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ARTS CULTURE COMMUNITY January 12 – February 9, 2017 Issue No. 14.01 4500 copies

WOMEN WITH ISSUES (24 PER YEAR, TO BE PRECISE) P.2 "Covergirls? Maybe not. Working Moms making it work? That’s what we’re aiming at."

THE BEST OF THE BUNCH RESULTS! P.3 "While you are out and about, watch for The Grapevine’s ‘Best of the Bunch’ sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses."

GREASE IS THE WORD! P.7 “Grab your steady and get her ready, put your mittens on your kittens, and make a date and don’t be late to see Quick as a Wink Theatre’s fast-paced, toe-tapping production of Grease!”

JENNY OSBURN'S EAST INDIAN SPLIT PEA SOUP P.8 "Whether you fully embrace winter or just tolerate it, a good soup can bring a little sunshine and warmth into these cold dark days."


ON THE COVER: WOMEN WITH ISSUES (24 PER YEAR, TO BE PRECISE) It’s the Tuesday night of what we call Grapevine Week. By Thursday, The Grapevine newspapers will be hustled around the Valley, dropped off on countertops and waiting room tables across towns and villages, and everything in-between. At this point, most of the work is already done. Mike Butler has conducted his biweekly interview for the Who’s Who. Melanie Priesnitz has already pondered the seasonal offerings of the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and worked her thoughts into a report for the Acadia page. The organizers of the Church fundraiser dinners, the board game nights, the open mics, the opening shows, and the library programs have already sent along their details. Donna, our copy editor, has given everything the once-over. Alex has set the What’s Happening section into the logical sequence of a legible list, Zoe has sold the ads, David has designed the ads, and we’re all waiting anxiously for the issue to take it’s final form. It might be 5pm or it might be 10pm, emails ping back and forth: “Is the proof in?” “Any ETA on the proof?” Maybe this sounds like any publishing production. Timelines are elastic, technical issues abound. Our situation might be unique though. The email chain continues, “Just checking in. Jesse’s in NFLD, so I’ve got the kids by myself - do you have any idea what the timeline on the proofing might be?” Response: “Putting Harlow to sleep now. Be back in half an hour-ish.” Silence on the line for a bit. Someone else chimes in, "I'll be available on and off this evening. I'm just bustling around getting backpacks and things ready for tomorrow, so nothing much that can't be interrupted." Things have come a long way since the humble beginnings of this little newspaper. Legend has it that when Adam Barnett started The Grapevine back in 2004, he gathered the details of local events and happenings by cruising around Wolfville, copying down information from posters as he found them plastered around town. When he handed over the reigns to local musicians Andy Flinn and Ariana Nasr in 2007, the newspaper was still an eight page letter-sized affair. Jeremy Novak and Jocelyn Hatt took over in 2009 and they expanded the distribution and transformed the paper into its newsprint form. For the past while, the newspaper has been operated by us: Genevieve Allen Hearn, Monica Jorgensen, Jocelyn Hatt, and me (Emily Leeson). While we’ve been the owners and operators for the past year (in fact, most of us have been on board with the paper for much longer that), we’ve hardly had a moment to introduce ourselves. We’ve been a bit busy. In fact, you’ll have to indulge us a bit we weren’t quite done with that proof yet. Nine o'clock and we’re all back online. No one’s in the office space we rent beneath The Box of Delights on Main Street, Wolfville. While at least one of us might be checking in on an iPhone while tiptoeing away from a sleepy child, and someone else might be settled in a comfy chair ‘office’, more likely than not we’re at kitchen tables. The kids are finally asleep and we’re ready to read through the final proof of the paper, our sneak-peak into the issue before it’s printed. Also our last chance to spot any errors. Zoe’s already been through to make sure that all our ads are looking sharp and ready to report for business. On an especially good night, she might even be over at my house, waiting to enjoy a post-proof glass of wine (fun fact, Zoe is actually our saleswoman and my sister, and Monica and Joss are actually cousins. The Grapevine really is pretty family-oriented.)

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Elsewhere in the Valley, Joss has likely been working all day at this point. For years now, we’ve been telling contributors that The Grapevine is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. I think that Jeremy may have been the one that came up with the phrase we find ourselves using so frequently. If you’ve ever emailed us with a story idea, you’ll likely have heard, “We’ll try to fit in what we can but it’s usually a bit of a jigsaw puzzle!” And miraculously, we usually do. That’s because if The Grapevine is a puzzle, Jocelyn Hatt is the puzzle master. Stitching together the colour ads, the black and white blocks, the event posters, the lists, and the articles, Joss is the one who takes the text and produces a paper. When that initial proof of the paper is produced, we all leap into action. Genevieve is in Kentville and, as the Operational Manager, she’s our compass. She manages the meetings, keeps our business doing business, and organizes, well, everything. She also writes and, as you might have expected, proofreads the proof. If we’re lucky, her new baby Kelton might sleep through the few hours she needs to read through the paper. Monica’s kids are a bit older. She’s in New Minas, and in all likelihood, she’s beaten us all to the proof. She’s pretty quick. She’s also our collector of our lists and events. If it happens in this Valley, she knows about it. She’s all over the proof. She’s the one who will catch those issues that need keen eyes and an actually functioning brain: Have we accidentally placed the wrong Star Drop comic in this issue? Monica will find it. In reality, I should be in charge of the proof. It should be primarily my own eyes that spot the misplaced commas or production marks that accidentally make it through one program's formatting into another. So how is it that the whole team gathers together to ensure that we have done our best job, issue to issue? It was pretty simple really. A while back when we lost our dedicated proofreader, and the job should have naturally landed on my plate, I was still getting up every few hours with my youngest. Sure I could likely do the job on my own, as long as everyone was OK with the cover occasionally reading The Grapewhine. At the next staff meeting, the consensus of the mothers around the table was simple: We’ll figure it out. Together. That’s the way it’s been for the last year. We’ve been quietly balancing our families, our other jobs, and this paper together. Our staff meetings almost always include a baby hand-around. Snow days shut production down. Strategy sessions can include some youngster to younger youngster babysitting while the Moms chart out a year of annual events, festivals, and community happenings. And every other week, it works! The proof comes along, the edits get made. The Grapevine Newspaper makes its way to the printer and then we drop the kids off at school. We’re making it work, and a year in to our new ownership, we’re pretty proud of ourselves. So, as a group of Moms who very rarely make it to the other side of the camera, we hope that you’ll indulge us with this cover. Covergirls? Maybe not. Working Moms making it work? That’s what we’re aiming at. Now speaking of a few changes around here, you may have even noticed that something seems a bit different about this issue. It’s a bit roomier, a bit more spacious. Things just seem a bit more comfortable. Well, welcome to our new paper! We are very excited to report that this new paper comes from sustainable forests and is Forest Stewardship Council certified. We’re all about the future of this beautiful place, and we couldn’t be happier to have you here, reading along with us!

BEST COFFEE: North Mountain Fine Coffee Runner Up – T.A.N.

BEST TEA: Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op

Runner Up – North Mountain Fine Coffee

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Everlasting Ink Tattoo & Piercing Runner Up – The Collective Tattoo Studio

BEST HAIR SALON Enve Hair Runner Up – The Head Shoppe


BEST YOGA STUDIO MoonCoast Yoga Runner Up – The Yoga Barn

Runner Up – Al Whittle Theatre


BEST U-PICK Stirling Fruit Farms

Runner Up – Caleb Miles

Runner Up – Elderkin’s Farm Market

BEST LOCAL BAND The Hupman Brothers Runner Up – Bluesmobile



Going through the results, it reminded us how much our region – from Windsor to Middleton – has to offer. We also were reminded that Valley folks have a great sense of humour. Some of the answers, such as responding to ‘Best Venue to Dance’ with ‘My Kitchen’, gave us a good chuckle. While you are out and about, watch for The Grapevine’s ‘Best of the Bunch’ sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses. You can also visit our website for more information.

BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER Kristen Dunlop Photography Runner Up – Carla Maria Photography

BEST LOCAL ARTIST Holly Carr Runner Up – Brianne Williams

BEST LOCAL AUTHOR Ami McKay Runner Up – Christy Ann Conlin

BEST GALLERY Harvest Gallery Runner Up – Acadia University Art Gallery

BEST ART/CRAFT MARKET Wolfville Farmers' Market Runner Up – Gaspereau Art Market

BEST DANCE STUDIO Cadance Runner Up – Dance ConXion

BEST VENUE TO DANCE Rafters Barn Lounge Runner Up – The Anvil

BEST VENUE FOR LIVE THEATRE Festival Theatre Runner Up – CentreStage Theatre

FOOD & DRINK BEST RESTAURANT (FINE DINING): Troy Restaurant Runner Up – Blomidon Inn

BEST RESTAURANT (CASUAL): Union Street Café Runner Up – Paddy’s Irish Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant

BEST VENUE FOR DRINKS: The Library Pub & Merchant Wine Tavern Runner Up – The Spitfire Arms British Pub

BEST CRAFT BEER: Schoolhouse Brewery Runner Up – Paddy’s Irish Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant

BEST LOCAL WINE: Benjamin Bridge's Nova 7 Runner Up – Luckett Vineyard’s Phone Box Red

BEST CAFÉ: T.A.N. Runner Up – North Mountain Fine Coffee


BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP/COMPANY Quick as a Wink Theatre Society Runner Up – CentreStage Theatre

BEST MEDIA OUTLET The Grapevine! (blushing) Runner Up – 89.3 K-ROCK


BEST BOOKSHOP The Box of Delights Bookshop Runner Up – The Inside Story

BEST MUSIC STORE Long & McQuade Runner Up – Moe’s Place Music Sales

BEST MARKET VENDOR The Noodle Guy Runner Up – Longspell Point Farm

BEST CLOTHING STORE Jane’s Again Boutique

Runner Up – The Naked Crepe

Runner Up – Phinneys

BEST DESSERTS: The Naked Crepe

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE We’re Outside Outdoor Outfitters

Runner Up – Union Street Cafe

Runner Up – Sport Chek


Runner Up – Miner’s Marsh


Runner Up – Blomidon Provincial Park


Runner Up – The Kentville Gorge


Runner Up - Lumsden Dam


Runner Up – Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve


Runner Up – The Noodle Guy


Runner Up – Oaklawn Farm Zoo


Runner Up – Hall’s Harbour

BEST FESTIVAL/EVENT Deep Roots Music Festival

Runner Up – Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival

BEST PLACE TO VOLUNTEER Open Arms Resource Centre

Runner Up – SPCA


Runner Up – Paddy’s Open Mic

BEST PUBLIC SPACE K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre & Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens Runner Up – Miner’s Marsh

BEST PLACE TO READ A BOOK K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Runner Up – Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op

BEST PLACE TO GET CRAFTY The Clayground Studio

Runner Up – Gaspereau Valley Fibres

BEST PLACE TO GET SOME WORK DONE K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Runner Up - Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op


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for Nova Scotia. Contacts were made with many Radio Amateurs across Canada, the US, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Europe, including Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Romania, Poland, and France. Most Amateur Radio contests are scheduled on weekends, with one major contest and several smaller ones scheduled during the month. Making contact with as many of the world’s 341 radio countries as possible, is a popular challenge for these contests, and hams will often go to remote corners of the world to put a rare country on the air. The hobby also offers the opportunity to make friends around the globe.

