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Pandemic Poetry/Coronapoetry

Pandemic Poetry/CoronapoetryWendy Elliott & Steven Slipp There was a general burst of creativity after we all got locked up mid-March. Music especially flourished, but so did poetry. In Wolfville, Elisabeth Kosters decided to share poems. She posted a Daily Poem for Strange Times for 50 days running, starting March 28. The last work to be hand-lettered and nailed to a wooden box on Kosters’ Main Street lawn was “History will remember” by Donna Ashford. It was submitted by her friend and neighbour Lisa Mckenzie. Lots of folks, near and far, got involved in the poetry project. Kosters, who is a geologist by…
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Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!

Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!Mike Butler Lindsay Clowes has been a very, very busy person during this pandemic. With many hard workers beside her, Lindsay has helped coordinate the sustainability of the Wolfville Farmer’s Market during this tough time and her flawless work is something I am proud to recognize here in The Grapevine. Lindsay is originally from Fredericton, NB. She grew up in Maine but went to school in St Stephen so she could be part of the French immersion program. Lindsay says crossing the border every day to go to school wasn’t as weird as it sounds. She…
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Ross Creek is Back: Live and In Person!

Ross Creek is Back: Live and In Person!Submitted It almost feels normal. Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, just outside Canning, is offering day versions of their traditional overnight arts programs for youth this summer, and the place is a flurry of (physically distanced) activity. The grounds are being readied, gardens watered, menus prepared, and camp leadership is getting ready to welcome their staff, who arrive soon to spend the summer in a leadership program. But this year is different. Staff lunch tables have names on them so that people who are “bubbled” together eat together but six feet apart…
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Making The Right Move During COVID-19

Making The Right Move During COVID-19Melanie Besemer What a difference a few months can make. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live. From the way we buy groceries and stay fit, to the way we earn a living and conduct business, there’s no aspect of our lives that isn’t affected. Real estate is an essential service and therefore transactions are still taking place, but like all businesses we have made a shift in how we operate. We are taking precautions and have revised our strategies to accommodate our clients. It’s not business as usual, but have you…
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The Corona Cookbook

The Corona CookbookJenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Hello Valley friends! It’s been so long. I hope this finds you all well and coping as best you can. Two short months ago I was tidying things up in the little kitchen at St. Mary’s Elementary School in preparation for a one-week March Break, and wow! Here we are. I’m lost in a swirl of uncertainty, with a few thoughts running through my head most days. Like how amazing it is to see innovators like WFM2Go, Taproot Farms, and Noggins flex their farmin’, food deliverin’ muscles. I think about how…
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Alumni Association donates $50,000 to support COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

Alumni Association donates $50,000 to support COVID-19 Student Relief FundFred Sgambati The Acadia Alumni Association knows the considerable financial challenges facing Acadia students as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and has stepped up in a very big way to support them. The Association recently announced a $50,000 donation to the newly-established COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to help provide bursary support in variable amounts to second, third, and fourth-year students facing ongoing and/or summer employment disruption or other financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. University President Dr. Peter Ricketts inaugurated the Fund on April 9, 2020, and received…
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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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