The Grapevine January 16, 2020 - February 6, 2020

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ARTS / CULTURE / COMMUNITY January 16 – February 6, 2020 / Issue No. 17.01 / 5000 copies




IT'S THE BEST OF THE BUNCH! Our Readers' Favourites of 2019 /P.3

VISUALLY SPEAKING: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020 /P.9




Our Best of the Bunch survey results reflected a trend in the town of Kentville that we've been closely following here at The Grapevine. Many of the winners (and runners-up) are Kentville-based businesses, which was not the case a number of years ago. There is a difference in the town, and people are noticing. A promotional video of the town produced by Canopy Creative and commissioned by the Kentville Business Community even got the attention of

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CTV News, who recently aired a story on the revitalization of retail businesses in Kentville.

I grew up in Kentville, and have fond memories of grabbing an ice cream at the Avery’s Farm Market in town, watching my brothers get their skates fitted at Cleve’s, and accompanying my mother to clothing stores around town. At the risk of sounding like a sentimentalist, it was a bit challenging to describe this

experience twenty years later to my husband. When we made Kentville our forever home five years ago, it looked very different from my childhood memories. When we bought a home in town, we were met with a barrage of messages about Kentville. People called it a ‘has-been’ town, or made comments about how ‘it will never turn around.’ My husband and I, in contrast, saw it

as dripping with potential. We saw the beautiful old buildings, a grid system that works well for walkability, and a town book-ended by Miner’s Marsh on one side, and recreation infrastructure on the other. As it happens, others shared in our optimism. Sasha Nelson started Hardware Gallery two

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Maritime Express Cider Co. Runner Up: The Church Brewing Co.

Troy Restaurant Runner Up: The Church Brewing Co.



While you're out and about, keep an eye open for The Grapevine's Best of the Bunch sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses.


NOODLE GUY Runner Up: The Naked Crepe Bistro



THE CHURCH BREWING CO. Runner Up: Oaken Barrel








Annapolis Cider Company Runner Up: Maritime Express Cider Co.

North Mountain Fine Coffee Runner Up: T.A.N.

Just Us! Coffee Runner Up: T.A.N.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bluesmobile Runner Up: Daniel McFadyen

Mark Davidson Runner Up: Bridget Havercroft

The Naked Crepe Bistro Runner Up: Fresh From the Oven


Kentville Arena Runner Up: Port Williams Pond



BEST PLACE TO GO SNOW SHOEING Woodville Hiking Trails Runner Up: Kentville Gorge


Apple Blossom Festival Runner Up: Deep Roots Music Festival


Motiv Fitness Runner Up: B-Fit Cardio Fitness

The Union Street Runner Up: Main Street Station/Maritime Express Cider Co.

Open Arms Runner Up: Kings SPCA




Noggins Corner Farm Market Runner Up: Stirlings Fruit Farms

Cadance Academy Runner Up: DanceConnexion

Wolfville Farmers' Market Runner Up: TIE! Oaken Barrel & Maritime Express Cider Co.


Noggins Corner Farm Market Runner Up: Stirlings Fruit Farms


Ballroom at Main Street Station Runner Up: Wolfville Farmers' Market


Miner's Marsh Runner Up: Wolfville Waterfront Park



Open Arms Runner Up: SPCA

CentreStage Runner Up: Al Whittle Theatre

To make or become crisp.

Aylesford Lake Runner Up: Lumsden Pond

Sailor Bup's Runner Up: Scissors over Comb

CentreStage Runner Up: Quick as a Wink

Crispen (verb):






Halls Harbour Runner Up: Wineries

The Head Shoppe Runner Up: Enve Hair

Laura Churchill Duke Runner Up: Ami McKay






The Naked Crepe Bistro Runner Up: Green Elephant

Burgher Hill Runner Up: Acadia University (in front of University Hall)

Everlasting Ink Runner Up: The Collective Tattoo Studio

Jaimie Corbin Runner Up: Holly Carr






Margaret Drummond’s

Harvest Moon Trail Runner Up: Kentville Gorge

Sport Chek Runner Up: We're Outside

The Yoga Barn Runner Up: MoonCoast Yoga

Meadowbrook Farm Meat Market Runner Up: Canning Village Meat Market




Harvest Gallery Runner Up: Tides Contemporary Gallery


Cotton Tale Cafe + Play Runner Up: Clayground

Phinneys Runner Up: LIV Fashion Boutique


Kate's Bakery Runner Up: Sourdough Country Bakery






Troy Runner Up: Juniper Food + Wine

The Noodle Guy Runner Up: Two Birds One Stone

Half Acre Cafe Runner Up: North Mountain Fine Coffee

Rolled Oat Runner Up: Edible Art Café





K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Runner Up: Lightfoot & Wolfville

Long & McQuade Runner Up: The Spoke & Note


BeLeaf Salon & Spa Runner Up: Eau Spa

House of Dough Runner Up: The Naked Crepe Bistro



Denise Aspinall Pottery Runner Up: Tracy Horsman Ceramics


Main Street Station/Maritime Express Cider Co. Runner Up: Lightfoot & Wolfville

girliture Runner Up: LilyPond Vintage


Cape Split Runner Up: Blomidon Provincial Park

Maritime Express Cider Co. Runner Up: Schoolhouse Brewery


JONNY'S COOKHOUSE Runner Up: House of Dough

Johnny's Cookhouse Runner Up: Oaken Barrel

Miner's Marsh Runner Up: Harvest Moon Trail

The Odd Book Runner Up: Coles Book Store


We received an enormous response to our annual 'Best of the Bunch' survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! What an awesome selection of places to visit, things to do, and experiences to have here in the Valley.


DM Reid Jewellers Runner Up: Herbin Jewellers

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Runner Up: Luckett Vineyards



Wild Lily Runner Up: Market Between the Mountains

Schoolhouse Brewery Runner Up: Wayfarers' Ale Craft Brewery



The Church Brewing Co. Runner Up: girliture





Clayground Runner Up: Windsor Makerspace

BEST COMMUNITY PROJECT The Christmas twigs crispen and needles rattle Along the window ledge. A solitary pearl Shed from the necklace spilled at last week's party Lies in the suety, snow-luminous plainness of morning, on the window ledge beside them. *


(Excerpt from "New Year's Poem" by Margaret Avison)

Wolfville Community Oven Runner Up: Mural at Main Street Station


Grand-Pré UNESCO Heritage Site Runner Up: Kings County Museum

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...Retail Boom in Kentville –Continued from page 2

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Retail Boom in Kentville...........................................p.2 GV's Best of the Bunch Awards, 2019.......................p.3 Word of the Issue......................................................p.3 .Index/Free Classifieds/On the Cover..................... p.4 Eat to the Beat...................................................... p.5 Star Drop/Free Will Astrology............................... p.6 A Year of Better School Food.................................. p.7 I Know a Place/Art Spot........................................ p.8 Who's Who/Valley Artists Share Their Goals.......... p.9 The Town of Wolfville Page...................................p.10 What's Happening / Weeklies........................ p.11–13 Pine Ridge Fish Friends/Tide Predictions..............p.12 Dinner Out/Mike Uncorked..................................p.14 Ode to Plants/Quick as a Wink: Sister Act.............p.14 At Acadia/Farmworks..........................................p.15

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CONTRIBUTORS: Ethan Barkhouse, Mike Butler, Scott Campbell, Margaret Drummond, Genevieve Allen Hearn, Anna Horsnell, Tim Jackson, Jenny Osburn, Allan Williams (Eat to the Beat) DELIVERIES: Margot Bishop, Guy Breau, Earle & Karen Illsley, Andrea Leeson, John Morrison, Julie and Mugen Page, Fred Phillips, Jacob Rhude, Lorna Williamson, Jesse Walsh, Matthew Rice, Peter Rice



WHERE TO FIND US WINDSOR: Fry Daddy’s, Lisa's Cafe, T.A.N. Coffee, Mosaic Market FALMOUTH: Fruit & Vegetable Company, Petro-Canada HANTSPORT: Jim's Your Independent Grocer AVONPORT: Cann’s Kwik-Way GRAND-PRÉ: Convenience Store, Domaine de Grand Pré, Just Us! Café GASPEREAU: Gaspereau Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards, Reid's Meats & Kwik-Way, XTR Kwik-Way WOLFVILLE: Carl's Your Independent Grocer, Eos Natural Foods, Just Us! Café, T.A.N. Coffee, Library, Wolfville Farmers' Market GREENWICH: Avery’s Farm Market, Edible Art Cafe, Elderkin's Farm Market, Hennigar's Farm Market, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stems Cafe, Stirling's PORT WILLIAMS: Fox Hill Cheese House, Planters Ridge, Sea Level Brewery, The Noodle Guy


CANNING: Degraaf's Kwik-Way, ValuFoods, i scream NEW MINAS: Boston Pizza, Captain Sub, Irving Big Stop, Jessy's Pizza, Long and McQuade, Milne Court Petro-Canada, Pita Pit, Swiss Chalet KENTVILLE: Half Acre Café, Jason’s Your Independent Grocer, T.A.N. Coffee, Valley Regional Hospital COLDBROOK: Access Nova Scotia, T.A.N. Coffee, Callister's Country Kitchen, Foodland, Vicki's Seafood Restaurant BERWICK: Jonny's Cookhouse, Luigi's Pizza Palace, North Mountain Coffeehouse, Rising Sun Natural Foods, Union Street Café, Wilsons Pharmasave AYLESFORD: Chisholm's PharmaChoice KINGSTON: Library, Pharmasave, French Bakery, J&R Pizzeria GREENWOOD: Country Store, Valley Natural Foods, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, The Mall MIDDLETON: Library, Angie's, Goucher's, Wilmot Frenchy's, Sub Shop

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Voice and Piano Lessons: W/Susan Dworkin, NSRMTA, NATS. 27+ years experience. Private lessons. All ages and levels. Quality, professional instruction. INFO: / 902-300-1001 Fiddle Group: the ARYO Fiddle Group is accepting registration for its winter term of 10 sessions January–April. For adults and children aged 10 and up, we play NS fiddle repertoire at an easy intermediate level, led by an experienced fiddler, and will have several performance opportunities. FEE: $50 for the term. INFO: / Fibre Leaf Workshop (w/ Macrame): Sunday, Feb 2, 2–4pm @ TapRoot Fibre Lab, 10009 Hwy 1, Greenwich (beside Noggins Farm Market). Made with locally produced materials. Pre-registration required. FEE: $40 (includes all materials) INFO: Adult Painting Classes w/ Anna Horsnell SCA: Port Williams Community Centre, 8 weeks beginning Jan 20, beginners also welcome. FEE: $150, Registration required. INFO: Inner Sun Yoga Winter 2020: Tuesday: Yoga Foundations – 4:45pm; Wednesday: Gentle Yoga – 9:30am; Thursday: Restorative Yoga – 1:30pm, Postures and Alignment – 3:15pm; Saturday: Slow Flow Yoga – 10:30am; FEE: register: $9.50 per class for 8 weeks, or register for 8 consecutive drop-in classes. INFO: Ballroom & Latin Dance: W/ Gary and Colette. Free session with demonstrations and introduction of some basic steps, Tuesday, Jan 21, 7pm @ St James Anglican Church, Kentville. The following week begins the first of 3, 3-week sessions, each focusing on 1 dance, the rhythm/foxtrot, waltz, and jive. Each 3-week session is $20/person. All couples welcome. Singles will potentially be paired up and additional information will be available at the free session. INFO: / 902-678-3123

