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Art Spot: Jack Chipman

Art Spot: Jack Chipman WHO: I am a student at NSCC taking graphic design. I grew up in Wolfville and now am living in Dartmouth. In addition to drawing I also play piano, embroider, and like to cook. WHAT: My artistic medium is Microsoft Paint. My style came from the program itself. I like the way drawings in Microsoft Paint look. WHERE: Currently I am going to school but work at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the side. You can find my work on Instagram. WHEN:I started drawing in Microsoft Paint in 2018 and that’s when I defined myself…
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Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings

Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings By Mike Butler Not many people know this but I actually got married TWICE last year. It’s funny to say and only carries so much truth to it, but it’s a great story. On July 14, I got married at the Acadia Chapel. It was amazing and everybody knows about it. And then a few months later, my husband and I were asked to be part of a promotional photo shoot for East Coast Pop Up Weddings, and we went through the ceremonial motions again with our friend Justice of…
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Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Zelda Abramson

Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Zelda Abramson Omar Bhimji Dr. Zelda Abramson, head of Acadia’s Sociology Department, is due to retire this summer. Her latest research project is a book she co-wrote with her partner John Lynch, titled The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust, being published this month by Between the Lines. Omar Bhimji (OB): What’s your book about? Zelda Abramson (ZA): My book is about displacement, migration and resettlement experiences of Holocaust survivors who came to Montreal. I’m an ex-Montrealer, and when my parents came to the city they had no home, no land; they were…
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Art Spot: Suzanne Patry

Art Spot: Suzanne Patry WHO: I am a self-taught artist. When I was younger, I put aside this passion to pursue my first passion, a teaching career, and later a business in wellness practice. WHAT: Watercolour is my favourite medium. I came to it through the influence of other artist friends, and more specifically when I received a bursary from the Ministry of Education to study at the Fine Art Faculty of Ottawa University in 1981. WHERE: Since I moved from Ottawa to the Valley in 2013 I have been dedicated to my art. I have my studio at my…
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Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts

Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts By Kim Barlow Like many folks on that magical weekend, I discovered Terra Spencer’s music at the Deep Roots Music Festival back in September. A lyric about “my whole world wrapped up in a Sponge Bob quilt” came over the backstage speaker and had me crying in the green room. There is a well-founded buzz about Terra Spencer. She is a skilled instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, and her music has a gentle, singular beauty. Every songwriter should get the start in music that Terra has had. When she was a kid, Jim Aulenbach taught her…
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Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts

Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts By Mike Butler 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of when I began writing for The Grapevine. This Who’s Who column has always been a favourite of mine to create each issue because there’s never a shortage of wonderful folk to meet, write about, and be inspired by here in the Valley. We all know people who make our community a better place to live, whether through their business, their personality, or their volunteer contributions. My 2019 Who’s Who opener is a great human being who has carved his spot in our…
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Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley

Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn Winegrunt Wine Bar opened in Windsor last summer, and it offers the kind of experience one would expect to find in a European city. It is brimming with rustic charm, hosts live music, has a wide selection of wines, and organizes events that offer experiences that are both intellectual and convivial. Owners Robert Buranello and Astrid Friedrich gave The Grapevine some insight into their business venture. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about the concept of Winegrunt Wine Bar. Were you inspired by other places you’ve visited? Robert Buranello…
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A Little Schoolhouse, A Big Part of the Community

A Little Schoolhouse, A Big Part of the Community By Emily Leeson Back in 1999, Cameron Hartley was just looking for a little plot of land somewhere in the Valley to make his own. When he saw the real estate listing for a dilapidated schoolhouse in Falmouth, he was intrigued but he also didn’t hold out too much hope. “I thought, oh well, this is probably a long shot,” he says. A long shot: that’s what someone might have said about Hartley’s whole trajectory from paramedic to teacher to owner of a bustling craft brewery in Windsor, NS. But that’s…
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The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation’s Youth Leadership Council

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation’s Youth Leadership Council By Emily Kathan When Ruvimbo Chipazi began her studies in psychology at Acadia University, she knew she wanted to get involved. “The community outside the university is so vibrant,” she says, “and I wanted to learn about how organizations work and make a contribution.” Chipazi was living in Botswana before she came to Nova Scotia, but she grew up in Zimbabwe, and her time in international school had already made her more aware of what it’s like to be one of the few persons of colour in the room. Getting involved in…
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Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo

Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo By Genevieve Allen Hearn It’s hard not to get excited about decorating for the holidays. For Micah and Noelle McGough, making things beautiful is not just a hobby: they turned it into a career. They have a Valley-based Interiors business called Monk & Nun Interiors, and recently opened an online home décor shop. Their home décor collection features Canadian makers, mostly from Nova Scotia. We contacted Micah and Noelle to find out more about their business, and what we could do to get our homes holiday-ready. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your business venture. What…
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