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WHO'S WHO: WENDY ELLIOTT, A WOW WOMAN Mike Butler This is big news everyone! I mean really BIG news! With this Who’s Who profile I have finally scored what was once the impossible: an interview with Wendy Elliott! Why is this so big? Because Wendy the journalist is now the subject, as opposed to being the writer… under the sharp wit and probing mind of ME! I’m so excited to tell you about this very special person with whom, I’m sure, we all have a connection to somehow. When I was 13 years old I travelled to Italy. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, it was my first encounter with Wendy Elliott who featured my story and me on the cover of the local Advertiser. Little did I know then, that it would not be the last time Wendy would be responsible for my local celebrity. Wendy Elliott grew up in Ottawa, but visited her grandparents in Wolfville most summers equating to, she feels, dual citizenship. She came to Acadia University to avoid grade 13 in Ontario and fell in love with not just the University, but also the small town life and the beautiful surrounding area. She holds a BA & B.Ed from Acadia (gulp!) 40 years ago. Wendy’s hubby, Steve, is a graphic designer and the chair of the volunteer Acadia Cinema board. They have three very talented offspring who are all grown up and off being fabulous, but enough about them, this is about Wendy! You’d have to have been living under a huge rock for the last quarter century to not know that Wendy is a community newspaper reporter. After graduating, Wendy wanted to be a drama teacher but the only job open at the time was in Sydney, and since she wasn't from Cape Breton she was told she could not be eligible. Wendy did teach for two years at the private school in Windsor and she coached a lot of drama at Wolfville School and Horton High School over the years. On reporting she states, “I tried a summer at the Hants Journal and had a blast finding out what community really means. It has always seemed a great privilege to me to meet

individuals who go above and beyond the average. With my notepad and camera in hand I have been privileged to meet individuals I would have been too shy or opinionated to encounter otherwise. Seems to me the first thing one learns at a community newspaper is to submerge the self behind the necessity of capturing the fabric of the community one is writing about.”

Wendy has written a weekly column since the late 1970s. In my short six years with The Grapevine I can attest to how enjoyable community reporting is. Now I can use this platform, finally, to thank Wendy for inspiring me to be the best I can be within the community, and understand my responsibility as a contributing writer to this paper. Thank You! She says, “You never know which comment will seize a reader’s attention. Local history, especially people of the past stories, is a particular love of mine. I was astounded to meet Ernest Eaton who sailed before the days of steam and Henry Bentley who could recall with ease when Sir John A. McDonald was prime minister of Canada. Meeting actual witnesses to history are becoming infinitely rare. One of my best memories as a reporter was the Lions Club testimonial dinner for Wolfville's retired garbage collector. That night the dining hall was filled to the rafters to honour a man that many communities would have taken for granted. And then there was the time Fred Phillips, who is developmentally delayed, set about fundraising to purchase a gravestone for the father he never met. He was supported, not laughed at, and the list goes on of how this community is amazing!” Wendy’s personal hobby, and way to give back to her community, is live local theatre. Theatre is one of those very magical experiences and Wendy is a tremendous supporter and contributor of her own projects and those of other theatre companies in the Valley. In 1995, the first Fezziwig Family Frolic began and, over the years, seeing and being involved in the show has become a holiday tradition for many. Wendy has had the director reigns

since the beginning and I can’t imagine the shows without her support and guidance. And I am only a veteran of six years whereas some cast members have been with the show since conception including Wendy’s son Alan Slipp. Remember when I said I owe my local celebrity to Wendy? Well, six years ago on my walk home, Wendy pulled up beside me and yelled “Come to Wolfville School this Thursday night at 7pm. It's a surprise!” And that began my illustrious career as the chief panto-dame in the Fezziwig shows – starting with Cinderella and moving through Tinkerbell to this year’s production. Because of Wendy’s vision, friendship, generous spirit, and keen eye, I’ve become somewhat of a community theatre superstar and I owe her the deepest thank you! This year the Fezziwig Society presents Robin Hood: The Forest Awakens and yours truly gets to dress like a babe again as Maid Marian in a quirky locally-written script with all the love and hard work of previous years. Tickets are available at The Box of Delights Bookshop and the show plays December 16 and 17 at Festival Theatre in Wolfville. See you there!!! Besides Fezziwig, Wendy helps with the WOW productions each year. She says, “The Women of Wolfville is a network of more than 300 women. Since WOW’s creation in 2001, the organization has had a very strong core group of 40-60 women. In our 16+ years of existence, WOW has raised over $160,000 for charities worldwide. The proceeds are dispersed between local and international charities.” Wendy’s help with this organization led to a nude male calendar featuring me as Mr. April (yet another claim to fame I owe to Wendy).

She states, “I feel rooted to the shores of the Minas Basin, not because my grandparents lived here, but because spiritually speaking, it feels like home. But finding community is far more than a pleasant vista. When living in community, there are good and bad times. That is normal. The overall benefit is what keeps the parts striving toward the positive. Quality of life matters more here than big homes, big cars, and fat expense accounts.”

Wendy recently ran for a spot on (and was elected to) the Wolfville Town Council as another way to give back to her community. After sitting in on meetings since 1980, Wendy is very excited to be on the decision-making side of the table now to see where she can contribute.

What you have just read, folks, barely scratches the surface of this wonderful woman. But what you do get, is the profile of a community member loving her community and inspiring so many… including this fella! Thank you Wendy! Much Love… Your Tinkerbell!

their leader, investigates, a darker character appears: SaMäel, Lord of Abadon, fallen angel and troublemaker extraordinaire. Can Grundel and his allies outsmart the greatest of deceivers in order to save the mountains and their way of life from oblivion?

collaboration with artist Ted Colyer. Her poems have been collected in anthologies, danced, sung, displayed on Poetry on the Way, recorded on the National Gallery’s audio-guide, and commissioned by the CBC. Born in BC, Heather has lived across Canada including the Yukon, Alberta, and Churchill, Manitoba. She spent the last 25 years with her family in Wolfville, NS, where she taught English Literature and Creative Writing at Acadia University. Her love of the icefield area began on a geology field trip from the University of Alberta as an undergraduate and has been brewing ever since.

BOOK LAUNCH: BOX OF DELIGHTS BOOKSTORE The Caves of Castleguard A Canadian fantasy for all ages by Heather Pyrcz 7pm-8pm, December 15, 2016 466 Main Street, Wolfville Borealis Press invites you to help celebrate the release of The Caves of Castleguard, Book One in the Canadian fantasy trilogy: Tales of the Shining Mountains by Heather Pyrcz. Please join us for a talk, and reading on December 15 from 7pm-8pm at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville.

The story follows the lives of The Keepers, a community of grizzly bears bred for life in the high reaches of the Shining Mountains, and the icefield they encircle, in order to protect a mysterious substance that has lain hidden underneath the ice for millennia. It is 1890, and the animals of the Shining Mountains are facing difficulties caused by an influx of humans. The ancient traditions of Mount Cathedral, home of The Keepers, are at risk. Their mountain Corridor, so necessary for all the animals’ survival, is threatened. Inexplicably, too many inhabitants of the area are mysteriously disappearing. When Grundel,

Heather Pyrcz is an accomplished Canadian poet, who brings her experience as an elementary teacher, university lecturer, and author of works on literary style to bear in this trilogy. She has four books of poetry to her credit: Town Limits, Nights on Prospect Street, Viaticum, and Raven’s Illumination written in

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Low Tide At Baxter's Harbour. Ron Lightburn


"I sketched this on Friday while we were having a picnic on the beach, it was a beautiful day."

Who's Who...........................................................p.3 Book Launch........................................................p.3 I Know a Place.....................................................p.4 Furry Feature.......................................................p.4 On the Cover........................................................p.5 Mystery Quote.....................................................p.5

Margaret Drummond's

Free Classifieds/Eat to the Beat ...........................p.5


Star Drop/ Free Will Astrology ............................p.6


Town of Wolfville .................................................p.7 Locavore/Recipe..................................................p.8


Inquisitive Corner ................................................p.9

To eavesdrop.

Family Fun in the Valley .......................................p.9

"She asked if she could speak to me privately, but that only made the others lean forward and earwig more intently."

Snapshot..............................................................p.10 The Nutcracker.....................................................p.10 Weekly Events/@ the Library..............................p.11 What’s Happening/Tides......................................p.12–14 Acadia Page.........................................................p.15


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CONTRIBUTORS: Mike Butler, Genevieve Allen Hearn, Scott Campbell, Donna Holmes, Garry Leeson, Avery Peters, Laura Churchill Duke, Melanie Priesnitz, Thomas Clahane, Regan Alford, Susan Wedlock, Margaret Drummond, Lee-Ann Cudmore, Sarah Anderson, Angela Reynolds, Allan Williams (Eat to the Beat)

Tim Jackson The staff of Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) invites you to share in the joy of cookies. For twelve days in December, staff and the public will be baking – and sharing – recipes and cookies. Each recipe along with pictures will be shared online via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on the AVRL blog. All branches and the Bookmobile will be taking part in this cookie extravaganza on weekdays from December 5 to December 20.