PRODUCTS & SERVICES: THE PERFECT HOME FOR YOU w/ Deborah Nicholson Decor+Design: Whether a small design dilemma or an entirely new home, as an award-winning certified home design professional with 20+ years of industry experience, I’ll guide you with creative solutions and sound advice every step of the way. You’ll feel confident you’ve made great choices that add timeless value to your investment and to your everyday life! INFO: / 902-691-2931 Manual Therapy: Student of Osteopathy working as a Rehabilitative Manual Therapist in Wolfville and Kentville. Tuesdays in Wolfville from 9am–4pm and Wednesdays in Kentville from 3–7:30pm. Interested in how I can help? Feel free to reach out. INFO: 902-300-0253 / / ACUPRESSURE: Use TCM acupuncture without the needles. Regain emotional stability and physical pain relief with trauma release. Clinics in Hantsport & New Minas. INFO: / 902-670-3068 Fine Art Flooring: Restore your wood floors. Sanding, patching, refinishing and restoring all types of wood floors. Twenty years experience. Locally owned, reasonable rates. Call Steven for a quote 902-300-5903, 902-542-0664 or email Professional Branding, Logo and Web Design, Writing, Translation, & Training: Helping clients convey their message effectively since 2006. Learn how we can help your business with our responsive, reliable, and results-oriented approach. INFO: / 902-691-2932

Giant Son Arborist: Specializing in Hazard Tree Removal as well as Fruit Tree Renewal and Maintenance. Fully Insured, ISA Certified, Local and Affordable. INFO: 902-300-5151 / Bass Guitar Lessons/Recording Arts Services: Bass guitar lessons and recording arts services are available from local musician, Orion Leidl Wilson. Orion works with both beginners and intermediate players. As well, Orion offers recording arts services in his fully equipped music studio in Wolfville. Rates are reasonable. INFO: / 902-300-1436. Write it. Publish it. Better!: Editing, layout, and design services for businesses, authors, students… anyone! Reports, essays, books, resumes, newsletters, brochures, and more. 15 years experience, reasonable rates, and ultra-reliable service. INFO: / Interior Painting and Cabinets: Women in Rollers is the Valley’s full-service decorating company. We do accurate quotes, show up on time, and perform to perfection. We even leave your home neat and tidy! We have great references! Complimentary design and colour consultations. Call today for your free estimate. INFO: Pamela, 902-697-2926 Errands by Karen / Home Blood Collection: Happy New Year! Karen can help you with putting away your Christmas clutter, plus drive you where you need to go. Too sick to go to the lab for blood work or don’t want to go out in the winter? Karen will come and collect your blood in the comfort of your home or workplace plus deliver it to local labs. Fully certified and professional. INFO: 902-790-2626 / email Traditional Chinese Medicine: Combining Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology to enhance your wellness. 17 years experience! Specializing in Anxiety and Depression, Insomnia, Menstrual and Menopausal issues, Digestive health, Ear Acupuncture for Addictions. INFO: Jane Marshall D.TCM, D.Ac located at 112 Front St, Suite 209, Wolfville. 902-404-3374 Got Mice?: Do you have a MOUSE problem? Or do you have a HOUSE problem? Got Mice Humane Wildlife Services addresses common and uncommon entry points permanently with guaranteed results. Call for a consultation. INFO: 902-365-MICE (6423) / GOTMICE.CA House Sitter: 30-something professional looking to house-sit. Good with pets. Close to the Wolfville area most desired. INFO:

GENERAL: Community Sock Drive: L’Arche Homefires, Wolfville, Jan 19–24. L’Arche and Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council invite you to “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” and donate new socks for various agencies such as Open Arms, Chrysalis House and Harvest House. A collection bin will be in L’Arche Mon-Fri, Jan 19-24, 8:30am–4:30pm. INFO: Valentine Show: The Hantsport Community Center will host a Valentine Show on Sat. Feb. 8, 7pm in The Churchill House. Guest Performers will be The Dukes Of Kent, Winners of The 1919 Northeast Division Of The Barber Shop Society Contest. TIX: $10. Tickets available now and at the door on Feb 8. INFO: Phil Zamora, 902-791-1791 / Evening Walk-In Clinic Hours: Avon Medical Clinic, 48 Gerrish St., Windsor. Evening walk-in hours on Wednesdays 6–8pm. Registration starts at 5:30pm. INFO: Alcoholics Anonymous: If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. INFO: 902-691-2825 /

years ago in a town that was lacking in cultural infrastructure. In November, the gallery transitioned to an artist co-op model under the name Tides Contemporary Gallery, led by local artist Bob Hainstock (which received runner-up for ‘Best Gallery’). Hainstock is no stranger to Kentville, having been a business owner in the town, as well as the director of the Kentville Development Corporation years back. When asked about Kentville today, Hainstock observes, “there is an unmistakable freshness and vitality. There's little doubt that this new vibe has snuck up on a lot of people who had written off the old downtown area. The way our little artist-run gallery has been welcomed and supported is living proof of how opportunity exists in Kentville.” girliture, a home décor shop in the heart of Kentville, won ‘Best Home Décor,’ and received runner-up for ‘Best New Business.’ "Since opening our shop in town we've been overwhelmed by the support of the community and the number of people travelling to our shop from away," says owner Tanya Owen. "We have people coming from Halifax, Truro, the South Shore, Ontario, Alberta, Vancouver Island, and even the Yukon. There seems to be a new energy in Kentville that hasn't been here for years. It's exciting to see our little town come alive again.” Owners of new businesses LilyPond Vintage and Sable Shortbread were intentional about entering the town during a retail upswing. Shirley Whiteway-Matheson, owner and founder of LilyPond Vintage, notes: “Five years ago I would not have considered Kentville for a place to open my business, but with the growth of new businesses in the past year, Kentville is starting to become a destination for unique shops.” Lorraine Pike, owner of Sable Shortbread, continued on this theme: “We opened our shop in November after spending several months looking for the perfect location. We could see the resurgence of local businesses, we found that the business climate was positive, with easy communication with the Town, and we saw that there were several businesses that had been in town for decades. Businesses such as these anchor a community and we could see the great potential in Kentville to become another long-term business.” For our part, after re-imagining Kentville for years, my husband and I, along with Jimi and Madeline Doidge, opened Maritime Express Cider Co., which we are honoured to say won ‘Best Place to Meet With Friends,’ ‘Best Venue for Drinks,’ ‘Best Venue to Hold an Event,’ and runner-up for ‘Best Live Music Venue’ and ‘Best Craft Cidery’ in this year's survey. Doidge, originally from Ontario, wore those same rose-coloured glasses we did when he settled here. “When I moved to the Valley I had never been to Kentville and knew nothing about it. Driving through the small town, I felt like I was home. It has a mix of everything: It’s fun, weird, interesting, and just really cool." While some rural communities are fighting to survive, I take solace in the fact that there are small communities that are flourishing in Nova Scotia. The way things are going, we can certainly add Kentville to that list!

❧ ON THE COVER girliture: 19 Aberdeen Street, Kentville Photo by girliture.

(Schedule subject to change) THURSDAYS: 16, 23, 30, 6 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Marshall Lake (16th, 30th), Inigo Cuartero (23rd) 12pm Troy Restaurant (Wolfville): Steve Lee Duo (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 6:30pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Open Jam Session (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 7pm Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): Trivia Night (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 7pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Open Jam (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 8pm Dooly’s (New Minas): Open Mic (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 8:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Trivia Night (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 9pm The Anvil (Wolfville): Top 40 DJ (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 10pm FRIDAYS: 17, 24, 31 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Marshall Lake (17th, 24th, 31st) 12pm King’s Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): TBA (17th, 24th, 31st) 5:30pm Crystany’s Brasserie (Canning): Guy Paul (17th), Jon Duggan (24th), Jason Dodwell (31st) 6pm Blomidon Inn (Wolfville): Jazz Mannequins (17th, 24th, 31st) 6:30pm

Union Street (Berwick): FREE Live Music (17th, 24th, 31st) 7pm Joe’s Food Emporium (Wolfville): PM Blues Band (31st) 8pm Tommy Guns (Windsor): Karaoke Night (17th, 24th, 31st) 8pm Dooly’s (Greenwood): Karaoke (17th, 24th, 31st) 8:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): The John B Main Band (24th) 9pm The Anvil (Wolfville): Top 40 DJ (17th, 24th, 31st) 10pm SATURDAYS: 18, 25, 1 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Jason Dodwell (18th), Marshall Lake (25th) 12pm The Port Pub (Port Williams): David Filyer Duo (18th, 25th, 1st) 12:30pm Horton Ridge Malt House (Grand Pre): Space Paddy Bog People (18th, 25th, 1st) 3pm Crystany’s Brasserie (Canning): Open Mic w/ Kim Barlow (18th) $5, 6pm Lunn’s Mill Brewery (Lawrencetown): HUSH (25th) 7pm Winegrunt Wine Bar (Windsor): The High Tide Shuffle Jazz Crew (25th) 7pm Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): PM Blues (18th) 8:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Tony Trimper & Roxenne Roberts (18th), The Tony & Lenny Show (25th) 9pm

SUNDAYS: 19, 26, 2 Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Irish Sessions (19th, 26th, 2nd) 8pm MONDAYS: 20, 27, 3 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Ron Edmunds & Rod Cann (20th, 27th) 12pm TUESDAYS: 21, 28, 4 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Footnotes (Bob & Ro & Mike) (21st), Inigo Cuartero (28th, 4th) 12pm The Port Pub (Port Williams): David Filyer Trio & Open Mic (21st, 28th, 4th) 7pm TAN Café (Wolfville): Tuesdays @ TAN Open Mic (21st, 28th, 4th) 7:30pm Maritime Express Cider Co. (Kentville): Open Mic w/Ryan Roberts (21st, 28th, 4th) 8pm Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Irish Session (21st, 28th, 4th) 8pm WEDNESDAYS: 22, 29, 5 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Inigo Cuartero (22nd), Hughie McDonell (29th) 12pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Song Writer’s Circle (5th) 8pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Billy T’s Karaoke (22nd, 29th, 5th) 9pm

