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The Dome Chronicles: Shelter in Place

The Dome Chronicles: Shelter in PlaceGarry Leeson It was day forty of our isolation, but I wasn’t complaining. Unlike many other people, I have lots to keep me busy here on South Mountain: chores at the barn and heaps of firewood to process. Tilly, our border collie/sheltie cross, had spent the better part of the day on top of our pile of oak logs barking incessantly and trying to dig her way down to something concealed near the top. My first thought was that a squirrel had scampered in ahead of her and was busy teasing her. Tilly and the…
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Who’s Who: Arta Skuja

Who’s Who: Arta SkujaMike Butler When in Wolfville, either as a resident or a visitor, it doesn’t take long to see and feel the involvement of the L’Arche community. It’s a beautiful and constant piece of our surroundings and I have been so fortunate to meet and work with many of the great souls who’ve worked (and still work) within that L’Arche community. Arta Skuja is one such great soul. Arta Skuja is from Latvia, a small, peaceful and green country by the Baltic sea, with just a little over two million inhabitants. Latvia is still her home base, and…
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Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley Artists

Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley ArtistsAnna Horsnell As promised, the artists who shared their goals for 2020 back in January are giving us an update on how they’re making out. There have been highs and lows. The creative community is resilient, but this time of pandemic has been a challenge for many, even as they share songs, images, and uplifting words on social media. Thank you to each artist below for sharing their thoughts openly and honestly. Bob HainstockThe Covid-19 storm has been financially punishing in terms of exhibiting and selling work in the half dozen Canadian galleries…
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Food Security and Food Literacy at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Food Security and Food Literacy at Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSubmitted Kathleen Novelia arrived at Ross Creek at just the right time. The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, outside of Canning, brings together arts education with community and professional artist programs, and was looking to expand its year-round programs and include more culinary arts in its work. Kathleen, originally from Indonesia, was a cook and pastry chef who had become disillusioned with the amount of food waste in big hotels. She moved into food security, doing projects in Montreal and Tanzania. She was travelling the Maritimes with her…
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Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics Company

Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics CompanySubmitted Wolfville, NS – When shopping at the NSLC, it’s hard to miss the recent growth in the number of local products available. Wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries have been popping up all over Nova Scotia and their products are increasingly easy to find.  Now these local businesses hope to get a helping hand from a new company that performs data analytics specifically for them.  The online company, growNSdrinks.ca, uses the NSLC’s sales data to produce simple, easy-to-understand graphs and charts that give beverage producers a clearer picture of their markets,…
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Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries 2

Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries 2 By Mike Butler Like most fabulous things that happen in the world, a sequel was bound to come out of my previous Grapevine article. I imagine a bunch of sequels will stem from this and the Quarantine Diaries will have a great following. Besides the odd walk everyday, grocery store run, or sitting on my wee patio reading, I have been inside my apartment watching the days pass by and I’m trying to stay away from the social media blitz as much as possible. I use my computer for writing and to communicate with…
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Spring Song

Spring Song It’s a world-wide hit Annie-Mae, Annie-Mae Hear the world hum along… RNA, DNA.   Fill your strong lungs Flash your jaunty red tail Let’s hike in the woods And then check emails.   Dad’s on the Dole The sap is still running There’s wood to be cut And summer is coming.   The sun’s at the window The seeds are all sprouting See 100 ft rows Good earth and hoeing.   -Bernard Irvin    

Visually Speaking: Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Visually Speaking:  Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic By Anna Horsnell Wow. Our world has been shaken and things have changed very quickly. By the time you read this, the situation will no doubt be different again. We’ve all been affected by the pandemic in some way, and the cultural community is no different. Concerts and performances have been cancelled. Whole theatre productions have been put on hold. Movie releases have been pushed to later dates, and galleries have closed. As an artist myself, here is my story as one example of how artists are meeting the…
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Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries

Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries By Mike Butler We are living in very weird times. I am pretty optimistic, but I also work in retail and have the confused joy of listening to the opinions, tidbits, anecdotes and quandaries of my customers and it’s been fairly tough to stay at my usual sunshiney-rainbowy self, but I’m managing—I’ve got to! Being an ear to the process of this virus has been eye-opening to say the least, and now that I am home from work until further notice, in a space that I did not spend a lot of time in before….
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2020-21 Acadia Performing Arts Series: A Series Driven by Wonderfully Musical Women!

2020-21 Acadia Performing Arts Series:A Series Driven by Wonderfully Musical Women! With Michael Kaeshammer on April 5, and Wonderheads Theatre’s Grim & Fischer on April 23, the 2019-20 Acadia Performing Arts Series still has two of its very best events to present, and yet, we’re already preparing to launch the 2020-21 Series, and what a Series it will be! It will be launched officially on April 5 at the Michael Kaeshammer concert, and 2020-21 subscriptions will go on sale. Individual concert tickets will go on sale during the summer. Our glossy Series brochure containing all details will also be ready for April…
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