There is also a contest to encourage public participation and a chance to win a ‘cookie gift bag’. Contest rules are available on the AVRL website, This is a fun way to showcase the library’s collection of cookbooks, and magazines, especially during the holidays when many people are baking. The staff of AVRL invites everyone to take a look and see, and taste, what we are baking December 5-9, December 12-16, and December 19-20.

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COLDBROOK: Access Nova Scotia, T.A.N. Coffee, Callister's Country Kitchen, Foodland, Vicki's Seafood Restaurant BERWICK: Driftwood Restaurant, Jonny's Cookhouse, Luigi's Pizza Palace, North Mountain Coffeehouse, Rising Sun Cafe,

Union Street Café, Wilsons Pharmasave AYLESFORD: Chisholm's PharmaChoice, Tina’s Cafe KINGSTON: Avery’s Farm Market , Green Elephant Cafe, Library, Pharmasave, Needs Convenience GREENWOOD: Avery’s Farm Market, Country Store, Flight Line Cafe, Valley Natural Foods MIDDLETON: Coffee Garden Cafe, Middle Town Sweets


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ON THE COVER: Genevieve Allen Hearn snapped this photo of the Town of Kentville's Christmas Tree shortly after the Torchlight Parade. There is lots to celebrate in Kentville these days, including the Kentville Library winning the National Trust For Canada's "This Place Matters 2016" com-


petition. They will be awarded $40,000 to help build an amazing children's section in the new library! All are invited to celebrate with The Friends of the Kentville Library on December 3 10am-11:30am, 440 Main Street.

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Donate Used Clothing: Flowercart creates work and training for people. Donate your used clothing to Flowercart and keep your donation and the resulting money local. Drop off location 9412 Commercial St., New Minas. INFO: 902-681-0120 /

Financial Planning: Will your retirement savings last? If you’re concerned about ensuring your money will last as long as you need it, I can help. Contact me today. INFO: Cynthia Farris Coane, Consultant. Investors Group Financial Services, Inc., 902-681-1061 x243 /

Valley Hospice: Help the Hospice just by clearing out your closet! Donate your gently used items in the name of Valley Hospice at Consignors Place, New Minas. 40% selling price goes to help the Hospice. INFO: /

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FOR HIRE/PURCHASE: Interior/Exterior Painting: Women in Rollers does accurate quotes, shows up on time to work, and performs to perfection. We even leave your home neat and tidy! Call today for your free estimate. INFO: Pamela, 902-697-2926 Travel Planning Professional: Denise MacMillan with The Destination Experts. Book early for best selection! Free, no obligation quotes. Friendly, professional service. Valley based. INFO: 902-692-9581 / / FB/Denise.TravelPlanning Kitchen Updates: Kitchen cupboards dated and dull? For about one-tenth of the cost of new cupboards, we can transform your cupboards with specialty paint and new hardware. Call us for a free estimate. Women in Rollers. 902-697-2926.

Art & Desserts: Dec. 6, 6.30–8pm at L’Arche Homefires Day Program Cornerstone. Join us for desserts and refreshment. Enjoy your treats surrounded by exquisite Cornerstone Art. A perfect opportunity to get a unique present for that special someone! TIX: $4 at the door and a food bank donation. INFO: 902-542-1943 This Place Matters: The Kentville Library wins first place in the This Place Matters Competition! The Friends of the Kentville Library worked tirelessly, encouraging community participation from children to adults to gain votes and donation support, and their efforts have really paid off. As the winners, the Friends of the Kentville Library will receive $40,000 for the children’s area in the new library. Congratulations from Team Grapevine! March Break & Summer Camps: It’s not too early to book your camp at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning. Lots of choices, from painting to dance, for ages 5 to teens. Makes a great Christmas present! INFO: 902-582-3842 /

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Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): Paul Marshall (2nd), Shawn Hebb (9th) 5:30pm Blomidon Inn (Wolfville): Jazz Mannequins (2nd, 9th) 6:30pm The Port Pub (Port Williams): Port Pub After Hours (2nd, 9th) 7:30pm Joe’s Food Emporium (Wolfville): The Mark Riley Project (9th) 8pm

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Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): The Mark Riley Project (2nd), George Carter (9th) 8pm Union Street Café (Berwick): The Idle Threats (2nd), Alex Hastie (9th) 8pm Farmers Market (Wolfville): ORO! Festive Dance Party (9th) 8pm West Side Charlies (New Minas): DJ Lethal Noize (2nd), DJ Billy T (9th) 10pm


Library Pub (Wolfville): Bob Munroe (3rd) 1pm, Ben MacNeil (10th) 9pm Dooly’s (Greenwood): DJ Touch (3rd, 10th) 10pm Tommy Gun’s (Windsor): Video Music Screen (3rd, 10th) 12am

SUNDAYS: 4, 11 Paddy's Pub (Wolfville): Paddy’s Irish Session (4th, 11th) 8pm

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Farmers Market (Wolfville): Steve Lee (10th) 9:30am

Edible Art Café (New Minas): Ron Edmunds Band (5th, 12th) 12pm

Edible Art Café (New Minas): Carl Boutilier (3rd), Lee Gilbert (10th) 12pm


The Port Pub (Port Williams): Saturday Afternoon Music w/Ian and Ron (3rd, 10th) 12pm The Noodle Guy (Port Williams): The Noodle Guy Spaghetti Jam (3rd, 10th) 1:30pm Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): Audition Band (3rd), The Tony & Lenny Show (10th) 7pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): John Duggan (3rd) 8pm

Edible Art Café (New Minas): Ron Edmunds Band (6th, 13th) 12pm The Port Pub (Port Williams): Open Mic w/Ron Edmunds Duo (6th), Open Mic w/TBA (13th) 7:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Irish Jam Session (6th, 13th) 8pm TAN Café (Wolfville): Open Mike & Donna (6th, 13th) 8pm


Union Street Café (Berwick): Jokers Right $12 (3rd) 8pm

Edible Art Café (New Minas): David Filyer (7th, 14th) 12pm

Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Jerry Davis (10th) 8pm

Farmers Market (Wolfville): Andy Flinn (7th), Graham Howes (14th) 5pm

King’s Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): Shawn Hebb Trio (3rd), PM Blues (10th) 8:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Ron Edmunds (3rd), Mark Merrin (10th) 9pm

The Noodle Guy (Port Williams): Sip n’ Dip w/Tripod (7th) 6pm West Side Charlies (New Minas): Billy T’s Karaoke (7th, 14th) 9pm

Anvil (Wolfville): Top 40 DJ (3rd, 10th) 9pm

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© 2016 Rob Brezsny • • Horoscopes for the week of December 1st ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow,” wrote naturalist Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” I’d love to see you summon that level of commitment to your important rendezvous in the coming weeks, Aries. Please keep in mind, though, that your “most important rendezvous” are more likely to be with wild things, unruly wisdom, or primal breakthroughs than with pillars of stability, committee meetings, and business-as-usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For you Tauruses, December is “I Accept and Love and Celebrate Myself Exactly How I Am Right Now” Month. To galvanize yourself, play around with this declaration by Oscarwinning Taurus actress Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.” Here are other thoughts to draw on during the festivities: 1. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone.” - Barbara De Angelis. 2. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” - E. E. Cummings. 3. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” - Sandra Bierig. 4. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.” - Carl Jung.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are your collaborative projects (including the romantic kind) evolving at a slower pace than you expected? Have they not grown as deep and strong as you’ve wished they would? If so, I hope you’re perturbed about it. Maybe that will motivate you to stop tolerating the stagnation. Here’s my recommendation: Don’t adopt a more serious and intense attitude. Instead, get loose and frisky. Inject a dose of blithe spirits into your togetherness, maybe even some high jinks and rowdy experimentation. The cosmos has authorized you to initiate ingenious surprises.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I don’t recommend that you buy a cat-o’-nine-tails and whip yourself in a misguided effort to exorcize your demons. The truth is, those insidious troublemakers exult when you abuse yourself. They draw perverse sustenance from it. In fact, their strategy is to fool you into treating yourself badly. So, no. If you hope to drive away the saboteurs huddled in the sacred temple of your psyche, your best bet is to shower yourself with tender care, even luxurious blessings. The pests won’t like that, and — if you commit to this crusade for an extended time — they will eventually flee. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez loved yellow roses. He often had a fresh bloom on his writing desk as he worked, placed there every morning by his wife Mercedes Barcha. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to consider initiating a comparable ritual. Is there a touch of beauty you would like to inspire you on a regular basis? It there a poetic gesture you could faithfully perform for a person you love?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “For a year I watched as something entered and then left my body,” testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.” What was that mysterious something? Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she decipher “how it came in” or “how it went out.” It hovered “where words could not reach it. It slept where light could not go.” Her experience led her to conclude that “There are openings in our lives of which we know nothing.” I bring this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I suspect you are about to tune in to a mysterious opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure out what it is. And then you will respond to it with verve and intelligence. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reporter at the magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?” Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos, or performances. Rather,

