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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Native Plant Research

Samuel Jean, Conservation and Education Assistant The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is partnering with Helping Nature Heal Inc. to study the effect of a newly-developed seaweed-based product on the growth and development of native plants. This research project has been funded by IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program) and the Nova Scotia Business Inc. Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program. The research aims to determine whether the product enhances root establishment and overall plant vigor, to confer greater resistance to environmental stress conditions, particularly among native plants used in shoreline and coastal restoration projects. Initial research with willows (Salix sp.) started…
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Tuesdays & Sundays Maritime Tour

PEI’s Kitbag Theatre brings “The Tuplin Play” to the Al Whittle TheatreSubmitted Prince Edward Island company Kitbag Theatre brings its previously sold-out hit Tuesdays & Sundays to the Al Whittle Theatre on October 14 and 15. The production will also tour to six other venues throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. Written by Canadian playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn, Tuesdays & Sundays is inspired by the true story of William Millman and Mary Tuplin, and the tragedy that shook the community of Margate, PEI in 1887. We first meet the young lovers as blank slates, recalling, one piece…
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On The Cover: Ian Janes and Nicholas D’Amato

Ian Janes is a Nova Scotia artist, songwriter and producer. He makes pop songs that are deeply influenced by soul, R&B, and Jazz. Ian’s music is compelling and irresistible, sophisticated yet simple. His musicality and authenticity have captivated listeners across Canada, the US, and beyond. His latest record, Episode 5, is being released through Bandcamp. ”This record and book are intended to be a break from your screen…to give you something to do with your hands, eyes and brain while you listen,” Janes says. “I guess my hope is that by offering you something with my album that the digital…
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Gifted Boxcar Tracks Creative Space to Wolfville Memorial Library

Submitted With the Wolfville Memorial Library operating from a former train station, the idea of building on the locomotive theme made perfect sense when a retired boxcar was offered as a gift to the Town of Wolfville. Months after the offer was made, a curious crowd gathered as the hefty boxcar was gently lowered by crane onto the orphaned tracks behind the library on August 25. Director of Parks and Recreation Kelton Thomason worked with multiple partners to coordinate the special delivery that saw a train return to the small stretch of tracks for the first time since the 1990s….
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Homeowner Supports Now Available Through Switch Wolfville

Submitted Across Canada, inefficient residential homes are a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In Wolfville, homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint can now leverage zero percent financing through a new property assessed clean energy (PACE) program called Switch Wolfville. The program, complete with concierge-inspired energy coaches, will support homeowners with energy assessments and project planning to help reduce residential greenhouse gas emissions. Energy-efficient improvements covered by the Switch program include custom solutions like solar panels, heat pumps, insulation, or new windows and doors. “Wolfville homeowners want to respond to our climate emergency,” Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan explained. “The…
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The Grapevine Votes:

Kings-Hants 2021 Federal Election Candidates Share Their Plans for Small Business Recovery and the Climate Emergency Please note: In order to prevent any implicit bias, we do not edit candidate responses for spelling, grammar, or clarity. The Grapevine: If elected, how will you support small businesses in Kings-Hants, in particular through the challenges of pandemic recovery? Kody Blois, Incumbent, Liberal Party of Canada:Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, especially in rural communities, and they have had a tough 18 months. I’m proud of the work our government has done to support small businesses and keep them open, including…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: The LaHave Folk Festival

Margot Bishop This hidden gem is an event that is all music. The LaHave Folk Festival at Fort Point museum ran for 14 years: rain, shine, aftermaths of hurricanes, whatever the weather, the musicians arrived and—bam—a party was ON. Last year because of Covid, the festival moved to Farmington on private land, so that people could be safe. It was the only time that I have missed the festival. The grounds at the Fort Point museum were great for hosting the LaHave Folk Festival—but times have changed. This year the festival is being held on the grounds of the BernArt…
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Visually Speaking: Sacred by Nature

Anna Horsnell There is a very unique show opening in an equally unique location on September 6. Sacred by Nature is a wonderful combination of photography and what can best be described as fluid silk sculpture by Wolfville artist, Kate McKenna. The show is being hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in their spacious entrance gallery. For eight years, McKenna lived in Mexico where her art career began in earnest before she returned home to Nova Scotia. “This exhibit is particularly meaningful,” she smiles, “Not only because of the subject matter, and the focus and inspiration it provided during the…
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Mike Uncorked: Wyatt’s Bench!

Mike Butler Have you heard of Wyatt’s Bench? Here’s a feel good story like no other. Life’s little stumbles into awesomeness are some of my favourite things. You wake up, you start the day and no matter how scheduled you are, there are things that just happen. Lately, since I have four jobs (sometimes five), I had decided to take some more leisure time for myself to see friends, read, and enjoy the outdoors. In Wolfville (and the Valley) we have the beautiful Harvest Moon Trail and I use this trail a lot. My very good friend Dave and I…
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Visually Speaking: Figures of the Land

Anna Horsnell Friends and artists Simone Labuschagne and Elizabeth Sircom are partnering in a new exhibition running from September 18 to October 16 at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. Labuschagne is a painter. Sircom creates sculpture. Together they will present the evocative Figures of the Land. The ladies met about five years ago through the world of art, as their husbands are both well-known local artists (Labuschagne is married to Steven Rhude and Sircom is married to Arnaud Béghin.) The two women considered a joint exhibition about a year and a half ago, pre-pandemic. Neither of them wanted to rush the…
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