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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude By Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator There is something truly magical about autumn in the Annapolis Valley. The way the sun rises a little bit later every morning, peeking over the horizon further and further south with the passing days. The way the early morning glow catches the heavy dew carpeting the fields and forests, glinting with the last promises of summer’s heat. The way we gather, store, and share so much abundance, as evidenced by the bursting farmers markets, the activity of squirrels, and the profusion of seeds,…
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Art Spot: Louise McDonald

Art Spot: Louise McDonald Louise’s photographs are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of September WHO: I was born outside London, England but have been living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley ever since I emigrated to Canada as a child. WHAT: I have always had some kind of camera in my hand, exploring this beautiful new country, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a community midwife, and a kind friend gave me the gift of a nice digital camera, that my interest in the photographic world began to deepen….
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The Art Spot: Ericka Walker

The Art Spot: Ericka Walker This year, Uncommon Common Art began their season with Ericka Walker’s mural, titled “Be Industrious That You May Live” (the motto of the King’s county Agricultural Society from 1806 onward). It can be found at Longspell Point Farm on Medford Road in Kingsport. WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself. I am a visual artist living and working in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay here in Nova Scotia. I am also an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in the Printmaking Area of the Fine Arts Division….
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Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms

Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery One of my favourite collections belonging to the gallery is definitely the Lorenzen mushrooms. Ernest Lorenzen, a forester and naturalist from Denmark, and his wife Alma Goguen, an Acadian from Cocagne, New Brunswick, began making pottery in 1947 as a hobby while living in Dieppe, NB. Earnest typically used the pottery wheel, while Alma modelled by hand. While living in Dieppe, their clay source was quite far away and inaccessible by car. Lloyd Shaw, then-owner of the brick factory in…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit By Melanie Priesnitz One of the many wonderful things about summer in the Valley is the abundance of great locally-grown food. Much of the food grown here commercially is not native to the region. Most of the big crops have been introduced from other regions, and some never existed anywhere in the wild. Corn (Zea mays), for example, is said to have been developed approximately 7000 years ago in Mexico from a wild grass called teosinte. The corn that we cultivate and eat today has been in this region…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Cultural heritage

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Cultural heritage By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist When you think of what defines Canada, one of the primary things that comes to mind is this country’s natural environment and its wild and rugged wide-open spaces. You need look no further than our dollars, coins, and postage stamps to see how proud Canadians are of the flora and fauna that we share this great country with. Every Canadian flag that flies is a reminder of how much as a country we identify with the trees that grow here. So many of the…
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This Summer Catch the Programs at Experience Grand-Pré

This Summer Catch the Programs at Experience Grand-Pré By Wendy Elliott Art and history are intertwining beautifully again this summer at Grand-Pré National Historic Park. Join Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his first visit to Nova Scotia, hear the haunting tales of deported Acadians, and listen to John Frederic Herbin’s heart-felt poetry about Grand-Pré. Organized by the Société Promotion Grand-Pré, which rejoiced in visitor numbers climbing last year, there are several programs featuring puppetry and storytelling with a modest charge. Both songs and stories are going to be shared at the park. One of the able musicians taking part is Wolfville’s…
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Greenwood Players Stage Ira Levin’s Deathtrap

Greenwood Players Stage Ira Levin’s Deathtrap By Crawford Van Horne The Greenwood Players are suspensefully waiting for the audience’s reaction to their latest production, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, which holds the record for the longest-running thriller on Broadway. When the story begins, Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, once the toast of Broadway, has hit a slump and had a series of box office flops. Clifford Anderson, a student at one of Sidney’s writing seminars, has sent Sidney a script which Sidney is certain will be a hit. Clifford’s play, Deathtrap, is a five character, two act thriller, so perfect that,…
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Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society

Mike Uncorked: Savannah Sipping Society By Mike Butler As much as I enjoy the acting, directing and marketing side of community theatre, sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and watch others do great work and embrace the talent we have here in the Valley. That’s one of the reasons I chose to sit in the producer’s chair for the new CentreStage Theatre offering, The Savannah Sipping Society! To be the rooster in the hen house with these wonderfully talented Nova Scotian/Southern Belles has been a blast and I can guarantee that audiences will enjoy them even more then I…
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