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© 2020 Rob Brezsny • • Horoscopes for the week of January 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Comedian John Cleese has an insight I hope you'll consider. He says, "It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent. It’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about." I hope you'll make this advice a priority in the coming weeks. You'll be wise to prioritize important tasks, even those that aren't urgent, as you de-emphasize trivial matters that tempt you to think they're crucial. Focus on big things that are challenging, rather than on little things that are a snap. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author Honoré Balzac (1799–1850) was born with sun and Mercury in Taurus and in the tenth house. Astrologers might hypothesize from these placements that he was ambitious, productive, tenacious, diligent, realistic, and willful. The evidence supporting this theory is strong. Balzac wrote over 80 novels that displayed a profound and nuanced understanding of the human comedy. I predict that 2020 will be a year when you could make dramatic progress in cultivating a Balzac-like approach in your own sphere. But here's a caveat: Balzac didn't take good care of his body. He drank far too much coffee and had a careless approach to eating and sleeping. My hope is that as you hone your drive for success, you'll be impeccable in tending to your health. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Before he was 21 years old, William Shakespeare and his wife had birthed three kids. When he was 25, while the brood was still young, he started churning out literary masterpieces. By the time Will became a grandfather at age 43, he had written many of the works that ultimately made him one of history's most illustrious authors. From this evidence, we might speculate that being a parent and husband heightened his creative flow. I bring this to your attention because I want to ask you: What role will commitment and duty and devotion play in your life during the coming months? (I suspect it'll be a good one.) CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian-born painter Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) didn't align himself with any artistic movement. Early on, his work was an odd blend of French PostImpressionism and 14th-century Italian painting. I appreciate his stylistic independence, and suggest you draw inspiration from it in 2020. Another unique aspect of Spencer's art was its mix of eroticism and religiosity. I think you'll enjoy exploring that blend yourself in the coming months. Your spiritual and sexual longings could be quite synergistic. There's one part of Spencer's quirky nature I don't recommend you imitate, however. He often wore pajamas beneath his clothes, even to formal occasions. Doing that wouldn't serve your interests. (But it will be healthy for you to be *somewhat* indifferent to people's opinions.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1440s. In subsequent decades, millions of mass-produced books became available for the first time, making their contents available to a far wider audience than ever before. The printing press caused other changes, too—some not as positive. For instance, people who worked as scribes found it harder to get work. In our era, big culture-wide shifts are impacting our personal lives. Climate change, the internet, smart phones, automation, and humanlike robots are just a few examples. What are doing to adjust to the many innovations? And what will you do in the future? Now is an excellent time to meditate on these issues. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You're skilled at the art of self-editing. When bright new ideas well up in you, you understand they are not yet ready for prime time, but will need to be honed and finessed. When your creativity overflows, tantalizing you with fresh perspectives and novel approaches, you know that you'll have to harness the raw surge. However, it's also true that sometimes you go too far in your efforts to refine

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your imagination's breakthroughs; you over-think and over-polish. But I have a good feeling about the coming weeks, Virgo. I suspect you'll find the sweet spot, self-editing with just the right touch. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Thomas Love Peacock was a Libran author whose specialty was writing satirical novels that featured people sitting around tables arguing about opinions and ideas. He was not renowned for cheerful optimism. And yet he did appreciate sheer beauty. "There is nothing perfect in this world," he said, "except Mozart." So much did Peacock love Mozart's music that during one several-month stretch he attended six performances of the genius's opera *Don Giovanni*. In this spirit, Libra, and in accordance with astrological indicators, I encourage you to make a list of your own perfect things—and spend extra time communing with them in the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a graffiti artist. When he evolved into being a full-time painter, he incorporated words amidst his images. On many occasions, he'd draw lines through the words. Why? "I cross out words so you will see them more," he said. "The fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them." In the coming weeks, you might benefit from discreetly using this strategy in your own life. In other words, draw attention to the things you want to emphasize by downplaying them or being mysterious about them or suggesting they are secret. Reverse psychology can be an asset for you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Because of the onslaught of the internet and social media, lots of people no longer read books. But in 2020, I highly recommend that you *not* be one of that crowd. In my astrological opinion, you need more of the slow, deep wisdom that comes from reading books. You will also benefit from other acts of rebellion against the Short Attention Span Era. Crucial blessings will flow in your direction as you honor the gradual, incremental approach to everything. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "I love to be surprised by something I have never thought of," declares Capricorn actor Ralph Fiennes. According to my analysis of the astrological aspects, you'll be wise to make that one of your top mottoes in 2020. Why? First, life is likely to bring to your attention a steady stream of things you've never imagined. And second, your ability to make good use of surprises will be at an all-time high. Here's further advice to help ensure that the vast majority of your surprises will be welcome, even fun: Set aside as many of your dogmas and expectations as possible, so that you can be abundantly receptive to things you've never thought of. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them." So said one of the most famous and influential scientists who ever lived, Aquarian-born naturalist Charles Darwin. In accordance with upcoming astrological factors, I invite you to draw inspiration from his approach. Allow yourself to explore playfully as you conduct fun research. Just assume that you have a mandate to drum up educational experiences, and that a good way to do that is to amuse yourself with improvisational adventures. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "How do you get your main pleasure in life?" That question was posed to Scorpio author Evelyn Waugh and Piscean social reformer William Beveridge. Waugh said, "I get mine spreading alarm and despondency." Beveridge said, "I get mine trying to leave the world a better place than I found it." I hope you will favor Beveridge's approach over Waugh's in 2020, Pisces—for two reasons. First, the world already has plenty of alarm and despondency; it doesn't need even a tiny bit more. Second, aspiring to be like Beveridge will be the best possible strategy for fostering your mental and physical health. Homework: How will you create the story of your life in 2020?


Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | 2019 was truly a Year of Better School Food in the Annapolis Valley! Through incredible grassroots efforts by administrators, cafeteria and health workers, and dedicated parents, at least ten Valley schools added salad bars and are working on healthier options on their menus. Central Kings Rural High School made room for a giant new salad bar and replaced many of their highly processed menu items with real home cooking, perhaps the first high school in Nova Scotia to do so. Berwick and District School initiated a paywhat-you-can program so all students can access a healthy lunch without stigma or shame, regardless of their ability to pay. For years I wondered why in hell the school menus that came home were full of junk and flouted provincial nutrition policy. Like many parents, I suspected that if schools could make the switch to real food, more parents would order lunch! Now that we know this to be true, should we be forced to rely on the efforts of volunteers and champions to carry this out? No way! It’s far too important. We need support from all levels of government to sustain this critical work.

What's at stake? • Healthy food for all students, no matter where they go to school. • Reduced health care costs as we teach our children to enjoy food that will nourish them for a lifetime. • Improved education outcomes and higher graduation rates. • A true, responsive effort to break the cycle of poverty experienced by too many Nova Scotians. • Stemming the yearly flow of millions of plastic forks and styrofoam plates into our landfills. • Real dollars invested in supporting the crucial agricultural industries that feed us. • Better working conditions for the hundreds of Nova Scotians, nearly all women, who perform the highly skilled but pitifully undervalued work of feeding our students. There was a time when parents paid the cost of bussing their kids to and from school. We recognized that this was inequitable, and made school transportation universal. It’s time to do this for school food like our neighbouring province of PEI. It’s time to pay our cafeteria staff as we do all other workers in education. It’s time to ensure that all students can enjoy a healthy meal brimming with the best of Nova Scotian food served without a side of shame.

Jenny Osburn is a chef, cookbook author, and school food advocate. Join her Facebook group Better School Food Nova Scotia!


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I KNOW A PLACE Ron Lightburn

Dockside, Hall's Harbour Ron Lightburn's art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton's in Berwick, and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas.

ART SPOT: MARIO CROTEAU Mario Croteau's photographs are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of January. WHO: I was born and raised in Quebec City. Ater visiting Nova Scotia 6 years ago, I moved here to fulfill my dream of doing fine art photography. Digital photography is my dream medium. I’m fully in control of every aspect of my production: from finding subjects and taking the pictures, to editing them on a computer and then printing them on fine art paper, I’m doing all steps, which is very gratifying. How did you come to this style? I’m not sure I chose a style. I just let my emotions and feelings dictate the way. Since I did my homework: learning photography theory, learning to work on a computer and how to print out pictures, the technical side of it all just come to support my artistic vision instead of being a showcase for what I know, what I own and what I can produce. It’s all about passing emotions from my mind through the camera to get to touch people in a personal way, without hiding. WHEN: At what point did you define yourself as an artist? The way I see it, I've always seen myself as an artist, but it was only 6 years ago that I decided to finally make the jump and put my energy into learning it. At what time of day do you work on your art? I don’t have any specific time of the day to be creative. It’s about creating a moment were I’m mindful and focused on what I’m doing. Most of the time, it’s done by putting on the right music that suits my mood or the mood I want to put in my work. On second thought, the best time of the day is when I put on the music of the Cowboy Junkies! WHY: Why art? Since I was a kid, I’ve always been attracted by

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art under just about every form it takes. The process of seeing the world through the eyes of someone else, or feeling emotions through looking at images is magic to me. I never feel as well as when I see people living new emotions in front of my works. That gives me a meaning for living in society. Why your art? Storytelling through pictures is the best way I found to get in touch with people. Photography asks for a lot of personal investment, both in money and in time. If one does not necessarily get rich out of fine art photography, it’s the best way I've found to connect with people and to explore the real world and my inner world at the same time. Why the Annapolis Valley? The Annapolis Valley has been at the centre of my creations for more than six years now. Having at the same time the ocean on one side of the North Mountain and rural communities on the other side gives me endless possibilities for finding subjects that will mean something to me. And you know, on some days the Valley can be all sun and warm, while on the Bay of Fundy side the sea will be furious and the wind chilling. I love the contrast between the water and the ground. WHERE: Finding subjects is done in many ways, including reading books and the news, and by word of a mouth, but my main way of finding subjects is by wandering around Nova Scotia, exploring new places. My photographs can be seen through local exhibitions (they are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library in January), and can be bought directly by contacting me. I’m represented by Round Hill Gallery in Annapolis Royal and by Blue Mind Gallery in Bear River. My works can also be seen on my website:


Welcome to the first Who’s Who of 2020! I made a promise to myself this year to shake things up a bit with my articles and try branching out with subjects to interview, so I can learn a bit more. I’ve had this particular Who’s Who on the back burner for a few months, and thought the première Who of 2020 would be a great fit for the regal, royal, rapturous Realm goddess Bas, Wolfville’s newest and coolest cat. Bas (short for Bastet) is the ultimate in hairless grace and follicle-deficient beauty. A little history lesson: Bastet, the great Egyptian goddess, was worshipped as early as 2090 BCE. Often depicted as a cat, the goddess helped rule over Babistis with Sekhmet. Both of these rulers had all the qualities of greatness but Bastet often represented the gentler side of power but with a underlying fierceness: sort of like a cat! So Wolfville’s Bastet is doing pretty much the same thing as its ancestors: ruling the Realm with a gentle but firm paw! Bas purred, “I first graced this world with my presence five months ago near Peggy’s Cove. It’s true I am named after Bastet but I prefer Bas, though I sometimes go by Smudge. Either name works for me as long it’s delivered with poise and admiration! I recently transferred to Wolfville to accept the queen position at Realm on Elm. Every kingdom needs a ruler and I came just in time!” Bas’s presence at Realm on Elm has stirred quite the pool of admirers near and far. This unique, beautiful, elegant feline has boosted sales, warmed the space, and stolen hearts (and quite possibly some souls, but who's keeping track?). Bas mewed, “I’m enjoying working full time and, in case anyone is worried, I’m being home schooled. My responsibilities are to be goddess to the shop and friendly to customers, which comes naturally. I mean, just look at me, I am a goddess. I also oversee the weekly markdowns, and I’m helping with the orders for new shop curiosities. I order you all to come by the shop and visit me, worship me, love me, and pick up a trinket or two!” Bas is a hardworking cat. Well, her minions do the work, but it’s still tough to rule a store, and soon the world. Even a cat needs a break, so at home Bas likes to torment her fur family, hang out on the warm radiators, walk on keyboards, and chase this one fly that has no business being alive in winter but persists. There’s always a warm blanket, person to cuddle with, and plenty of food service in Bas’s world. It’s a tough life.

