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Valley Family Fun: Our Favourite Places to Go in the Winter

Valley Family Fun: Our Favourite Places to Go in the Winter By Laura Churchill Duke With winter here, sometimes it’s easy to become a hermit, but I encourage you to get outside, and maybe outside of your comfort zone, this season. Here are our favourite places to go and activities to do in the winter in the Annapolis Valley. 1. Go for a hike People don’t often think about hiking in the winter, but it is a beautiful time to explore. Check out the frozen waterfalls at the Woodville trails, or enjoy the beauty of the snow on the trees…
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Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage

Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage By Mike Butler Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, healthy, and successful holiday break and, of course, here’s to a prosperous 2019! In this Best of the Bunch celebratory issue I’m pleased to be writing about what I think is one of the best entertainment venues in the Valley (and province): CentreStage Theatre on River Street in Kentville. They have a new show opening and a legacy worth mentioning, because even with decades in business, there’s still people who haven’t experienced this little theatre…
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Adventures in Advertising with Jack Bishop at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery

Adventures in Advertising with Jack Bishop at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery Submitted Artist Jack Bishop delivers up his new show Adventures in Advertising at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery from January 8 to February 10, 2019. Jack Bishop is originally from Quispamsis, NB. He received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax in 2007 with a minor in drawing. Returning to NB after graduating, he worked in a studio in Nauwigewauk for several years, during which time he was awarded the Arts NB Emerging Artist of the Year. The theme for Jack’s show at The Hardware Gallery is Adventures in Advertising. “For the…
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Art Spot: Suzanne Patry

Art Spot: Suzanne Patry WHO: I am a self-taught artist. When I was younger, I put aside this passion to pursue my first passion, a teaching career, and later a business in wellness practice. WHAT: Watercolour is my favourite medium. I came to it through the influence of other artist friends, and more specifically when I received a bursary from the Ministry of Education to study at the Fine Art Faculty of Ottawa University in 1981. WHERE: Since I moved from Ottawa to the Valley in 2013 I have been dedicated to my art. I have my studio at my…
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Your Last Resort: Helping you Turn your Home into a Resort

Your Last Resort: Helping you Turn your Home into a Resort Submitted Valley homes are about to get a lot more organized thanks to a team of three women in Kentville who have recently launched Your Last Resort Home Organization and Staging. Laura Churchill Duke, Jennifer Williams Saklofske, and Raina Noel came together earlier this summer to help a mutual friend, a busy full-time working mom of little children, organize her home as a birthday present. After the day’s work, the three friends realized the impact they had made, and also how much they liked working together. According to Churchill…
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Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts

Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts By Kim Barlow Like many folks on that magical weekend, I discovered Terra Spencer’s music at the Deep Roots Music Festival back in September. A lyric about “my whole world wrapped up in a Sponge Bob quilt” came over the backstage speaker and had me crying in the green room. There is a well-founded buzz about Terra Spencer. She is a skilled instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, and her music has a gentle, singular beauty. Every songwriter should get the start in music that Terra has had. When she was a kid, Jim Aulenbach taught her…
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Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch 2019

Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch 2019 By Megan Hodges Eagle Watch is here again, just in time for refreshed holiday revellers to pop their heads out from blanket forts and head into the world looking for an adventure. Luckily, Sheffield Mills is close by, and watching dozens of eagles feast in a snowy field qualifies as such an excursion. The weekends of January 26-27 and February 2-3 will see pancake breakfasts, live music, arts and crafts provided by Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and much more. Eagle watchers will also be joined by the Blomidon Naturalist Society and Ducks Unlimited….
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Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts

Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts By Mike Butler 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of when I began writing for The Grapevine. This Who’s Who column has always been a favourite of mine to create each issue because there’s never a shortage of wonderful folk to meet, write about, and be inspired by here in the Valley. We all know people who make our community a better place to live, whether through their business, their personality, or their volunteer contributions. My 2019 Who’s Who opener is a great human being who has carved his spot in our…
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Random Act of Kindness

Just before Christmas, my friend and I walked into Canning after leaving her car at the garage. We stopped at the library, got some copying done, picked out books from their sale (to be picked up later), and continued to the stores. After shopping, both of us had bags in each hand. We stopped back at the library to pick up our books. We selected even more books, before realizing that we now had too much to carry. We decided to go get the car and then come back for all our parcels. The lovely ladies at the library said…
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Lost and Found: Fezziwig

Lost and Found: Fezziwig Welcome to a new little column we are calling Lost and Found. Tell us your tales of items lost, items found, and the stories in between. It’s already the new year, but we’ll start with a little magic left over from the holiday season. Wolfville’s Fezziwig production, ’Twas the Wolf Before Christmas, was, as Fezziwig always is, a rollicking holiday adventure, but this year some of its charm extended beyond the stage. Four-year-old Henry Gadon was in the audience, clutching a new inch-tall dinosaur he’d procured from the lost and found at the Wolfville Memorial Library…
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