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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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International Women’s Day Events

International Women’s Day EventsWomen of Wolfville March 8 is International Women’s Day and there is a lot happening: Chrysalis House is doing its annual carnation campaign. Each year they ask local businesses and organizations to join them in celebrating by handing out carnations to their customers/ clients. They will be delivering flowers on March 6th so that they can be handed out all weekend long. The theme this year is Each for Equal. An equal world is an enabled world.If you are interested in participating please contact Shauna at shaunam@chrysalishouse.ca Girls on BoardsAn evening of speakers & opportunities for girls and…
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International Women’s Day at NSCC

Women’s Place Resource Centre to Host International Women’s Day at KingstecSubmitted An equal world is an enabled world. This is the message being expressed at International Women’s Day events around the world, including the March 7 event at NSCC Kingstec, hosted by the Women’s Place Resource Centre. Held from 1:30-3:00pm, it’s a celebration of the efforts made to date and an invitation for participants to voice their vision of what they want equality to look like by 2030. “Equality isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s an issue that impacts everyone. Every community. Every industry. Every day,” explains Della Longmire, executive…
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Dinner Out: Icewine Festival Collaboration Dinner

Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Collaboration Dinner, 2020Scott Campbell On February 22, Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery pulled out all the stops (again) and hosted an impressive Icewine Festival event in their spectacular barrel room dining room. The sold out event was attended by some very avid food and wine connoisseurs who were treated to a phenomenal display of fantastic Nova Scotia wines all expertly paired with delicious entrées created by three of our local and well-known winery chefs. We were all welcomed with live music in the lobby of the grand Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery and offered fresh oysters and a…
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Jeremy’s What To Try

Jeremy’s What to Try: Season 2Jeremy Novak, Where It’s At Tours In order to truly understand Where It’s At for this article, a few road trips were necessary. With a dedicated squad of designated drinkers, I was able to safely navigate the Where It’s At minivan all over this delicious Valley. Still Fired Distilleries9543 Highway 8, Lequille/Annapolis Royalstillfireddistilleries.com Lequille is a good hour down the Valley from Wolfville. The weather was perfect and so was the timing to stretch the legs. I remembered the Still Fired Root Beer Moonshine from Devour and yes, it’s just as good now as it was then….
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