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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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Who’s Who: Mark Bezanson

Who’s Who: Mark Bezanson By Mike Butler Mark Bezanson was sort of like Mr. Snuffleupagus to me for the last few years! I had heard of him, seen videos, knew people that had met him, but he and I had just never been able to meet up. Well, all that changed when Mark boarded the Magic Wine Bus a few weeks ago and drank with me all day! The connection was made and now I get to write about Mark so each of you can meet him. Mark was born on the South Shore in Chester Basin, moved to Port…
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Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More!

Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More! By Mike Butler Mike Aubé: the name is so familiar here in the Valley that it feels almost superfluous to feature him in this column, but Mike is known for his music, not for being a big personality in our community. He’s known, but do we really know him? I serve Mike coffee, own his CDs, see him out and about, pass along some hellos and chit chat when we bump into each other, but I wanted to include Mike in my column so I could learn more about him and where…
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Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits

Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits By Mike Butler Brad Farquhar is an inspiration! There’s just no other word that comes to my mind after meeting and chatting with him. There were moments during our conversation where I couldn’t blink and my mouth just hung open I was so in awe of his story and his accomplishments. Brad has gone above and beyond both physically and mentally and he’s showing no signs of stopping. Take a minute and be inspired. Let me introduce you to the one and only Brad Farquhar! Born and raised in Brooklyn Nova Scotia, Brad…
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Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group

Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group By Marie Mossman How can you make a new friend? The first step is to meet new people, and The Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club makes that easy. Newcomers welcomes all, whether new to the area or not. Its interest groups ensure you can mix with people who enjoy an activity that you like. The Newcomers book group is a particular favourite: A bikini hung unused by the swimming pool in June as the group of voracious readers concentrated on the hottest titles they would read during 2019 and 2020. This…
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On The Cover: teBogt’s Produce & Meat

teBogt’s Produce & Meat is run by Emily teBogt. teBogt started her business at the age of 18 in 2011. She grows a few acres of vegetables and maintains a small flock of sheep, laying hens, and a pig herd on her family’s dairy and poultry farm in Grand Pre. teBogt grows everything she sells. Vegetables are grown without the use of chemical herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizer. She uses composted livestock manure, non-gmo seeds, plastic mulch, greenhouses, tractor power, crop rotation and biological pest control, and says teBogt, “lots of human power.” Her laying hens live in the barn in…
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Federal Minister tours Avondale Culture Hub

Federal Minister tours Avondale Culture Hub By Heather Desveaux Before he met with cultural ministers from across the country in Halifax on Tuesday June 18, Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism first took a drive down some country roads to make an early morning appearance in rural Hants County. Against the backdrop of a blue sky and the brown mud of the Avon River during low tide, Minister Pablo Rodriguez, an MP from Montreal first elected in 2004, met with about thirty members from Hants and Kings County’s cultural sector at the Avon River Heritage Museum and Arts Centre…
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Summer Event Spotlight: Gaspereau Art Market

Summer Event Spotlight: Gaspereau Art Market Always a highlight of a Valley summer, the 13th Gaspereau Art Market will take place on Saturday July 6, 1pm-4pm. Fourteen talented artists and craftspersons will be in attendance with their work for sale. Jenny and Megan Osburn will be providing refreshments, and a freewill offering will be collected for the Wolfville Childrens’ Centre. In recognition of this issue’s performing arts theme, we asked participating artists and craftspersons to tell us about what other arts they enjoy participating in or appreciating beyond the work they will have available at the market. Here are a…
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