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he answered, “Discovering morning.” I suspect that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning. Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just-in-its-early-stages.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,” he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all. My head is bursting.” Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A journalist dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.” Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.” This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period, extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the Church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,” wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.” “There was no place to put it,” he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.” This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have a deep fear of being too much,” writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.” Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your one-and-only. I suggest you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness. Homework: If you had a baby clone of yourself to take care of, what would be your child-rearing strategy? Tell me at

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As we approach the upcoming Holiday Season I am moved to reflect upon those memories which warm the heart. These occasions typically involve friends and family, love and kindness. As we celebrate this special time of year with

family and friends, let us take the time to remember and to count our many blessings, no matter how great or how small. The sharing of ourselves is what makes this such a memorable season and I am reminded of those who may not have this tremendous luxury; the elderly, the sick, those alone and those who may be new to the community. Let us reach out with warm hearts and engage everyone to make this a truly merry time of year. For those not able to be here with loved ones and who may be contacting us on line, please accept our sincere Season's Greetings.

love to call home. These efforts are evident by the warmth extended to each other on the street, in the shops and yes, even in the traffic.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the many individuals, groups and organizations who give of their time and resources to help make Wolfville the special community we all

Sincerely, Jeff Cantwell Mayor Town of Wolfville

Finally, on behalf of Town Council and your dedicated town staff, I want to wish you all a very happy and safe holidays and thank you for everything you all do to make Wolfville such a wonderful community to work, live and play. "Ulnuelewi" "Merry Christmas" "Joyeux Noël" "Happy Holidays"


Family Skate December 31, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm Andrew H. McCain Arena – Acadia Athletics Complex


The Town of Wolfville along with the Wolfville Skating Club cordially invite you to the New Year’s Eve Family Skate. Admission is free, but free will donations to the Wolfville Skating Club will be appreciated.

The Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect from December 1, 2016 up to and including March 31, 2017 on all streets in the Town of Wolfville. During the aforementioned period, parking of vehicles on the streets of the Town of Wolfville is prohibited from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and from one (1) hour after the start of a snowstorm to two (2) hours after the storm has stopped.

Resolution Run/Walk/Roll December 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm Acadia Athletics Complex

Physicians, fire and police officials are exempt from these Regulations while carrying out their official duties and operators of commercial vehicles while loading & unloading.

Gather with friends, family and neighbours to usher out 2016 and welcome 2017. Registration opens at 3:00pm Choose between Acadia’s indoor track or the scenic outdoors route!

Any person who violates the Town of Wolfville Winter Parking Regulations will be liable to the penalty provided by section 293 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Warm refreshments will be provided Entry Fee: A donation of a non-perishable food item, cash or cheque for the Wolfville & Area Food Bank (Cash or non perishable food) will be accepted at registration

A copy of the Town of Wolfville Parking Regulations will be on display at the Wolfville Town Hall, 359 Main Street or the Wolfville RCMP Detachment, 363 Main Street and other public buildings within the Town of Wolfville, or visit

The Resolution Run / Walk / Roll committee will also be accepting donations of gently used running shoes.

Kevin Kerr, P. Eng. Traffic Authority for the Town of Wolfville


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RECIPE: SOMERSET HARVEST PASTA Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook Last month I got to cook lunch with grade 5 students at our local elementary school. The kids had started a vegetable garden in the spring. Dedicated volunteers tended the garden all summer so there was plenty to harvest in October. A celebration was in order! I was thrilled when my friend Megan, a teacher at Somerset, asked me to pitch in. We made a plan to cook with the vegetables the students harvested. There were purple carrots, zucchini, beets, and a mountain of kale. Maybe not the most exciting vegetables as far as kids are concerned! I’ve been known to put anything in a creamy pasta in the effort of enticing people to try something new and figured the trick might work with the kids. Three fabulous volunteers, and the grade 5 students, worked for hours peeling carrots, shredding kale, mincing garlic, and dicing beets. We made an Alfredo sauce, cooked some whole wheat pasta, and combined it all together. The whole school filed into the gym to find that it had been turned into a beautiful dining room. We held our breath as the kids tentatively came forward to give our harvest pasta a try. Most enthusiastic were the ones who helped make the food, but soon many of the kids were lining up for seconds of pink noodles. It was one of my best days ever. Somerset Harvest Pasta A little cream and butter makes a simple and delicious sauce that can convince anyone to try a new vegetable! This works for grownups too. The sauce also makes a great pizza sauce, or try combining it with cooked diced turnips and baking it in a casserole dish for a holiday dinner!

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The Sauce: • 1 cup (250ml) Whipping Cream • 1 large clove Garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons Butter • 1/4 cup Cream Cheese • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Salt In a medium saucepan over medium heat, place all the sauce ingredients. Stir from time to time as the mixture comes to a boil. Watch carefully, it can quickly bubble over! Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the mixture coats a spoon. Remove from the heat while you cook the pasta and veggies. The Pasta & Veggies: • 1 large Beet, cut in half • 1 box (375-454g) Whole Wheat Pasta • 1 large Carrot, diced • 4 cups chopped Kale • 1 small Zucchini, thinly sliced • 1-2 tablespoons Salt In a smallish pot, place the beet and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until the beet is tender when pierced, about 30 minutes. Drain and let cool, then peel and cut into dice. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous amount of salt (between 1 and 2 tablespoons!). Most of the salt will end up going down the drain but you want your veggies and pasta to be seasoned. Carefully add the pasta, carrots and kale. Boil for 12 minutes, then add the zucchini. Boil for another two minutes, then drain and return the vegetables and pasta to the pot. Add the beets and the sauce to the pot and stir until combined. Taste and add a little more salt if needed. The Garnish Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a little parsley if you like.

GRAPES: WHAT’S IN A NAME? Craig Campbell

There are several reasons why the wine in your glass smells and tastes the way it does. All of them play into the final product and cannot be understated. Having said that, the two main reasons are: type of grape, and where it grows. After that, the winemaker’s skill takes it from there. The character of a wine begins with the grape juice in your glass. What type of grape was used to make your wine? Much like the way that apple varieties are best used for different things and have different tastes – think Granny Smith vs. Honeycrisp – there are many different grapes that are used for wine making. Your wine glass may contain the fermented juice of one type of grape or, like most wine on the planet, it could be a blend of the juice of different types of grapes. You’ve heard of at least two or three. Examples of grape types include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, L’Acadie… and so on and so forth. By the way, there are an estimated 5000 grape varietals that can make wine! Italy alone has over 1000. In Nova Scotia, there are currently over 50 growing. Just as mind-boggling, is the fact that there are over 8500 names used for the 5000 grape varietals. Enter Pinot Noir. I’ll use this as a perfect example. This is a grape grown in many different wine regions of the world, including here in NS. Its area of origin is Burgundy in France.

It makes earthy wines driven by aromas of red fruit. It can be difficult to manage under less than ideal weather conditions. In the right setting, it makes legendary wines. Some grapes are prone to mutation. This occurs naturally where a grape randomly changes its characteristics. Pinot Noir is one of these grapes that are prone to this phenomenon. In fact, there are a number of grapes that all have the same first name of Pinot. All of them are essentially long established mutations of Pinot Noir. These include Pinot Grigio, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Blanc. Pinot grapes grow in bunches that resemble the shape of a pine cone. The names of the grapes are a loose translation of this characteristic. Pinot Noir translates to “black pine cone” but that’s the French translation. The Italian word for black is not noir, it’s nero. So Italians call the Pinot Noir that grows in their country Pinot Nero. Not to be outdone, the Germans grow Pinot Noir too, but they speak German so, guess what, they don’t call it Pinot Noir either, they call it Spätburgunder. Pinot Blanc grows in France. It grows in Italy too. There, it is called Pinot Bianco. If you’re in Germany, you call it Weissburgunder. Pinot Gris is to the French what Pinot Grigio is to the Italians. Same grape. Different language. In Germany, you say Grauburgunder. Or sometimes Ruländer… because, why not.




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Family Fun in the Valley: Elf on the Shelf Laura Churchill Duke

We are an ardent Elf-onthe-Shelf family. To those who know me, this comes as no surprise. We all look forward to Buttons coming back, and it is a highlight in our countdown to Christmas. I know my kids don’t really believe the Elf is real, and that’s OK with me. It’s part of our fun family tradition, and I will still do it every year until they are grown (and maybe longer). Coming up with ideas is not stressful. Pinterest has thousands of ideas. I recommend setting the bar low, though. Do a few years of hide and seek with the elf before you bring out the really clever ideas, because you will have to maintain this high level of performance every morning. If the Elf on the Shelf is not for you, don’t do it! I have lots of friends who don’t do the Elf, and that’s OK. Don’t add extra stress to your lives if you don’t enjoy it. The difference is, we enjoy it! We don’t use the Elf as a behavioural manipulation tool to make the kids be good (they

would never fall for that!) and we don’t make it creepy by telling them that the Elf is watching them all day. It’s just something fun to find every morning when they get up! It all comes down to what you find stressful and what you enjoy doing. If you don’t enjoy doing it, Don’t DO It! If your elf is one that reports back to Santa, loses magical powers if touched, and goes on strike if the kids are naughty, then that’s great! Do what works for you. If you don’t do the Elf, that’s great too. Create your own family traditions and rituals! We do. And ours include our Elf on the Shelf. However, there are an increasingly number of negative posts against the Elf on the Shelf and I feel someone needs to defend family fun! Lots of great ideas at

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THE NUTCRACKER: A HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS FOR 11TH YEAR! Laila North This year marks the 11th Anniversary for Cadance Academy’s annual production of The Nutcracker at Festival Theatre. With performances on December 10 and 11, this lively and colourful production is sure to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit and impress audiences of all ages. Cadance Academy’s Director, Gaea Jess, is looking forward to this year's show. “We’ve all been working so hard on this production – as they say putting our 'blood, sweat and tears' into it. I’m so proud of our dancers, and the show just gets better and better every year. We always have new additions to keep it fresh and exciting! This year we’ve added four charismatic Reindeer and brought back the Arabian dancers to the Land of the Sweets as well as a few other changes but you’ll just have to come and see it for yourself!”, beams Gaea.