Several members of the KCARC gathered at the station of Fred (VE1FA) and Helen (VA1YL) in Canard to assist with voice and Morse code contacts. While nasty weather and poor road conditions kept many club members at home on the opening night of the contest, better conditions on Saturday permitted them to get out to operate, socialize, and enjoy the camaraderie of the club.

Amateur Radio allows you to work in voice, Morse code, and software driven digital modes that combine your computer with the Internet and radio to make contacts. You can employ exotic propagation techniques to extend the reach of your signal, such as meteor scatter, satellites, and moon-bounce! Public service is an important aspect of Amateur Radio, and Hams are often the only link with the outside world in times of disaster.

Despite very poor propagation for much of the contest, we made 763 contacts over 24 hours, for just over 192,000 points. The club has had a very good showing in this contest over the years, often winning the high score

If you would like more information about this exciting hobby, check out our website at kcarc. and contact any of the executive who will let you know what it takes to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.

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


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


Locavore.................................................................... .p.8

Tell Me Something Good ............................................ .p.7 Seedlings/Kids........................................................... .p.9


Government by the least qualified or worst persons. "Many believe that the result of the recent election could turn America's time-tested political machine into a kakistocracy."

Town of Wolfville........................................................ .p.10 Crowdsourcer............................................................. .p.10 Who's Who................................................................. .p.11 Furry Feature............................................................. .p.11 What's Happening/Tides............................................ .p.12–14 Library....................................................................... .p.13 What’s Happening/Tides............................................ .p.14-16 Weekly Events............................................................ .p.17 Acadia Page............................................................... .p.19


JOCELYN HATT Art Director, Design, Layout





ALEX HICKEY, & DAVID EDELSTEIN Design, Typesetting, Layout

EMILY KATHAN Distribution Manager

she says it is her husband Gordon Conrad. My mistake was enshrined in the cataloging of the photo a number of years ago. A committee of the Wolfville Historical Society was trying to identify uncaptioned images in their collection. I volunteered a third-hand bit of knowledge that turns out to have been incorrect."

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About Us, Random Act of Kindness.............................. .p.4

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)

CORRECTION: In the December 15 issue of The Grapevine, we included a Way Back When photo of a sleigh on Main Street in Wolfville. The sleigh operator was incorrectly identified. Jim Tillotson noted the error, "In the Dec 15 Grapevine I am quoted as identifying the sleigh operator in front of the Acadia Store as Waldo Long. Kay Conrad phoned me to correct the information,

‘Best of the Bunch’ Results!........................................ .p.3

Margaret Drummond's

GASPEREAU: Gaspereau Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards, Reid's Meats & Kwik-Way, XTR Kwik-Way



Members of the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) gathered over the holiday period to test their operating skills in an international contest. Also known as Hams, Amateur Radio enthusiasts communicate around the world using a wide variety of frequencies and techniques. Sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national amateur radio organization of Canada, the RAC winter contest took place on the weekend of December 16-17. It is a fun event that encourages Canadian amateurs to contact other amateurs across Canada and around the world, and to wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This year KCARC received permission to use the special call sign, VE1RAC for the contest.


On the Cover (Women with Issues)............................. .p.2

DELIVERIES: Margot Bishop, Dominic Cameron, Jaden Christopher, Lauren Galbraith, Earle & Karen Illsley, Miklos Kanyasi, Andrea Leeson, Lisa Moore, John Morrison, Julie and Mugen Page, Curran Rodgers, Susan Wedlock, Lorna Williamson, Lyal Wooster, Coleman Hooper, Lisa Moore, Riley White

Feb.9: Submissions -Jan.20 /Ads and Listings -Jan.30 March 9: Submissions - Feb.17 /Ads and Listings - Feb.27 ADVERTISING: GENERAL INQUIRIES: CONTENT SUBMISSIONS: EVENTS/CLASSIFIEDS:

SNAIL MAIL: Grapevine Publishing PO Box 2262 Wolfville, NS B4P 1A0


WOLFVILLE: Carl's Your Independent Grocer, Cuts Meat Market, Eos Natural Foods, Just Us! Café, T.A.N. Coffee, Library, Wolfville Farmers' Market

NEW MINAS: Boston Pizza, Captain Sub, Irving Big Stop, Jessy's Pizza, Long and McQuade, Milne Court Petro-Canada, Pita Pit, Swiss Chalet

GREENWICH: Avery’s Farm Market, Edible Art Cafe, Elderkin's Farm Market, Hennigar's Farm Market, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stems Cafe, Stirling's

KENTVILLE: Designer Café, Jason’s Your Independent Grocer, T.A.N. Coffee, Valley Regional Hospital

PORT WILLIAMS: Fox Hill Cheese House, Planters Ridge, Sea Level Brewery, The Noodle Guy CANNING: Degraaf's Kwik-Way, ValuFoods

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

DISCLAIMER The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors, and the publication of these opinions does not signify the endorsement by the staff or owners of The Grapevine Newspaper. Opinions expressed within this publication are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional or medical advice. While we make every attempt to ensure accuracy with all published content, GV Publishing Inc. assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or truthfulness of submitted copy. In the event of an error, GV Publishing Inc. is only responsible for the price of the individual ad in which the error occurred.



Genevieve Allen Hearn


402 Main St. Wolfville | 902.542.0653

402 Main St. Wolfville | 902.542.0653

WIN! Complete this puzzle, then submit it to Naked Crêpe for your chance to win a dessert crêpe! Each letter in the quote has been substituted for another letter. For eg, G might equal V. Recover the original letters to solve the puzzle. This puzzle runs from January 12 - February 9, 2017





The last winner of Mystery Quote was Francine Doucette!

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS On Monday, November 28, after suffering renal failure, our sweet Sophie Beagle was euthanized at home; my wife Cynthia holding her, and me and her two Schnauzer siblings by her side. A few days later we received a card from Dr. Doug Roberts, Dr. Olivier Dubeau, and the staff at Cornwallis Veterinarians. Enclosed was a paw print from Sophie, a tearful reminder appreciated even as was their dedicated services. In the December 15 issue of The Grapevine we posted a memorial to our gone girl. On December 24, there was a knock at our darkened front door. I could only make out a silhouette of someone standing there. I opened to find a total stranger, a middle aged woman with

short gray hair and a tender smile holding forth an envelope. She said “I read about the passing of your Sophie”, as she handed me a sympathy card signed “Linda and Woody” (her and her Dog – no last name, no contacts) turning a very sad day into a joyous occasion for the love of Dog.

The Grapevine: How would you describe your business? Angie: I would describe Hello Handmade as a very unique gift shop. My goal and vision for my cozy space was to source items that couldn’t be found easily around us. I sell home décor, both artisan and all natural soaps, bath and body products, beautiful dream catchers, jewelry, apparel, artisan trees, mugs, knits and more! All of which are local and handmade. I love the idea that someone made something with their own two hands and they have such a passion for their craft, they were willing to put themselves out into the world and “just went for it”. GV: What made you decide to open a store? A: I have always had a goal of settling down with a job once I truly found my passion. When we moved the family back to Berwick from across the country, I stayed home with my 3 kids and made a humble income from selling solely on social media. As of September all 3 kids are of school age and I knew it

Bob and Cynthia Coane "Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.” ~ William Butler Yeats

T H E F REE C L A S SIFIED S This section works on a first-come, first-served basis. Email your classified to: and, if there's room, we'll get you in. Or, to reserve a placement, pay $5 per issue (3-issue minimum commitment). Please keep listings to 35 words or less. 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 / 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: / Jewellery Donations: Donations of jewellery welcomed for The King’s Kikima Grandmothers’ Valentine Jewellery sale on Feb. 11 (Lion’s Hall, Wolfville, 9am–3pm). Funds raised will be used to support children in Africa orphaned by AIDS, being raised by their grandmothers. INFO: Support the Arts: Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (Canning): We are still working to raise the funds for our 2017 season of Nothing Less and Midsummer Night’s Dream by Fire, along with our outreach for families, including refugee families throughout the province and of course our core programs. We need help to keep our programs accessible and our facilities running. Thanks so much for the people who have already given - we are incredibly grateful! INFO: Go online ( and click the “donate” button.


