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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Food and Fun Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Food and Fun Interest Group How is this group different from the Newcomers gourmet and potluck groups? Food and Fun is designed for the person who wants to escape cooking. The fun activity may range through joining others to watch a movie at a cinema, hiking to a hidden waterfall, skiing in winter, playing a game of ultimate frisbee, visiting local museums, or carpooling to Halifax to visit Pier 21. Food and Fun has happened since the early years of Newcomers, and about twenty people intend to participate this year. Turnout for an activity varies from five…
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Who’s Who: Kym Hume: Girl Strong

Who’s Who: Kym Hume: Girl StrongBy Mike Butler Oh that SMILE! It’s as warm as her hugs and as glowing as her personality. This powerful, intelligent, and vibrant woman is an inspiration to so many here in our valley and beyond. I am so proud to call her my friend and to feature her here (finally!) for everyone to read about. Kym Hume is a Valley girl. She lived in Middleton with her parents and siblings until she moved to Halifax to go to university. She grew up in a loving, animal-centered and political family with her dad, veterinarian and…
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Who’s Who: Laura Churchill Duke

Who’s Who: Laura Churchill DukeBy Mike Butler Laura Churchill Duke is a powerhouse woman! There’s not too many times I get to sit down in the run of my day, but when I do, I take in how much I do and I think to myself, Laura Churchill Duke does twice as much as I do! I am so honoured to finally feature her in my column. Laura was born and bred in the Annapolis Valley, having grown up in Port Williams. She attended the original Horton High School and went to Acadia and earned a degree focusing on the…
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Meet the Arts Programming Director at Ross Creek

Meet the Arts Programming Director at Ross Creek By Anna Horsnell Ian Funke-McKay seems the perfect fit for his new position as arts programming director at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning. His generous smile exudes enthusiasm while guiding visitors through the main facility, past gallery spaces and rehearsal halls and a group of home-schooled children here for an arts experience. He knows firsthand what this place offers. Having grown up in Scots Bay, he spent his summers immersed in the various youth programs at Ross Creek, and by 2013 was involved in facilitating a number of their…
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Who’s Who: Bernie Zinck

Who’s Who: Bernie Zinck By Mike Butler Bernie Zinck, in my opinion, is one of the most talented local musicians we have here in the Valley. I have known Bernie for close to 30 years, as we attended the same high school together: the original KCA. I’ve been following Bernie and his music adventures for many years, and I’m so excited to finally feature him in my Who’s Who column! Bernie was born and raised in Kentville, and was a prominent member of KCA’s celebrated band program! Bernie started playing guitar when he was eight years old, then he learned…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Bridge Club

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Bridge Club By Marie Mossman If you’d like to learn to play the card game bridge with friendly people, try the Newcomers bridge interest group. The Newcomers bridge group plays on the second and and fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month. The group normally meets at the White Rock Community Centre, which accommodates three tables of players comfortably. If the number of expected players is low, they may enjoy their game in a member’s home. A coordinator informs players of any change in plans. You may wish to play bridge because of its reputation as a mental…
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Who’s Who: Sandi and Guy (Porter-Breau)

Who’s Who: Sandi and Guy (Porter-Breau) By Mike Butler The Deep Roots Music Festival is right around the corner: a time when Wolfville bursts with incredible music, fun, and a special vibe that’s both welcoming and wonderful. It’s one of my favourite times of the year here in Wolfville, and with the festival comes the Deep Roots edition of The Grapevine and this special Who’s Who on some Deep Roots participants: Guy and Sandi! Here’s the scoop on this fascinating couple! Guy and Sandi met in Toronto in 2007. Sandi was working as a social worker and playing music with…
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Featurepreneur: Kym Bennett of Realm (on Elm)

Featurepreneur: Kym Bennett of Realm (on Elm) By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kym Bennett is the owner of the new eclectic shop Realm (on Elm!) and kindly filled this Grapevine writer in on what a boutique “for the Modern Mystic” is all about. The Grapevine (GV): How do you describe your boutique? Kym Bennett (KB): Realm is a spiritual space that incorporates elements from many beliefs, cultures, and traditions throughout the world. I consider it an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy world. We lovingly curate a constantly evolving collection of crystals, unique books, oracles, curiosities, metaphysical products, and supplies…
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David Francey on the Road to Recovery

David Francey on the Road to Recovery By Terra Spencer It is serendipitous to welcome my dear friend and mentor, internationally-acclaimed folk singer/songwriter David Francey to Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville this year, highlighting the healing power of music. For the past two years, David has been on his own journey of healing after reckoning with years of wear and tear on his primary instrument: his unmistakable voice. David Francey is a storyteller at heart. On stage, his lyric-driven songs are punctuated with anecdotes and sharp wit. His songwriting hearkens back to his days working in construction: songs so…
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Who’s Who: Nahleen Ashton

Who’s Who: Nahleen Ashton By Mike Butler Animal lovers out there (and I know there’s lots), let me introduce you to someone very special: Nahleen Ashton! I grew up without a pet, minus a plastic fish named Dolores, so being introduced to Nahleen has been a wonderful experience. This Who’s Who is literally for the dogs! Nahleen was born in Montreal, but her younger years were spent in the Laurentians in Quebec. Totally enveloped in a French culture, she spoke mostly French with her friends and neighbours but went to an English school along with her brother and sisters. Life…
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