This year’s cast includes the debut of local dancers Izaak Oulton as The Nutcracker and Erinn Nafthal as Clara. Erinn is currently in the Advanced Ballet level at Cadance Academy and has attended Canada's National Ballet School and Ballet Jörgen's Summer Intensives. It was eight years ago when Erinn first danced in The Nutcracker as a party scene guest and one of Mother Ginger’s children. “For me, to be Clara is an absolute dream of mine! I am so thrilled to have gotten this role in The Nutcracker. Ever since I started dancing in The Nutcracker, I was always so fascinated and in such awe of the girl who portrayed Clara. After one rehearsal watching, I immediately wanted to someday portray Clara. I think it's absolutely awesome that Cadance Academy puts on such an amazing show every year. The time and dedication put into the whole show by all the performers,

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Izaak started dancing at Cadance Academy when he was four years old but only became serious about it five years ago when he saw The Nutcracker and aspired to that role by taking up regular ballet training. “When I found out I was this year’s Nutcracker, I was excited but nervous. I’d hoped one day to play the role and now that I am, it seems surreal.” When asked why he thinks more boys should get involved he says, “There aren’t a lot of male roles in ballets so it’s unbalanced. Society’s outlook on boys dancing needs to change. I hope it will in the near future. Anybody who wants to start dancing should, no matter your gender and what style you prefer, dancing is good for the body and mind!” Cadance Academy offers full year classes in ballet for children and adults, jazz, contemporary, and modern-acro, as well as seasonal 8-week and 10-week sessions throughout the year. There are just two shows! Performances take place at 7pm on Saturday, December 10 and at 2pm on Sunday, December 11. Both shows were near sell-outs in 2015 so the public is encouraged to buy tickets well in advance. “I am very excited for this year's Nutcracker and I hope everyone comes out and enjoys the show!”, Erinn says. Tickets are $20 for Adults; and $15 for Students, Seniors, and Children. They are available from the Acadia Box Office (902-542-5500), Cadance Academy (902-6793616), or at Wild Lily in Wolfville.

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WEEKLY EVENTS PLEASE NOTE: Event information may change without notice.


Gab and Grub Social — CMHA Kings County Branch,

Kentville 1–3pm. Social time for adults who independently live with mental illness, including anxiety and depression. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-670-4103 / The Hantsport Seniors & Elders Club “Drop-in” — St. Andrews Church Hall, Hantsport 1–4pm. Play an assortment of games with a tea-break at 3pm. All ages! INFO: 902-352-2085 / 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 / Taekwondo — Baptist Church, North Alton 6:30–7:30pm (kids), 7:30–8:30pm (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 / NonDuality Meetup — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7pm–9pm. Every other Thursday (Next: Dec. 8). Non-denominational discussion of life and our place in the scheme of things. 19+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-365-5235 / Tremont Board Game Café — Tremont Hall, 738 Tremont Mountain Rd., 7–9:30pm, every 1st and 3rd Thursday (Next: Dec. 1, 15). The newest, coolest games in a friendly, relaxed environment. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-765-4326 Jam Session — Community Centre, Wilmot 7–10pm TIX: $2 INFO: 902-825-3125 Music Jam — Community Hall, Cambridge Station 7–10pm TIX: donation INFO: 902-538-9957 /


Art for Wellness — Canadian Mental Health Association,

New Minas 1–4pm. Arts and crafts program for adults who live independently with mental illness, including depression and anxiety. Materials provided. TIX: no charge, but please pre-register. INFO: 902-670-4103 / Chase The Ace — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 5–7pm • Dec. 2: Open Mic. in the lounge hosted by Ryan Cook. Dec. 9: “The Oxbow Mountain Boys” perform. Cash bar. 19+ TIX: Tickets 3 for $5. Supper $8. Dessert $2. INFO: 902-538-5815 Chase the Ace — Curling Club, Middleton 6:30–8pm • Draw at 8pm. Enjoy playing cribbage, Crokinole, Yahtzee in the dining hall. TIX: 3 tickets for $5. INFO: 902-825-2695 / Boardgame Night — C@P Lab, Wolfville Public Library, 7pm. Bring your games! Ages 12+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-790-4536 / Avon Spirit Coffeehouse — Avon River Heritage Museum, Newport Landing 7pm • Open Mic, followed by jam. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-757-1718 / Friday Night Jam — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville, 7–10pm. INFO: 902-542-5869 /


Wolfville Farmers’ Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 8:30am–1pm INFO: December 3 Music: Pat & Katie Theme: Get Un-Scrooged December 10 Music: Steve Lee Theme: Yule Market Drop in and Drum! — Baptist Church, Wolfville 1–2:30pm. W/Bruno Allard. Learn to play the djembe with rhythms & songs from

West Africa. Drums provided. FEE: $5–$10 INFO: / facebook: Djembes and Duns Wolfville Chase the Ace — Legion, Kingston 1–3pm. Tickets are 3 for $5. Draw 3:30pm. 19+ to play. INFO: 902-765-4428 / 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:


The Alton Funtimers 50+ Group — North Alton Baptist

Church-ARC, 1:30pm. Meets first Monday of each month (next: Dec. 5). Games, refreshments and fun. Free will donation for coffee/tea. Bring a friend. INFO: Windsor Game Night — Library, Windsor 6pm. Board game group. New players welcome! FEE: no charge INFO: / The Berwick Makery — Berwick District School “Hive” (former Family Studies Room) 6–8pm. Hang out, work on projects, learn new skills, and teach each other! December 5: Learn to knit December 12: No Makery! December 19: Handmade gifts TIX: $2 INFO: 902-538-4019 / Toastmasters — 2nd Floor, K.C. Irving Centre, Acadia 6:30–8:30pm. Communication and leadership skill-building for students and community members. INFO: Kings Community Concert Band — Bishop’s Hall, Greenwich 7:15pm. Music with a little challenge. New members welcome. Some instruments available for use. INFO: Andrea Lynn, 902-542-4158 /


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friendship, and confidentiality while grieving the death of a loved one. 1st & 3rd Tues. each month (Next: Dec. 6), in Kentville and Berwick. BERWICK: Western Kings Mem. Health Centre,10am–12pm. KENTVILLE: United Baptist Church, Kentville 2–4pm. Sponsored by Careforce. INFO: 902-681-8239 / Gaeilge sa Ghleann – Irish in the Valley — Greenwood, 1pm. Learn to speak Gaeilge! INFO: / Facebook: Gaeilge sa Ghleann Rug Hooking in Kentville — Kentville Lower Recreation Centre (354 Main Street), 1–3pm. If you are a rug hooker or want to learn, join us for social hooking! Tea/coffee available, $5 drop in fee. INFO: Mona, Rug Hooking — 57 Eden Row, Greenwich 1–3:30pm. Drop-in rug hooking. FEE: donation INFO: Kay, 902-697-2850 Toastmasters Club — Birchall Training Centre, Greenwood 6:30pm. Develop leadership skills using a variety of tools including speaking off the cuff and speaking in public. TIX: no charge INFO: Christine, 902-825-1061 / Jijuktukwejk (ji-ji-WUK-tuk) Watershed Alliance — Berwick Lions Club, 7pm. 3rd Tues. each month (Next: Dec. 20). Learn about the river, paddling and hiking along the banks, and help to make it cleaner. INFO: Jennifer, 902-538-0520 / Valley Voices — Kentville Baptist Church CE Centre, 7–9:30pm. A vibrant, female a cappella show chorus. Women of any age are welcome. INFO: / 902-448-2414 / Board Game Night — Paddy’s Pub, Wolfville 8pm–12am TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-0059 /

Cardio Kickboxing — Baptist Church, North Alton 8:30–9:30pm. Adult class to improve coordination, strength building, cardiovascular improvements, self defence, stress reduction, and weight reduction. TIX: no charge for 1st week of classes INFO: 902-365-5660 /


What’s Brewin, 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 — Rec. Centre, Kentville 10am–2pm. Open year-round. INFO: / Valley Youth Project — Louis Millett Community Complex, Rm 128, New Minas, 6:30–8:30pm.

