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Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science CentreSubmitted Acadia University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ian Spooner as the Director of Research at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. A long-time Acadia researcher and teacher, Dr. Spooner will focus on strategy, planning, and communication to ensure that the Irving Centre and Botanical Gardens continue to be leaders in environmental study. Dr. Spooner has been a professor and leader in Acadia’s Earth and Environmental Science Department for more than 25 years, supervising 30 master’s and 48 honours students to date….
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Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks

Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks Devour! The Food Film Fest and the Chimney Chefs for Charity recently donated nearly $4,500 to three regional food banks in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The funds, which were raised during the 2019 Great Devour! Chicken Dinner and Street Food Rally, were divided equally amongst the Fundy Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank, and the Wolfville Area Food Bank. “It’s important to us that Devour! gives back to the community while also offering something for everyone at the festival,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour!. “From…
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Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio

Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio Hannah Paton’s weavings are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of March. In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I’m a textile artist living in Halifax. I moved here in 2008 to study English at the University of King’s College, and after graduating I decided to take some classes at NSCAD University. I graduated with my BFA in textiles and fashion in 2019. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I’m a weaver. I initially studied photography at NSCAD, but…
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Look! A New Book!

Look! A New Book!By Hilary Drummond Summer FeetBy Sheree Fitch with illustrations by Carolyn FisherForthcoming in Spring 2020Poetry; picture book (ages 3-7)Nimbus Publishing, HalifaxHardcover: $22.95 Have you had enough of winter? Are you starting to dream of longer, warmer days? Is it time to put away the snow pants and woolly socks, and get ready to feel the sweet green grass or sun-warmed sand between your toes? Nimbus Publishing has the perfect antidote to the lingering winter blues: Summer Feet by beloved children’s book author Sheree Fitch, forthcoming in spring 2020. Many of you probably remember Fitch’s early books, like Toes in My…
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Sofa to Safety: Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley

Sofa to Safety Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley By Kelly McGregor Watch the streets and in front of local establishments across the Annapolis Valley over the next month for a bright yellow sofa. The Portal Youth Outreach Association is doing a series of pop-ups to bring awareness and education around the issue of youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley and their need for more host homes. The couch highlights the fact that youth homelessness most often looks like couch surfing. The Portal’s last survey indicated that there are 60+ youth at risk or experiencing homelessness in the…
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Don’t Dress for Dinner: Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStage

Don’t Dress for Dinner:Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStageMike Butler Laughter makes the winter blues disappear, it’s a well-known fact! If you are suffering from the cold, sleety, slushy downtime of the winter, it’s time to put some pep in your step and laugh until you hurt. Coming off the heels of their comedy Wild Women of Winedale, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is jumping into another comedy. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a fast-paced, rapid-fire, laugh-fest that’s been keeping its cast and crew in stitches through months of rehearsals. I am proud member of the troupe and it’s been almost too much to handle in…
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Wolfville’s Climate Action Circle

Wolfville’s Climate Action CircleSubmitted While it may have been the United Nations Secretary General who called climate change “the defining issue of our time,” the sentiment definitely resonates locally in Wolfville. The town has a strong culture of civic engagement and environmental sustainability. Still, it is always a pleasant surprise to see the community room at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market fill up every Monday night at 7pm, with folks arriving to attend the weekly Climate Action Circle meeting. Wolfville’s Climate Action Circle is the brainchild of Emily LeGrand, a long-time resident of the Annapolis Valley. As the end of the…
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Who’s Who: Jeff Kelly

Who’s Who:Jeff Kelly: Superhuman!Mike Butler I rang in the New Year at The Church Brewing Company, Wolfville, and then a few days later, at The Church again, I celebrated the 50th birthday of Julie Skaling, who organized a silent auction-casino night fundraiser for the Flower Cart, New Minas. At the helm of the Flower Cart is Executive Director Jeff Kelly, and this pretty amazing man has been making lots of news lately, so why not have a little feature here in The Grapevine too? The fundraiser was a grand success, thanks to The Church lending their space, the many organizers, and of…
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Visually Speaking

Visually Speaking: The Face of EkphrasisAnna Horsnell The new exhibition at the Acadia University Art Gallery is a resounding success on so many levels. Where to start? The ten fascinating portraits, the three student curators, or the wonderfully supportive community of Acadia University itself? Welcome to “The Face of Ekphrasis: Mabel Killam Day & Poetry”. The story leading up to opening night is a tale worth telling. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the gallery was faced with the possibility of not having an exhibit to open this month. Ten portraits by artist Mabel Killam Day had been pulled from the university’s…
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Featurepreneur: Fundy Hops

Featurepreneur: Hops and DreamsGenevieve Allen Hearn Kelli Anderson, owner of Fundy Hops, started growing hops in Waterville on family-owned farmland nearly five years ago. She sells her hops to local breweries and cideries, further helping the industry to make delicious beverages from as many locally produced ingredients as possible. We wanted to know more about hops and how this crop does in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): What got you interested in growing hops?Kelli Anderson (KA): I got interested in growing hops when our daughter was 4 years old. I read a lot and noticed the craft beer trend…
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