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Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity

Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity Submitted Clarinetist Jossée MacInnis and her mother, soprano Susan Dworkin, will perform together on December 18 in a duo recital that is sure to impress. The selections chosen for the concert will include classical Christmas music and baroque, romantic, and post-romantic composers including Schubert and Spohr. Jossée MacInnis was born in Montreal but was raised in Wolfville. She was awarded scholarships to study music at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick, and then at Western University, in Ontario. Now at l’Université de Montréal, she is about to begin her doctorate in clarinet performance….
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Cadance Academy Dedicates Nutcracker Performances to Jacqueline Nassar

Cadance Academy Dedicates Nutcracker Performances to Jacqueline Nassar Submitted Gaea Jess, director of Cadance Academy, is excited about this very special show. “We have dedicated this year’s performances to Jacqueline Nassar, who helped Gaea mount the very first production back in 2006 and has been instrumental in coaching and choreographing every year since. Now after all her hard work and dedication to the show and the dancers over the years, she has retired and will be enjoying the show from the audience. We are so grateful to have been able to work with her and take her ideas and inspirations…
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Annapolis Royal’s ARTsPLACE

Annapolis Royal’s ARTsPLACE By Wendy Elliott The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC), which is based in Annapolis Royal, offers exhibits at its blue-sided ARTsPLACE along with varied programming. As of November 25, there is a show profiling five members of The Artist Way Collective, an exhibit of works by local artist Rion Microys, and a members’ exhibition all on display. Ted Lind, who serves as treasurer and secretary for ARCAC, says the local community relishes the visual arts. “We have three gallery spaces and one pop-up space,” he adds. “It’s a great place, it’s always busy.” Lind agrees that…
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Exhibit of Masks from Around the World Opens at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Exhibit of Masks from Around the World Opens at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts By Katie Hall When Ross Creek’s executive director Chris O’Neill was looking for a final show for the Ross Creek Gallery’s Intersections series, she spoke to Sara Lee Lewis, a long-term supporter who has an extraordinary collection of masks from around the world, just down the road in Wolfville. Opening on December 2, 2018, the Lewis Mask Collection is the happy result of that initial conversation over a year ago. The exhibition is a display of international masks collected by Sara Lee and her late…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Botanical Gardens: Giving to the Earth

What’s Growing at the Harriet Botanical Gardens: Giving to the Earth By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth, gifts we have neither earned nor paid for: air to breathe, nurturing rain, black soil, berries and honeybees, the tree that became this page, a bag of rice, and the exuberance of a field of goldenrod and asters at full bloom. Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer says we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks ‘What more can we take from the Earth?’ and…
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Christmas Performances at Acadia

Christmas Performances at Acadia A Ceremony of Carols: Christmas at Acadia This season the Acadia Chorus, directed by Michael Caines, features works including familiar sing-along carols, lovely choral arrangements of two carols originating from Ireland and Britain, and a heart-warming original arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem, as well as the ever-popular Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Joining the Chorus will be university organist John Scott, Tristan de Borba on saxophone, and student soloists from the School of Music. Saturday December 1, 2018 7pm – 8:15pm Convocation Hall, Acadia Doors Open at 6:30pm $10 Admission at the Door…
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Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday

Boxes of Cheer to Help People Locally this Holiday By Laura Churchill Duke For the third year, this holiday season you can fill a box of cheer for people in need right here in Kings County. Valley Family Fun and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have paired up to create a program called Fill a Box of Cheer: The Local Option. “There are many adults in need locally who often don’t qualify for support through traditional programs, such as any targeted towards family and children,” says Candy O’Brien of CMHA. This is a way to reach more people. To…
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Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales

Holiday Craft Fairs and Artisan Sales With the festive season already fast approaching, crafters and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: Christmas Sale –Windermere Drop in and sip a cup of mulled juice while browsing the many tables of festive items offered for sale by a variety of sellers. Saturday November 17, 8am – 1pm Windermere Community Hall 402 Windermere…
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Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins

Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins Sally’s watercolour paintings of local scenes are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of November. WHO: I am an educator and artist, and I have lived and worked in many places, including Ontario, Calgary, Bermuda, the United States, and Nova Scotia. I am currently teaching a course in the School of Education at Acadia University. WHAT: I have been painting since about the age of 4. I began taking photography seriously in high school. I took many courses at the college and university level, to learn as much…
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Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event

Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event By Mika Francis Beyond Terroir, presented by Benjamin Bridge, Glooscap First Nation, and the Devour! Food Film Fest was a wonderful learning opportunity for all guests, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. Beyond Terroir combined the creative culinary collaborations of Chef Blair Lebsack, Kevin Kossowan, and Chef Kari Rose Lameman of Potlotek First Nation, paired with delicious wines from Bejamin Bridge, and traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge of the land. Beyond Terroir consisted of four stops, each entailing a gourmet dish prepared with traditional Mi’kmaq foods paired with Benjamin Bridge wines and musts, and culturally-informative lessons on different…
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