“I was brought into the realm of new age, crystals, and consciousness by my Mum who runs the place," Bas continues, "but I really enjoy certain aspects, like stones that roll, and it’s not like there’s pressure to take over the family business one day.” I asked Bas what makes them unique, and I gasped when I received my answer: “What makes me unique? Um, can you see me? I’m a hairless queen, damn it. Also, how many other kittens do you know that hold down full-time gigs? Is there some other gorgeous no-fur shop kitten around town trying to out-goddess me? Where? Let me at ‘em. Let me at ‘em!” So we changed topics! How about free time? Bas says, “I spend my free time being spoiled and doted on, and imitating flying squirrels. As for fun, I have a pendulum that I’m currently super into, but if I’m honest, I really get a kick out of the reactions folks have to me. They all love me, even the ones who don’t want to. You can’t help but fall under my enchantment spell. I’m all-powerful. Also I’m obsessed with this heat thing. Do you have heat? I can has heat? Give me your heat! The thing I like here most are the humans of Wolfville and beyond. I love how open-minded, kind, and playful everyone is, and the leaves that blow in through the store door are pretty cool too. As you can see I have complicated beauty but I’m pretty down to earth and simple in my pleasures.” The future looks bright and bold for this furless queen. 2020 is bound to be filled with a fur-ocious number of naps, a purr-fect portion of business growth, and a paw-tastic time trying to catch that one fly! Bas also wants to establish and claim Wolfville’s Cat of the Year Award, so keep an eye out for that. Bas is also looking forward to seeing the book nerds during Realm’s book sale, and overhearing the fortunes of those who take advantage of their month-long tarot reading specials. You can all worship Bas by following @realmonelm, through Facebook, dropping into the shop, or just at home in your free time. Wishing everyone a cat-aclysmically amazing 2020!


Happy New Year! This is that time of year: if not for resolutions, then for personal plans for the coming year. The following visual artists have very kindly agreed to share their artistic goals and dreams for 2020. This is an invitation to follow their creative journey. We’ll catch up with them later for a mid-year and end-of-year update to discover their challenges and celebrate their success. Let’s inspire each other.

Koto Shimokuni Rumble: I want to share hope and peace through my art next year, with a wonderful community with beautiful people.

Twila Robar-DeCoste: I plan to finish the certificate course in botanical illustration from RBGE Edinburgh, and use my new knowledge to paint beautiful things from the garden and forest, and dust off my oils.

Doretta Groenendyk: I guess to live more stories, hear more stories, and create more stories.

Heather Alexis Porter: My goal is to start and finish a series of abstract paintings called “Digging and Scratching.” I will share my progress, inspiration, and the paintings on Instagram and Facebook. Susan Spicer: This year I plan to really focus on finding unique and unexpected objects to transform with my painting. The hunt is part of my process, imagining what could be. Ron Hayes: My next endeavour is a new series of paintings for an exhibition with Michael Greer in May, and I’ll continue to teach painting throughout 2020.

Ruth Fishleigh: My goal for 2020 is to loosen up and play. I want to be more relaxed and spontaneous in my art. I am planning to paint on larger surfaces with larger brushes in working toward this goal.

Judy Shedden: My new year goals would be getting to know other painters in the artistic community, and finding more venues where I can display and sell my work. Eileen Boyd: I plan to offer more workshops, get better at marketing, complete some half-finished projects, and rid myself of the junk I will never use! Ron Lightburn: To seek out, interpret, and celebrate the mundane and the unfamiliar. Rediscover and re-imagine the familiar. Paint BIGGER. Paint outdoors. Paint more! Betsey Harwood: My goal for this coming year is to show my work more and to further explore the colours of the Annapolis Valley

landscape in my paintings. Colleen Gerrits: I absolutely love teaching art classes and that keeps me busy, so I need to be more intentional with my time. My goal for 2020 is to set in some more personal painting time. Kate McKenna: My goal for 2020 is to write a proposal for an exhibition of my textile designs and photography, submit it to the gallery I would like to exhibit in, and mount the show. Elizabeth Sircom: Having watched work in progress (wet clay) fly off my turntable, I resolve to be wary of centrifugal forces, both real and in the metaphorical sense, and to see intriguing works completed. Judith Leidl: Currently “A Show of Many Colours” in Wolfville with Isobel Leidl Wilson, then I will focus on a series of thematic and narrative paintings. We are also working on launching our wearable art line. Rachel Reeve: I am awaiting replies on submissions to several Halifax galleries and an artist residency application, plus plans to offer adult art classes at my studio, and new work to prepare a solo exhibition.

Bob Hainstock: My goals are for creative collaborations with my artist wife of fifty years, our talented daughter, and my fellow gallery artists, as well as to complete some writing projects for my 75th birthday. Anna Horsnell: My goals are to complete preparations on a new series of paintings for my upcoming solo show in April, and to listen carefully, look openly, and offer understanding through my abstract art. And, of course, I will happily share more features and interviews in The Grapevine from our amazing visual art community. There’s lots more to come.

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A cultivated experience for the mind, body, and soil.




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January 13 - 2:30 pm Environmental Sustainability Committee January 15 - 2:30 pm Source Water Protection Advisory Committee January 17 - 9:00 am Special Committee of the Whole Meeting

January 20 - 10:00 am Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee January 21 - 6:30 pm Town Council Meeting January 24 - 9:00 am Audit Committee

Send your events to THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Karaoke — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 7:30pm • Fulfill your inner performer – or just listen and support! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-5869 /

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Laurie Bolivar — Kings Arms Commons, Wolfville 5–9pm • Join Laurie Bolivar, The Man In Plaid, for an evening of your favourite pub tunes. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-483-9261 / Dance: Flash Backs — Royal Canadian Legion Branch #009, Windsor 7–11pm • Age 19+ TIX: $5 INFO: 902-798-0888 Full Circle — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 7:30–10pm • Playing country and classic rock! TIX: Pass the hat for the band. INFO: 902-538-9340 / Karaoke — Royal Canadian Legion, Canning 9pm–12am • Karaoke w/ Sonya Hill. TIX: Donation INFO: 902-582-7246

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Breakfast — Lions Club, Wolfville 7–10am • The Wolfville and District Lions Club Big Breakfast. TIX: $8 adults, $4 children 10 and under INFO: 902-542-4508 Breakfast — Community Hall, Centreville 7–10am • Put on by The Good Neighbour Club. Eggs, bacon, sausages, juice, coffee, tea, homemade beans, homemade hash browns, toast etc. TIX: free will offering INFO: 902-678-3999 Breakfast — United Church, Aylesford 8–11am • Wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by the Committee of Stewards for church expenses. TIX: donation INFO: 902-847-1174 / Breakfast — Curling Club, Middleton 8–10:30am • A hot breakfast in a warm atmosphere! Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, baked beans, toast, juice, coffee, tea. Public welcome. TIX: donation INFO: 902-825-2695 / Community Ice Safety Workshop — Recreation Centre, Kentville 1–3pm • Learn how to assess and judge ice safety, how to use ice safety equipment and manage group risks. Hands-on demonstrations of nordic skates and ice safety equipment, and an introduction to resources and information available through the Nor’Easter Natural Ice Group. Receive a certificate of completion! This workshop will be followed by open skating at Miner’s Marsh (weather dependent). Some skating & safety equipment available for purchase (cash/cheque only). Hot drinks provided! Please register. TIX: $3 youth/seniors, $5 adults INFO: 902-679-2539 / Wine & Cider Tasting — Lunn’s Mill Brewery, Lawrencetown 6–8pm • Sample some beautiful wines and cider made by Casa Nova Fine Beverages in Bear River. TIX: $15 for 5 samples and our grazing table of nibbles. INFO: 902-584-2217 / Adult Dance – Ruth Manning and the Prospectors — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm–12am • Age 19 and over. Bar and Kitchen, 50/50 and Door Prizes. Non Members Welcome. TIX: $8 INFO: 902-678-8935

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Sea Glass Picture Workshop — United Baptist Church, Port Williams 1–3pm • Create your own beautiful, unique sea glass picture. All materials provided. TIX: $50 INFO: 902-678-1562 / The Dome Chronicles by Garry Leeson – Book Signing — Coles Bookstore, County Fair Mall, New Minas 1–3pm • Enjoy a chat with the author of this amusing and sometimes tragic story of the 1970s in rural Nova Scotia. INFO: / Sign Making — Royal Canadian Legion, Canning 1–4pm • Sparkle Sign making Workshop in Support of the Canning Legion #73. To register please call after 4pm, Tues–Friday or Saturday 1–7pm. TIX: $40 INFO: 902-582-7246 Swing Dance Classes — Bishop Hall, Greenwich 1:30–3:30pm • Intro to Lindy Hop: A 6–week class for beginners. No experience or partner required. All ages & genders welcome. Childcare & ridesharing to Greenwich available. Intermediate classes also available. Please pre-register! INFO:

Brought to you by NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 12, 2019 Fundy Cinema screens THE TWO POPES — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • Behind Vatican walls, the abdicating traditionalist Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and the reformist future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) meet to discuss their divergent views and forge a new path for the Catholic Church in a rapidly changing world. TIX: $10 INFO: 902-542-1050 Ecumenical Worship — Acadia Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7pm • Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council and the Acadia Chaplaincy invite you to their Week of Prayer for Christian Unity worship focussed on kindness. Speaker: the Rev. Canon Lynn Uzans, assistant priest of the Anglican Parish of Wilmot. Music: Acadia Chapel Choir. INFO: Hymn Sing — United Baptist Church, Wolfville Ridge 7–9pm • W/ special guests Dave Riley and Friends. A time for fellowship and refreshment to follow. TIX: donation INFO: 902-542-3419