First and third Wed. of each month, Sept–June (Next: Dec. 7). Social drop-in for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, 25 years & under. FEE: no charge INFO: Wolfville Farmers’ Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 4–7pm December 7 Music: Andy Flinn December 14 Music: Graham Howes INFO: Chase The Ace — Lions Club, Wolfville 5–8:15pm. INFO: 902-542-4508 / Wolfville Community Choir — St. Francis of Assisi Parish Centre, 118 Main St., Wolfville. 6–7:30pm. W/Susan Dworkin, Director. New members welcome! INFO: 902-300-1001 / New Horizons Band — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7pm. Sept. to May. Fun, informal community band under the direction of Brian Johnston. New members welcome! FEE: small fee per term to cover expenses INFO: 902-542-7557 /

@ THE LI B RA RY For 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.


Fibre Ops — Library, Windsor 10am–12pm. Also Dec. 9 • Bring your own project. INFO: 902-798-5424 BusyBabies — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 11:30am–12pm • For ages 0–2 and caregivers. INFO: 902-684-0103 Forgotten Heroes Presentations — Vaughan Memorial Library, Wolfville 1:30pm • Acadia History students are putting on a presentation entitled, “Forgotten Heroes: Untold Stories of World War One. INFO: 902-585-1504 /


Christmas Cookie Exchange Party — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 10–11:30am • Join us for some holiday baking

fun. Bring three dozen of your favourite homemade Christmas cookies with seven copies of the recipe to share. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Book in the Nook — Memorial Library, Wolfville 10–10:30am. Also Dec. 13 • Suggested age:

3–5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required. INFO: 902-542-5760 Christmas Library Lab — Isabel & Roy Jodrey

Memorial Library, Hantsport 3–4:30pm. Also Dec. 13 • Make your own Christmas ornaments and help

decorate the library tree. For ages 10–14. INFO: 902-684-0103 Christmas Craft Fun — Library, Kingston 3:30–5pm • We’re making fun and easy Christmas ornaments with ages 4–7yrs. Parental accompaniment required. INFO: 902-765-3631


Talk Sing Read! Storytime — Library, Berwick 9:45–10:15am. Also Dec. 14 • Geared towards ages 0–5, but all ages welcome! INFO: 902-538-4030 Storytime — Library, Kentville 11–11:30am. Also Dec. 14 • Suggested age: 2–5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required. INFO: 902-679-2544 Fibre Craft — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 1–3pm. Also Dec. 14 • For knitters, hookers, crocheters, weavers and spinners.


Share stitches & time. Bring your own project. INFO: 902-684-0103


Between the Covers Bookclub — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 6:30–8:30pm • This month’s selection is “The Birth House” by Ami McKay. Bring a favourite mug and join us for coffee or tea and conversation. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


The Hangout: Get Your Game On! — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 6:30– 8pm • Calling all young adults who love to play games! Spend your Friday night hanging out with your friends, listening to music and munching on snacks. And playing games, games and more games! For ages 10–14. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Christmas Crafts with Marian — Library, Windsor 6–8pm • Join us for a Christmas craft evening suitable for intermediate adult crafters. Preregistration required. INFO: 902-798-5424 Dungeons And Dragons — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 6:30–8:30pm • Join a group of hearty adventure seekers in their pursuit of the Dark Rider. This fantasy role-playing game promotes teamwork, cooperation and shared storytelling. For ages 14–17. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Cozy Corner Christmas Storytime — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 10:30– 11:30am • A fun-filled hour of Christmas stories, rhymes, games and crafts. For ages 2–6 yrs and their caregivers. INFO: 902-684-0103


Ugly Christmas Sweater Coffee Party — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 10am–12pm • Join us for some holiday cheer to help us celebrate this wonderful time of the year! It’s time to pull out your most tacky sweater and wear it with pride! INFO: 902-825-4835 Christmas Fun & Fables — Library, Windsor 10:30–11:30am • A special hour of Christmas stories, songs, rhymes and craft time for preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their caregivers. Registration required. INFO: 902-798-5424 Third Thursday Social — Library, Windsor 2–4pm • Join us for some easy listening entertainment provided by local musicians, while you read, browse, do the puzzle, or just relax. INFO: 902-798-5424 December 1 – 15, 2016 | 11



Book Launch:”Notes from a Feminist Killjoy” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 5:30pm • Assistant professor at Acadia University, Erin Wunker launches her new book, a collection of nonfiction essays. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / Valley Vines — Farmers Market, Wolfville 6–9pm • Valley Vines wine pairing night. Taste what Nova Scotia has to offer for great gifts and holiday party ideas! TIX: $40 at the door INFO: 902-670-3536 / Acadia University Orchestra & Horton Youth Orchestra — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7:30–8:30pm • A concert with RAVEL “Mother Goose Suite”, HOLST “Egdon Heath”, RESPIGHI “Antiche Danze”, IVES “The Unanswered Question”. TIX: donation INFO: 902-585-1512 /


Customer Appreciation Day — The ClayGround, Wolfville 11am–9pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-2169 / Valley Child - A Retrospective — Thorsten Gallery, Windsor 2–4pm, and 6–8pm • Jockie LoomerKruger, local writer and folk artist, will be reading from Valley Child – A Memoir, about growing up in the Annapolis Valley. A retrospective of her art will also be on display as she divulges some of her favourite moments from this collection of childhood stories intended for adult readers. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-472-3510 / Chicken Dinner — Lions Club, Wolfville 4–6pm • Proceeds benefit the Wolfville Home and School Renovation Fund. Vegetarian option and Take Out available. TIX: $14 adult, $8 children under 10 @ The Wolfville School, Inquisitive Toy Company, and from students (cash only) INFO: Santa Comes to Kingston — Credit Union Centre, Kingston 6–8pm • A visit from Santa –

free skating, hot chili, Jimmy Dogs, face painting, balloon creations & more. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-2800 /

Live Drive thru Nativity — Baptist Church, New Minas 6:30–8:30pm. Also Dec. 3 • Experience a Night in Bethlehem. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-681-7683 / Music Jam — Recreation & Culture Centre, Black Rock 7–10pm • Music Jam with dance floor. TIX: donation INFO: Open Mic by Ryan Cook — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 7:30pm • The Lounge down stairs, use the back door. Cash bar. TIX: donation INFO: 902-538-7397 / Warchild 10 — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 8–10:30pm • Ian Sherwood, Hupman Brothers Band, Caleb Miles, Ryan Roberts, North Mountain Chorus, Harry Roberts Dark For Dark, Francois Cote, Erica MacKinnon, Bob Federer, Darrin Harvey will delight in musical support of this wonderful and essential charity. TIX: $15 @ Just Us Cafe (Wolfville) INFO: 902-538-9464 / Friday Night Live — Community Hall, Cambridge Station 8–11pm • Intimate evening with music and dancing. TIX: $6. Buy advanced tickets at the hall

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on Thursday evening, or call. INFO: 902-538-7666 /


Lions Breakfast — St Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall, Hantsport 7–10am • Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, juice, tea or coffee. TIX: $7 adult, $3.50 children 6–12 yrs., no charge under 5 INFO:

Traditional Breakfast — United Baptist Church, Canning 7:30–10:30am • Pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, beans, scrambled eggs, toast. (Gluten free pancakes and toast) TIX: donation INFO: 902-582-3827 / Christmas Holiday Ticket Auction — Curling Club, Middleton 8am–7:30pm • Fabulous annual Holiday Fete and Ticket Auction – great prizes, gingerbread fantasies, bake sale. Watch some curling as the Holiday Funspiel takes place on the ice. Ticket draw starting at 7:30pm. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-6977 / Breakfast — Lions Club, Berwick 8–10am • TIX: donation INFO: 902-844-1440 / Breakfast With Santa — Community Hall, North Alton 8–10am • Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage,

pancakes, toast, muffins, tea, coffee/juice...with Santa! Candy Canes for the kids. Also a Bake Table TIX: $6 adult, $4 child, no charge for preschoolers. INFO:

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 9am–3pm • Also canteen,

50/50 draw. TIX: $2 INFO:

Last Day for Christmas Miracle Help — Recreation Centre, Kentville 9am–12pm • Last day

to apply to receive gifts for Kings County from the 2016 Kinsmen & Kinette Christmas Miracle. TIX: no charge INFO:

Craft Fair & Bake Tables — Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross 10am–4pm. Also Dec. 4 • Proudly part of the New Ross Christmas Festival! TIX: no charge INFO: Cookie Walk Fundraiser — Salvation Army Church, Kentville 10am–8pm • Get your Christmas

Baking at the cookie walk fundraiser put on by the Women’s Ministry. TIX: Fill a container (provided) with cookies/squares for $7. INFO: 902-678-3181

Christmas Craft Fair & Luncheon — Community Centre, Woodville 10am–2pm • Local crafters, bake table, Luncheon Menu: Chowder Lunch $9 includes: tea biscuit, drink and gingerbread with hot sauce. Sandwich Plate $5 includes: drink and a sweet. TIX: no admission charge INFO: Holiday Open House — Grand Pré Winery, Grand Pré 11am–5pm • Featuring gift ideas, gift basket discounts, promotions, and free goodies! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-1753 / Turkey Dinner & Supper — Forties Community Centre, New Ross 11:30am–1:30pm, 2:30– 4:30pm. Also Dec. 4 • Turkey dinner, with all the trimmings. Proudly part of the New Ross Christmas Festival. TIX: $12 adult, $6 age 12 and under, $3 under 5 INFO:

Grow with Art, Children’s Workshop — NSCC Kingstec, Kentville 1–3pm • W/Darlene Lindh.

