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Mike Uncorked: Jeff Pettigrew and Arcanum & Lore

Mike Butler Two things I find very powerful are the written word and the spoken word. I am an advocate for literature and the creation of poetry, stories, etc and one of the reasons I love writing for The Grapevine is to have that outlet to create stories and share them with the Valley. I met Jeff Pettigrew a while back and within a few minutes of chatting, we discovered our mutual love of the written word and finding ways to communicate with all forms of creative writing. Over the last few months Jeff has taken the initiative to create…
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In With The New: New Valley Businesses to Watch

Who said a pandemic is a bad time to open a business? There are so many new and creative businesses cropping up around the Valley and we cannot contain our excitement! • Wolfville Wedding Chapel – The Valley is home to Nova Scotia’s first full-service wedding chapel! Want a no-fuss wedding but with ALL the charm and whimsy? This place on 360 Main Street is perfect for tying the knot or renewing vows with up to 20 of your favorite people! • Petite Patrie – The award-winning chocolate maker has found a new home in Kentville! The retail shop…
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Ron Lightburn Harbourville Moonlight. Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: Tides Art Gallery, R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor; Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Featurepreneur: Where the Wild Things Shop

Genevieve Allen Hearn Jon Foster is no stranger to The Grapevine. You may remember him from a Mike Uncorked article where Mike Butler covered Motiv Fitness, Abhaya MMA, and the Adventure Climbing Gym—all businesses currently or formerly run by Foster. A serial entrepreneur, Foster has most recently seen opportunity in the outdoor gear market, especially during a time when activities such as fishing and camping are enjoying huge surges in popularity. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about Wild Valley Supply Co.Jon Foster (JF): We are a fishing, camping and Timberland Pro workwear retail store with a brick-and-mortar location in Greenwich…
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CentreStage Update

Mike Butler To all you theatre lovers out there: we are getting close everyone! Because the restrictions are lifting and life is pivoting, CentreStage is keeping an eye out for when all is safe and clear to have our patrons back. In the meantime, we used this downtime to upgrade lighting, sound, and hearing device equipment in the theatre, do some year long spring cleaning, get plans in place for the big return, and of course, we have our vintage radio shows that can be accessed through the CentreStage website. Why not join our newsletter and be the first to…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: Silver Lake

Margot Bishop On route 221, there is a tiny little hidden gem that is free for one and all. Silver Lake in Lakeville, NS, can be reached by several different roads, but the address of Silver Lake Beach is 585-569 Lakewood Rd. Silver Lake is a glacial “kettle” lake, formed when a pocket of ice broke off a glacier and stayed embedded in the sediment. When the ice melted, it formed a “kettle,” which either fills with ground water or is fed from a stream. It is shallow around the edges, but is 14-19 metres deep in the centre, according…
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The Legacy Song Project

Sarah McInnis is a singer/songwriter, accredited music therapist, and end-of-life doula living in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. She is passionate about helping people to navigate end-of-life processes and grief through music, and started The Legacy Song Project earlier this year. This initiative is designed for individuals nearing the end of their life, and for those who have lost loved ones. After a detailed conversation, Sarah writes and records a personalized song, to honour, reflect on, and preserve the memory of a loved one. The Grapevine (GV): What was the impetus behind your creation of The Legacy Song Project?Sarah McInnis (SM):…
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Featurepreneur: Retreat Yo’self!

Genevieve Allen Hearn *I know it as Canning’s princess house. You may know it as Borden Estate or The Old Place. Whatever the name, the 1864 Gothic Revival style home in Canning is awe-inspiring, and it has now been transformed into a retreat space. Jessica Bergevin leads the Borden Place Wellness retreats, which include physical, horticultural, and historical elements. Bergevin also operates Jessica Bergevin Physiotherapy, and shared her story with *The Grapevine. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your niche in physiotherapy.Jessica Bergevin (JB): I am a women’s health/pelvic health physiotherapist. Although I treat a broad range of pelvic health…
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Students Helping Each Other Find Wellness in the Woods

Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Lots of great things have been happening behind the closed gates this year at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. While we dearly miss having members of the community in the garden, we have been very happy to be able to offer a safe outdoor space for Acadia students, faculty, and staff to enjoy. Students are spending more time than ever in front of screens in their dorm rooms and apartments so having an outdoor space to call their own has been greatly appreciated. Two Acadia students organized a 4-week Mindfulness Walking Series using the Gardens and…
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Visually Speaking: Here’s to The Storytellers

Anna Horsnell Performing artists perform. Whether through song, dance, or acting, performing artists can move us to tears, or move us to the beat, and at the heart of it all lies a story. Live performance can be very sensual. We see and hear and even feel the performers as they carry us into their world. Maybe we let go and for the moment lose ourselves in their story. We’ve been sharing our stories for a very long time, from ancient legend to more modern documentaries and drama. We recognize these things and they connect us. Visual artists, well, visualize….
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