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Committee of the Whole — Municipality of the County of Kings, Coldbrook 9am • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Chase The Ace — Lions Club, Kentville 6–8:30pm. Also Jan 29 • Chase the Ace TIX: Tickets: $2 each, 3/$5 INFO: 902-679-2367 / Roller Derby Try it Night — NSCC Campus, Middleton 6–8:30pm • Come out to see what Roller Derby is all about. The Riptide Rollers are hosting a try it night! Open for everyone, ages 8 and up. TIX: no charge INFO: CFUW Wolfville Monthly Meeting — Wu Welcome Centre, 512 Main St., Wolfville 7–9:30pm • Business meeting. Program: Stage Prophets, Mary Hannaman. New members and guests welcome. INFO:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Cafe — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 10am–12pm • Bottomless tea, coffee, treats and conversation! TIX: $2 INFO: 902-542-5869 / Soup Luncheon — Kings Presbyterian Church, New Minas 11am–1pm • Soup Luncheon at Kings Presbyterian Church, New Minas on January 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will offering. TIX: Donation INFO: 902-385-2550 / Committee of the Whole — Municipality of the County of Kings, Coldbrook 1pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999 Plan Review Meeting: Avondale & the Burlington’s — Community Hall, Avondale, NS 6–8pm • Join the West Hants Planning and Development Staff to discuss planning policies related to the communities of Avondale, Lower Burlington, Centre Burlington and Upper Burlington! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-8391 /

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Community Sock-Hop — L’Arche Homefires, Wolfville 3:30–5:30pm • Come dance to a sock-hop playlist! Coffee/tea provided. TIX: A pair of new socks to donate! INFO: 902-542-3520 Yoga and Wine — Planters Ridge Winery & Vineyard, Port Williams 6:30–9pm • Yoga and Wine at taking place at Planters Ridge Winery. for 19+, come in and enjoy a relaxing practice in the beautiful winery while earning your glass of wine! INFO: Sisters of the Heart Song Circle — Wolfville 7–9pm • Women’s sacred sharing circle with ceremony and beautiful heart-opening singing! Led by Heidi Kalyani. TIX: $30. Please pre-register INFO: Dance: The Hilites — Royal Canadian Legion Branch #009, Windsor 7–11pm • Age 19+ TIX: $5 INFO: 902-798-0888 Karaoke with host Denny Myles — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 7:30pm • Karaoke Night with Host Denny Myles for pass the hat! TIX: Donation INFO: 902-538-9340 /

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Breakfast — St James Anglican Church, Kentville 8–10am • Homemade beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, fish cakes, muffins, biscuits, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. TIX: $9 per person INFO: / 902-678-3123

Breakfast — Wolfville Legion 8am • Enjoy table service, bottomless coffee/tea and juice, plus toast bacon & eggs, sausages, home fries patty, and more. Cooked upon order so each meal is hot to serve. INFO: 902-542-5869 29th Annual Eagle Watch — Community Hall, Sheffield Mills 8am. ALSO Sunday, Jan 26, 8am • Enjoy live music, crafts for children, local art and a delicious pancake breakfast served from 8am to 12:30pm. Scheduled feeding times are 8:30am and10:30am at the Eagle Viewing Field at the junction of Middle Dyke Road and Bains Road in Sheffield Mills. For a full schedule of events visit: TIX: Breakfast: $9 adults, $4 children under 12. INFO: 902-582-1708 / Heritage Hockey Classic — Long Pond, Windsor NS 9am • Play with former NHL greats, Marty McSorley, Bernie Nicolls and Joe DiPenta at the Long Pond Classic. Enjoy the best of hockey banter and debate following at the post-game celebration banquet hosted at the KES Ted Kanavan Center. TIX: Team Registration $1,250 (8–10 players and includes banquet table of 10), Individual Players $125 (will be assigned to a team and includes the banquet) Banquet Tickets for Non-Players: Individual Tickets: $75, Table of 10 Tickets: $700 INFO: The Gorge Snowshoe/Hike — The Gorge, Kentville 10am • Hike Nova Scotia and the Town of Kentville present a guided snowshoe (will be a hike if no snow) at The Gorge in Kentville. This is approximately a 5km moderate difficulty walking loop. Bring your own snowshoes or reserve a pair by emailing. Details at TIX: no charge INFO: 45’s Card Party — Lions Club, Canning 1pm • 50/50 Tickets, Prizes and Refreshments are available. Sponsored by the Canning Seniors Club. All are welcome. TIX: $2 INFO: Gladys, 902-678-2030 / Eugene, 902-365-2345 Generation Zapped Screening — KCI Auditorium, Acadia Campus, Wolfville 1:30pm & 4pm • On the first Global Day of Action to change course from 5G—an untested biological experiment on all Life causing massive pollution to the magnetosphere—to SAFE G, Generation Zapped, an eye-opening documentary which reveals that wireless technology can pose serious health risks, from infertility to cancer, will be screened. Discussion to follow. TIX: $5 donation suggested, to cover screening license. INFO: Pizza & Movie Night — Christian Fellowship Centre, 208 Dodge Rd., Wilmot 5:30–7:45pm • Pizza at 5:30pm & the movie “UP” begins at 6pm. Everyone welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: Kim, 902-765-2386 / Public Skate — Centennial Arena, Kentville 7:30–8:30pm • All proceeds go to the Spike Fund. (Time may change due to ice reservations – please check ahead.) TIX: pay what you can INFO: / 902-679-2539 Adult Dance — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm– 12am • Adult Dance, age 19 and over, live music with Wayne Parker. Bar and Kitchen, 50/50 and Door Prizes. Members and Non Members Welcome. TIX: $8 INFO: 902-678-8935

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 New Year’s Mix and Mingle Open House/Open Mic — Gaspereau Church, Gaspereau 10am • All Ages, All Talents Welcome! INFO: Dungeons & Dragons — Lunn’s Mill Brewery, Lawrencetown 12–6pm • D&D one shots run by your friendly neighbourhood GMs. Beginners welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-584-2217 / Workshop: Sisters of the Heart – Belly Dance & Drum Circle for Women — Clifton House, Windsor 3–5pm • Learn to both play and dance to a beautiful selection of Middle Eastern and North African rhythms. Suitable for beginners and more experienced dancers/drummers. W/ Angie Oriana Jenkins and Heidi Kalyani. TIX: $30. Please register. INFO: Fundy Cinema screens IL PLEUVAIT DES OISEAUX (AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN) — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • Louise Archambault portrays three aging hermits whose defiant independent lifestyle in the northern Quebec wilderness is increasingly threatened by the infirmity of old age and the unexpected arrival of two women who challenge their outlook on life. TIX: $10 INFO: 902-542-1050

Evensong Worship and Potluck Supper — St John’s Anglican Church, Wolfville 4pm • Sponsored by the Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council. Speaker: Open Arms director John Andrew. All are welcome. INFO:

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 Kirtan — Wolfville, 7–9pm • An evening of uplifting singing and chanting with Padma Shanti. Kirtan is a powerful meditative and energizing yoga experience! No singing or meditation experience needed. TIX: $15 INFO:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Fireflies Luncheon — Fire Hall, Middleton 11am–1pm • Menu: turkey burgers, corn chowder or pea soup, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake. Call by Jan 27 for Middleton delivery. TIX: Turkey burger $10, Soups $9 INFO: 902-825-3062 / Homemade Soups & Dessert Luncheon — Centreville Baptist Church, Murray Dr, Centreville 11:30am–1pm • Soups, dessert, rolls, biscuits, tea/coffee. Takeouts available. TIX: $8 INFO: 902 678-1946 The Majestic — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7pm • FREE celebration night at the Whittle for all ACC shareholders. Screening of The Majestic with Jim Carrey from 2001. Please RSVP before Saturday January 25 to TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-3344 /

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Club 130 Annapolis Valley Exhibition — Lunn’s Mill Brewery, Lawrencetown 6:30–9:30pm • Club Ex is starting back up this month! Once again the event will be hosted by Lunn’s Mill on the last Wednesday of the month. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-584-2217 / Fundy Cinema screens THE LIGHTHOUSE — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • Filmed in starkly beautiful black and white at the Cape Forchu lighthouse in Yarmouth County, this psychological thriller follows the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century. TIX: $10 INFO: 902-542-1050 Trivia Night — Lions Club, Wolfville 7:15–9pm • It’s Trivia Night, hosted by the Wolfville and District Lions Club. INFO: 902-542-4508

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Cafe — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 10am–12pm • Bottomless tea, coffee, treats and conversation! TIX: $2 INFO: 902-542-5869 / Happy Birthday Church Brewing Company! — Church Brewing Company, Wolfville 4–11pm • Join us for Church Brewing Company’s first birthday party! Live music 4–7pm and 8–11pm. Birthday cake! Wing night! Help us celebrate. See you there! INFO:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Gettin Wingy with it! — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 5–7pm • Come out for our 3rd getting wingy with it event. TIX: $10 for 10 wings and 2 salads. $2 for dessert. INFO: 902-538-9340 / Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7–9pm • The Classic Movie Series TIX: $10 INFO: Dance: Route 12 — Royal Canadian Legion Branch #009, Windsor 7–11pm • Age 19+ TIX: $5 INFO: 902-798-0888 Country Music Night with Alan Butler — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 7:30pm • Come on out for an awesome night of country music with Alan Butler for pass the hat!! TIX: Donation INFO: 902-538-9340 /

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Traditional Breakfast — United Baptist Church, Canning 7:30–10am • Pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, beans, scrambled eggs, toast (Gluten free pancakes & toast) TIX: Donation INFO: 902-582-3827 /

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Send your events to 29th Annual Eagle Watch — Community Hall, Sheffield Mills 8am. ALSO Sunday, Feb 2, 8am • Great food, music and wildlife! Enjoy live music, crafts for children, local art and a delicious pancake breakfast served from 8am to 12:30pm. Scheduled feeding times are 8:30am and10:30am at the Eagle Viewing Field at the junction of Middle Dyke Road and Bains Road in Sheffield Mills. For a full schedule of events visit: TIX: Breakfast: $9 adults, $4 children under 12 INFO: 902-582-1708 / Grow With Art – Art Workshop for Children — NSCC Kingstec, Belcher St., Kentville 1–3pm • W/ Rachel Reeve . Ages 6–14. Art work may be returned/rented at this time ($2 per month, per picture). TIX: $3 per child INFO: 902-542-0234 Dance & Silent Auction — Farmers Market, Wolfville 8pm–12am • Horton High School Safe Grad Fundraiser Dance & Silent Auction featuring Kevin Davison. Everyone 19+ are welcome! TIX: Tickets $20 each @ The Noodle Guy, Port Williams / Scotiabank, Kentville / Wild Lily, Wolfville / Horton High School / Online at

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Crib Tournament — Forties Community Centre, New Ross 1pm (register 12:30pm) • Doors open 12pm. Ground level, wheelchair accessible. Canteen available. TIX: $20 per team INFO: 902-689-2147 Deep Roots Music Cooperative AGM — Farmers Market, Wolfville 2–4pm • Annual General Meeting of the Deep Roots Music Cooperative. All welcome! TIX: no charge INFO: Fundy Cinema screens JUDY — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • Anchored by a note-perfect performance from Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger, Rupert Goold’s heartrending adaptation of Peter Quilter’s stage play End of the Rainbow presents an intimate portrait of beloved singer and actress Judy Garland in the final year of her life. TIX: $10 INFO: 902-542-1050

