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Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee

Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee By Wendy Elliott Vandals have struck the neon tubing on the iconic Acadia Cinema marquee in Wolfville nine times since 2012. The latest damage took place on a Sunday evening in February while a movie was being screened inside. The Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department were concerned about fire since the broken tubes were causing electrical arcing. Vandals, who likely jump up and yank at the tubes, have caused the non-profit cinema co-operative nearly $5,000 in unnecessary repairs. Chris Siefert, who is one of the last artisans in Nova Scotia who can repair neon…
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Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019!

Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019! The name Wayfarers’ Ale is a tribute to an old custom in England where medieval travelers, ‘wayfarers’ as they were known, would stop at local churches, knock on the door, and be given a small horn of ale and a piece of bread to refresh them along their journey. Well, for two years now, the brewery located next to the historic Port Williams wharf has been welcoming visitors and making a name for itself far and wide. “A Wayfarer, like a seafarer, is a person who is…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Coffee Bag Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Coffee Bag Plants By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their recycling. If you’re a person who enjoys sampling local libations you will likely have a lot of glass bottles. If you’re a gardener, you’re apt to have an enormous pile of plastic plant pots. These are my guilty pleasures: brown glass bottles and small black and green thin plastic pots. I have made it my mission this year to only drink local beer that I can purchase in a refillable bottle and…
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Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Can Mutlu

Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Can Mutlu By Omar Bhimji This past summer, Dr. Can (pronounced: John) E. Mutlu of Acadia’s Department of Politics received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a new project: “Designing Border Security.” Omar Bhimji (OB): What’s your new research project about? Can Mutlu (CM): The Designing Border Security project is about the relationship between architecture and security. We’re going to be looking at four recently renovated border facilities in order to understand the process that leads to the creation of secure, yet aesthetically pleasing, border-crossing infrastructures. OB: It doesn’t…
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Sunday Music Returns

Sunday Music Returns By Janet Kirkconnell After four months’ silence, Sunday Music in the Garden Room returns on March 17 to finish off its 2018-2019 season. Where the fall 2018 segment of the series had brought two cello recitals (with piano), one violin (also with piano), and just one solo piano, for this second half, three solo piano recitals are scheduled: David Potvin on March 17, Maxim Bernard on April 14, and Edward Enman on May 5. A fourth concert, on March 31, brings soprano, and Dartmouth native, Suzanne Rigden, noted by a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle for…
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Uncommon Common Art is Turning Things Around in 2019

Uncommon Common Art is Turning Things Around in 2019 By Terry Havlos Drahos Everything Uncommon Common Art does falls in two categories: public art and art education. For the past 11 years we have spent roughly 75% of our time and resources on presenting public art and 25% on delivering art education. This year we are switching things around, concentrating the majority of our efforts on art education and presenting a condensed public art exhibit. Designing, managing, and financing a county-wide art project is a huge undertaking. Offering free access, as UCA does, makes our finances even more precarious because…
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Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place

Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place By Genevieve Allen Hearn A restaurant. A brewery. An event space. The Church Brewing Company, located in the former St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville, has a lot on their plate. Since opening their doors in January, the space has been packed with locals and visitors alike, checking out what this new hot spot has to offer: spectacular live music events, a curated craft beer/cider line-up on tap, and mouth-watering dishes executed by former Gio chef, Vince Scigliano. The Grapevine asked the owners a few questions about opening this ambitious business: The Grapevine…
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Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold!

Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold! Barrelling Tide Distillery, located in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, has again won ten medals in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, Canada’s only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for micro-distilleries. Sixty-nine distilleries from across the country participated in this year’s awards, held in Vancouver, BC. Each spirit goes through a blind tasting panel that is made up of judges from across the country. Medals won include Gold with Distinction and Best in Class for the distillery’s 5 Fathom Dark Rum and Gold with Distinction for their Tide Gin, Raspberry Liqueur, and Cherry Liqueur. “We…
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Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials

Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials By Anna Horsnell Judith Smith’s Celtic Goddess Jewellery is an expression of joy. A joyful passion she first discovered 23 years ago when she began studying Celtic spirituality. Judith was born in Windsor where her family has lived for seven generations. Thirty years ago she moved to Wolfville and worked as an assistant loans officer until a sudden environmental illness forced her into early retirement. It was a time to rethink her life, and her doctor recommended a book that might help. That book was Anam Cara, a classic of Celtic wisdom by the…
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