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Return to the Garden Room

Return to the Garden Room By Thomas Clahane The first weekend of fall also brought with it the first concert of the season in the Sunday Garden Room series. One of the hallmarks of the Garden Room concerts in the past has been the diversity of classical genres that are presented, and this opening concert featured Art Song. It proved a perfect platform to feature the strong tenor voice of former Acadia music student Marcel d’Entrement and pianist Dakota Scott-Digout. Art Song is a short piece for solo voice, based on a literary text, supported by classical composition, and performed…
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Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell: Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman’s Honor

Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell:  Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman’s Honor Written by Susan Glaspell Directed by Anna Migliarisi Dates: November 16-19 and 23-26; Time: 7:30pm; Location: Lower Denton Theatre, Acadia University; Tickets: available at Acadia Box Office (902-542-5500) or at the door; Cost: $15 regular, $10 seniors/students, $7 for groups of 8 or more Writer, theatre producer, actress, and feminist Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is largely known for her 1916 one-act play “Trifles” which is based on an actual murder case she covered during her stint as a journalist. But Glaspell was also a principal player in the American avant-garde…
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Trick or Trees

Trick or Trees Sunday, October 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm KC Irving Centre’s Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens 32 University Avenue, Wolfville Join us for a FREE, family friendly night of tricks, treats, and creatures that lurk in the Acadian Forest. Listen for animals that call out in the night, enjoy some delightfully frightful treats, and laugh through the night at our grim games. We hope to see you there; it will be a real scream! This Haunted Halloween Forest, organized by Acadia students in the Community Programming class, is open to everyone and will be fun for all ages.

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Falling Leaves

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Falling Leaves By Melanie Priesnitz “I asked the leaf if it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, no. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree.” – Thich Nhat Hanh There are many lessons to be learned from the forest. It is a remarkable ecosystem where plants, animals, and micro-organisms work together in accord. The forest is filled with symbiotic relationships where all…
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Congratulations to Jim Morrow!

A huge congratulations goes to Jim Morrow, Artistic Director of Mermaid Theatre, who received the Order of Nova Scotia on October 12th. Established in 2001, the Order of Nova Scotia recognizes Nova Scotians for outstanding contributions or achievements and is the highest honour of the province. Jim studied puppetry at the Institut International de la Marionnette in France with the late Jim Henson. His twenty-one tours as a performer with the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia have taken him around the globe, and he’s participated in a wide range of stage, dance and television projects with other companies.  Much in…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: Art Attack by the Valley Community Learning Association Website: Description: Our goal is to set up an Arts Centre in downtown Kentville that serves the general public and also intentionally supports the inclusion of marginalized populations: at-risk youth, people with disabilities, seniors, indigenous groups, and generally those community members ‘at the margins’. The goal is to create a Centre that is welcoming of all community members, regardless of age, disability, socio-economic status, etc. Fundraising Goal: Votes Needed! Visit the website to register and vote for…
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Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds

Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds Annapolis Valley Regional Library Community Engagement Coordinator This Halloween, you can add stories to the candy haul. Some of you may know about Neil Gaiman’s Halloween book initiative, All Hallows Read ( Mr. Gaiman encourages people to give away scary books on October 31. This is a great idea, and if you have scary books to give away, join in the fun. For instance, local authors Christy Ann Conlin and Ami McKay both have new books out that would fit the bill for your adult pals. But if you cannot afford to give a…
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“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville

“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville Thursday, October 27 Making its first East Coast appearance later this month, “Small Beauty” will launch at Venus Envy in Halifax on Wednesday, October 26 and at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on Thursday, October 27. While trans identity gains increasing public attention in North America, be it through celebrity coming-out stories or legislative changes, there remains a dearth of trans stories not explicitly about transitioning. “Small Beauty” is just that. A novel by emerging author and long-time musician jia qing wilson-yang, “Small Beauty” explores the protagonist’s transness…
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Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track!

Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track! By Mike Butler It’s been almost seven years since I started writing for the Grapevine. What an unbelievable journey it’s been. If you’ve stuck with me through the years, you’ve read that one of my biggest interests is reading and promoting literature. If I had a nickel for every book and local author I’ve promoted in my articles over the years, I’d be quite wealthy. There’s nothing quite like being completely absorbed in a piece of literature, and here in the Valley we have quite a batch of very talented authors right…
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Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn

Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn By Mike Butler It’s October and school is officially underway. I hope everyone had a summer filled with terrific adventures and experiences. Acadia University and the town of Wolfville are buzzing with the returning students asking directions; chatting at the coffee shops; forming lines at the liquor store, drug store, grocery store, and the bank; and hopefully embracing this wonderful town and what it has to offer – including their education! I follow many guidelines in my life, like: always be polite, think positive thoughts, give of yourself when you can, make…
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