Steve Lee Duo — La Torta Woodfired Pizzeria, Wolfville NS 6–9pm • Enjoy Jazz and Contemporary

Author Signing Event — The Inside Story Bookstore, Greenwood 1–4pm • Local author

Christmas at Acadia - University Chorus — Convocation Hall, Wolfville 7pm • An evening

Ages 6–14. Art works may be returned/exchanged at this time. TIX: $2 per child INFO: 902-542-0234

signing event. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-6116 /

Valley Stamp Club — Community Centre, Port Williams 1:30–3:30pm • Bi-monthly meeting.

Doors open at noon for members trading, talk etc. Visitors welcome. TIX: Annual dues: $6, $1 per meeting INFO: 902-665-4577 /

Yuletide Tea “A Woodsy Wonderland” — Kings County Museum, Kentville 2–3pm • The Kings Historical Society will be hosting their annual Yuletide Cream Tea. Bake Shoppe, Live Music, Yuletide Victorian Parlour exhibit. TIX: Suggested $8 minimum donation. INFO: 902-678-6237 / Christmas Tea and Sale — United Church, Kingston 2–4pm • Sandwiches and festive sweets, White Elephant sale, jams, pickles, crafts, bake table and more! TIX: donation INFO: 902-765-3621 / Snow Lay on the Ground — Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville 2:30–4:30pm, and 7–9pm • Join the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir as they present holiday music from both senior and junior choirs. Also, Holiday bake sale. TIX: Advance tickets: $15 adult, $5 student/child (+Ticketpro service fees @ 1-888-311-9090 / At the door, if available: $20 adult, $10 student/child. INFO: Hot Chocolate Fun Run — Waterfront Park, Wolfville 3–4pm • Exercise is Medicine Canada

at Acadia is partnering with Acadia Mental Health Society to bring you a 5km run/3km walk, for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Have a great time and learn how exercise can benefit your health and your life! AND… hot chocolate at the finish line! Start time 3pm, snow, rain or shine. TIX: donation INFO:

Maria Gallagher, “Red Sparrow’s Glorious Maritime Adventure” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 3–4pm • Maria Gallaugher will join us at the bookshop to read from her book. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / Kid’s dance with Santa — Lions Club, Berwick 4:30–6:30pm • Dance to your holiday favorites and have a dance or two with Santa. Music by Katz DJ Services, finger food/drinks and a little something from Santa. TIX: $3 advance, $4 at the door INFO: Linda, 903-385-9045 / Christmas Dinner — Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, Hantsport 5:30–8pm • Lovely

3-course Christmas Dinner starting with an appetizer, followed by turkey and all the trimmings, then a decadent dessert. Hosted by HMCC. TIX: $35 per person INFO:

Eight Course French Dinner — Berwick Legion, 6pm • Fundraiser for 507 Flt. Lt. McLean Royal

Canadian Air Cadet Squadron’s trip to Ottawa next March in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Courses will be Mellon Port o,onion soup, Salade Nicoise, pate, Coquilles St Jacques, Boeuf Bourguignon, cheese plate, pastries. Lots of French bread. White and red wines. TIX: $40 INFO: Berwick Legion, 902-538-9340 / Chris, 902-538-5815

music while dining in Wolfville TIX: no charge INFO:

of carols, holiday music and reflection with the Acadia University Chorus. TIX: $10 at the door, no charge for students with ID INFO: 902-585-1512 /

Benefit Dance — Community Centre, Gaspereau 8pm–12am • W/Heather Kelday and South Of The River. All Proceeds go to L’Arche Wolfville building project. TIX: $15 advance tickets. Please call. 19+ INFO: 902-542-3158 /

Christmas Dance — Lions Club, Berwick 9pm– 12:30am • Dance to your favorite holiday classics and other great tunes. Music by Katz DJ Services Bar, 50/50, door prizes. Santa may even stop by. TIX: $5 in advance (please call), $6 at the door INFO: Linda, 903-385-9045 /


Corn Chowder / Chili Lunch — Community Hall, White Rock 11:30am–1:30pm • Corn Chowder & Chili Lunch, apple crisp or gingerbread for dessert, tea/coffee. Proceeds for hall maintenance. TIX: $8 per person INFO: 902-542-1164 / Holiday Puppet Making Workshop — The Mermaid Loft, 112 Gerrish St., Windsor 12–1pm • Drop-in to make your own holiday-themed puppet, led by Mermaid’s Production Associate and Workshop Coordinator, Struan Robertson. TIX: $5 per puppet. INFO: 902-798-5841 / Dessert Party — Falmouth Hall, Falmouth 2–4pm • Come for a delicious treat, hot beverage, and music. Buy tickets to win a gift basket or a lotto tree.


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TICKET GIVEAWAY– CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO: FEZZIWIG'S ROBIN HOOD: THE FOREST AWAKENS. Festival Theatre, Wolfville. Friday, December 16, 7pm Draw date: Friday, December 9. Enter all draws: Fundraiser for the West Hants Warriors Peewee AA hockey team. TIX: $7 per person, includes dessert and beverage. INFO: 902-352-2137 /

Cardinal Points Christmas Concert — Avon United Church, Hantsport 2–4pm • Secular

and religious Christmas music performed by the amazing vocal group Cardinal Points. TIX: donation INFO:

Christmas in Wolfville — Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville 3–4:30pm • Soprano, Susan Dworkin and pianist, Andrea Mathis present a wonderful program of classical Christmas songs. Music to soothe, inspire and transport you into the Christmas spirit. TIX: $25 per person, by reservation @ Long & McQuade (New Minas), or by phone. INFO: 902-300-1001 / Fundy Cinema screens L’AVENIR (THINGS TO COME) — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 4 & 7pm • Parisian philosophy teacher Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. When her husband one day announces he is leaving her for another woman, she must reinvent her life. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050 Celebration Under the Stars — United Baptist Church, Kentville 6:30–7:30pm • An evening


Christmas Soup & Dessert Luncheon — Orchard Valley United Church, New Minas 11:45am– 1pm • Sausage & squash, or creamy cabbage soup, homemade biscuits, rolls, tea/coffee, and gingerbread w/lemon sauce. Take-outs available (order by 12pm, Dec. 5) TIX: $8 per person INFO: 902-681-0366 x1 / Canada’s National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women — Farmers Market, Wolfville 4:30–5:30pm • Candle ceremony to commemorate the lives of the 14 women who were killed on Dec 6, 1989 at the École Polytechnique in Montreal by a gunman who blamed feminists for his failures. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-585-1122 / Public Hearing & Municipal Council — County of Kings Municipal Complex, Kentville 6pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999

Art & Desserts — L’Arche Homefires, Wolfville 6:30–8pm • Come and join us for desserts and refreshment. Enjoy your treats surrounded by exquisite Cornerstone Art. A perfect opportunity to get a unique present for that special someone! At L’Arche Homefires Day Program Cornerstone. TIX: $4 at the door and a food bank donation. INFO: 902-542-1943

of music by the church family for the whole family. Christmas concert featuring singing from people of all ages! Freewill offering, cake to follow, all welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-3162 /

CFUW December Meeting — Welcome Centre, Wolfville 7–9:30pm • A short business

Walk thru Nativity — Baptist Church, New Minas 6:30–8:30pm • Come and experience a Night in Bethlehem. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-681-7683 /

Wolfville & Area Newcomers’ Club — Farmers Market, Wolfville 7:30pm • Monthly meeting. Speaker: Local author, David Mossman. David will provide a reading and discussion from his newest book Oceans of Rum. TIX: no charge INFO:

Christmas With Friends — Convocation Hall, Wolfville 7–9:30pm • Christmas concert hosted by Rachel MacLean with special guests Heather Rankin and Evans & Doherty. TIX: $25 @ Valley Pharmasaves, Independent Grocers, Stirling Fruit Farms, Acadia Box Office INFO: 902-542-5500 /


KEYSS Clinic — L.E. Shaw Elementary School, Avonport 9am–1:15pm • Any 3-year-old living in Kings County can be registered to attend a KEYSS clinic. We offer valuable information on children’s behaviours. We will screen your child for preschool development, and we will assess hearing, speech and vision. TIX: no charge INFO:902-678-6111 /