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 Merrett’s Plowing: Need snow removal? Call anytime! INFO: Mike Merrett, 902-692-1894 /

GV: What advice would you have for others who may want to open a store? A: Go in with your eyes open and you can have it all! No one will care more about your vision more than you, so trust your instincts and how you see your unique business idea and how it will contribute to your community. The things you will learn about yourself, your customers and your community will make your life more rewarding. Love what you sell and the mission behind your business! You will eat, sleep, read, breathe, talk, study, compare, and worry about your business (and probably be flat broke for awhile) but it is worth it! GV: How would you describe your entrepreneurial style in one sentence? A: I am an individual who demonstrates a true passion for building something great from nothing and I am willing to push myself to the limit to achieve big goals. You can visit Hello Handmade at 183a Commercial Street in Berwick or visit the website at

No beer, no booze, no drug, no dream, no wish, no prayer could ever have done as much. May we meet again in sunshine. (Schedule subject to change)

THURSDAYS: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9 Edible Art Cafe (New Minas): Marshall & Lake (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 12 pm


would be now or never to go after my dream of having my own storefront. It was pure fate that the space opened up for rent next to The Union Street, so I dove right in and tackled it head on.

Last Fall Angie Dorey made the move from selling her signature soaps online to a brick and mortar business that carries handmade items by local artisans. The Grapevine chatted to the owner of Hello Handmade about her experience starting a retail shop in the Town of Berwick.

Acupuncture: Resolve to feel your best in 2017! Acupuncture can improve sleep, reduce pain, help you relax, and much more. Direct billing available. INFO: 902-670-0009 / Facebook: Zoe Macdonald Acupuncture House/Pet Sitter: 30-something professional available to house/pet-sit in 2017. In or near Wolfville preferred, access to a vehicle required if outside of town. References available. INFO: Travel Planning Professional: Denise MacMillan with The Destination Experts. Continue your education after graduation and travel! Free, no obligation quotes. Friendly, professional service. Valley based. INFO: 902-692-9581 / / FB/Denise.TravelPlanning


Apartment for Rent: One bedroom, non-smoking apartment for rent in Wolfville. Looking for a single Occupancy tenant. Rent is $710.00 per month on a one year lease. Rent includes heat, hot water, fridge & stove. No pets allowed. Will require references. If interested please contact Landlord by email only. INFO: Charles Porter,


Financial Planning: Planning your retirement can mean going through a lot of information, and a lot of misinformation. Connect with me to learn how I can help you create your plan. INFO: Cynthia Farris Coane, Consultant. Investors Group Financial Services, Inc., 902-681-1061 x243 / 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. INFO: 902-582-3842 /

The Port Pub (Port Williams): Port Pub After Hours (13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd) 7:30pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Lady Rouge (13th), Hal Bruce (20th), George Carter (27th), John Cole Porter Band (3rd) 8pm

Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Count Inn (14th), Mark Merrin (21st), Al King (28th), Crash & Burn (4th) 9pm Anvil (Wolfville): Top 40 DJ (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 9pm Dooly’s (Greenwood): DJ Touch (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 10pm

Troy Restaurant (Wolfville): Ron Edmunds Duo (12th, 19th) 6pm

Dooly’s (Greenwood): Country Night Karaoke (13th) 8pm

Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Open Jam Session (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 7pm

West Side Charlies (New Minas): DJ Lethal Noize (13th), DJ Billy T (20th), DJ Lethal Noize (27th), DJ Billy T (3rd) 10pm

SUNDAYS: Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5

SATURDAYS: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4

Paddy's Pub (Wolfville): Paddy’s Irish Session (15th, 22nd, 29th, 5th) 8pm

Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): Trivia Night (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 7pm Dooly’s (New Minas): Open Mic (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 8:30pm Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): The Hupman Brothers (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 9pm Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Trivia Night (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 9pm Anvil (Wolfville): Top 40 DJ (12th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 9th) 9pm

FRIDAYS: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3 Edible Art Cafe (New Minas): Marshall & Lake (13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd) 12pm Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): Shawn Hebb (13th), Tim Vallillee (20th), GuyPaul Thibault (27th), Rock N Roll (3rd) 5:30pm La Torta Woodfired Pizzeria (Wolfville): Steve Lee Duo (13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd) 6pm Blomidon Inn (Wolfville): Jazz Mannequins (13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd) 6:30pm

Farmers Market (Wolfville): Space Paddy Bog People (14th), Malia Rogers (21st), Donna Holmes (28th) 9:30am Edible Art Café (New Minas): Lee Gilbert (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 12pm Library Pub (Wolfville): Bob & Ro (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 1pm The Noodle Guy (Port Williams): The Noodle Guy Spaghetti Jam (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 1:30pm La Torta Woodfired Pizzeria (Wolfville): Steve Lee Duo (14th, 21st, 28th) 6pm Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): Jon Duggan (14th), Broke w/Money (21st), Justin R Wood (28th), Idle Threats (4th) 7pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Darren Arsenault (14th), Lisa Richard (21st), Rowdy Dow (28th), SWIG (4th) 7pm King’s Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): Broke w/Money (14th), Take 3 (21st), Glenn Bob & The Boot (28th), Rock N Roll (4th) 8pm

Tommy Gun’s (Windsor): Video Music Screen (14th, 21st, 28th, 4th) 12am

MONDAYS: Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Ron Edmunds Band (16th, 23rd, 30th, 6th) 12pm

TUESDAYS: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7 Edible Art Café (New Minas): Ron Edmunds Band (17th, 24th, 31st, 7th) 12pm The Port Pub (Port Williams): Open Mic w/Ron Edmunds Trio (17th) 6:30pm TAN Café (Wolfville): Open Mike & Donna (17th, 24th, 31st) 7pm

WEDNESDAYS: Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8 Edible Art Café (New Minas): David Filyer (18th, 25th, 1st, 8th) 12pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Billy T’s Karaoke (18th, 25th, 1st, 8th) 9pm

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© 2017 Rob Brezsny • • Horoscopes for the week of January 12th

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a huge holy tree that links all of the nine worlds to each other. Perched on its uppermost branch is an eagle with a hawk sitting on its head. Far below, living near the roots, is a dragon. The hawk and eagle stay in touch with the dragon via Ratatoskr, a talkative squirrel that runs back and forth between the heights and the depths. Alas, Ratatoskr traffics solely in insults. That’s the only kind of message the birds and the dragon ever have for each other. In accordance with the astrological omens, Aries, I suggest you act like a far more benevolent version of Ratatoskr in the coming weeks. Be a feisty communicator who roams far and wide to spread uplifting gossip and energizing news. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have a divine mandate to love bigger and stronger and truer than ever before. It’s high time to freely give the gifts you sometimes hold back from those you care for. It’s high time to take full ownership of neglected treasures so you can share them with your worthy allies. It’s high time to madly cultivate the generosity of spirit that will enable you to more easily receive the blessings that can and should be yours. Be a brave, softhearted warrior of love! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I love and respect Tinker Bell, Kermit the Frog, Shrek, Wonder Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Snow White, Road Runner, and Calvin and Hobbes. They have provided me with much knowledge and inspiration. Given the current astrological omens, I suspect that you, too, can benefit from cultivating your relationships with characters like them. It’s also a favorable time for you to commune with the spirits of Harriet Tubman, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, or any other historical figures who inspire you. I suggest you have dreamlike conversations with your most interesting ancestors, as well. Are you still in touch with your imaginary friends from childhood? If not, renew acquaintances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I never wish to be easily defined,” wrote Cancerian author Franz Kafka. “I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.” Do you ever have that experience? I do. I’m a Crab like you, and I think it’s common among members of our tribe. For me, it feels liberating. It’s a way to escape people’s expectations of me and enjoy the independence of living in my fantasies. But I plan to do it a lot less in 2017, and I advise you to do the same. We should work hard at coming all the way down to earth. We will thrive by floating less and being better grounded; by being less fuzzy and more solid; by not being so inscrutable, but rather more knowable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here’s my declaration: “I hereby forgive, completely and permanently, all motorists who have ever irked me with their rude and bad driving. I also forgive, totally and forever, all tech support people who have insulted me, stonewalled me, or given me wrong information as I sought help from them on the phone. I furthermore forgive, utterly and finally, all family members and dear friends who have hurt my feelings.” Now would be a fantastic time for you to do what I just did, Leo: Drop grudges, let go of unimportant outrage, and issue a blanket amnesty. Start with the easier stuff -- the complaints against strangers and acquaintances -- and work your way up to the allies you cherish. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There are some authors who both annoy me and intrigue me. Even though I feel allergic to the uncomfortable ideas they espouse, I’m also fascinated by their unique provocations. As I read their words, I’m half-irritated at their grating declarations, and yet greedy for more. I disagree with much of what they say, but feel grudgingly grateful for the novel perspectives they prod me to discover. (Nobel Prize-winner Elias Canetti is one such author.) In accordance with the current astrological