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Soup & Dessert Luncheon — Orchard Valley United Church, New Minas 11:45am–1pm • Choice of French Ham & Vegetable Soup or Borscht (Beet) Soup, freshlymade biscuits, tea/coffee, and homemade dessert. Take-out or delivery is also available – please order by noon, Monday, Feb 3. Orchard Valley UC is located at the foot of Cornwallis Avenue (across from the entrance to County Fair Mall). TIX: $8 per person INFO: 902-681-0366 ext 1 / Public Hearing & Municipal Council — Municipality of the County of Kings, Coldbrook 6pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Chase The Ace — Lions Club, Kentville 6–8:30pm • Chase the Ace TIX: $2 entry fee for the jam INFO: 902-679-2367 / Fundy Cinema screens VARDA BY AGNES — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • In her final film Agnès Varda traces her legendary life and career (spanning 64 years) with characteristic humour and vibrant energy, depicting an artist who lived through her films and revealed the extraordinary in the ordinary. TIX: $10 INFO: 902-542-1050 Song Writer’s Circle — Paddy’s Pub, Wolfville 8–11pm • An open mic dedicated to original tunes. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-0059

Brought to you by NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 12, 2019 A Little Seduction Dinner Theatre — Civic Centre, Brooklyn Jan 18, 7pm • Doors open @ 6pm. 19 years & older. TIX: $25 per person @ Brooklyn & Windsor Home Hardware INFO: 902-757-3777 Rumours – A Musical — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Jan 23, 24, 25, 7:30pm, Jan 25, 2pm • Rumours – A Musical, explores the lives of a group of teenagers in a small town as they grapple with rumours in a digital age, all set to the timeless music of Fleetwood Mac. TIX: $17 adult, $14 senior/children under 16, $60 group of 4 INFO: 902-799-9009 /

A Show of Many Colours — Jack’s Gallery, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Until March 8 • An exhibition of paintings by mother and daughter Judith Jane Leidl and Isobel Leidl Wilson. INFO: Sue Goreham — The Port Pub, Port Williams. Through April 8 • Paintings by Sue Goreham, a semi-retired tattoo artist w/ 40 years of painting experience. INFO: 902-542-5555 / Omnium Gatherum — Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville. Jan–April 2020 • A collaborative project between the Acadia University Art Gallery and Randall House Museum with support from the Friends Fund of the Art Gallery. INFO: Apple Bin Art Gallery — Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville • Affordable, original art created by Valley artists. Part proceeds go towards hospital equipment and Annapolis Valley health care programs.

For the complete list of library events: All events are no charge/no registration unless otherwise stated. NOTE: When AVRSB schools are closed due to inclement winter weather, all children’s library programs for that day in that area will be cancelled.

The Wild Women of Winedale — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville Jan 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 7:30pm, Jan 19, 26, Feb 9, 2pm • A comedy by Jones, Hope, and Wooten. It’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a brand-new adventure. TIX: $15 adult, $12 senior/student INFO:

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Authors at Acadia Basma Kavanagh — Vaughan Memorial Library, Wolfville 4–5:30pm • Authors at Acadia presents BASMA KAVANAGH Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots: Poetry Reading TIX: no charge INFO: 902-585-1502 /

Fun & Fables — Library, Windsor 10:30–11:30am. Also, Jan 30, Feb 6 • Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts, for preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their caregivers. Registration is required. INFO: 902-798-5424 Enhancing Immunity — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 7–8pm • Learn ways to keep healthy and protect yourself from germs and disease. Snow date: January 30. INFO: 902-825-4835

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Coffee & Conversation — Berwick and District Library, Berwick 10–11am • Conversation Starter: Charlotte Janes, Break the Fake – what is real and what is not on the internet. INFO: 902-538-8060

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Writers Group — Library, Kentville 1:30–3:30pm • Monthly workshop w/ author Dana Mills. Ages 15 and up. Participants must have access to email and a printer. Registration is required. INFO: 902-679-2544

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Book Club — Library, Windsor 2–4pm • New members are welcome. INFO: 902-798-5424

The Hangout — Library, Kentville 6–7:30pm. Also Jan 23, 30, Feb 6 • Hang out with your friends, play x-box games, board games, enjoy snacks. Every week. For ages 12-17. INFO: 902-679-2544

Green Tween Scene — Memorial Library, Wolfville 3:30–5pm • Find out how you can be green and help the planet! Ages 9–12. Registration is required. INFO: 902-542-5760

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Fibre Ops — Library, Windsor 10am–12pm. Also, Jan 24, 31 • For knitters, hookers, crocheters, weavers and spinners. Bring your own project. INFO: 902-798-5424 Babies and Books — Library, Kentville 10:30–11am. Also, Jan 24, 31 • For ages 0–2 w/ caregiver. Stories, songs, and fun! INFO: 902-679-2544

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Babies & Books — Library, Windsor 10:30–11am. Also, Jan 28, Feb 4 • Stories, songs, rhymes and social time for babies (0–24 mos.) and their caregivers. INFO: 902-798-5424

Writers’ Circle — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 2–4pm. Also, Jan 28, Feb 4 • An 8-week session to learn tips, tricks, and techniques for creative writing. An open and inclusive atmosphere for writers of all ages and experience! Please register in advance. INFO: 902-684-0103

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Fountain of Health – Optimal Aging — Memorial Library, Wolfville 10–11:30am. Also Jan 29 • Your source for science-based steps to promote good health and vitality in aging and reduce the risk of illness and disability. Presented by Fountain of Health, facilitated by Dr. Ron Stuart. Please note: Our sessions will be held on the second floor and we unfortunately do not have an elevator. INFO: 902-542-5760

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Dungeons & Dragons — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 6–8pm. Also Jan 30 • A fantasy roleplaying game about storytelling in worlds of swords and sorcery. A biweekly D&D get together for teens (with snacks!) Please register so the Dungeon Master (DM) can plan accordingly. INFO: 902-684-0103

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Avon Region Photography Club — Library, Windsor 6–8pm. Also, Feb 5 • Discuss, share and learn about photography techniques and processes. INFO: 902-798-5424


Network Knitting — Library, Kentville 12–2pm. Also, Jan 28, Feb 4 • Bring your project and join in the fun! Tea/ coffee is provided. INFO: 902-679-2544 Present Laughter by Noel Coward — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Jan 17, 7–10pm • Andrew Scott won a Best Actor award for his performance as Garry Essendine in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy, PRESENT LAUGHTER. It’s a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. TIX: $15 @ the door. INFO:

Tiny Tales — Library, Kentville 11–11:30am. Also Jan 29, Feb 5 • Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs and books with other children and parents or caretakers. Join in at anytime. Best for ages 2-5. INFO: 902-679-2544

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 DIY Crafts — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 3–4:30pm • Supplies & instruction sheet provided for a “do-it-yourself” craft. For ages 6–12 (children under 10 w/ an adult). INFO: 902-684-0103 Acoustic Jam — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 6–8pm • An open invitation to local musicians, singers, and songwriters to come and share their tunes and talents. Listeners also welcome! INFO: 902-684-0103

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Crafty Kids — Library, Windsor 3:30–4:30pm • Suitable for ages 4–6. Registration is required. INFO: 902-798-5424 Creative Kids — Library, Kentville 3:30–4:30pm • Crafts, games, stories, and lots of fun, for ages 6–9. INFO: 902-679-2544

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PINE RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES TEN YEARS AS FISH FRIENDS Congratulations Pine Ridge Middle School, Kingston, for ten years of participation in the Kings County Wildlife Association's Fish Friends program! This program is run in several Kings County schools. All the equipment, including chiller and aquarium, is supplied by the Kings County Wildlife Association. The trout eggs and trout food is supplied by Nova Scotia Inland Fisheries through the Kings County Wildlife Association. Students and a teacher at each school are responsible for caring for the tank, eggs, and the fish once they hatch. The fish are then released by the students into local brooks and rivers in late spring. The Kings County Wildlife Association would like to thank Pine Ridge Middle School and teacher Cindy MacLennen for participating in this program. This season the Fish Friends Program will be in 13 schools in Kings County, with approximately 3296 kids having access to the program.

Qigong: Moving Meditation — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 6–7pm • Qigong is a gentle moving meditation that couples the breath with gentle movements and is suitable for all fitness levels. W/ Kenton Sefcik. INFO: 902-684-0103 Understanding and Helping Children Cope with Anxiety — Library, Kentville 6:30–7:45pm • Talk by Dr. Elaine Campbell to help parents/caregivers better understand what is happening when a child is anxious, and how it can result in thoughts and behaviours that often are puzzling, worrisome, or problematic. Discussion on helpful ways that parents/caregivers can modify the environment, their own reactions, and help the child cope with and better control his or her anxiety. INFO: 902-679-2544

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Creative Kids — Library, Windsor 3:30–4:30pm • After school craft. Suitable for ages 7–10. Registration is required. INFO: 902-798-5424

Photo (from left to right): Andrew Joyce, Jason Crocker, Maddy Higgs, Hailey Thorarpe, Desiree Morrison, Teacher Cindy MacLennen, and Ryan. Credit: RMP

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NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 12, 2019 Chase The Ace & Supper — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 5–7pm • Downstairs; use back door. Cash bar. 19+ TIX: Tickets 3 for $5. Supper $8–$10 INFO: 902-538-5815


Tea & Coffee Social — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 10am–12pm. ALSO TUESDAYS! Coffee/tea, snacks, and conversation. FEE: $2 INFO: TAOIST TAI CHI™ — Louis Millet Community Centre, New Minas 11am–2pm. INFO: Mary Anne, 902-678-4609 /

Greenwood Mall Farmers Market — Greenwood Mall, Greenwood 12–4pm. Year-round. INFO: Facebook: Greenwood Mall Farmers Market

Games Afternoon — Thursdays 1–4pm, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall, Hantsport. Cards, Mexican Train, Crib. Refreshments. FEE: $2 Admission INFO:

In the Round Knitting Group — Gaspereau Valley Fibres 1–4:30pm. Also Tuesdays 6–9pm. Bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, or felting. INFO: 902-542-2656 /

Meet the Gang — Legion, Wolfville 3–6pm. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. INFO: 902-542-5869 Tapestry: Women’s Cancer Support Group — We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. Please call for time/location. INFO: Dorothy, 902-538-3374 / Pat, 902-678-9100 / Margot, 902-542-1466 /

TV Bingo — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 6pm. ALSO Wednesdays. Play at home (channel 10) or in the lounge. TIX: Books available at bar. INFO: 902-798-0888

Taekwondo — Baptist Church, North Alton 6:30pm (kids 4–14), 7:30pm (adult). Also Tuesdays. Exercise, self-defense, respect, listening skills, focus, self-discipline, and confidence. TIX: no charge to try a class INFO: 902-670-8714 / GriefShare — New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville 7–9pm. Help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-670-9288 /

North Mountain Chorus — Community Hall, Long Point Rd, Centre Burlington 7–9pm. Weekly rehearsals. INFO: NonDuality Meetup — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7pm–9pm. Every other Thursday. Non-denominational discussion of life and our place in the scheme of things. 19+ FEE: no charge INFO: Darts — Wolfville Legion 7pm INFO: 902-542-5869

Jam Session — Community Centre, Wilmot 7–9:30pm. Jam Session with snack FEE: $2 INFO: 902-825-3125 Music Jam — Community Hall, Cambridge Station 7–10pm. TIX: $2 INFO: 902-538-9957 /

Windsor Legion Branch 009 General Monthly Meeting —3rd Thurs. of the month, 7:30pm (except July & Aug). Fort Edward Mall, 35 Empire Lane. New members welcome. INFO: 902-798-0888 /

Ladies Cardio Kickboxing — Baptist Church, North Alton 8:30–9:30pm. Also Tuesdays. Adult class to improve coordination, cardiovascular improvements, self-defense, stress, and weight reduction. TIX: no charge for 1st week of classes INFO: 902-670-8714 /


Technology Drop-in Q&A — Valley Community Learning Association, 49 Cornwallis St. #106, Kentville, 9am–12pm. Informal technology Q&A period for all residents of the Annapolis Valley. Fridays, except holidays. FEE: free INFO: Playful Pals Play Group — THREE LOCATIONS: Recreation Centre, Wolfville / Community Centre, Woodville / New Beginnings Center, Greenwood, 9:30–11:30am. • Sing songs, play in the gym, and more. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-678-5760 /

Kingston Area Seniors Association (KASA) Fun Days — Kingston Branch 98 Royal Canadian Legion. 1–3pm. Age 55 and older. Cards and games every second and fourth Friday of each month. INFO: 902-765-3365.

