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STAYCATION: A Few Valley Picks!

This is the summer to celebrate what’s on offer in the Valley. It is, for sure, a summer like no other, but we’re all in this together, so let’s safely get out and about while we can. Have fun, stay safe, support our local businesses, wear masks where physical distancing may be hard to ensure, re-connect with our community, and enjoy the summer sun! WINDSORThe Windsor/West Hants Parks and Rec are offering stand-up paddle board rentals for free! Loans are available for up to 4 days and they must be pre-booked. There are two adult and two youth boards available….
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Black Lives Matter in the Valley: What Now?

Genevieve Allen Hearn The video of George Floyd’s murder sent chills up the spines of everyone watching. As the world reacted, Nova Scotians tried to find our place in the movement. You may have attended a Black Lives Matter protest. Perhaps you watched videos, read articles, ordered books, or shared social media posts about systemic racism. So, what now? If you are like me, this nagging question is on your mind. I spoke to two individuals about this question: Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association (VANSDA) CEO Robert Ffrench, and the Municipality of the County of Kings Diversity & Outreach…
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120 days.

By Ken Schwartz As I write this, it’s been 120 days since I huddled around a radio at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts with my colleagues to listen to a bulletin from the provincial government. Within hours I was driving a group of youth leaders to destinations around the province, and the Centre was closed to the public. Everything changed, for nearly all of us. In the weeks that followed, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s 2020 season was postponed until 2021. 120 days later, what is it like to work in the performing arts? The word “unprecedented”…
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Tritons Swim Club’s spot at 2020 Olympic Trials Postponed

Tritons Swim Club’s spot at 2020 Olympic Trials PostponedTeam continues to train with passion and determinationMike Glenn Wolfville Tritons Swim Club athlete Ava Vial, eligible to represent Nova Scotia at this spring’s Olympic trials, must wait another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many swimmers across Nova Scotia and Canada are left high and dry as pools and training facilities shut down during the Covid-19 outbreak. The news of the postponed trials has not stopped Ava from training and doing her best as she, like so many others, strives to represent Canada at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “I…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Land Connection

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Land ConnectionTed Morris, Student Native Plant Conservationist Think of a natural area that you feel particularly connected to. It could be a place that you’ve been many times or a place that you’ve only been to once. It could also be a place from your past, or somewhere you’ve visited recently. Now, picture yourself there. You might be sitting, standing, walking, rolling, or running through the serene area that you’re remembering. What about this place makes you feel connected? I have a few places that I feel strongly connected to, and…
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A Working Musician in the Pandemic

A Working Musician in the PandemicKim Barlow Andrew MacKelvie is an award-winning saxophonist and improviser living in Wolfville. He has performed across Canada and abroad with acts like Jerry Granelli, Lido Pimienta, Aquakultre, Erin Costelo, and Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound. His group, New Hermitage, is releasing an album on the third of July titled Unearth. He is currently studying at Acadia University, and will likely perform live at least once this summer, as part of the tiny outdoor concert series being organized by the Music In Communities Co-op. Here we discuss impacts of the pandemic on working musicians. Kim…
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Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!

Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!Mike Butler Riley William Sweet is the young man behind R.W. Sweet Landscaping, a fresh new business starring a fresh new entrepreneur, and customers have been singing his praises since his business started a year ago. Riley is from Gaspereau Mountain. He graduated from Horton High School in 2016, and while he was a student, he worked summers on his grandfather’s beef farm learning what hard work really is. Riley decided to take a year off in 2017 to work full-time on a local dairy farm. “I thought I was going to be a farmer…
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Pandemic Poetry/Coronapoetry

Pandemic Poetry/CoronapoetryWendy Elliott & Steven Slipp There was a general burst of creativity after we all got locked up mid-March. Music especially flourished, but so did poetry. In Wolfville, Elisabeth Kosters decided to share poems. She posted a Daily Poem for Strange Times for 50 days running, starting March 28. The last work to be hand-lettered and nailed to a wooden box on Kosters’ Main Street lawn was “History will remember” by Donna Ashford. It was submitted by her friend and neighbour Lisa Mckenzie. Lots of folks, near and far, got involved in the poetry project. Kosters, who is a geologist by…
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Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!

Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!Mike Butler Lindsay Clowes has been a very, very busy person during this pandemic. With many hard workers beside her, Lindsay has helped coordinate the sustainability of the Wolfville Farmer’s Market during this tough time and her flawless work is something I am proud to recognize here in The Grapevine. Lindsay is originally from Fredericton, NB. She grew up in Maine but went to school in St Stephen so she could be part of the French immersion program. Lindsay says crossing the border every day to go to school wasn’t as weird as it sounds. She…
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Ross Creek is Back: Live and In Person!

Ross Creek is Back: Live and In Person!Submitted It almost feels normal. Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, just outside Canning, is offering day versions of their traditional overnight arts programs for youth this summer, and the place is a flurry of (physically distanced) activity. The grounds are being readied, gardens watered, menus prepared, and camp leadership is getting ready to welcome their staff, who arrive soon to spend the summer in a leadership program. But this year is different. Staff lunch tables have names on them so that people who are “bubbled” together eat together but six feet apart…
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