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rhythms, Virgo, I invite you to seek out similar influences -- for your own good! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Now would be an excellent time to add new beauty to your home. Are there works of art or buoyant plants or curious symbols that would lift your mood? Would you consider hiring a feng shui consultant to rearrange the furniture and accessories so as to enhance the energetic flow? Can you entice visits from compelling souls whose wisdom and wit would light up the place? Tweak your imagination so it reveals tricks about how to boost your levels of domestic bliss. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2017, you will have unprecedented opportunities to re-imagine, revise, and reinvent the story of your life. You’ll be able to forge new understandings about your co-stars and reinterpret the meanings of crucial plot twists that happened once upon a time. Now check out these insights from author Mark Doty: “The past is not static, or ever truly complete; as we age we see from new positions, shifting angles. A therapist friend of mine likes to use the metaphor of the kind of spiral stair that winds up inside a lighthouse. As one moves up that stair, the core at the center doesn’t change, but one continually sees it from another vantage point; if the past is a core of who we are, then our movement in time always brings us into a new relation to that core.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Tao Te Ching is a poetically philosophical text written by a Chinese sage more than two millennia ago. Numerous authors have translated it into modern languages. I’ve borrowed from their work to craft a horoscope that is precisely suitable for you in the coming weeks. Here’s your high-class fortune cookie oracle: Smooth your edges, untangle your knots, sweeten your openings, balance your extremes, relax your mysteries, soften your glare, forgive your doubts, love your breathing, harmonize your longings, and marvel at the sunny dust. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I recently discovered Tree of Jesse, a painting by renowned 20th-century artist Marc Chagall. I wanted to get a copy to hang on my wall. But as I scoured the Internet, I couldn’t find a single business that sells prints of it. Thankfully, I did locate an artist in Vietnam who said he could paint an exact replica. I ordered it, and was pleased with my new objet d’art. It was virtually identical to Chagall’s original. I suggest you meditate on taking a metaphorically similar approach, Capricorn. Now is a time when substitutes may work as well as what they replace. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “It is often safer to be in chains than to be free,” wrote Franz Kafka. That fact is worthy of your consideration in the coming weeks, Aquarius. You can avoid all risks by remaining trapped inside the comfort that is protecting you. Or you can take a gamble on escaping, and hope that the new opportunities you attract will compensate you for the sacrifice it entails. I’m not here to tell you what to do. I simply want you to know what the stakes are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “All pleasures are in the last analysis imaginary, and whoever has the best imagination enjoys the most pleasure.” So said 19th-century German novelist Theodor Fontane, and now I’m passing his observation on to you. Why? Because by my astrological estimates, you Pisceans will have exceptional imaginations in 2017 -- more fertile, fervent, and freedom-loving than ever before. Therefore, your capacity to drum up pleasure will also be at an all-time high. There is a catch, however. Your imagination, like everyone else’s, is sometimes prone to churning out superstitious fears. To take maximum advantage of its bliss-inducing potential, you will have to be firm about steering it in positive directions. Homework: Tell a story about the time Spirit reached down and altered your course in one swoop. Go to and click on “Email Rob.”

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In Kentville I was for the first storm in December And with thanks to Kings Transit It is a day I will remember All the buses were running Although some lagged behind I was happy there were no accidents And they were not in a bind So I headed to the Station Lane bus stop Knowing I may have to wait As according to the internet My bus to Wolfville was running a few minutes late As I waited with others What did suddenly appear But a Kings Transit pick up With a plow and all the snow gear

As we waited in the office With the friendliest staff We enjoyed some good banter And we all shared a laugh

Filled with some of the most recognizable songs and characters in live musical theatre history, Grease tells the story of a group of students at Rydell High as they sing and dance their way through their final year of school, dealing with relationships, friendships, and rival gangs! Grease was first performed in 1972 and became an instant stage hit. A few years later in 1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in the, now iconic, film musical that still holds the record for highest grossing musical film of all time. Grease has become a staple of musical theatre and the soundtrack spawned six top ten hits (including three number ones!) and made Olivia Newton-John an international superstar. Today, the musical name Grease is synonymous with fun, high-energy, and very enjoyable theatre! So what a perfect selection for Quick as a Wink Theatre’s 2017 season opener than Grease and I was so honoured to have been chosen to direct this wonderful production. After my directorial debut last year with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I was looking for something different and Grease is certainly the opposite end of the spectrum. But I wanted my next directing effort to be a labour of love, a piece of work I connected with, as well as a project that let me work with teen-

After waiting for what seemed like minutes There was no reason to cuss We were sent on our way And placed on the next bus Headed to Wolfville With only a 30 minute delay The staff was amazing They did save the day! So hats off to Kings Transit It is not hard to tell Your staff is the best so please treat them well

And he hopped out of his truck and asked “In which direction we head?” And we all held our breath For the answer that we may dread

Moving passengers can be difficult When there is so much snow on the ground But the staff on that day All wore smiles, I found

The bus to Greenwood Was coming our way So the 3 other passengers Would not have too much delay

So THANK YOU Kings Transit For the customer service that was second to none And thank you again For getting the job done!!

To me he said “Hop in the passenger seat, I’ll take you to the office to keep you warm in the heat” Another passenger was picked up along the way And his driving was skillful There was no slipping or sliding that day

agers and adults, and Grease fit that criteria perfectly. With a stacked cast of brilliant local actors and actresses singing, dancing, and re-inventing these well-known characters, plus a production team filled with remarkable love and professionalism for the show, the audiences are in for a real treat with our production of Grease! I can think back to many times when I’d be singing "Summer Nights", "Greased Lightning", and "We Go Together" long after seeing the film. I can recall seeing the film at the drive-in for the 30th anniversary and most of the audience was in costume. I feel I know the era, the music, and the cultural significance of the show, and I believe I know the audience's expectations for this show so directing it has never felt like work to me. Instead I’ve had an incredible time taking the helm with a great cast and crew and I’m super excited to put our hard work in front of an audience. Don’t miss it!!! Grease is being performed at the Kings-Edgehill Performing Arts Centre in Windsor on January 27 and 28, and February 3 and 4, starting at 7pm. Matinees will be held on Saturday, January 28, Sunday, January 29, and Saturday, February 4 at 2pm. Tickets are going fast so head down to Moe’s Music Stop in Windsor or The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville to pick yours up! You can also purchase tickets online at Trust me, with all the other shows and live performances going on in the Valley, this is "The One That You Want"!

BIG CHANGES FOR THE BERWICK LIBRARY! Angela Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library

A big change is coming to Berwick. The new library will be located at 236 Commerical Street, in the same building as Town of Berwick. If all goes well, we are set to open in the new location on January 19. The library will be closed January 16, 17, and 18 in order to facilitate our move to the permanent location at the new branch. In addition to a new location in a new building, the library will also have new hours, effective January 19. The new hours are: Tuesday 10:00 – 5:00 Wednesday 10:00 – 5:00 Thursday 12:00 – 8:00 Friday 12:00 – 8:00 Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 CLOSED Sunday and Monday

Ann-Marie Mathieu, CEO, says “We want to thank everyone who has made this new library possible – from the Town of Berwick, to the Friends of the Library, to the people and businesses who have donated amounts large and small. This is truly a community effort. “ The new library has some features, including a community living room, vibrant Children’s and Teen areas, and lots of space for sitting and enjoying books and magazines. The new library welcomes everyone and hopes you will come see this beautiful new space.

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RECIPE: EAST INDIAN SPLIT PEA SOUP Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook

A good split pea soup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. My mom made it often when I was growing up and she still reigns as the Pea Soup Queen. Hers used to be made with a meaty ham bone, but is now most often vegetarian; thick with sweet potato, celery, onions, and carrot and spiced up with toasted cumin. When I ran a restaurant, we spiked our version with everything from pulled pork to maple sausage, always to good reviews. This version keeps all the comforting goodness of the classic but stirs in a good dose of exotic. I created it to complement an Indian buffet but it's really best on its own, with your favourite bread or maybe some toasted naan alongside. Whether you fully embrace winter or just tolerate it, a good soup can bring a little sunshine and warmth into these cold dark days. So can a little trip to the farmers' market. You can buy almost everything you need for this soup there, including Annapolis Valley-grown Sweet Potatoes! East Indian Split Pea Soup

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1 lb. (454 g) Split Peas (Mom says yellow, I say green) 12 cups Water 1 tablespoon Canola Oil 1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds 1 large Onion, diced 1 tablespoon freshly grated Ginger 3 cloves Garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Turmeric 2 teaspoons ground Cumin 1 tablespoon Salt 1 medium Sweet Potato, diced 1 large Potato, diced 2 large Carrots, diced 1 large handful Spinach, chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon Garam Masala (a blend of sweet spices, Eos and other natural food stores will have it)

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In a large pot, bring the peas and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about an hour until the peas are mostly tender. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and pour in the oil. Add the mustard seeds. They will toast and begin popping after a minute or so. Reduce the heat to medium, then stir in the onion and cook until beginning to soften, about five minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, and salt, and cook for a minute before adding the sweet potato, potato, and carrot. Cook, stirring often, for five minutes, then shut off the heat. When the split peas are almost tender, add the spice and vegetable mix to the pot. Simmer for a half hour or longer (the peas should have fallen apart at this point), then check for salt and stir in the spinach and garam masala. You can serve this soup as is, or have fun topping it. I suggest a dollop of plain yogurt, a spoonful of mango chutney, some chopped cilantro, a few toasted cashews…


Soup's On! Join us at the Wolfville Farmers' Market this Saturday, Jan. 21st, 8:30am-1pm, for Soup’s On! In celebration of soup, seasonal warmth and the nourishment that comes with intermingling tastes and community gatherings. We’re out to prove that eating seasonally is mighty delicious even in the harsh, cold months of winter and that soup is good for the soul. To that end we will have soup sampling, soup recipe cards and info, as well as hand-crafted soup bowls for sale. The market will donate $5 Market dollars to the Wolfville Food Bank for every soup bowl purchased on this day. Once you’ve sampled and decided on your favorite soup (and perhaps a pottery bowl too), you can pick up the recipe, and head over to that vendor’s stall for a full bowl to warm the soul or purchase the ingredients and make it at home. WOLFVILLE FARMERS' MARKET | SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 8:30 AM - 1 PM

Maplicious at the Market All sorts of things come to mind when you think of Canada, but Maple Syrup tops the list! We've tapped into our roots and are pleased to celebrate the sweet liquid gold at Maplicious on March 18th at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market (8:30am - 1pm). Join us for a Maple feast of delicious treats and visuals, as well as a kid’s spring craft activity.


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Welcome to the Town of Wolfville’s Page Watch for it every second issue to stay up-to-date on Town News.

UPCOMING MEETINGS OF COUNCIL Environmental Sustainability Committee Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 Time: 10:30 am Location: Town Hall

Committee of the Whole (COW) Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Time: 8:30 am Location: Town Hall

Audit Committee Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm Location: Town Hall

Special Committee of the Whole (COW) Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Time: 8:30 am Location: Town Hall

Town & Gown Committee Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm Location: Town Hall

Planning Advisory Committee Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Time: 1:30 pm Location: Town Hall

Art in Public Spaces Committee Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 Time: 3:00 pm Location: Town Hall

Town Council Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Time: 6:30 pm Location: Town Hall

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PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WOLFVILLE WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS Effective December 1, 2016 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. Physicians, fire and police officials are exempt from these Regulations while carrying out their official duties and operators of commercial vehicles while loading & unloading. 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. 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 Kevin Kerr, P. Eng. Traffic Authority for the Town of Wolfville

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION - EMAIL In the event of an Emergency that may impact the Town of Wolfville, the Town of Wolfville’s Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) will send out Emergency Notification Emails as an additional way in which to reach out to the municipality. If you would like to receive future Town of Wolfville “Emergency Notification” emails, please send an email to: Use the Subject line of: Emergency Notification Emails. Please note that Emergency Notification emails are sent using ‘bcc’ so that your email address will not be shared by others who have requested to be included in the Emergency Notification email process.


