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The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1

The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1By Janet Kirkconnell Performances by the Ulysses String Quartet, founded in the summer of 2015, and at present the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, have been greeted by critics with unbridled enthusiasm. “Emotively and dynamically, the quartet is particularly astounding” wrote one critic in The Guardian. They were praised by The Strad magazine for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty,” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve.” San Diego Story noted their “avid enthusiasm… [with] chops to back up…
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Dinner Out: The Maritime Express Cider Co.

Dinner Out: The Maritime Express Cider Co.By Scott Campbell Well, we waited a while, with lots of hints of what was to come and who the new chef was going to be. Then the chef arrived and we knew it was just a matter of time before the newly-renovated kitchen was ready to go into full operation. We waited impatiently, and then it happened. The new menu became a reality. We beelined it to the Maritime Express Cider Co. to try some of the new offerings from Chef Stephane Levac. Chef Levac was already well-known in the area after a…
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A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House Museum

A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House MuseumBy Fred Macdonald, DirectorThe Charles Macdonald Concrete House The Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society has had a good run.In 1997 the Society was formed by a group of interested citizens keen to preserve and celebrate the lifeworks of Charles and Mabel Macdonald. The grand opening was an event held at the Concrete House in Centreville and featured the Lieutenant Governor, musical entertainment, and dignitaries from far and wide. In the early years, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, who had mounted an exhibit of Charlie and Mabel’s work in the 1980s, were…
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Mike Uncorked: Oscar Gold Picks 2020

Mike Uncorked: Oscar Gold Picks 2020By Mike Butler Hi everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 2019 Oscar Fever Uncorked article and predicted my Oscar picks. Last year, I did okay in my picks and this year I have seen ALL the films in the running so I’m excited to see how I perform. The Academy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday February 9. Here are my predictions for this year’s Oscars. The supporting actor and actress categories can throw a curve ball some years. This year, however, I am going to…
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Who’s Who: Shaun Whynacht

Who’s Who: Shaun WhynachtBy Mike Butler It baffles me sometimes how in less than a week or so, someone you’ve never met before can easily become one of your favourite people to be around and chat with. Has that happened to you before? A chance meeting between two strangers and before you know it there’s common interests discussed, fun banter, dance parties, and a better appreciation for each other’s contributions to their respective communities. That’s how I would describe my friendship with Shaun Whynacht. It has taken me longer to learn how to spell his name correctly than to charm…
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Featurepreneur: To Market, To Market

Featurepreneur: To Market, To MarketBy Genevieve Allen Hearn In 2014 a young Tiago Voss, back from a stint in Germany, purchased The Market from Rick and Michelle Daniels, who ran the ubiquitous downtown business in Wolfville for 43 years. Tiago maintained the spirit of the shop, while putting his own stamp on it, still catering to an Acadia University crowd, but offering something for all demographics – from vintage vinyl to stylish luggage. Now, six years later, Tiago is moving the store to a larger space (previously occupied by The Box of Delights Bookshop). Having been in the same location…
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Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna Osburn

Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna OsburnBy Kim Barlow Music brought them together, and the life they’ve made has had music at the centre of it ever since. In the summer of 1972, two eighteen-year-old fellas from the States went on a road-trip to Canada. At a campground in Nova Scotia, they heard the siren call of Anna and her sister Kate, sitting by a fire singing, Kate strumming a guitar. Don and his buddy grabbed their guitars and headed over, drawn “like bees to honey,” as the girls’ mother would say it later. Don was…
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In Memory of Samuel Dworkin

In Memory of Samuel Dworkin It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Samuel (Sam) Hyman Dworkin, peacefully in his sleep, at the Kentville Valley Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Born September 15, 1933 in Montreal, he moved to Wolfville, NS, in 2002. When he was young, he bought and sold cattle with his father (Esser Dworkin), and later opened his own grocery store. He then went on to work for the London Life Insurance Company for several years and was a top salesman, earning many awards. Son of the late Esser and Ida (Mandelssige),…
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Romance in the Valley

Romance in the Valley Justice of the Peace Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings knows her way around a romantic setting, and she brings a sense of fun and adventure to the weddings she officiates. “The goal of East Coast Pop Up Weddings,” she notes, “is simplicity, low-stress, and sometimes a bit of spontaneity, all while creating a celebration that’s ceremony-focused and real.” Who better to ask about some of the best places for romance in the Annapolis Valley? These are Sarah’s top picks: Snowshoeing at Grand-Pré Park: The perfect quiet and tranquil winter setting. Cooking classes at…
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All About Icewines

All About IcewinesBy Kim Cyr The Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is about to happen over two consecutive weekends this February. The events will be held collaboratively at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, with many distillers and vintners participating. The events include a gala, fireworks, a multi-course dinner with three chefs from three of our wineries, and 4 days of tasting events (February 14-16 & 22-23, visit nsicewinefest.com for more information). The Definition of IcewineCanada is the largest icewine producer in the world. It is estimated the icewine crop is responsible for billions annually. In Canada, we have a federal legal definition…
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