Chase the Ace — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 6–8:45pm • Purchase tickets at the Legion during bar hours. Attendance not required to win. TIX: $5 each, 3/$10, 7/$20 INFO: 902-798-0888

Jam/Kitchen Party — Wolfville Legion 7pm. Bring your instrument and sing or just listen and enjoy! Until Dec 20. FEE: $2 INFO: 902-542-5869

Board Game Night — C@P Lab, Wolfville Public Library, 7pm. Bring your games! Ages 12+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-790-4536 /

“Greenwich Jammers” Jam Session — Greenwich Community Hall, 106 Greenwich Rd., 7–9:30pm. Weekly until May. Light lunch served. FEE: $2 INFO: Bill/Vera Thomson, 902-542-0501 / Darts — Windermere Hall, 402 Windermere Rd., Berwick. Draw for partners. Prizes. Canteen. FEE: $3 INFO: Pam, 902-389-2399


Wolfville Farmers’ Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 8:30am–1pm. Jan 18 Music: Tripod. Jan 25 Theme: Zero Waste Day. Jan 25 Music: George Symonds. INFO:

Pound Fitness — Acadia Fitness Room, Wolfville Athletics Complex 9–10am. W/ Birgie Hazel. Fitness drumming full-body workout. Modifications are shown. Ripstix and mats provided. FEE: $8 drop-in fee or Acadia fitness pass pricing. INFO:

Berwick Community Market — Legion, 232 Main St., Berwick 9am–1pm, year round. Local producers and artisans! Jan 18, 25, & Feb 1 Music: Justin Mattie. INFO: Chris, 902-538-5815 / Flying Squirrel Adventures — Kentville Ravine, 9:45am–12:15pm. Third Sat. of each month, year-round (Next: Jan 18). Learn about nature through games, activities, challenges, discussions, presentations, workshops and more! All ages. FEE: no charge INFO: Facebook: Flying Squirrel Adventures Tarot Readings — ArtCan Gallery, 9850 Main St., Canning 2–5pm. W/ Richard Di Castri. By appointment only. INFO: 902-582-7071

CHASE the ACE — Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #098, Kingston. Tickets available during bar hours & every Saturday, 1–3pm at the R.C.L. until winning JACKPOT number is drawn. Draw at 3:30pm. TIX: 4 for $5. Must be over age 19 to purchase. INFO:

Euchre Card Game — Legion, Wolfville 3pm. No game 3rd Saturday of the month (Trivia Hour instead that week!) INFO: 902-542-5869

Valley Game Night — Gametronics, New Minas 6pm. Board game/card game group. Yu Gi Oh – Thursdays, 6pm. Magic: The Gathering – Fridays, 6pm FEE: no charge INFO: SpeakEasy Saturday Night Jazz Jam & Open Mic — West Brooklyn Hall, 7–10pm. Join the Jill Hiscock Group for a hot buttered rum, dancing, and delicious snacks. Bring your voice or an instrument! Age 19+ FEE: $5 at the door INFO: Ruth, 902-542-5424 /


Antiques & Collectibles — Adjacent to Milne Court Petro-Can, & across from Cineplex, New Minas (grey building w/ red roof). Unique gifts, unusual items. INFO: 902-233-7842 / Facebook: New Minas Antiques & Collectibles Flea Market Group Meditation — Bishop Hall, Greenwich. 10:30am–noon. Join us for sitting meditation, discussion, and tea. Bring your own cushion if you prefer. Wheelchair accessible. FEE: By donation. INFO: 902-670-1006 / /

Practice Mental Development through Meditation — Community Centre, Windsor 10:30am–noon. Sitting & walking meditations, short readings, discussion, and tea. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-798-2958 /

Crib Tournament — Wolfville Legion, 1pm, 3rd Sat. each month. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, plus high hand and 50/50. INFO: Pool — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 3pm. FEE: $3 INFO: 902-538-9340 /

Social Ballroom Dancing — Community Centre, Port Williams 3–5pm. Practice existing dance skills, learn new group dances. Previous experience & dance partner are required to join the DanceTime club! TIX: $15 pp per semester (Oct until Jan, Feb until May). First visit is free. INFO: Bingo — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30pm–10pm. INFO: 902-798-0888


FitYoga — Monday 8:30am, Tuesday 9am, 6pm. Thursday (hotyoga) 8pm, Friday 8am, Sunday 9am INFO:

Toddler Tonics — Kings County Family Resource Centre, Kentville 9:30–11am. A morning of physical activity & fun, for parent and child. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-678-5760 / Fun with Food — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 9:30–11am. Explore new recipes and cook with your child. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-678-5760 /

Windsor Game Night — Library, Windsor 6pm. Board game group. New players welcome! FEE: no charge INFO: / Toastmasters — Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville 6:30–8:30pm. Improve your communication and leadership skills in a fun supportive setting. Visitors ALWAYS welcome. INFO:

East Kings Chess Club — Library (upstairs), Wolfville 6:30–9pm. Bring your own set, board, and clock if you can. All levels/ages welcome. INFO: Ian Anderson, / 902-678-8009

Darts — Berwick Legion, 7pm. Mixed doubles, draw for partner, round robin format. FEE: $3 INFO: 902-538-5815

Jam Session — Louis Millett Community Centre, New Minas 7–9:30pm. FEE: $2 INFO: 902-681-6972 /

Ukulele Group — Conundrum Press (upstairs), 112 Front St., Wolfville 7:30–9pm. All levels. Guided jam session. Other instruments & singers welcome. FEE: Drop-in $10 INFO:


County Crafters — Kings County Family Resource Centre, Kentville 9:30–11:30am. Crafting for adults. Childcare available. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-678-5760 /

Gaeilge sa Ghleann — 10am–12pm, alternating between the MacDonald Museum, Middleton, and 47 St. James Street, Annapolis Royal. Learn the Irish language. All levels. INFO: 902-778-1049 /

Coffee/Tea Social — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 10am–12pm • Conversation and bottomless coffee/tea, snacks! FEE: $2 INFO: 902-542-5869 /

Caregiver & Baby Yoga (non-mobile) — FitYoga, Windsor 10:30–11:30am. FEE: $14 drop in. Class passes available INFO:

Rug Hooking — Kentville Lower Recreation Centre (354 Main Street), 1–3pm. Join us for social hooking! Tea/coffee available, $5 drop in fee. INFO: Mona, / Lynn, / 902-692-8118

Caregiver Support Group — Cedar Centre, 69 Cedar St., Windsor 2–4pm. Confidential Support Group for family/friend caregivers of loved ones with any physical or mental health condition. 2nd Tuesday of each month. INFO: Jennine, 902-680-8706 /

Talk About It Tuesday — Smokey Quartz Emporium, 83 Commercial Street, Middleton, 5–7pm. The purpose of the group is to help fill some of the voids in our healthcare system when it comes to support for mental health. Share or just listen. INFO: ARYO Fiddle Group — Festival Theatre, Wolfville, 5:30–6:30pm. Adults/children age 10 and up, easy intermediate level. FEE: $50 for the term (Jan–April) INFO:

TAOIST TAI CHI™ — Louis Millet Community Centre, New Minas 6–9pm. INFO: Mary Anne, 902-678-4609 /

Toastmasters — Birchall Training Centre, 14 Wing Greenwood 6:30pm. Learn communication and leadership skills in a fast-paced, fun setting. FEE: no charge INFO: /

Celebrate Recovery — New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville 7–9:30pm. A faith-based 12 Step program for anyone who needs help with hurts, habits & hangups. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-2222 45’s Card Party — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 7pm. Auction 45’s, 50/50 draw. Non-members welcome. FEE: $5 INFO: 902-542-5869 /

Card Game — Fire Hall, Vaughans 7pm. Card games every Tuesday. 50/50 draw and light lunch. TIX: $2 to play INFO:

The Dukes of Kent — We invite men of all ages to come out and sing with us from 7–9:30pm @ The Bethany Baptist Church, North Kentville (rear of building). INFO: Chris, 902-678-8865 / Valley Voices — Female a cappella show chorus rehearses 7–9:30pm. Kentville Baptist Church CE Centre. Women of any age welcome. INFO:

Cribbage — Berwick Legion, 7pm. FEE: $10 per player INFO: 902-538-5815

Village Dancing — Wolfville Curling Rink (upstairs).Traditional circle and line dancing from the Balkans and the Middle East. No partners. Lots of fun, good exercise, and great music. Expert instruction. All levels. 7:30pm – Introductory Level, 8:30pm – Experienced and request dancing. FEE: $7 per session, $5 students INFO: David, 902-690-7897 Board Game Night — Paddy’s Pub, Wolfville 8pm–12am TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-0059 /


Coffee Time — Community Hall, Greenwich 9:30–11am. Join us for coffee/tea and a muffin. Chat with friends, new and old! TIX: donation INFO: Darlene, 902-542-3498 / / Bev, 902-542-7412 Kentville Farmers’ Market — Lions Club, Kentville 10am–2pm. Fresh farm products, bread, honey, maple syrup, cheese, hot lunch food, local crafts, and household goods. INFO: 902-679-2514 / /

Wolfville Farm Market — Farmers Market, Wolfville 4–7pm. Live music, 10+ vendors, Market Suppers. Jan 22 Music: Mike Aube. Jan 29 Music: Hilites. INFO:

Pound Fitness — Centreville Baptist Church gym, 870 Murray Drive, Centreville, 6:30–7:30pm. W/ Birgie Hazel. It’s fitness drumming giving you a full-body workout. Modifications shown. Work at your own fitness level. FEE: First class is free. 3 months $72, $7.50 drop-in fee. Ripstix provided. Bring a yoga mat. INFO: Valley Youth Project Drop-in Social — Cafeteria, 236, Belcher St., NSCC Kentville 6:30–8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month, Sept–June. Open to all youth, 25 and under, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, queer, or questioning, as well as to straight and cisgender allies. INFO:

Community Yoga — Rec Centre, Kentville (upstairs) 7–8pm. W/ Stephanie Battems. FEE: $5 drop-in INFO: / 902-679-2539 Irish Social Set Dancing — Bishop’s Hall, Greenwich 7–9pm. No partner is required... just a little rhythm and a love for dancing! TIX: $3 per session INFO: Pat, 902-679-9267 GriefShare — New Hope Wesleyan, Kingston 7–9pm. Help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-847-1225 /

Card Game — Northville Farm Heritage Centre, 7–9pm. Until the end of April. Crib or 45’s. $20 door prize draw. Refreshments served. FEE: $4 INFO:

Jam Session — Lions Club, Kentville 7–9:30pm. Jam and Chase the Ace. TIX: $2 INFO: 902-679-2367 / Pool — Legion, Berwick 7pm. Round robin format. FEE: $3 to play INFO: 902-538-5815 /

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Tucked away in a remote part of Cape Breton near the town of Baddeck is a small, unassuming 12-seat restaurant called The Bite House. Please don't let the unpretentious name or its location deceive you into thinking there is anything even remotely ordinary about this place. One Trip Advisor review claimed this was the hardest reservation to get in North America. We booked our reservation on January 4, 2019, four minutes after reservations opened, and were able to get a table for four on a Saturday on November 9, 2019. Confirming their popularity in 2020, there are no longer any reservations available for this coming year, with bookings filling up in minutes once again. If you were one of the lucky ones who managed to get in, this is the type of experience you can expect.

tasty on its own but when it's served with bee pollen butter, the game is changed. I'd never imagined a combination like bee pollen and butter before and I guarantee I'll never forget it now. So good.

The Bite House is the creation of Chef Bryan Picard and his girlfriend, Marie Isabelle Whitty-Lampron. Chef Picard hails originally from northern New Brunswick but he and Marie Isabelle met in Montréal where he was working as a chef and she was a student of fashion design. They met and decided to leave the faster pace of the city and came to Cape Breton to realize their dream of owning their own restaurant. Chef Picard is in charge of the kitchen while Marie Isabelle masterfully coordinates the dining room.

Next up was a delicious combination of potatoes, snow crab sauce, pickled celeriac, and oregano. The delicious rich crab and the tart celeriac combined to create a punch of flavour that was delivered wonderfully on the hearty potatoes.

We arrived a few minutes early (an eleven month wait for a table will make you a little eager when the day finally arrives), and Marie Isabelle greeted us at the door and called Chef Picard to the dining room and introduced us. We immediately felt like we were old friends who had dropped in for dinner, and what a dinner. The meal consisted of nine courses: four snack plates, then four small plates, and then dessert. The first snack was grilled red fish with maple and tarragon. These fun little fish on sticks were brilliant with sweet maple flavour and an awesome way to begin our experience. Next up were delicious bites of beef tartare on crispy homemade crackers. The addition of parsnips and chanterelles heightened the flavour profile just that much more. The third, perfectly timed, snack was scallop gratin with pickled red onions. The visually brilliant pickled red onions hinted at the richness of the velvety scallops and the flavour combination was fantastic. Our final snack was one of the most imaginative. Good rye sourdough is

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Grilled bass was the next dish. Served with dumplings and watercress pistou, this was also a very hearty and warming course. The pistou (often confused with pesto except pistou has no pine nuts added) created a brilliant background for the bass, both visually and in terms of flavour. The pork that came out next was smoked perfectly. The combination of acorn squash again helped warm up a chilly November evening while the currants and sunchokes both enhanced the flavour and offered an earthy background. The dessert was well worth the wait. A peach sorbet nestled in a yogurt mousse was rich and creamy, while the juniper and flax seeds offered both a contrast in flavour and in texture. So, Baddeck is a few hours from the Annapolis Valley and you might have to wait until 2021 to get a table, but I can absolutely tell you that the trip, and the wait, is worth it. Cheers. Follow Scott on Instagram@ScottsGrapevine


Under the direction of Susan Spence-Campbell, Sister Act features local talent and

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Following the snacks, our first small plate arrived: salted tuna, hakurei turnip, sunflowers, and salad burnet. I will admit I was familiar with most of the ingredients but I had never encountered salad burnet before and was, admittedly, searching my plate for a salad. There was none to be found. Salad burnet is actually a perennial plant know for its astringent qualities and those qualities worked perfect with the crunchy turnip and sunflowers that offered a contrasting taste and texture to the silky smooth tuna.

QUICK AS A WINK THEATRE SOCIETY PRESENTS SISTER ACT Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister Act, based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Filled with powerful gospel music and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.


returning Quick As A Wink actors, including Erica Fitzgerald (Dracula, Legally Blonde) as Mother Superior, Ian Shaw (Glory Days) as Curtis, and Ryan Harvey (The Mousetrap, The Music Man) as Eddie Souther, and, in her QAAW debut, Melanie Bent as Deloris Van Cartier.

Shows will take place at Fountain Performing Arts Centre at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, January 31, February 1, 7, and 8, at 7pm, with special matinees February 2, 8, and 9 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by visiting The Spoke and Note in Windsor.

2020 is upon us and CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is gearing up for another fantastic twelve months of entertaining the Valley (and beyond) with top notch productions. This little theatre with the big heart has a stellar lineup of plays, including comedies, dramas, children’s shows, mysteries, and a dinner theatre, so keep on top of their offerings and don’t miss out! Centrestage is kicking off the year with The Wild Women of Winedale, a joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching comedy focusing on three women at crossroads in their lives. We meet the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia: Fanny, Willa, and their sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another through life’s highs and lows, including the early demise of two of their husbands. The play is set up with five vignettes telling the stories of five other women and their life-changing moments that add to the story’s humour and its impact. Everything works to prove that it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a brand-new adventure and the audience is left feeling happy and hopeful thanks to the Wild Women of Winedale! This Jones, Hope, and Wooten comedy is sure to make you laugh and provide you with both insights and motivation about decluttering your life, and after much success with their other plays, including The Halleluiah Girls, The Dixie Swim Club, and The Savannah Sipping Society, CentreStage is guaranteed another hit show. Warm up this winter with some Wild Women! The Wild Women of Winedale is directed by Peter Booth, George Henry, and Bryen Stoddard and the stage manager and producer is Elva Kelley with Kathy Walker doing lights

and sounds. The cast, in order of appearance, includes Gwenyth Dwyn, Nancy Henry, Allyson Higgins, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Josée Leclerc-Mann, Janet Westhaver, Susan Monro, and Carolyn Landry. You can imagine how much fun these ladies have had getting this show prepared for y’all!

CentreStage is all about community and each show they produce also features a local artist displaying their pieces in the lobby. The featured artist for The Wild Women of Winedale is the Kings Kikima Grannies Project. Come declutter your life and support the Grannies as they offer up some fantastic wares during the run of the show. The Wild Women of Winedale will be performed evenings on January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, with matinee performances on January 19 & 26, and February 9. Front of House opens at 6:45pm for the evening performances and 1:15pm for the matinees. Tickets for the show are adults $15; seniors/students $12; children, age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only and reservations are recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time. Please call 902-678-8040 for reservations. Stay up to date with upcoming shows, auditions, and special events by visiting, or follow them on Facebook. Keep your calendars free to see the upcoming children's show Snow White, The Evil Queen, and the Three Slobs in the Upper Performance Centre (Saturdays in February!), and Don’t Dress for Dinner, a wickedly funny farce on the Main Stage in February and March.

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Dr. William H. Brackney, an emeritus professor at Acadia University, has recently been recognized twice for his significant work in the areas of Christian thought and ethics. Brackney came to Acadia in 2006 to join the Faculty of Theology and retired in 2018, but continues as an adjunct in the Department of History and Classics. On September 28, Dr. Brackney, the author of over 50 works, was honoured with a festschrift volume, Crossing Baptist Boundaries, published by Mercer University Press. Sixteen scholars from internationally-recognized institutions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, provided essays in honour of Brackney’s work. A major European ecumenical scholar, Dr. Erich Geldbach of the University

of Bochum, edited the book. A festschrift is an unusual recognition of a scholar’s lifetime work, usually coming at the time of retirement from active service.

A second event highlighting Brackney’s work occurred on November 12 at Acadia’s Vaughan Memorial Library. Local colleagues gathered for the public rollout of Dr. Brackney’s 3-volume set, Walter Rauschenbusch: Published Works and Select Correspondence. Rauschenbusch was a German-American social theorist who spent his summers in northern Ontario. He is considered the fountainhead of the social gospel movement. On the centenary anniversary of Rauschenbusch’s death in 2018, scholars from various disciplines—religion, law, human rights, and economics—have again recognized

the impact of Rauschenbusch on many institutions. Rauschenbusch, for instance, was a guiding influence behind Tommy Douglas in working to create Canada’s national health system. For five years, Brackney headed a team of international scholars in assembling original authoritative texts of Rauschenbusch. He also contributed major introductory interpretations to two of the volumes.


CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Friday, Jan. 31, 7pm. Draw date: Jan. 24. Enter all draws:

Dr. Brackney and his wife, Kathryn, live in Grand-Pré, where he continues research on human rights and global poverty issues, particularly focussed on the major religious traditions.


Please join us at 3pm on Sunday, January 26th at Chrismaria Family Restaurant, 8934 Commercial Street, New Minas. When we eat better, we live better. When we support businesses that help us to eat better, we all do better. Eating food grown here, rather than made from ingredients highly processed to withstand the rigours of a worldwide supply chain, is better for all of us. We can choose, and eat, and cook our way to better health and a more equitable, sustainable food system. We can find the balance between processed and unprocessed and between locally grown and imported. Many Nova Scotian farmers and producers are having difficulties, not because their food is too expensive, but because many imported foods are produced in countries where low wages or subsidies enable lower costs of production. Money that leaves the province to pay for imported food costs Nova Scotian jobs, communities, the health of people and the environment.

Our agricultural and food production sector (farming, transportation, wholesale/retail, processing, preparation) provides good local food and keeps money in the province, increases employment, builds connections and communities, and improves individual and social health. FarmWorks is providing solutions by assisting agriculture and food producers with money, mentoring, and marketing. FarmWorks’ Community Economic Development Fund enables Nova Scotians to invest locally. People who buy shares recognize the multiple benefits of investing in farmers and food entrepreneurs, and to date $4.4 million has been loaned to people operating food-related businesses. Nova Scotian entrepreneurs, driven by personal goals and desire to support other local business, are benefiting from the encouragement, mentoring and support

provided by fellow Nova Scotians. FarmWorks Shareholders celebrate the successes of our clients across Nova Scotia. Please join us at Chrismaria Family Restaurant on Sunday January 26 to meet and enjoy food provided by this client.

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