The new year is here! We got in touch with our local Mayors and asked them what are their hopes, dreams, ambitions, and plans for 2017. Here's what we heard: Welcome to 2017! The Mayor and Council for Kings welcome this year as one of renewal. We will strive to renew and strengthen friendships among Towns, Villages, and the rural Municipality. In the knowledge that we are one large community of Annapolis Valley citizens, that we work, play, and rely upon one another, Kings invites every Valley citizen to embrace this 150th Canadian anniversary as one in which we acknowledge the need for true cooperation. There are, I think, moments in history when opportunity knocks. We have one of those moments now. Let us acknowledge and embrace our inter-dependency. Let’s use this unique moment in the municipal history of our Valley as our opportunity to flatten our borders and merge our interests. Let us all acknowledge that the good things happening in your community have positive impact in our community – and when you hurt, we hurt. The fact is that we are just one community. 2017 will be, in many ways, the beginning of renewal and uplifting for us all. There are repairs to make. We will begin. There are important joint initiatives to be undertaken. We will begin. Every initiative should be weighed based upon its potential to meet our mutual concerns for fairness, prosperity, and over-all benefit. Actions of our municipality will be tested and examined through the lens of efficacy, potential for improvement, the public good, and exposure to true processes of public engagement and consultation. Democracy works for people, provided people work for Democracy. As citizens of our Valley, please stay engaged with your municipal representatives and volunteer organizations. You hold the keys to our success as a region. Peter Muttart Mayor, Municipality of Kings

region a place for people to want to live, work and play. Over the years Wolfville has achieved much but as a partner regionally, we will be an economic and lifestyle "tour de force". With the Wolfville School renovations nearing completion I believe one of our next areas of attention should be our Town Library. It is my hope we will continue to implement our "sewer, water and street infrastructure" improvements and continue to build on our Wolfville key events, eg: Deep Roots Festival, Valley Harvest Marathon, Devour! The Food Film Festival and The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus, to enhance the Wolfville lifestyle experience. Exciting times in Wolfville and the Valley. On a personal note, a goal of mine is to cycle The Cabot Trail this year. Sincere best wishes to your readers for a 2017 filled with good health and good fortune. Jeff Cantwell Mayor, Wolfville

On January 11, 2017 Council’s priorities will be taken to the next level during a public engagement session. People want to be involved and participate in what they believe will put Windsor in a desirable position for an exciting future. Windsor Town Council has identified seven strategic priorities to move the Town forward: 1 Establishing the Best Governance Structure to Achieve Council’s goals; 2 A Vibrant Downtown and Waterfront including Fort Edward Lands;

My priorities are to continue the work we started with our council policies and procedures. This will clearly establish our governance for the Town of Kentville. We will engage and empower the citizens of Kentville. The first step is our survey called “What we Heard” posted on social media December 22, 2016. Through the Mayor’s Action Team, there will be a call for volunteers, ideas, and a celebration of who we are and where we live.

3 An Encompassing Communications strategy;

We will create the social and economic conditions to realize success, through a Recreation Needs Assessment, OPEN for business initiatives, Land Use Plan, and calls for proposals on downtown real estate. Rejuvenate the working relationship with the four King’s County Mayors.

Council believes our future can and will be bright with people working together. This coming year we will also see downtown Windsor rejuvenated following the overhaul of street works on Gerrish Street. The merchants will also be active in sprucing up their properties.

Through all of this we will re-enchant Kentville together and celebrate 2017 as the 150th anniversary of confederation.

In 2018, Windsor will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Jewish League training that was held here at Fort Edward Hill in Windsor. A little known fact the first Prime Minister of Israel, Ben Guirion, and the Jewish League had their training as soldiers at Fort Edward and an amazing story is still unfolding on the historical significance of this to Israel and indeed to our community at large. There will be more information on this very soon.

My personal goals are to run the Bluenose 10K (11th year), run a half marathon yet-to-be-determined race event, and to (re) find my mat. I want to explore painting. I attended three Paint Nites and truly enjoyed the experience and actually hung the paintings. Perhaps there is an artist at the end of my fingers. Sandra Snow Mayor, Kentville

My goal for 2017 is to continue to improve the quality of life for all residents of Wolfville, be they permanent or temporary, commercial or residential. However, the manner in which we achieve this is what is truly important. It is my hope we will achieve this goal through strengthened, strategic partnerships with our community neighbours, ie: Acadia University, the many and varied Service Organisations and other alliances in and around Wolfville. Strategic partnerships with municipal neighbours; King's County, Kentville, Berwick, Windsor and Chester will be key in making our valley

4 A Diverse and Welcoming Community; 5 Greater Emphasis on Arts, Culture & Heritage 6 Partner and Develop our Community Fibre Technology Asset 7 Competitive Tax Structure

Windsor’s rightful place in hockey will be well established when the new Hockey Heritage Centre is built. This facility will house a museum and will be an economic development generator for this whole region. It is our hope that Windsor and the surrounding area will become an attractive destination for tourists and for people who want to live in a vibrant Town proud of its culture and history. Windsor Council has dedicated the next four years towards working with willing and strategic partners to make Windsor a vibrant Valley Town. Anna Allen Mayor, Windsor


Welcome to 2017! Here’s to another wonderful year of adventures and fun. 2016 was an exciting year for me as a “journalist” getting to meet and write about some amazing people who live here in the Valley and beyond. I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings my way including those community-minded folks who end up in this column. Allan Billard’s name came my way late in 2016 for a profile but I decided to hang onto it until the New Year as a way to kick off the 2017 crop of Who’s Whos! This is a pretty interesting individual… Enjoy! Allan Billard has always called Dartmouth his home. His parents were from there, he went to the local schools there, he eventually took fisheries biology at Dalhousie University, and then brought up his own family near where he grew up. When he retired, he started volunteering for the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. As Allan was scouting for a trail corridor along the shoreline near Fall River he asked the owner if he would mind if a trail crossed his land. The man replied that he was trying to sell the property; so Allan bought it, built a home overlooking Lake Thomas, and extended the trail. He has been in Fall River for seven years now and loves every aspect of it. Allan has a very special appreciation for Nova Scotia that he’s turned into informative literature for the world. Allan states, “When I retired from various jobs in the fishing industry, and even as a full-time volunteer, there was lots of time to do new things so I started to write about the natural history of Nova Scotia, particularly water-related subjects. It all started with a trail guide to 36 beautiful waterfall sites in the province, then a coffee table book about our splendid beaches, followed by a pictorial of our lighthouse heritage. Now I have been asked to do an illustrated book on the tall ships, which are coming to Halifax and several small ports in the province this summer. I think the best part of these writing assignments is the chance to tell our own stories… adding a bit of 'shameless self-promotion' for Nova Scotia!” I encourage you to pick up Allan’s books and pass them along to an out-of-province friend or relative so they can learn a bit about our history. Like Allan’s parents before him and both of his children, Allan is a very active canoeist and volunteer kayak official. When the Banook Canoe Club turned 100, Allan wrote the book about its history, which included three generations of his own family. Allan stills spends many summer days paddling along Shubenacadie waterways, either on the lakes in metro, or on parts of the river all the way down to the Bay of Fundy. Allan was the founding chairman of the annual Canoe to the Sea event, which has been held on the Shubenacadie Canal for 27 years and will be even larger next year. In 2011, he co-authored a book about this historic canal too. The list of accomplishments, as you see, is quite lengthy for Allan, and his love of this province and its history is evident.

On his most recent writing endeavour Allan said, “Lighthouses of Nova Scotia started out as a pictorial because the sites themselves are so attractive. When I was doing the research, however, I discovered that the local community efforts to save many of these treasures were even more interesting. Volunteers have turned many of the retired lighthouses into B&Bs, museums, restaurants, tourist information centres, and so on. Acadia University even maintains an outdoor ecology lab at one, and owns the shoreline at another. I really liked telling these success stories and I hope the readers are inspired to help in any way they can to preserve these very special sites.” Allan knows and believes, like most of us do, that this is a very bountiful province with so much natural and human history. Our forests, rivers, and shorelines are still incredibly beautiful. Nova Scotia is poised to become a world-renowned destination for so many reasons. We have the people to make this happen as well. So many talented folks grow the crops, catch the fish, and produce market goods from what they find here, and it is very satisfying to know that the entrepreneurial spirit is still alive. We have a history of builders and a future for our children, which they can build using the many resources we have at hand. Allan is a pillar of Nova Scotia pride! What does the future hold for Mr. Billard? "Well", he says, “there are still a few stories which need to be written. The ocean resources on our doorstep are second to none on this planet. We need a better understanding of the full offshore dynamics, including temperature change and fish migration and I’d like to explore that.” For now, we can enjoy what Allan has created, and look forward to what’s coming! I’ve lived in Nova Scotia for 37 years and I certainly do not have a grasp on its history or what its future holds, so I thank Allan for his incredible efforts to preserve history, enrich our knowledge, and motivate us to keep active. What can you do? Have a Happy New Year!

FURRY FEATURE – MIDNIGHT Midnight is a domestic shorthaired spayed female with a black with white patch on throat. She was born on September 20, 2006. She is the sister to Mist, who has been adopted. They were given up by owners who moved and could not take them with them. She is a bit shy but friendly and deserves a chance in a second home. She has been here since April so we would like to see her find a new home. Wolfville Animal Hospital 12-112 Front Street Wolfville 902 542 3422


Jen has been adopted!

