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Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose

Nova Scotia Landscapes in oil, watercolour, and graphiteSubmitted Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose is currently on view at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs until October 11. Cluny Maher was born in 1941 in Frampton, Dorchester County, south of Quebec City in the province of Quebec. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and a Bachelor of Education (1964) from Loyola College in Montreal, he taught for twelve years in the public school system. In 1973 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir George Williams University (Concordia). In 1977 he moved to Nova Scotia with his…
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In Photos: Making Music in the New Reality

It’s no secret that the last few months have been especially challenging for musicians. We caught up with a selection of talented Valley players to find out how they’ve been making their music during a time when shows have been limited and touring has been impossible, and to share their plans for the future with our readers. We are so lucky to have so many amazing folks making music in this Valley. The Basin BrothersThe Basin Brothers have been working on a new album with Thomas Stajcer at the New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth (shown here), a follow-up to…
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Wolfville Legion Fundraises with Garden Party

Submitted Recently, the Wolfville Legion held their first garden party at 155 Main Street, the home of Michael Bawtree, past president of the Legion. It was a fine success, with over fifty guests in attendance. Singer Alan Butler provided the entertainment, and John Whidden played his bagpipes. Ample food and drink was provided by Legion members, and the weather cooperated to provide a magnificent sunny afternoon. Social distancing was observed. Guests included MP Kody Blois and MLA Keith Irving, as well as Judy Green, candidate for the leadership of the national Green Party. The party was held in order to…
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Mike Uncorked: Emily Burton and The Valley Drama School

By Mike Butler As a community theatre-goer, as well as an actor, 2020 has been a tough pill to swallow. So many shows, concerts, events, programs, and festivals have been Covid cancelled and postponed and it’s been very hard on the creative folks in our valley and beyond. Well, with Nova Scotia doing an amazing job at following the rules; we’ve been able to reopen many restaurants, cafes, and soon the schools and event sites will reopen as well. One NEW business in particular requires a little attention as it’s very near to my heart and passion: The Valley Drama…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Foraging Wild Fruit

By Ted Morris, Student Native Plant Conservationist If you’re a fruit lover, then you probably get excited for the summer when berries are in season and available at markets and grocery stores. If you’re like me, your first quart is finished on the walk or car ride home from the store. What I’m learning this year though is that you don’t have to purchase all the berries you eat this season from a store. Foraging, which is searching for wild food sources, is a great way to collect delicious wild fruits without having to pay a cashier. If you know…
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Get your APAS Music Pass ASAP!

The Acadia Performing Arts Series’ MUSIC CLUB launched August 20!By François Côté The APAS had an amazing 2020-21 Series in store, ready to be officially released last April. Obviously, the pandemic put all of this on hold, and we eventually had to cancel the whole season. Now, until we can safely present live performances again, we are excited to launch the online APAS Music Club! Through the Club, we want to offer a platform on which we can maintain and expand our community of music lovers. We hope to keep our longtime subscribers connected, and we invite new members to Join…
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The Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance is Restoring the Cornwallis River

By Jennifer West Did you know that the Cornwallis River was a popular place for fishing, swimming (including Red Cross swimming lessons), canoeing, and collecting drinking water? The river was also abundant with Atlantic salmon, speckled trout and more. Sadly many of these activities and species are now missing from the Cornwallis River, but there is much work being done to bring them back. The Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance was established in 2016 with the goal of restoring the river to be swimmable and fishable again. The Mi’kmaq people have referred to the Cornwallis and Annapolis Rivers collectively as the Jijuktu’kwejk,…
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Two Planks and A Passion Theatre is Getting Back to Work

By Ken Schwartz Two Planks is getting back to work. It’s hard to believe in a way, and we have many hurdles to get over in the months to come, but the artists at Two Planks are getting ready to work with each other again in September. The first step will be a week-long workshop with eight company members at the Ross Creek Centre in September. During that time we will be developing our new fireside adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (set in an imaginary Canning of 1911), a production that was interrupted by the pandemic in March. This week together will…
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Art Spot: Shasta Grant

In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself.I am an artist, mother, and university student. My family moved to Wolfville from Cape Breton when I was 13 and I grew up here. Now I am raising my eight-year-old son here. I am also currently pursuing a degree in community development and environmental sustainability studies at Acadia. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I work mainly with acrylics. I began taking art lessons as a teenager and was introduced to other mediums, but quickly fell in love with the versatility of paint and how it…
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Dining Out During Covid-19

By Scott Campbell Dining out while we’re in the midst of a global pandemic is a very different experience. Those of us who really enjoyed a night out with a great meal were left to fend for ourselves in our own kitchens. We were isolated not only from our friends and favourite activities but also from a sense of normalcy that had suddenly disappeared. Those first few months of flattening the curve were challenging to say the least. Then, as our concerted efforts continued, we began to see the results of our sacrifices and slowly, our society and our economy…
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