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Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar

Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar By Genevieve Allen Hearn There are many wonderful home-based businesses in the Valley that sell items from home or online. Tanya Owen has been running her online business, Girliture, for five years, and has recently made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location on Aberdeen Street in Kentville. There you will find a mix of handmade items for the home, as well as pre-loved décor and furniture. It’s well worth a visit – Tanya has a great eye for design! After a visit to her shop (and an impulse purchase!), The Grapevine asked Tanya a few…
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Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World

Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World By Scott Campbell Every year, Paris-based organization La Liste announces its list of the best restaurants in the world, and last November it awarded two restaurants first-place recognition: Le Bernardin in New York City, and Guy Savoy in Paris. And yours truly was already planning a spring trip to New York, so I made sure we went through the lengthy and complicated reservation process, and were able to secure two seats at Le Bernardin. The outside of Le Bernardin isn’t as austere as one might imagine the “Best Restaurant…
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Family Fun at Festivals

Family Fun at Festivals By Laura Churchill Duke From now until the end of summer, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a community festival happening every weekend in the Valley! These are great events to attend, as most of them have free activities for kids, and it gets you out exploring towns and villages that you might not have visited before! At community festivals you might get horse and ox pulls, fireworks, community suppers (a cheap and yummy way to feed the family while supporting a good cause), and parades. Here are a few tips if you…
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Stage Prophets to Perform Fiddler on the Roof

Stage Prophets to Perform Fiddler on the Roof By Wendy Elliott The classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is set for May 16 – 19 in Wolfville. The award-winning tale of Tevye the dairyman and his family’s struggles in a changing Russia is a true musical theatre tradition. Stage Prophets will bring it to life on the Festival Theatre stage for four evening performances and two weekend matinees. Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof was the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince. Touching audiences worldwide with its humour, warmth,…
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Mom’s Gift: Poignant Comedy takes CentreStage

Mom’s Gift: Poignant Comedy takes CentreStage By Mike Butler Spring has arrived (according to the calendar anyway)! Despite the fluctuating weather (I had shorts on a week ago and today I am shovelling off the walkway at T.A.N), there is always a cozy seat at CentreStage Theatre for a wonderful show. A new production has arrived at the theatre and it’s the perfect outing for friends and family to take in. Mom’s Gift is a poignant comedy written by Phil Olsen and tells the story of a family dealing with the many issues that make up our daily lives. Mom…
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The Dedicated Life of an Artist

The Dedicated Life of an Artist By Anna Horsnell Dedication plays a key role in most successful careers. Artist Twila Robar-Decoste is no exception. For as long as she can remember she wanted to be an artist. She also had a keen interest in science, specifically the natural world. Last, but by no means least, she always had strong and unwavering ties to her childhood home of Aylesford. Those three things, art, science, and home, have remained constants throughout her life, and her artistic career is a testament to that dedication. Robar-Decoste was one of those children who sketched during…
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Broadening Musical Horizons Key Goal for Windsor Music Festivals

Broadening Musical Horizons Key Goal for Windsor Music Festivals By Jay Chetwynd “Who in their right mind would hold a blues/rock festival and a metal/hard rock festival in the same town, on the same weekend, at the same exhibition grounds?” Nobody. That’s who! But if you build it, they will come, right? Well, that’s the goal of a significant shift in format at two of Nova Scotia’s longest-running festivals. Now in its ninth edition, the Smokin’ Rock & Blues Fest will bring some tunes of familiarity to Windsor. Two of Canada’s best tribute acts will be gracing the stage: PEI’s…
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Festival Spotlight: Berwick Gala Days

Festival Spotlight: Berwick Gala Days As part of our festival issue, The Grapevine caught up with Berwick councillor Ty Walsh and asked him all about Berwick Gala Days. This year’s festivities will take place Aug 28-September 2. The Grapevine (GV): When was the first Gala Days? Ty Walsh (TW): The first Berwick Gala Days took place in 1945, making this the 74th annual year of events. GV: How many volunteers work to put the festival together? TW: We have a dedicated committee of 15-20 organizers who meet throughout the year and increasingly towards the date of the festival to coordinate…
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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019 May 9-10 MAYWORKS FESTIVAL Wolfville donnaholmes712@gmail.com – May 29 – June 3 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The Valley, NS appleblossom.com – June 7-8 PORT WILLIAMS DAYS Port Williams, NS portwilliams.com – June 13 – 16 ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL Louisbourg & Chéticamp, NS festivalracinesetbottines.ca rootstobootsfestival.ca – June 15 -16 DEVIL’S HALF ACRE MOTORCYCLE EVENT Kentville, NS devilshalfacremotorcyclerally.ca – JUNE 21-23 FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL & SUMMER SOLSTICE POP-UP MARKET Newport Landing, NS fullcirclefestival.ca – June 22 KENTVILLE CHALK AND ART FESTIVAL Kentville, NS kentville.ca – June 22 TEDDY BEAR JAMBOREE Falmouth, NS falmouthcommunityhall@gmail.com – June 22 –…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Firefly Sessions

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Firefly Sessions By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist I can remember clearly the evening last summer when I stood in an empty field and watched, transfixed, as the night sky opened up around me with a myriad of tiny fireflies. Watching these amazing creatures always brings a child-like joy into my heart and reminds me of the wondrous capabilities of the other entities that we share this planet with. Many of us wouldn’t recognize a firefly if we bumped into one during the day, as they are somewhat nondescript looking beetles. We notice…
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