Events

Mike Uncorked: Neil Simon Classic Comes to CentreStage Theatre

Mike Uncorked: Neil Simon Classic Comes to CentreStage Theatre By Mike Butler There have been some incredible and unforgettable stage couples in history. From musicals to stage plays you can find pairings that remain as fresh today as when they were first performed. It’s been 55 years since the ultimate odd couple, Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, graced the stage on Broadway, but the hilarity and poignancy of their friendship and their story is still as top notch as ever. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning master playwright and humourist Neil Simon, The Odd Couple is making its way to Kentville for…
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Art Spot: Peter Martocchio

Art Spot: Peter Martocchio WHO: I am a retiree who is delighted to paint using the time that used to be devoted to my professional career. WHAT: My medium is traditional watercolour. My style is loosely realistic. The uniqueness of my work is that I portray landscapes in different light, stressing either reflections, strong sunlight, shadows, or clouds. This exhibit, “Scenes from Around Here,” that runs between June 1-30 at the Wolfville Library, is a collection of plein air and studio work. WHERE: In the summer I paint outside in plein air. In the winter I paint in my studio…
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KVRC’s Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium a Resounding Success

KVRC’s Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium a Resounding Success Submitted Over 80 participants were present at NSCC Kingstec for the Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium on Wednesday May 15, hosted by Kings Volunteer Resource Centre (KVRC). The day-long conference welcomed keynote speaker Danny Graham of Engage Nova Scotia, and followed up with eight concurrent morning and afternoon workshops, each focused on helping both volunteers and community-based organizations increase their capacity for the incredible work they do in community. Lisa MacDougall, executive director of Valley Restorative Justice, summarized her experience, calling the event “an exceptionally well-planned Volunteer Leadership Symposium. I thoroughly…
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Brigadoon’s 5th Annual Wine & Dash

Brigadoon’s 5th Annual Wine & Dash Wine & Dash is Brigadoon’s signature fundraising event. Participants run or walk a 5k or 10k through the Gaspereau Valley, making stops for wine tastings at some of Nova Scotia’s finest vineyards. This year, they will also have the option of foregoing the dash, and can instead book a seat on the Magic Winery Bus for a guided tour of the four participating wineries. To date the event has had over 1,500 participants and has raised over $300,000 for Brigadoon’s camp programs. To find out more about the Wine & Dash, we asked past…
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Valley Family Fun: Wine Tasting Parties

Valley Family Fun: Wine Tasting Parties By Laura Churchill Duke Sometimes the adults in the family need to have some fun too, so it’s not always about the kids! Consider hosting a wine tasting party! Here is an easy step-by-step on how to run your own tasting parties. Create an invitation using Evite. I like using this program, because it keeps track of who is coming, the system sends reminders, and you can ask guests to bring things. Make a list of wines you would like to test and have each of your guests sign up to bring one of…
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New Research Winery in Kentville

New Research Winery in Kentville Late in February, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, officially opened a research winery at the Kentville Research and Development Centre that will help grape growers and vintners hone their production techniques to take full advantage of the province’s unique soils and growing conditions. The $1.8 million winery will allow researchers to investigate how locally-grown varieties, growing conditions, and vineyard practices affect the chemistry of the grapes, which in turn influence the finishing characteristics in the wine, including taste and aroma. “Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s great emerging wine regions. This new research…
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Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World”

Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World” By Ethan Lang The Windsor Senior Bus Society (WSBS) has had a renaissance of sorts over the past year. The non-profit service has offered accessible transport for residents of local senior homes in Kings and Hants since 1985, but the scope of the Society is now expanding. Late last month, they held an event in Windsor to announce plans for the coming year. The bus service offered by the WSBS is now registered under a new name, CommUNITY Bus NS, with license to provide service province-wide….
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Apple Blossom and the E.C. Smith Herbarium

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Apple Blossom and the E.C. Smith Herbarium By Alain Belliveau, Collections Manager The history of the Apple Blossom Festival is long and rich, dating back all the way to 1933. One tidbit that I only recently learned was that even though the festival’s date is decided years in advance nowadays, for the first 30 or more years, a plant pathologist named Fred Hockey made this decision in order to schedule the festival at peak blossom. He was the officer-in-charge at the Dominion Laboratory of Plant Pathology (Kentville Experimental Station), and was clearly…
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The Apple Blossom Festival

The Apple Blossom Festival By Jennifer Gerrits Jennifer Gerrits was a summer student at the Kings County Museum in 1999 and 2000 working as an archivist/conservator organizing and indexing the administrative records of the Apple Blossom Festival (1933-1995), which were donated to the museum archives in 1999. She has continued to volunteer at the museum over the years. The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival finds its roots in the Kentville Carnival, first celebrated in the late 1920s. From this early festival, with the support of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association and the fruit farmers of the Annapolis Valley, the…
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“Expressions of Nature: Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild”

“Expressions of Nature: Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild” May to August 2019, Kings County Museum, Kentville Since the establishment of the Guild in 2002, the 50 members of the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild have welcomed quilters of all ages and all skill sets. Monthly meetings provide the opportunity to learn new techniques, gain inspiration, and strengthen friendships through the shared love of quilting. The group holds workshops, brings in guest speakers, takes part in retreats and community outreach projects, and enjoys displaying members’ work in exhibits such as this one. This summer the museum has planted…
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