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Chase the Ace — Tommy Gun’s, Windsor 6–8:30pm • Every Thursday until the ace of spades is drawn. Proceeds to Windsor Day Care for their yard development fund. TIX: Tickets $5 each. INFO: 902-798-0124 / Let them eat cake, Marie Antoinette 1792 — Fire Hall, Kentville 7:30–9pm • Join Scott Brison, MP, President of the Treasury Board, for a lively conversation on better responses in our times to income inequality, food security and the precarious future of work. TIX: $15 per person. Call Greg Hubbert for tickets 902.670.3603. INFO: 902-670-2949 /


John J. Guiney Yallop, “Out of Place” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 7–8pm • Celebrate the publication of John J. Guiney Yallop’s latest book of poetry, “Out of Place.” No charge to attend. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / Jam Session — Recreation & Culture Centre, Black Rock 7–10pm • TIX: donation INFO: 902-538-1259 / Dance: Meredith — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8pm–12am • Ages 19+. TIX: $5 per person INFO: 902-798-2031 /


Community Breakfast — Masonic Hall, Berwick 7:30am–10:30pm • Eggs (fried or scrambled) bacon & sausage, pancakes, toast & jam, tea, coffee & juice. Tours available of the Lodge Hall, and people interested in the world’s oldest & largest fraternity are always welcome. TIX: $7 adult, $3 children INFO: 902-538-8351 Community Breakfast — Baptist Church, Kingston 8–10am • Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast – we offer healthy choices such as fruit, yogurt and homemade muffins with our traditional items. All are welcome. TIX: donation INFO: 902-765-4655 Community Pancake Breakfast — Falmouth Hall, Falmouth 8:30–11am • Hosted by the 3rd Falmouth Scouting Group. TIX: $6 adults, $4 children 4–10, no charge for children age 3 and younger INFO: 902-799-1659 / Valley Trekkers Volksport Club Walk — Ultramar, Park St. Corner Store, Park St., Kentville 10am (Register 9:30am) • This is a 5/10km walk, 1B walk. TIX: no charge INFO: / Facebook: Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club Open Washer Toss — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 11am • 19 & over welcome TIX: $25 per team INFO: 902-678-8935 Cohousing Discussion — 673 Clifton Avenue, Windsor 11am • If you are interested in Cohousing communities and how they are managed and created join us for our initial discussion and lunch. All are welcome. INFO: 902-792-8303 / Facebook: Cohousing in NS 2016 Dance: Sidewinders — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm • Bar & kitchen available. 19 & over welcome. TIX: $7 per person INFO: 902-678-8935 Annapolis Valley Decorative Artists — Fire Hall, Greenwich 10–12:30pm • Monthly meeting. The education programme A Night Sky acrylic on canvas by Debi Fitzpatrick. Anyone interested in Decorative art is welcome. TIX: Door fee $2. INFO: 902-681-0311 / / Facebook: Annapolis Valley Decorative Artists


Windsor Lions Benefit Breakfast — War Memorial Community Centre, Windsor 7:30– 9:30am • Proceeds from this breakfast will be

going to Dominick, a Falmouth 3-year-old who has suffered anemia, a stroke, brain surgery and blood clots. Medications needed are very expensive and another brain surgery may be necessary. He is a miracle boy and a hero to his family. TIX: $6 each INFO: 902-798-2536

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An Evening of Gospel — Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor 4pm • An

Evening of Gospel is a trio from right here in Windsor. They sing a variety of gospel styles from Southern Country to Bluegrass, plus Contemporary and lots in between, including their own original material. The group has a strong vocal and instrumental sound with rich harmonies. Tina Mumford-Kehoe: Piano & Vocals Todd Macumber: Guitar & Vocals Jeff Bezanson: Bass & Vocals TIX: $20 advance, $22 @ door., 1-888-311-9090, Windsor Home Hardware INFO: 902-798-5841 /

Fundy Cinema screens THE DRESSMAKER — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • In a sumptuous, saucy and scandalous tale of love and vengeance set in the mid-1950s, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her tiny Australian hometown from the chic fashion houses of Paris to put her past to rest—and revolutionize the local women’s couture while she is at it. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050 Hymn Sing — United Baptist Church, Wolfville Ridge 7–9pm • Special guests Harold Hunt and Friends. A time for refreshment and fellowship to follow. TIX: donation INFO: 902-542-3419 SONLIGHT Live in Concert — Bethany Memorial Baptist Church, Aldershot 7pm •

Food & Fellowship to follow concert. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-6755 /

Hymn Sing Featuring The Dukes of Kent — Hantsport Baptist Church 7pm • Featuring The

Dukes Of Kent TIX: free will offering INFO: Phil, 902-684-9418 / Chris, 902-678-8865

Gospel Music Service — Baptist Church, North Alton 7pm • Evangelical and Gospel Music Service featuring Reverends Jack and Audrey Carter TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-1739 /


Committee of the Whole — County of Kings Municipal Complex, Kentville 9am • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999 Health Talk: Beacon House — Kings Riverside Court, Kentville 2pm • Join Betty VanRoestal, Care Coordinator Beacon Program and Pamela Langille, Occupational Therapist as they answer the questions: What is Beacon House and Who does it serve? TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-5414 / Authors @ Acadia: Lisa Moore — K.C. Irving Centre Auditorium, Acadia, Wolfville 7pm • Lisa Moore will read from her book, Flannery. Books are available at the Box of Delights and at the readings. TIX: no charge INFO: Caregivers of those with an Eating Disorder Support Group — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 7–9pm • A meeting for caregivers of those with an eating disorder (ED). All our members have lived experience of supporting someone with an ED. We know how challenging it can be. No one judges. Everyone understands. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-840-1495 / Open Mike & Donna — T.A.N. Cafe, Wolfville 7–9pm • Come sing a song, play an instrument, recite a poem, stand up a comic, or just watch the fun at this cozy & acoustic Open Mic hosted by Donna Holmes. TIX: no charge, but feel free to buy a coffee or dessert! INFO:


Canadian Blood Services Clinic — Lions Club, Berwick 1–8pm • Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic TIX: no charge INFO: 902-844-1440 / Riptide Rollers Open House — NSCC Campus, Middleton 6:30–9pm • Come check out Roller Derby with the Valley Avengers! We’ll explain how it works and have extra gear so you can try it out! Family friendly to watch, but ages 16+ to play. We also need referees! TIX: No charge for open house, $4 for a mouth guard if you wish to try skating. There are membership dues if you decide to join. INFO:

Fundy Cinema screens ARRIVAL — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • Denis Villeneuve directs Amy Adams,

compliments of the Ladies Auxiliary TIX: $20 team INFO: 902-678-8935


50/50 tickets on sale and canteen is available. Wheelchair accessible. Featured local entertainers are: The Country Kids, Wanda B, Country Harmony TIX: $5 at the door INFO: 902-765-2128

Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in a thoughtprovoking sci-fi drama about the panic that follows a wave of mysterious spacecraft landings across the globe. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050

Variety Music Show — Lions Club, Kingston 7–9pm • An evening of entertainment and fun.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – SOLD OUT — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7–10pm • The world’s best mountain adventure films. Adrenaline, inspiration and excitement from the Banff Centre. TIX: SOLD OUT! INFO: 902-542-9511 /

Live Music at the Wharf — Wayfarers’ Ale Brewery, Port Williams 7–10pm • W/Greg

Housing Forum — Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons, Wolfville 7–9pm • Staff would like to welcome interested members of the public to join them for an overview of four important points of focus. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-599-3762 /

welcome. TIX: $7 per person INFO: 902-678-8935

General Meeting — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30pm • Windsor Legion Branch 009, Fort Edward Mall, will be holding its monthly meeting. New members are welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-2031 / Grand Pré Area Community Association Meeting — Horton Community Centre, Grand Pré 7:30pm • A Special Members Meeting for the purpose of electing a nominee to be the Director representative on the Landscape of Grand Pré Inc. TIX: no charge INFO:


Riptide Rollers Open House — War Memorial Community Centre, Windsor 6:30–9pm • Come check out Roller Derby with the Valley Avengers! We’ll explain how it works and have extra gear so you can try it out! Family friendly to watch but Ages 16+ to play. We also need referees! TIX: The open house is free unless you want to pay $4 for a mouth guard to try skating. There are membership dues once you decide to join. INFO: Paint Night — Horton High School, Greenwich 7–9:15pm • Paint Night. Spend a night out with friends discovering the artist in you. Artist Colleen Gerrits will guide you through creating a canvas you will be proud of! TIX: $45 each for a group of two or more. $50 individual tickets. Please call. INFO: 902-542-3805 / Dance: The Fret Notes — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8pm–12am • Ages 19+ TIX: $5 per person INFO: 902-798-2031 /


Breakfast — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 7–10am • Wolfville Lions Club will be holding

their monthly breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, hash browns, toast, coffee, tea and juice. TIX: $7 adults,$4 for those under 10 INFO: 902-542-5869

Good Neighbour Club Breakfast — Community Hall, Centreville 7–10:30am • Eggs, bacon, sausages, homemade beans, homemade hashbrowns, juice, coffee, tea, toast, etc. TIX: donation INFO: 902-678-3999 Community Breakfast — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30–10am • Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Eggs, Pancakes, Hash browns, Toast, and Baked Beans, Juice, Coffee and Tea. Takeout is available. TIX: $6 adult, $4 children (6–12 years), no charge under 6 INFO: 902-798-2031 / Breakfast — Curling Club, Middleton 8–10:30am • Bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, pancakes, baked beans, toast, juice, coffee/tea. Free will offering. All welcome. TIX: donation INFO: 902-825-2695 / Breakfast — United Church, Aylesford 8–11am • Delicious homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausages, toast, juice, tea & coffee. TIX: free will offering INFO: 902-847-9624 Crib Tournament — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 1pm • Registration at 12:30pm; Play at 1pm. Upstairs at the Legion. Lunch served

and Mike. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-7462 /

Dance: Broken Circuit — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm • Bar & kitchen available. 19 & over


