public tours, collecting phenology data, gluing and scanning herbarium specimens, seed sorting and cleaning, and caring for and propagating plants in the greenhouse and garden.   Some of our youngest volunteers came to us from Fairfield School many years…
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style Horton High School, Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm By Mike Butler   While you might be hoping for a white Christmas, on December 16, I will be having a blue Christmas because world champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn is returning to the Valley with his Christmas with the King family-friendly stage show extravaganza.   I am a bit of an Elvis fanatic. Everything from fifties “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis to leather suit 1968 Comeback Special Elvis through to portly rhinestone-clad Elvis in the seventies! He is a…
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ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre

ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre By Mike Butler   ‘Tis the season of friends, family, fun, trimmings, gifts, goodness, and cheer! I love the holiday season for all its busyness and chaos and for all the quiet moments it offers. I also love the incredible number of family shows that happen this time of year. One of my holiday treats is the annual Fezziwig show! Each year (for years) I’ve sat in the audience and watched a slew of adorable local faces grace the stage in beautiful costumes and perform a…
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THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR!

THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR! Submitted   This year marks the twelfth year that Cadance Academy has staged its annual production of The Nutcracker at Wolfville’s Festival Theatre. With performances on December 9 and 10, this lively and colourful production is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Cadance Academy’s director, Gaea Jess, is looking forward to this year’s show: “I can’t believe this is our twelfth year doing this show! We all work so hard on this production, trying to make improvements that are sure to impress the audiences, but it’s also like a well-oiled machine. I…
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The Weeks Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

The Weeks Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) By Garry Leeson   ‘Twas weeks before Christmas when all through the town Not a senior musician was wearing a frown. Their instruments were cleaned, all tuned up with care, In hopes that when they played them, an audience’d be there.   Why stay at home, nestled, all bored in your bed? Come to the Festival Theatre and join them instead, You in a kerchief, your friend in a cap, Not just vegging away on a long winter’s nap.   They have a fiery conductor, so lively and quick But…
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Annapolis Valley Honour Choir celebrates Celtic, East Coast musical roots in winter concert

Annapolis Valley Honour Choir celebrates Celtic, East Coast musical roots in winter concert Submitted   The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s 2017-18 season continues with their second concert, “On This Winter’s Night With You – An East Coast Christmas,” on Saturday, December 9. Further exploring the season’s central theme of “finding home,” this Maritime kitchen party of a concert embraces Nova Scotia’s Celtic and folk roots and musical traditions. The choirs will perform traditional carols and Gaelic lullabies, arrangements by Great Big Sea, and music by the late great Ron Hynes and Rita McNeil.   The AVHC is excited to welcome…
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