Events

The Heart of the Community: Andrea Leeson Retires from Kingston Library

The Heart of the Community: Andrea Leeson Retires from Kingston Library By Emily Leeson Around the time that I started at Kingston Elementary School, my mother, Andrea Leeson, took a job at the Kingston Library. We’d been frequent visitors to the library, which back then was situated upstairs in a house on Victoria Avenue. The branch manager, who was looking towards her own retirement at the time, had noted my mother’s keen interest in books and suggested that Andrea apply for the job. She did, and she got it. It was a nice fit for her, and a nice fit…
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Suzie LeBlanc in the Garden Room

Suzie LeBlanc in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell An Acadian by heritage, internationally renowned soprano and actress Suzie LeBlanc will be giving a recital on April 15 at 2pm as part of the Sunday Music in the Garden Room chamber music series in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus. She will be performing with Simon Docking, piano. To single out two of this very fine musician’s many accomplishments: Suzie LeBlanc is founder and artistic director of Le Nouvel Opera in Montreal, a company that since the year 2000 has been bringing classical opera, from baroque…
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Mike Uncorked: Garrett Mason Concert Hits the Valley

Mike Uncorked: Garrett Mason Concert Hits the Valley By Mike Butler Folks, there’s a show coming to Wolfville that needs to be on everyone’s must-see list! Are you in the market for a great night of entertainment? Well, all you have to do is literally get into the market, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market that is! On Saturday April 7 at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market you can treat your ears to the magnificent sounds of Garrett Mason and his special guests Mike and Maggie of Chasing Blue. This is going to be an epic show, sponsored by Festiville and The Union…
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Hardware Gallery Announces Exhibition Schedule

Hardware Gallery Announces Exhibition Schedule By Genevieve Allen Hearn Hardware Gallery, located at 36 Cornwallis Street in Kentville, is opening its doors on March 29. The season begins with a group exhibition by local artists Shasta Grant and Simone Labuschagne, followed by a solo exhibition by artist and arts educator Terry Drahos. The first exhibition, entitled Rural Roots, runs from March 29 to April 25. The two artists’ work creates a dialogue of complementing and contrasting styles and subject matter. The show is an examination of nature: Grant’s depictions of animals in their natural setting are paired with Labuschagne’s striking…
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Burger Wars, Episode III: April 2018!

Burger Wars, Episode III: April 2018! There’s a Burger War happening and we want you to be a part of it! For the month of April over 40 restaurants from Windsor to Digby will be participating in Burger Wars for Campaign for Kids! Here’s how it works.: Go to any one of the participating restaurants and order the designated burger. Log on to campaignforkids.com/burgerwars to add your comments, and rate the burgers, anytime between April 1 and April 30. At the end of the month, the restaurant with the top ratings will be awarded a fun burger-themed trophy and will…
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Who’s Who: ‘Cowboy’ Harrison Czapalay: The Valley’s Bright Blue Light

Who’s Who: ‘Cowboy’ Harrison Czapalay: The Valley’s Bright Blue Light By Mike Butler Saddle up folks! Remember those Gene Autry, John Wayne, and Roy Rogers types who swept into town and made things better for the townspeople? Did you think they were long gone? Just when all hope was lost for a true gent to ride into town and makes things brighter, in sashays Harrison Czapalay! Cowboy Harrison Czapalay has become one of the most recognizable faces in the Valley and I am truly honoured to share his inspirational story and his efforts in lighting up the Valley for autism…
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The Art Spot: Carl Snyder

The Art Spot: Carl Snyder Carl Snyder’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours WHO: I am a retired commercial, advertising, and illustrative photographer living in Wolfville. I worked as a freelance photographer in Montreal and Toronto from 1980 to 2011, when I moved to Wolfville from Toronto. WHAT: My artistic medium is photography. I am interested in how literary phrasing can be presented visually, so my inspiration comes from writers who expand simple observations into wide thought panoramas. Here are some examples: Should we have stayed at…
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Wild Eats: Bessie North House and the Farm to Table Lifestyle

Wild Eats: Bessie North House and the Farm to Table Lifestyle By Avery Peters After many days of what seemed like spring, we had a resurgence of winter. As I pull up to Bessie North House I see a perfect row of buckets on each of their maple trees along the road. I am hoping for a view of the north mountain and their property, but even in this proximity, the storm clouds and mist are hanging low. The fields that were clear of snow for a few weeks are now covered again. I won’t be taking a farm tour…
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The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Carmen, the Ballet, on March 31

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Carmen, the Ballet, on March 31 Closing its 2017-18 season with energy and passion, the Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Carmen, the Ballet, the famous tale re-imagined by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre and its founding artistic director and choreographer, Igor Dobrovolskiy. The story of Carmen is one of passion, seduction, and drama set to the iconic score by Bizet and Shchedrin. The performance begins at 7:30pm at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville on Saturday, March 31. As a very successful 2017-18 season comes to a close, the 2018-19 subscription season officially begins. During the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits By Melanie Priesnitz Do you remember when you were young and ran wild in the ravine behind your house, splashed in puddles in the garden, and climbed trees? I hope so because it probably means that you are now a confident person with a healthy understanding of risk management, strong creative thinking, and problem solving skills, along with an inherent respect for the environment and how you fit into it. You likely weren’t aware that you were honing these skills as you played freely in wild spaces as a child,…
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