Dessert Tea & Ticket Auction — Fire Hall, Waterville 6:30–8:30pm • Berwick Pathfinders and Rangers (Girl Guides of Canada) annual dessert tea and ticket auction. Draws at 8pm. TIX: $5 dessert buffet, Ticket auction tickets 10 for $1 INFO: 902-599-1833 / International Coffee House — Clark Commons, Wolfville 7pm • A casual evening of globallyinspired performances, including special guests: Acadia World Drumming, ORO! Orkestra, and possibly... YOU! Co-presented by Acadia School of Music and the Acadia Chinese Students Association. TIX: no charge INFO:

meeting followed by a Musical Evening with the Dukes of Kent. Refreshments. TIX: no charge INFO:

Kings County Wildlife — NSCC Kingstec Campus, Rm 109, Kentville 8pm • Speaker: Andrew Reid

from Marine Animal Response Society. TIX: no charge INFO:


Christmas Recital — Wolfville Baptist Church 6pm • The studio of Susan Dworkin presents… The Annual Foodbank Fundraiser, featuring Voice and Piano students, The Wolfville Community Choir, and Il Barbe! TIX: $10 suggested donation, and a food bank item. INFO: Open Rehearsal — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7pm • The Wolfville New Horizons Band is having

an “Open Rehearsal” Christmas get together. Great listening for everyone, young, old, and in-between! INFO:

Fundy Cinema screens WHERE THE UNIVERSE SINGS: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF LAWREN HARRIS — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7pm • An intimate portrait of one of the co-founders of the Group of Seven who has become the most valued artist in Canadian history, featuring rare archival footage and interviews with the top Harris experts. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050 Jam Session — Lions Club, Kentville 7–9:30pm. Also Dec. 14 • Play, sing or just sit back and listen. All styles, abilities welcome. Bring a snack to share, if you can! TIX: $2 per person INFO: 902-679-2367 /


Annual Seniors Christmas Breakfast — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8:30–10:30am • TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-7173 / Songs of Peace and Light — United Church, Berwick 7pm • The North Mountain

Chorus will be presenting Songs of Peace and Light for the holiday season. TIX: donation INFO:

A Christmas Musical Celebration — Kings Riverside Court, Kentville 7–8pm • A Christmas musical presentation that includes instrumentalists, ensembles, soloists, and the whole choir! Joyful and uplifting. Presented by the Kentville Baptist Church choir and friends. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-3162 /


Community Breakfast — Masonic Hall, Berwick 7:30–10:30am • Eggs (fried or scrambled), bacon & sausage, pancakes, toast & jam, tea/coffee/juice. Tours of the Lodge Hall available. TIX: $7 adult, $3 children INFO: 902-538-8351 Community Breakfast — Baptist Church, Kingston 8–10am • Traditional breakfast items and healthy choices such as fruit, yogurt and homemade muffins. We greatly appreciate the Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys for partnering with us for our healthy menu choices. TIX: donation INFO: Valley Trekkers Volksport Club — Aurora Inn, 831 Main Street, Kingston 10am (9:30am registration) • This is a 5/10km, 1A walk. TIX: no

charge INFO: 902-765-4051 / 902-847-1772

Seymour Hamilton, “The Hippies Who Meant it” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 7–8pm • Author Susan Haley will host Seymour Hamilton at the bookshop for a reading! Books will be available for purchase and signing. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 /

Coffee Party — Community Hall, Greenwich 10–11:30am • Relax with coffee cake and coffee/ tea. Proceeds for hall upkeep. TIX: $7 per person INFO: 902-542-7412 /


Christmas Home Tour Wolfville — St. John’s Anglican Church, Wolfville 11am–3pm • Meander through three homes along Main Street festively decorated for the holidays, then enjoy warm gingerbread served at our beautiful church. TIX: $20. Tickets available at each home, the church, or in advance at Stirlings Farm Market (Greenwich) INFO: 902-542-3421 /

Seniors Group — Christian Fellowship Centre, Wilmot 12–2pm • Luncheon, games, crafts, sing songs, exercises, sitting and chatting with neighbours, and a coffee/tea. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-2386 Craft And Bake Sale — Windsor Elms Village, Falmouth 1–4pm • Various sellers. TIX: donation INFO: 902-472-3654 The Merchant of Venice — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7–10pm • From the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s play about justice and mercy, starring double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce as Shylock. TIX: $20 at the door INFO: Jockie Loomer-Kruger, “Valley Child: A Memoir” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 7–8pm • Jockie will join us for a reading and discussion of her memoir Valley Child. Copies will be available for sale and signing. We hope to see you there! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / Oxbow Mountain Boys — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 7:30pm • The Lounge downstairs, use the back door. Open to the public. Cash bar TIX: donation INFO: 902-538-7397 / Legion Dance — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8pm–12am • Music by Lady Rogue.

19+ TIX: $5 per person INFO: 902-798-2031 /

ORO! Festive Dance Party — Farmers Market, Wolfville 8pm • Celebrate the festive season in style

with ORO! Orkestra! A fun evening of music, circle or freestyle dancing, and assorted wild shenanigans. Bring a festive snack to share! TIX: $10, $5 students INFO:

Karaoke — Royal Canadian Legion, Canning 9pm– 12:30am • w/Bev Sheffield and Paul Benjamin. 19+

Darts Open Doubles — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 10:30am • TIX: $25 team INFO: 902-678-8935

CHRISTMAS by the SEA — Lloyd Memorial Hall, Kingsport 1–4pm • Holiday House Tour and Tea. TIX: $20 INFO: 902-300-3815 / This Place, Songs From The Annapolis Valley — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 4pm & 8pm • Presented by Ruby Throated Records. 10 valley artists with The Hupman Brothers Band perform their original songs about our home. TIX: $20 @ The Rolled Oat Cafe (Wolfville) INFO: 902-542-9786 / Steve Lee Duo — La Torta Woodfired Pizzeria, Wolfville 6–9pm • Enjoy Jazz and Contemporary

music while dining in Wolfville TIX: no charge INFO:

Four Seasons Orchestra Christmas concert — War Memorial Community Centre, Windsor 7pm • Enjoy a concert of orchestral music! TIX: $10 INFO: 902-798-1730 Christmas Concert — New Minas Elementary School, New Minas 7pm • Featuring The Dukes

Of Kent, along with Two Quartets. Proceeds going to the New Minas Elementary School Music Program. TIX: donation INFO: Chris, 902-678-8865

Carols and Cookies — St. John’s Anglican Church, Wolfville 7–8:30pm • An evening of singing Christmas carols with special performances by the choir and students from the Acadia School of Music. Cookies and light refreshments will follow. TIX: donation INFO:

TIX: $5 INFO: 902-582-7246

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Hallelujah: Christmas with the Bedford Brass Quintet — Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville 7:30–9pm • Classical and pop holiday favourites, including excerpts from Handel’s ‘Messiah’. From ancient hymns to Christmas movie magic, this concert has it all! TIX: $15, $5 students @ the door. INFO: Ecstatic Dance Fundraiser — Bishop Hall, Greenwich 7:30–10pm • Let’s Dance Annapolis

Valley fundraiser to pay off the subwoofer for LDAV. Ecstatic Dance is about intentionally coming together to dance on your bare feet. The music flow takes you on a 15 hour journey. TIX: $15 general, $10 underemployed, no charge for age 16 and under INFO: 902-825-3954

Working Class Band — Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville 8pm • The Working Class Band

from Antigonish blend elements of Soul, Blues, R&B and Reggae with an inspiring groove, smooth vocals, soul-stirring guitar & colourful keys. TIX: $25, $10 students INFO: 902-825-6834 /


Piano Recital / House Concert — Personal Home, Wolfville 3–5pm • Well-known pianist and composer Peter Allen will play a solo recital in the intimate setting of a house concert. Limited seating, please reserve! TIX: $40 adults/seniors, $20 students. Ticket revenue exclusively for musician fee. INFO: 902-542-6125 / Fundy Cinema screens LITTLE MEN — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 4 & 7pm • In his follow-up to Love is Strange, Ira Sachs takes a compassionate look at the way in which adult problems impact childhood relationships when a rent dispute between their parents puts the budding friendship of two Brooklyn teenagers at risk. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050 Christmas Décor House Tour — United Church, Kingston 4–8pm • Tour will consist of one beautiful church & four private homes. Tour will conclude at Kingston United Church for refreshments. TIX: $10 @ Kingston Pharmasave INFO: Joann, 902-765-0105 / Christmas Concert — 14 Wing Greenwood, Greenwood 7pm • Presented by the 14 Wing Band, joined by Honorary Colonel Terry Kelly, Andy Duinker, Kingston Elementary School Choir, Canadian Military Wives’ Choir of Greenwood. Open to the general public. Remember to bring picture ID for access to the Base. TIX: no charge. Food bank donations graciously accepted. INFO:


Valley Gardeners Club Christmas Social — NSCC Kingstec, Rm. 2101, Kentville 7:30pm • Bria Stokesbury and Kate Adams from the Courthouse Museum, Kentville will be speaking on “Treasured Ornaments”. Time to show off your favorite finger food. Bring your appetite and singing voice. Members only. INFO: 902-681-0049


