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Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy

Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy By Mike Butler I’ve been writing the Who’s Who column for The Grapevine for nine years and it still amazes me when I come across a person so familiar to the Valley area (and beyond) but I don’t really know them. Kathleen Purdy is one of those people. Having this opportunity now to share her story is a real honour. Kathleen and her family are Valley treasures. Kathleen was born and raised in Nova Scotia but several years “away” studying, choreographing, and performing modern dance, mostly in Toronto. For some of those years, she was part…
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Richard Groot’s Photo Finish

Richard Groot’s Photo Finish By Mike Butler Richard (Dick) Groot is a very familiar face in the Valley. He’s a wonderful man with an exceptional photographic eye and I am proud to say he’s one of my fellow Men of Wolfville calendar buddies. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Dick’s work before, now is your chance because he has a photo exhibit coming up that you simply have to take in. It’s not some run of the mill display…or is it? Dick has been a published writer and photographer for many years and his accomplishments include a book…
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Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs

Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs By Mike Butler After 25 years of working on the seas of the world, Andy Sherman has come ashore and made a life-changing shift by starting his own woodworking business. Taking into account that he lives here in Nova Scotia, with an abundance of natural resources, and a community of talent that is unique, supportive, and accepting, Hilltop Designs fell into place with as much ease as one could wish. “As much as I enjoy the creative, hands-on side,” Andy told me, “I have found that the marketing and promotion really gratifying, but…
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Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show

Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show By Mike Butler Musically and otherwise, I have been a big fan of Devon Barclay for many years. Back in the day, and yes, I can say that at my age, Devon and I would share wonderful conversations over coffee and cinnamon buns at the Coffee Merchant, and it was there I first heard Devon tickle the ivories. If memory serves me, it was “Bennie and the Jets” that he played, and it was amazing! Devon is returning to the Valley to entertain the masses at a concert celebrating his first…
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Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management

Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to be working at Valley Waste-Resource Management? Andrew Garrett (AG): Twenty years ago, after graduating from Acadia University, I got a job in Halifax providing education to residents about the new green cart program to collect compostable organics. A year later I came to Valley Waste to help out with their new green cart program… and I never left. I’ve been with Valley Waste for 19 years, working with staff to educate residents and businesses…
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Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster

Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster By Mike Butler Painters, sculptors, landscapers and barbers: there’s no debate from me that all these professionals are artists. The technique, the training, the patience, and the drive to create something unique and eye-catching, is apparent in these and many other occupations. Where some people would say being a barber is not the same as being a painter, I’m afraid you haven’t been to the right barber yet. To see what I mean, take a trip to Ascension Barbershop in Railtown, Wolfville and have your hair done by Nathanael Foster. Nate “The Barber” Foster…
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Matt the Music Man

Matt the Music Man By Mike Butler A few months ago I hosted the Night Kitchen event and Matt The Music Man was performing. He was a complete delight to watch and listen to. Matt was kind enough to give me a copy of his new album “Everyday Superheroes,” a wonderful collection of quirky, delightful songs aimed at younger listeners. I encourage any of you with young kids to run out and pick up a copy. Very reminiscent of the Fred Penner, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Raffi era I grew up in, Matt has taken all the musical styles…
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Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs!

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs! By Mike Butler Whether reading or watching a mystery, you just never know who is behind the crime until it’s all said and done. Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries and it wasn’t until the final pages of her acclaimed novels that the reader finally got the answers they were looking for. Some of Dame Agatha’s works were turned into stage plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running show in theatre history, and behind its latest production are two genius directors putting their own spin on this classic Christie whodunit! Who’s…
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Squeezing the Potential: Maritime Express Cider Co. and the Annapolis Valley’s Cider Scene

Squeezing the Potential: Maritime Express Cider Co. and the Annapolis Valley’s Cider Scene By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jimi Doidge, a Hamilton native, moved to Centreville in 2016. He was drawn to the area in part because it was an apple-growing region. You see, Jimi had a dream to open a cidery one day, and he saw that there was great potential in the Annapolis Valley. In 1633 the first apple trees in Canada were planted in the Annapolis Valley, and today the region accounts for approximately 10% of Canada’s production of apples, so it’s natural that the area is becoming…
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Still Curling in his Nineties: Hubert Sullivan

Still Curling in his Nineties: Hubert Sullivan Submitted Hubert Sullivan has curled for over sixty years. In the early 2000s, Hubert encouraged the use of the stick method in rock delivery. The Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) dedicated the Open Division Trophy to Hubert, naming it the Sullivan Cup. On accepting the cup to be named after him, Hubert wrote to the association that he “was convinced that this would be a way to introduce the game to people with many levels of abilities and allow others to continue playing and enjoying the comradeship of this great game. This can…
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