Deep Roots Music Cooperative AGM — Farmers Market, Wolfville 2–4pm • The Deep Roots AGM (annual general meeting) is open to the public. Come and hear how things went this year. There will be a financial and Festival report presented, as well as the election of new or returning Board Members. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-7668 /

Sunday Music in the Garden Room: Stephen Runge, piano — K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville 2–4 pm • “A Century Passed: Music for Solo Piano from 1916-7” including works by Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, Debussy, and Ravel. INFO: TIX: no charge


Open Mike & Donna — T.A.N. Cafe, Wolfville 7–9pm • Come sing a song, play an instrument, recite a poem, stand up a comic, or just watch the fun at this cozy & acoustic Open Mic hosted


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TICKET GIVEAWAY– CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO: TOM REGAN MEMORIAL CONCERT. Festival Theatre, Wolfville. Saturday, February 11, 7:30pm Draw date: Friday, February 3. Enter all draws: by Donna Holmes. TIX: no charge INFO:


Free Community Lunch — United Church, Kingston 12–1pm • Come in for a nice hot soup lunch. Open to EVERYONE in the community. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-3621 / Canadian Federation of University Women — Wu Welcome Centre, Wolfville 7–9:30pm • Business meeting followed by Guest Speaker, Jenna Colclough, 4th year Classic Student. Refreshments to follow. New members welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: Fundy Cinema screens CAMERAPERSON — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • Renowned cinematographer Kirsten Johnson explores what it means to film another person, how it affects that person and what it does to the one who films in a moving and thoughtful glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050

no. 2 • Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 TIX: $34, $22 students, @ Acadia Box Office INFO: 800-542-8425 /

The Hidden Keys. Books are available at the Box of Delights and at the readings. TIX: no charge INFO:

Dance: Rte. 12 — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm • Bar & kitchen available 19 & over welcome TIX: $7 per person INFO: 902-678-8935

Fundy Cinema screens MALIGLUTIT (SEARCHERS) — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk returns with an epic drama—inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers—about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home, exploring the concept of justice in a seemingly unjust world. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050


Soup & Bread Meal — St. James Anglican Church, Kentville 4–5:30pm • You’re invited to a Soup & Bread Meal. With drama, story & song. Sponsored by Kentville/New Minas & Area Council of Churches TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-3123 / Fundy Cinema screens THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson star in this hilarious, edgy and poignant coming-of-age tale about an endearingly witty but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050

Multiple Sclerosis Meeting — Sobeys, New Minas 7:30–9pm • Regular Monthly Meeting. First meeting for 2017 TIX: no charge INFO: 902-684-3364 /

Contemplative Concert — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 9–10pm • A one-hour late-night meditative improvisation, featuring Paula Rockwell, Heidi Kalyani, and Ken Shorley. Bring a blanket, close your eyes, snuggle in and enjoy! TIX: Suggested contribution $10 INFO:




Jimboree — Wolfville Farmers Market Community Room, Wolfville 7pm–1am • An event to mark the passing and celebrate the life of James Henry McLellan III, hosted by Lisa Hammett Vaughan. There will be a potluck supper, a slide show, a time of storytelling and a social time, and then a dance with The Hupman Brothers. Come just for the supper, or for the dance, or stay the whole time if that feels right. Bring some delicious food to share or just come and enjoy the support of this wonderful community. This event will be casual and comfortable, like the Saturday Market, not like a funeral! Invitation is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Jim with us. INFO: Brett Kissel (SOLD OUT!) — Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor 8pm • Multiple-award-winning Country artist Brett Kissel. TIX: SOLD OUT! INFO: 902-798-5841 / Dance — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8pm– 12am • Dance featuring the music of Lady Rogue. 19+ years. TIX: $5 per person INFO: 902-306-4444 /


Breakfast — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 7:30–10:30am • Bacon, sausage, eggs, hash

browns, homemade beans, toast, jam, marmalade, coffee / tea / juice. TIX: $6 INFO: 902-542-5869 /

Peaches & Cream Pancake Breakfast — Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, Hantsport 7:30–10:30am • Eat homemade pancakes in Historical Churchill House in Hantsport. A great Wintertime Breakfast. TIX: $7 pp INFO: 902-684-3255 / Eagle Watch Luncheon — First Cornwallis Baptist Church, Upper Canard 11am–1:30pm • Eagle Watch luncheons at First Cornwallis Baptist Church , 1012 Middledyke Rd. TIX: $8 adults, $4 ages 5–12, preschoolers – no charge INFO: 902-690-5425 / Expressive Café (NS Aphasia Association) — West Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick 2–4pm • The Mission of the Expressive Café is to improve communication skills using expressive and receptive activities in a safe environment. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-698-9661 / Symphony Nova Scotia — Convocation Hall, Wolfville 7:30pm • Acadia Performing Arts Series Featuring: Bernhard Gueller, conductor & Renaud Lapierre, violin. On the program: Dinuk Wijeratne: “spiritual journey” – A “Sesqui” or Sesquicentennial Fanfare (Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.) • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture • Prokofiev: Violin Concerto

Voice of the Whale House Concert — Private Residence, Wolfville 7:30–9:30pm • George Crumb’s “Vox Balaenae” will engage many of your senses! Join pianist Simon Docking, cellist Benjamin Marmen, and flautist Jack Chen as they explore this delightful and yet intense repertoire. TIX: $43, $20 for all persons aged 30 and under INFO: 902-402-1125 /


Dinner — Lions Club, Auburn 4–6pm • Ham, Scallop Potatoes, and Baked Beans. Gingerbread and Ice Cream. TIX: donation INFO:


Lions Breakfast — St Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall, Hantsport 7–10am • Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, juice, tea or coffee. Sponsored by the Hantsport & District Lions Club. Proceeds for Food Bank. TIX: $7 adult, $3.50 children 6–12 yrs., no charge under age 5 INFO: 902-684-9529

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 /

Eagle Watch Luncheon — First Cornwallis Baptist Church, Upper Canard 11am–1:30pm • Eagle Watch Luncheon TIX: $8 adults, $4 ages 5–12, no charge for preschoolers INFO: 902-690-5425 /


Crib Tournament — Forties Community Centre, New Ross 1pm (register 12:30pm) • Doors open 12pm. Play starts 1pm. Canteen available. TIX: $20 per team INFO: 902-689-2147 Fundy Cinema screens LION — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7pm • Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of five, sets out to locate his original home through the technology of Google Earth twenty-five years later. Based on a true story. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050


Municipal Council — County of Kings Municipal Complex, Kentville 6pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 888-337-2999

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Authors @ Acadia: André Alexis — K.C. Irving Centre Auditorium, Acadia, Wolfville 7pm • André Alexis will read from his book,

LIVE THEATRE Lone Star Love Potion — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 7:30pm. Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 5, 2pm • When a wealthy Texas rancher dies, his heirs gather for the reading of his will, which will bequeath the huge estate and a thermos full of a reputed love potion. The guests stay overnight in the mansion, secretly testing the love potion, which results in hilarious hi-jinks and multiple embraces. But are all the embraces due to the love potion? Mature content. TIX: $15, $12 students/seniors. Cash/cheque only. Call for reservations. INFO: 902-678-8040 /

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Feb. 3, 7–10pm • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives in Vienna. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. TIX: $20 @ the door INFO: Broken Leg Theatre - Rooster — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Feb. 4, 7–9pm • Fun for the whole family! Featuring DanceConXion, The Dead Sheep Scrolls, Caravan Theatre, two Acadia groups, a whole lot of chicken jokes, and more. TIX: $10 @ the door, or by email. INFO:

EXHIBITS Art Show: Close to Home — The Landing Spa and Studio, Canning 9am–5pm, or by appointment. Until March 4 • Solo show by painter Jean Leung.

One of the important roles of artists is to create a sense of personal and national identity for the community of people where they live. Janet Leung captures the places and people and takes you on a journey into beauty and place. Open reception and artist’s talk Sunday, Jan. 15, 3–5pm. INFO: Marilyn Rand, 902-582-7433

Annual Acadia Art Exhibition — Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville Jan. 14–March 1 • This

much anticipated community exhibition celebrates the creative work in our community. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, 7pm. INFO: 902-585-1373 /

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.

@ THE LIBRARY 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.


Preschool Storytime & Craft: Brrr! Baby, it’s cold out there! — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 10:30–11:30am • Crafts, stories, songs, and a snack. For ages 0–5 and their parents/caregivers. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835 Quigong & Tai Chi — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 6–6:30pm. Also Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9 • W/Kenton Sefcik, Registered Acupuncturist.

