Events

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Orchids

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Orchids By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   While many of you are starting to count down the number of days left until spring, we are counting the days until the annual orchid show! Mark your calendar for Saturday February 24. Every year a group of local orchid enthusiasts pull their treasured plants out of their sun rooms to share with the public.   While we dream about tropical orchids and warm greenhouses, forty species of orchid native to Nova Scotia are lying dormant on the forest floor. The lady’s-slippers are the most…
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AVRL NEWS: Annapolis Valley Regional Library Receives Funding for Be Fit Kits 2.0

AVRL NEWS: Annapolis Valley Regional Library Receives Funding for Be Fit Kits 2.0 By Angela Reynolds   In 2015 the AVRL launched the original Be Fit Kits that focused on physical literacy and movement skills. The Be Fit Kits are bags of equipment and books that families can borrow from the library. The bags are loaned for three weeks, just like books. Created to provide an opportunity for people to learn fundamental skill movements together in a safe and comfortable environment, families can use these to be active together. After receiving feedback from community members, AVRL wanted to expand the…
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Valley Family Fun: Eagle Watching with Kids

Valley Family Fun: Eagle Watching with Kids By Laura Churchill Duke   It’s almost eagle watching time! This is a great event to take your kids to, as well! However, just be careful, because when my friend told her son they were going to see the eagles, he asked if they were going to sing “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”.   Well, maybe not those eagles.   This is a great introduction to bird watching for kids. Because they are fed by the farmers, the birds are attracted to the area, and so there are no long periods of waiting and hoping…
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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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