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Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award

Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award By Wendy Elliott An active music teacher in Berwick, Marlene Jackson is receiving recognition from the Deep Roots Music Festival as one of the two founders of another festival. The Kings County Music Festival floundered in 1943 and there were 10 years without a music festival to inspire young music students. Marlene Jackson and the late Hetty Jackson ramped up interest again in the late 1970s, launching the Annapolis Valley Music Festival. That is one reason Jackson is going to be the fifteenth winner of the Valley Arts Award from Deep…
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Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy

Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy Wolfville’s own Donna Holmes will be opening for Valdy at the 2018 Deep Roots Festival, so we asked her to interview the distinctive Canadian singer-songwriter for our readers: Donna Holmes: Like all good Canadians I love the winter, the “u” in “colour,” and your “Rock and Roll Song”. Do you ever get tired of playing it? Valdy: No, I still play it every gig, and still in original key, which means I didn’t go for the stratosphere when I wrote it. Anytime we can connect on that level with an audience,…
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Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy

Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy Jim Cuddy has been a fixture in the Canadian music scene for over 35 years. Along with the Jim Cuddy Band, he brings his memorable songwriting to Acadia’s Convocation Hall on Thursday September 27. The Grapevine: What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Jim Cuddy: My earliest childhood ambition was to either be a doctor or a cowboy like Roy Rogers. GV: What is your favourite song and when did you first hear it? JC: I think that my favourite song is “The Long & Winding Road,” which I heard when I moved…
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Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Kim Barlow interviews Sarah Jane Scouten

Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Kim Barlow interviews Sarah Jane Scouten Kim Barlow and Sarah Jane Scouten will both be performing at the 2018 Deep Roots festival. We asked Kim, the local, to interview Sarah Jane, the out-of-towner, and this sweet little conversation is the result: Kim Barlow: What are you most excited about musically, in your own projects, right now? Sarah Jane Scouten: I really love writing ballads, by which I mean a narrative, character-driven song. I like to think of ballads in the Romantic poetry sense, meaning a story written in verse. I like the constraints of fitting…
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Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell With Acadia’s 2018-2019 academic year commencing, the chamber music series Sunday Music in the Garden Room, in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville, returns. On September 16 at 2pm, two Montrealers, Stéphane Tétreault, cello, and Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano, on a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritimes, will open the season. Both have distinguished track records as outstanding artists, despite, especially in Tétreault’s case, their relative youth. The most recent recognition of Tétreault’s artistry was the presentation of the Maureen Forrester Next Generation Award…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Many people have just gone back to school this month after a summer of growth and learning. The Botanical Gardens supports many educational opportunities both formal and informal in our outdoor classroom 365 days a year. The classroom here has no walls or roof, it is everywhere, and the teacher is the natural world. I feel so fortunate to work outside in an environment where there are so many lessons to be learned and new skills to acquire. Every day as I walk in the…
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Acadia University Art Gallery Back to School Contest

Acadia University Art Gallery Back to School Contest By Dr. Laurie Dalton Director/Curator – Acadia University Art Gallery Adjunct Professor – Department of History and Classics Welcome back Acadia faculty, staff, and students, and Wolfville parents and teachers! Did you know that the Acadia University Art Gallery is a great place to take classes and groups? We offer tours of our exhibitions for free, as well as hands-on workshops in our outreach studio that can be tailored to classroom themes! Currently on view until September 30 is “Maud Lewis: A Life Collected.” This exhibition presents a selection of artwork by…
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It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse

It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse By Genevieve Allen Hearn When you visit the location that Alice Hartling chose for a coffeehouse in Canning, it’s not hard to see the appeal. The storefront is nestled among other charming spots such as the seasonal ArtCan Gallery & Café, Crystany’s Brasserie, Aspinall Pottery, and Esmé, and it backs on to the Habitant River, providing a pastoral view. As we chat, June Grainger of i scream stops by to say hello. Meanwhile, tourists are outside on the benches devouring their ice cream cones before they melt in the late summer heat. Originally from Windsor, Alice…
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The 25th Anniversary of the Wolfville Memorial Library

The 25th Anniversary of the Wolfville Memorial Library By Wendy Elliott It is hard for us today to imagine the importance the Wolfville train station had a century ago when the rail line was the highway through the Valley. Esther Clark Wright knew. She included a whole chapter called “The Train” in her quite marvelous 1957 memoir and love letter to the region, Blomidon Rose. “We who travelled down the Valley and back again had a sharing of experiences and a fund of recollections that drew us together,” she wrote. The first railway station at Wolfville was built in 1869…
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Register for ARYO Strings Program!

Register for ARYO Strings Program! By Elizabeth Sircom Do you play a string instrument, or would you like to learn? Registration for the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO) strings program is already possible online and an in-person registration day will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from 3:30pm-6:30pm, at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Instrument rental will take place at this time. The ARYO program consists of group lessons (“clinics”) for beginners in violin, viola, cello, and double bass and participation in a Beginner, Junior, or Senior Orchestra, for youth aged between 10 and 24, Acadia University students included! It…
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