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In Review: Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra

Are you string instrument-curious? The Grapevine attended the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra’s Try an Instrument Day on April 20 in Grand-Pré. The ARYO program is designed for ages 10-24, with the exception of the Fiddle Group which is open to all ages. The Try an Instrument Day is a fun way for interested participants to interact with different kinds of string instruments. There were violins, violas, and cellos on display, and mini-workshops where participants learned how to hold the instruments and play a few notes. A string quartet performed in the beginning and end of the event so participants could…
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Bats Have Emerged From Hibernation

Leah Riehl, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute BATS! Why bats? Because they need our help! Bats provide essential ecological services to humans, particularly the control of insect populations. This is important to anyone looking to get outside to enjoy summer nights! Bats begin to emerge from hibernation in the spring, and they emerge hungry and preparing to have their young, which are called pups. These small mammals can eat up to one thousand insects in a single hour, and up to their body weight in insects each night. Formerly a common sight on a Nova Scotia summer night, bat populations have…
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Mike Uncorked: The Speed of Mercy

Mike Butler So, I have this really cool friend. Her name is Christy Ann Conlin. She’s an author. I will, for as long as I can, name drop her and the fact that we are friends and I know her family and she likes me. Christy Ann Conlin knows I am a very big fan of her and her writing and a few months ago I was so fortunate to receive an advanced reading copy of her latest effort, The Speed of Mercy. It was all I could do not to tear through it at top speed and promote it…
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Announcing The Inaugural 100km Great Annapolis Ride 2021

Submitted What: 100 km Non-competitive 2-day cycling ride through the Annapolis ValleyWhen: July 31 and August 1, 2021Where: Ride from Windsor to Scots Bay, camp in Scots Bay, and then ride Scots Bay to Port Williams. In partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and Bicycle Nova Scotia, the first ever 100 km Great Annapolis Ride (GAR) 2021 is set to roll out July 31-August 1 as a welcome return to outdoor, social, and safe recreational activity. Hosted by event specialists Kohkos Events, the ride is intended to offer a fun, friendly, and challenging weekend to help shake off the mental and…
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Who’s Who: Mia Lockhart: Mamma Mia!

Love your body, trust your core, feel your powerMike Butler This Who’s Who was a year in the making. It’s always nice to have some great people on the backburner for articles, and I’ve been so excited to get to this point of the year to introduce and promote this fabulous Valley resident. This strong, fierce, and beyond friendly business owner is a shining example of community light and inspiration. I am so proud to tell you about Mia Lockhart! Mia was born and raised on the west coast just outside Vancouver, and fell in love with an easterner first…
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Golf’s Hidden Gem in the Valley

Margot Bishop There are three great golf clubs in our wonderful Kings County: Ken-Wo in New Minas, Eagle Crest in Centreville, and Island Green at Kentville/North Alton. All have two courses, a nine and an eighteen, but Island Green has a hidden gem called The Hummingbird. It is a perfect course for beginners or for players who have been away from the game for a while, and is a joy to play. Island Green has been in operation for only twelve years, but it is holding its own with some of the older and more challenging courses. The best bit…
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Willowbank Cemetery Reorganizing

Wendy Elliott According to Wolfville’s civic history, titled Mud Creek, and collected back in 1980, the citizens of Wolfville believe a cemetery is made up of people and their relationships to one another, and each gravestone in a cemetery has a story. During the last year of pandemic lockdowns, many local residents have been seeking family genealogy and looking for the headstones of their ancestors in Willowbank Cemetery. The thirteen acres that make up the cemetery also provide a much-beloved passive recreation spot or green space. Interest has also been growing in green burials, which are a kind of a…
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Apple Blossom Season

Chelsey Stailing The early settlers from Europe introduced the sweet scent of apple blossoms to the Annapolis Valley as they brought new seeds, grains, fruits, and vegetables to the region. Here in the Annapolis Valley, we usually celebrate the arrival of the apple blossoms with a grand festival enjoyed by many across Nova Scotia. The very first Apple Blossom Festival parade was hosted in the town of Kentville in 1933. The first organizers of the festival intended for the event to recognize the natural environment of the Valley and the historic background of the apple growing industry. The intention was…
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Horton High School Grade 9 Citizenship Class Projects

Autism AcceptanceKelly Dorman, Grade 9, Horton High School As some of you may know, April was Autism Awareness Month. This has been a Canadian practise since 1993, and is marked across the country by fundraisers, campaigns, and advocacy. This is all well and good, but it’s been almost thirty years since this was created. It may be time to consider updating our approach. For the last several years, the autistic community has been pushing for less awareness, more acceptance. Awareness is still important—especially on autism in women, in marginalized groups, and in adults—but acceptance has become an ongoing battle. Autism…
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Congratulations Garry Leeson!

The Grapevine‘s own Garry Leeson is the 2021 winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award Published by Nevermore Press, The Dome Chronicles (as readers of Leeson’s longtime Grapevine series know) begins in 1972: “a boxcar left Toronto with a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple and pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain in Harmony, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. Armed with an irrepressible sense of humour, they were back-to-the-landers. Over the next forty…
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