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Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member!

Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member! By Mike Butler The Valley is filled with exceptional community members. I have the honour of writing about them in this column, including a gentleman I had never met before, but now that I have I’m very excited to share his adventures with you. Barry Braun is the founder of the Happy Community Project. He has a vision to change the world one community at a time and who wouldn’t want to help with that vision? Barry didn’t always have this vision. In fact, for a significant portion of his existence, he was…
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MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY!

Who’s Who: MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY! By Mike Butler When was the last time your little piggies went to market? You need to put your best foot forward and go see Marie Jardine. Read on and find out why. Marie Jardine was born and raised in Dartmouth. In 1977 her dad retired from the Navy and they moved to Ontario. She went to high school in Kincardine, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Huron and then went to Sheridan College to study graphic design and worked in Toronto for a few years. She says, “I worked for…
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Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award

Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award By Wendy Elliott An active music teacher in Berwick, Marlene Jackson is receiving recognition from the Deep Roots Music Festival as one of the two founders of another festival. The Kings County Music Festival floundered in 1943 and there were 10 years without a music festival to inspire young music students. Marlene Jackson and the late Hetty Jackson ramped up interest again in the late 1970s, launching the Annapolis Valley Music Festival. That is one reason Jackson is going to be the fifteenth winner of the Valley Arts Award from Deep…
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Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy

Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy Wolfville’s own Donna Holmes will be opening for Valdy at the 2018 Deep Roots Festival, so we asked her to interview the distinctive Canadian singer-songwriter for our readers: Donna Holmes: Like all good Canadians I love the winter, the “u” in “colour,” and your “Rock and Roll Song”. Do you ever get tired of playing it? Valdy: No, I still play it every gig, and still in original key, which means I didn’t go for the stratosphere when I wrote it. Anytime we can connect on that level with an audience,…
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Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy

Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy Jim Cuddy has been a fixture in the Canadian music scene for over 35 years. Along with the Jim Cuddy Band, he brings his memorable songwriting to Acadia’s Convocation Hall on Thursday September 27. The Grapevine: What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Jim Cuddy: My earliest childhood ambition was to either be a doctor or a cowboy like Roy Rogers. GV: What is your favourite song and when did you first hear it? JC: I think that my favourite song is “The Long & Winding Road,” which I heard when I moved…
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Featurepreneur: Getting Graphic with Conundrum Press

Featurepreneur: Getting Graphic with Conundrum Press By Genevieve Allen Hearn Need a break from traditional summer novels? Andy Brown from Conundrum Press specializes in the graphic novel genre, and is renowned in Canada as an industry leader. Brown has run his publishing company for over 20 years, and people are often shocked to hear that his business is located in rural Nova Scotia. Conundrum Press is opening a new office space in Wolfville, so we felt it was an auspicious time to catch up. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a bit about the landscape of Graphic Novels. Andy Brown (AB):…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal!

Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal! By Mike Butler Acadia University, Wolfville’s biggest employer, is known worldwide as a leader in education and it is a beautiful, essential piece to Wolfville’s notoriety. From Acadia, there have been many extraordinary people who’ve been a part of the Grapevine Who’s Who column. They’ve been leaders in their field and great contributors to the campus life and the future of its students. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to write about someone I’ve never met and know very little about what they study. So, Dr. Allison Walker was a…
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Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local!

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local! By Mike Butler If the name Jim Murphy doesn’t bring music to your ears right now, come September it sure will! Jim is part of the very busy board handling the organization and marketing for the 15th Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for Jim and his team but he was willing to lend me some time for this profile. Hear is a sweet little blurb about Jim Murphy! Jim was born and raised in Wolfville, went to Wolfville School, Horton High School, and then…
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Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots

Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Annapolis Valley benefits from multi-generational farming families who are rooted to this land in history, in family traditions, and in the crops they grow. But there is also a group of first generation farmers who have uprooted their lives from out-of-province, and sown new seeds in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine spoke to two farming couples who have recently moved to the breadbasket of Nova Scotia. Sarah and Kenny Macalpine – Two Birds One Stone The Grapevine (GV): What attracted you to farming? Sarah and Kenny (S&K): We are passionate…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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