Community Luncheon — Lions Club, Kingston 12–1pm • Turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert, coffee and tea. Enjoy a great meal! TIX: $9, $9.50 delivered (Kingston/Greenwood area only. Order by 10:30am) INFO: 902-765-2128 Craft and Bake Sale — Dykeland Lodge, Windsor 1–4pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-8346 /

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The Startup Life: Feel The Frost Byte — Patterson Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville 7pm • w/John

Frost. From the early days of Frostbyte Interactive, Aerhyve Aerial Technologies, and now PrecisionHawk, John’s pursuit of innovative products and services in the digital tech space runs years long. Join us for a fireside chat with John where we will explore the inner working of a person committed to the startup life. We will examine his failures, study lessons learned from the startup trenches, and most importantly celebrate his successes. INFO:



Fezziwig’s Robin Hood: The Forest Awakens — Festival Theatre, Wolfville Dec. 16, 17, 7–9:30pm, Dec. 17, 2pm • The Fezziwig Society takes a fresh

look at Robin Hood and the gang in Nottingham. TIX: $15 adults; $10 students $40 family rate (2 adults, 2 children) Purchase Tickets at; Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville INFO:

The Celtic Christmas Show — Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor Dec. 17, 7–9:30pm • The Celtic Christmas Show is a theatrical

Christmas Farmers Market — Annapolis Valley First Nations Community Center, Cambridge NS 11am–3pm • Fresh vegetables, Christmas crafts, jams and jellies, Christmas cookies and more! Lunch available to purchase, homemade chowder or chili, and homemade biscuits. TIX: no admission charge, $6.50 lunch INFO: 902-538-1444

production featuring some of the top Celtic artists in the Maritimes! TIX: $35/ $25 12-and-under including fees INFO: 902-880-0392 /


Jennifer Angus — Acadia Art Gallery, Wolfville. Until Dec. 6 • “Hope is the Only Bee.. that makes

Heather Pyrcz, “The Caves of Castleguard” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 7–8pm • The launch of Heather Pyrcz’s new book, the first in a trilogy of fantasy novels collectively called The Tales of the Shining Mountains. TIX: no charge INFO:

Valley Child: A Retrospective — Thorsten Gallery, Windsor Dec. 2–16 • Artist/ Author reading Dec. 2, 2pm & 6pm 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.

LIVE THEATRE The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 7:30pm, Dec. 4, 2pm • A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun! TIX: $10 adult, $5 children 12 and under. INFO: 902-678-8040 / Sleeping Beauty — AVM Morfee Center, Greenwood Dec. 1, 2, 3, 7:30pm • Presented

by The Greenwood Players. TIX: $8 @ Pharmasave (Kingston, Middleton), at the door, or by phone. INFO: 902-804-0735 / 902-840-3853

Dickens’, A Christmas Carol — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Dec. 8, 7:30pm • The classic holiday show brought lovingly to life. Scrooge has one night. One chance. Three Spirits. TIX: $25, $15 @ The Box of Delights Bookshop (Wolfville), at the door. INFO: 902-466-2769 / A Child’s Christmas in Wales — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville Dec. 9, 7pm • Caravan Theatre brings alive the magic of Christmas with its dramatic retelling of Dylan Thomas’ timeless classic. TIX: $10, or $30/family @ Box of Delights Bookstore (Wolfville) INFO: The Nutcracker — Festival Theatre, Wolfville Dec. 10, 7pm, Dec. 11, 2pm • Cadance Academy’s presents its eleventh annual production of The Nutcracker, a magical performance of the much-loved ballet classic and traditional Christmas favourite. TIX: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students/children @ Acadia Box Office (Wolfville), Cadance Academy (New Minas), Wild Lily (Wolfville) INFO: 902-679-3616 /

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS (cont'd) TAOIST TAI CHI™ — Beginner and Continuing Classes, Tuesday, 6pm–9pm, Thursday, 11am– 2pm. Louis Millet Community Centre, New Minas. • New Beginners Classes start Mid-February. INFO: Mary Anne, 902 -678-4609 / Art Lessons — Classical Realism; drawing, painting, oil and watercolour. • Beginners and experienced, children and adults. Tremendously rewarding, therapeutic, and relaxing. Enhances self esteem. INFO: 902-678-4379 /

EXHIBITS honey without flowers” TIX: no charge INFO: 902-585-1373 /

General Meeting — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30pm • New members welcome! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-2031 /

in Wolfville and Canning. Great Christmas gift! INFO: 902-698-9611 / /

MUSEUMS The Old Kings Courthouse Museum (Kings County Museum) — 37 Cornwallis St., Kentville. Open M–F, 9am–4pm through Dec. 16 • “A Marsh for all Seasons” – This exhibit explores Miner’s Marsh both above and below the waterline and reveal the fascinating life that abounds there. There really is nothing minor at all about Miner’s Marsh! Until Dec. 9. UPCOMING: Yuletide Tea “A Woodsy Wonderland” (Dec. 3, 2–3:30pm, $8) TIX: no admission fee, donations welcomed INFO: 902-678-6237 / Ross Farm Museum — 4568 Hwy 12, New Ross • Open Wed–Sun, 9am–5pm. Every visit is unique as the work changes with the seasons. TIX: $6 adult, $5 senior, $2 child (6-17), no charge age 5 & under. INFO: 902-689-2210 / Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum — 21 School St, Middleton. Until Dec. 16 • M–F, 10:30am–4:30pm. Closed Weekends & Holidays. Over 150 antique clocks and pocket watches from the Nova Scotia Museum’s collection. Displays of historical artifacts, household items, agricultural tools and more. INFO: 902-825-6116 /

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Voice & Piano Lessons — Private music instruction. • All ages, levels. Learn to read music: Group sight-singing classes on demand. INFO: 902-300-1001 / Music Lessons — Banjo, ukulele, guitar lessons with Kim Barlow. • All ages, all levels,


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Kings Point-to-Point Transit Society — Looking for a Volunteer Driver ASAP! KPPT: Provides affordable and accessible door-to-door transportation to all residents in Kings County east of Alyesford. Volunteers must have a clean driving record, enjoy working with the public, own 4-passenger vehicle, well maintained, less than 10 years old, criminal record check, child abuse registry check, and willingness to complete First Aid/CPR Course or current First Aid. INFO: Fay, 902-681-2846 / “Village of Kingston New Years Eve Committee” — Inviting Community minded individuals interested in giving some of their time back to the Community. Participants would be invited to participate in a few meetings between Nov & Dec each year and also be present at the Credit Union Centre on the evening of New Year’s Eve for set up, serving & clean up afterwards at this fun family event from 5–10pm. INFO: 902-765-2800 Centre Stage — Short-term basis – front-of-house duties, passing out programs, taking tickets, or working coat check before shows. Or consider joining one of their committees. No criminal record check required. INFO: 902-678-3502 / Scouts Canada — Looking for Section leaders for all age groups (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers) as well as leadership positions in Kings area for an Area Commissioner. Ongoing, 2–3 hours per week, sometimes more when campouts are involved. Criminal Record check and Vulnerable record check is required. INFO: 1-888-726-8876 / Hadassahouse — Residential woman’s addiction recovery home in Kentville. Looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, fund development, events, research, construction, and program development. They are renovating a historical school and need to raise money for construction and volunteers to help offset cost of work. Experience in construction trades, electrical, plumbing, drywall, and fundraising, an asset. INFO: Denise, 902-679-1964 /

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ACORNS Melanie Priesnitz

If you spend time outdoors you will have noticed an abundance of acorns on the ground this year. Many people think that a bumper crop is a ‘messy’ nuisance. Biking and walking on acorns is like balancing on marbles, and having tiny wooden missiles drop on your head or parked car is unpleasant. The creatures in the Acadian Forest, however, look upon a wealth of acorns with great excitement. A plentiful year means an increased chance of survival through the cold winter months. There are many legends and stories about what a bumper crop of acorns means. Some say that it’s an indication of a cold winter ahead or that it’s a result of a dry spring. The scientific truth is that we don’t really know. We can make educated guesses but we don’t have definitive evidence. We do know that oak trees go through sporadic cycles of acorn production. Every 2 to 5 years oaks tend to have a ‘mast year’ where production increases significantly. We also know that acorns of red oaks take two seasons to develop. So if there is a connection to environmental factors it would be due to weather that occurred two years back, likely in the spring when the nuts are forming.

ing, so growth in mast years slows temporarily and improves the year after. If Oak trees in Nova Scotia are having a mast year, chances are oaks for hundreds of thousands of miles are in the same boat. This leads us to believe that chemical signaling may be occurring. As you can well imagine the cycle of acorns affects the populations of woodland creatures. Some even think that oak trees change their acorn production to control the populations of predators. So think twice this year before you try to rake up the ‘messy’ acorns in your yard. Know that they are there for a reason and are a welcome sight, and important food source, for a variety of fauna.

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In a mast year a mature oak can drop as many as 10,000 acorns which is up to 10 times more than in an average year. This is significant, as often only 1 in 10,000 acorns make it to a tree. This rapid increase in production is exhaust-

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