Events

Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art

Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is a community wide art exhibit that highlights two of Kings County’s greatest assets – the natural beauty of the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people who live in the area. Now into its tenth year, UCA Creative Director Terry Havlis Drahos has been at the helm of the project since the beginning. Originally from Chicago, IL, Drahos received her Bachelor of Design from Southern Illinois University. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Acadia and NSCAD Universities (Wolfville and Halifax, respectively) in 2006, specializing in Art…
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The Gaspereau Art Market: Promoting Local Art

The Gaspereau Art Market: Promoting Local Art Just over the ridge, in the scenic community of Gaspereau, the biannual Gaspereau Art Market has just wrapped up their seventh show highlight local art. Held in the Gaspereau Community Hall the market happens twice a year in July and November. Mindy Hupman is the organizing force behind the market. Over the course of the last four years, this little art market has been promoting everything that is wonderful about the rural art scene. Coming from a community of artists among her friends and family, Mindy was interested in starting something that would…
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A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White

A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White, author of TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean   Friday, July 14, noon-2pm, Auditorium, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White spent four consecutive summers visiting the Bay of Fundy region during his research on tides. Now he is returning to promote his new book, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press 2017). White will be sharing his insights on why the Bay of Fundy is a teaching ground and critical to understanding what global warming means for our coastlines. In…
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An Evening at the Inn

An Evening at the Inn By Emily Leeson On the back deck of the Blomidon Inn, the last bits of sunshine are breaking through the receding clouds. Mike Laceby, the inn keeper, is welcoming guests and Jean-Benoit Deslauriers is pouring his first selection of Benjamin Bridge wines for the evening. Somewhere in the kitchen, Chef Nelson Penner is likely carefully situating a few locally-foraged morels onto plates. It’s a rare night out for Jesse and me. The stars have aligned: a last minute babysitter was found, and we’ve promised to be home by ten. How could we pass this up?…
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The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert

The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert Maud’s work is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours.   WHO: My name is Maud Arthur Herbert. I have spent a lot of my life travelling and exploring, trying to find my place in the world. I am a mother of two amazing kids, and two equally amazing step-kids. I have always been creatively inclined, but recently I’ve been taking advantage of any rare opportunities of ‘kid-free’ time to work on my painting. WHAT: I mostly work with Acrylic paint on canvas and…
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The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way

The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way The tourist season in Nova Scotia has begun! The vineyards and wineries are open and busy, the Magic Wine Bus is on the roads, and visitors from all over are arriving daily in the Annapolis Valley. As locals we see them arrive and enjoy our inns, restaurants, galleries, shops, and shows. But when they leave, what do they take with them? What memories or experiences stick with our visitors long after they’ve headed back home? A happenstance meeting with some wine region tourists offered a little glimpse into the…
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Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane

Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane   By Mike Butler   Last year, I had the pleasure of writing a Who’s Who profile about a young, incredible musician named Crissi Cochrane and I promised to let you readers know the next time she was coming to the Valley for a show. Well, here it is! On July 6, in the Al Whittle Theatre’s STUDIO Z, Crissi and her husband Michael Paul (aka Soul Brother Mike), will rock the room. Soul Brother Mike has just released a new album called *Learn to Vibe* that he’ll be promoting…
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Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville

Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville By Angie Oriana Jenkins, ‘Wolfville’s Belly Dancing Herbalist’ Back in my early days of belly dance (mid 90s), I took a break from more traditional forms of Classical Egyptian belly dance and became enamored with the emerging Tribal Fusion style that was being developed in San Francisco. Having a best friend who lived there, I visited the area a few times and made sure to get in as many classes and performances as I could with the pioneers of this new movement. There was this funky little Mediterranean restaurant I…
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The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less!

The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less! By Emily Leeson The 2017 outdoor summer season Two Planks and a Passion Theatre production at Ross Creek features a world premiere of Nothing Less!, cowritten by novelist Ami McKay and Artistic Director Ken Schwartz as the Theatre Off The Grid MainStage production. *Nothing Less!* follows Canadian women during the Great War as they knit their bit, bought Victory bonds, and kept the home fires burning. Yet they still didn’t have the vote. Set during the spring of 1918, the show is a moving tale of an intrepid…
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Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley

Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley By Mike Butler Marion Bridge, the place, might not be much to look at. It’s a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, Marion Bridge, being approximately midway between the river’s source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snowplow. And that about sums it up! But in 1998, renowned local…
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