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In Pursuit of Light

In Pursuit of Light By Anna Horsnell Light. Without it we live in darkness. Light enables us to literally see the world around us in all its complexity. In art, the painter uses the illusion of light to create a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas. To do this well requires an exceptional eye and masterful skill. Arnaud Béghin is just such an artist. Béghin was born in 1964 in Le Havre, France. Having tried art school, he chose instead to follow his own path to become an artist. Living in Paris in the late 1980s, his preference was to…
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Featurepreneur: Two People & Two Passions

Featurepreneur: Two People & Two Passions By Genevieve Allen Hearn In planning our Get Outside! issue, several independent businesses around the Valley came to mind. These are the businesses that are helping us to live our ‘best outdoor lives’ by providing equipment and services for outdoor activities. Spoke & Note in Windsor is a bit of an anomaly, as they provide bicycles and scooters, but also a collection of musical instruments and accessories. We wanted to learn more about this shop that merged two passions, and is locally owned and operated by business partners and partners in life, Tony (Anthony)…
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From Caramels to Doughnuts, Wolfville Pastry Chef Creating Treats to Bring Joy

From Caramels to Doughnuts, Wolfville Pastry Chef Creating Treats to Bring Joy By Emily Kathan Abby Lerner is the face behind Two Birds Sweets & Treats at the Wolfville Farmers Market. Her handmade sweets are the major destination for allowance money in our family, so I’ve been lucky enough to have many opportunities to chat with this talented and ebullient pastry chef and sample her many tasty treats. I decided it was high time Grapevine readers got to learn about her and her delicious business too: The Grapevine (GV): How did you come to be living in the Valley? Abby…
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Who’s Who: Colleen Hagen: Who We all Want to Be!

Who’s Who: Colleen Hagen: Who We all Want to Be! By Mike Butler If I have one wish, as a writer for The Grapevine, it’s that I never run out of theatre friends to feature in this column. I look at the younger generations taking summer drama camps, performing in school productions, and falling in love with theatre and I think it’s safe to say the list will grow and grow. That list, and the many youth performers on it, find their love of drama and performance from those adults who exude their own love of drama and for years…
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Who’s Who: Jordan MacPhee

Who’s Who: Jordan MacPhee By Mike Butler Professional makeup artist Jordan MacPhee’s work literally makes me green with envy! I met Jordan last fall when I was preparing to play The Grinch for the CentreStage production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It was a daunting task to transform my above-average good looks into the green, mean, furry mass of unpleasantness that is the iconic Grinch, but with Jordan behind the brush, we pulled off something brilliant and enjoyable. During the 45 minutes of sitting through the makeup application, we chatted and I learned a lot about this very talented…
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Who’s Who: Lori Moore

Who’s Who: Lori Moore By Mike Butler Spring has sprung, and actually, I think summer might just be around the corner. It’s the time of year to get outside and enjoy the sun and beautiful energy of your community. It’s also a great time to exercise your body, mind, and soul and I know just the person to help you do that. Lori Moore was born just outside of Dartmouth, NS, in what was at the time Halifax County. She always wanted to be a teacher, but it seemed like an impossible feat to meet the needs of 28 students…
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Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar

Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar By Genevieve Allen Hearn There are many wonderful home-based businesses in the Valley that sell items from home or online. Tanya Owen has been running her online business, Girliture, for five years, and has recently made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location on Aberdeen Street in Kentville. There you will find a mix of handmade items for the home, as well as pre-loved décor and furniture. It’s well worth a visit – Tanya has a great eye for design! After a visit to her shop (and an impulse purchase!), The Grapevine asked Tanya a few…
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Who’s Who: Zack Clarke: The Supplement King

Who’s Who: Zack Clarke: The Supplement King By Mike Butler There’s a new business on Main Street, Wolfville that’s pumped to be serving the surrounding community, and its owner is even more excited to be one of the many leaving their mark on the thriving Wolfville business community. Zack Clarke and Supplement King have been flexing their business muscles for months now and I’m very proud to introduce this smiley, wonderful new face to all my readers. Zack Clarke was born in Halifax and was raised in Middle Sackville. He’s currently living in Kingsport and loves all aspects of Valley…
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Research Spotlight: Alice Cohen

Research Spotlight: Alice Cohen By Omar Bhimji Omar Bhimji (OB): In terms of research, what are you working right now? Alice Cohen (AC): I’m writing a book with Andrew Biro about Canadian environmental politics. There are a few books on the subject, but they tend to focus on governments and government institutions as the be-all and end-all of environmental policy and decision-making. That’s only part of the picture. For example, if you look at the debate over Northern Pulp in Pictou County, it’s not really about what laws exist, or who’s in government. It’s about pollution, jobs, and how you…
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Q & A with Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds

Q & A with Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds In celebration of Earth Day and the fast-approaching gardening season, The Grapevine asked Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds to tell us a bit about himself, and share some of his knowledge about heirloom vegetables and seed saving. The Grapevine (GV): What are heirloom seeds? What does ‘open-pollinated’ mean? Owen Bridge (OB): I like to think of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds as ‘the people’s seeds,’ in that they are public domain and you can save seed from your own plants. If you have a favourite heirloom tomato variety, you can carry it…
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