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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Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track!

Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track! By Mike Butler Ben Brown has got all the right wheels turning for success! Ben is a probably a familiar name to almost everyone here in the Valley and beyond and I’m so excited to finally feature him in my column. Ben is a positive, hardworking, inspirational force here in our community and that inspiration has touched so many lives. Now Ben can add a little Grapevine fame and recognition to his long list of accomplishments. Ben was born in Weston, Nova Scotia but is currently residing in Cambridge. He…
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Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival

Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival By Kim Barlow Full Circle Festival is a sweet little music gathering in Newport on summer solstice weekend, when the Avon River Heritage Museum and surrounding area are filled up with sun-drenched nature-lovers, barefoot muddy children, friendly dogs, and blissed-out dancers. It is one of the first summer weekends when folks shed their workloads and winter worries and find each other in a field to share stories, kombucha, fresh air, and great music. Hannah and Arnie Naiman are a father and daughter musical team from Toronto, performing Appalachian old-time and original songs, and…
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Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star

Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star Earlier this month, Valley author Dana Mills was in Toronto as a recipient of The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Rising Star program, which provides talented emerging writers with a financial award, the mentorship of an established writer, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre. He was chosen for the award by David Adams Richards. Dana’s short story collection, Someone Somewhere, is available from Gaspereau Press. Photos: Dana Mills (Credit Katherine Holland); The Art Gallery of Ontario 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars panel discussion, June 5, 2019.

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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