All ages, skill levels. INFO: 902-684-0103


Fibre Ops — Library, Windsor 10am–12pm. Also Jan. 20 & 27 • For knitters, crocheters, hookers, spinners, and weavers. Bring your own project. INFO: 902-798-5424

BusyBabies — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 11:30am–12pm. Also Jan. 20 & 27 • So many books, songs and rhymes -- so

little time! These babies are busy! For ages 0–2 and caregivers. INFO: 902-684-0103

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. The main theme is playing games, games and more games! For ages 10–14. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Pop Overs — Library, Kingston 10–11am. Mondays, Jan. 16–May 15 • Songs, stories, games and crafts. For preschool age children, accompanied by parent/caregiver. Please register. INFO: 902-765-3631


Casual French Conversations — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 1–2pm. Also Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7 • A fun and interactive informal French class w/instructor Susan Oickle-Shano. All ages, skill levels. Please register. INFO: 902-684-0103


Talk Sing Read! Storytime — Library, Berwick 9:45–10:15am. Also Jan. 25 • Enjoy rhymes,

songs, and books with other children and caretakers. Geared towards ages 0–5, but all ages welcome! INFO: 902-538-4030

Babies & Books — Library, Windsor 10:30–11am. Also Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 • A special one-on-one time for babies (0–24 months) & their caregivers with stories, songs, rhymes & social time. INFO: 902-798-5424 Fairly Odd Fairy Tales — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 3–4pm •

Huff and Puff: House Build. Snacks, crafts, a little science and stories! A different theme each week. For ages 5–10. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Lunch & Learn: Valley Waste Management — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 12–1pm • Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste after garbage collection? Join us and learn what’s new in Nova Scotia’s waste industry. Bring your lunch or just come for the presentation. Hot/ cold beverages provided. Storm date: Jan 26. INFO: 902-684-0103


Family Fun: Jive Up January — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 1:30–3pm • Beat the January Blues and regain your cheerfulness! Bring your family for stories, snacks, music and dance! For families of all ages. Space is limited, so sign up soon! INFO: 902-825-4835


Dungeons And Dragons — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 6:30– 8:30pm • Calling all warriors! Join a group of hearty adventure seekers in the 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


Fairly Odd Fairy Tales — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 3–4pm •

4 and 20 Blackbirds Baked Into an Impossible Pie: Learn About Volume. Snacks, crafts, a little science and stories! A different theme each week! For ages 5–10. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Preschool Storytime & Craft: Groundhog Day Fun! — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 10:30–11:30am • Crafts, stories, a snack and time for children to share in the excitement of finding the groundhog’s shadow. For ages 0–5 and their parents/caregivers. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835 What’s Happening continued on page January 12 – February 9, 201714.|



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Fun & Fables — Library, Windsor 10:30–11:30am. Also Feb. 2, 9 • Stories, songs, rhymes and craft time for preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their caregivers. Please register. INFO: 902-798-5424



Coffee & Conversation — Library, Berwick 10–11:30am • Conversation Starter – Greg Rice from Sun Life Financial. Join us for coffee, tea and conversation with your community neighbours. Each month a guest will help us get the conversation started. INFO: 902-538-4030 Girl Power: Colour Our World — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 6:30–8:30pm • Join us for a special surprise guest! For girls ages 10–14. No electronics, please. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


Library Book Club — Library, Kentville 6:30–8pm • We are reading The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. We meet the last Tuesday of the month, Jan– May. Join any time! INFO: 902-679-2544


Fairly Odd Fairy Tales — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 3–4pm • Rain, Rain Go Away: Make a Rain Cloud in the Library. Snacks, crafts, a little science and stories! A different theme each week! For ages 5–10. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835

Fairly Odd Fairy Tales — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 3–4pm

• Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick: Let’s Make Candlesticks. Snacks, crafts, a little science and stories! A different theme each week! For ages 5–10. Please register. INFO: 902-825-4835


“Downton Abbey” Tea Party — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 12–2pm • Sitting, having tea and conversation, is something we should do more often in our busy lives. Why don’t you make time to join us for a lovely Downton Abbey tea experience. If you would like to “dress up”, (Downton Abbey style), for the occasion it would add to the fun. Space is limited so please sign up soon! INFO: 902-825-4835

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,

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



Theatre Classes — Edalene Theatre invites you to check out their winter theatre classes. • There are some new classes available and some old favourites too. Make sure you register now, as classes start soon! INFO/Reg: /

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival — The Festival is actively seeking volunteers to help make our upcoming year special and unique. We welcome volunteers with lots or little time, extensive skills or those looking to make connections or learn and add to their resume. A criminal record check may be required. We are willing to match the volunteer opportunity to the skills of the individual. INFO: 902-678-8322 or

Taoist Tai Chi™ — Beginner and Continuing Classes, Tuesday, 6–9pm & Thursday, 11am–2pm @ Louis Millett Community Centre, New Minas. • New Beginners Classes start mid-February. INFO: Mary Anne, 902-678-4609 /

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Coldest Night Of the Year— A family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry and homeless. Proceeds in Kings County go to maintain sustainability for Open Arms outreach programs (including the drop-in centre, Inn From The Cold Winter shelter program, Rural Food Delivery Program, and more). Consider putting together a team and taking part in this fun event on Feb. 25! INFO: John Andrew, Event Director, 902-365-3665 /

Centre Stage — The local theatre is looking for volunteers to help with front-of-house duties (passing out programs, working coat check, taking tickets, etc.), and also volunteers interested in joining a committee. INFO: 902-678-3502 / Wickwire Place for Senior Care — Wickwire Place is enriching their recreation program, and is looking for speakers, performers, volunteers who can teach knitting, painting, exercise classes, etc. Preference goes to volunteers who can make a regular commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.) INFO: Special Olympics — Numerous volunteer opportunities at the Provincial Winter Games being held at Camp Aldershot from February 24–26. INFO: Mark Landry, 902-429-2266 x6 /

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

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 /

Windsor Game Night — Library, Windsor 6pm.

7pm. Bring your games! Ages 12+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-790-4536 /

“Hive” (former Family Studies Room) 6–8pm. Hang out, work on projects, learn new skills, and teach each other! January 16: Blanket making for the Open Arms shelter! TIX: $2 INFO: 902-538-4019 /

Boardgame Night — C@P Lab, Wolfville Public Library, 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,

Fibres 1–4:30pm. Also Tuesdays 6–9pm. Bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, or felting. INFO: 902-542-2656 /

Wolfville, 7–10pm. INFO: 902-542-5869 /

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 /

Wolfville Farmers’ Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 8:30am–1pm INFO: January 14 Music: Space Paddy Bog People January 21 Music: Malia Rogers Theme: Soup’s On! January 28 Music: Donna Holmes February 4 Music: TBA

Taekwondo — Baptist Church, North Alton

NonDuality Meetup — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7pm–9pm. Every other Thursday (Next: Jan. 19, Feb. 2). 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: Jan. 19, Feb. 2). 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 • Downstairs; use back door. Jan. 20: Music videos in the lounge. Everyone welcome. Cash bar.

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and fun. Free will donation for coffee/tea. Bring a friend. INFO:


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 (pay what you can) 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:


Windsor Meditation Group — Visitor Information

Centre Space in the Windsor Community Centre, 321 Gerrish St., Windsor 10:30am–noon. Join us for meditation in the Shambhala tradition, discussion and tea. All welcome. Wheelchair accessible ramp. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-798-2958 /


The Alton Funtimers 50+ Group — North Alton Baptist Church, 4924 Hwy 12, 1:30pm. Meets first Monday of each month (Next: Feb. 6). Games, refreshments

Board game group. New players welcome! FEE: no charge INFO: /

The Berwick Makery — Berwick District School

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 /


Friends in Bereavement — Support, information,

friendship, and confidentiality while grieving the death of a loved one. 1st & 3rd Tues. each month (Next: Jan. 17, Feb. 7, ), 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 — Birchall Training Centre, 14 Wing Greenwood 6:30pm. Learn communication and leadership skills in a fast-paced, fun setting. Guests always welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: /

Jijuktukwejk (ji-ji-WUK-tuk) Watershed Alliance — Berwick Lions Club, 7pm. 3rd Tues. each month (Next: Jan. 17). 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: Jan. 18, Feb. 1). Social drop-in for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, 25 years & under. FEE: no charge INFO:

Chase The Ace — Lions Club, 36 Elm Ave., Wolfville 5–8:15pm. Draw shortly after 8pm. Come early to play cards with friends, or have a snack at our canteen. 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 /

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ANNUAL ACADIA EXHIBITION: OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, January 14 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Please join us for the opening of the Annual Acadia Art Exhibition on Saturday, January 14th, 7pm. This much anticipated community exhibition celebrates the creative work in our community. We look forward to seeing what new work our community has created! The opening is a night not to be missed. Acadia University Art Gallery Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University Wolfville



Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist


If you’ve read this column in the past you may have gleaned that I like plants. It’s no secret and I am not alone in my fondness for greenery. Plants make us feel good! Plants give us food, oxygen, shelter, and medicine! What’s not to love? Plants are a part of our daily lives and we wouldn’t be able to live on this planet without them, yet many of us take them for granted. One way to ensure that plants aren’t forgotten is to learn their stories, get to know their names and uses, and share that knowledge with younger generations. I continue to learn new plant lore everyday, and I am excited to be able to share some of what I’ve learned with others during an upcoming Acadia Lifelong Learning course, "The Secret Life of the Acadian Forest Flora".

Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm

Featuring Bernhard Gueller (conductor) and Renaud Lapierre (violin) On the program: • Dinuk Wijeratne's YATRA/jaθre – noun (Sanskrit): “spiritual journey” – A “Sesqui” or Sesquicentennial Fanfare commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. • Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture • Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2 • Beethoven's Symphony no. 7

Stunning. Epic. Unforgettable. Beethoven’s Seventh is one of the most popular symphonies of all time, and its influence marches on – its sombre second movement anchored the climactic moment of the 2010 Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech. Hear Symphony Nova Scotia perform this breathtaking masterpiece alongside Mozart’s delightful Marriage of Figaro Overture and Prokofiev’s colourful and demanding Concer-

to no. 2, featuring the virtuoso violin chops of Symphony Nova Scotia’s concertmaster, Renaud Lapierre. The program opens with a Fanfare by Dinuk Wijeratne commissioned for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Tickets are $34 for adults, $22 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office in person, by phone at 902-542-5500 or 1-800-542TICK(8425), or online at

There are interesting plants all over the world, but the ones that I enjoy studying and teaching about the most are the ones that exist in the wild here in Nova Scotia. These are the plants that we tend to take for granted the most; the common ones that are in our own backyard. These native plants have made us who we are; we’ve evolved with them. Plants are very much a part of our rich cultural heritage in Canada. When we think of Canada, images of birch bark canoes, maple leaves, and tall trees come to mind. Canada wouldn’t be

what it is today if it hadn’t been opened up by canoes made of birch bark and cedar held together with spruce roots and resin. It is hard for us in the present day to imagine a time before grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores. However it was not so very long ago that the forest was the supply store. Using what’s around you forces creativity and exploration. There are at least 12 functional uses, 8 food products, and 3 medicines that can be made from the Common Cattail alone. If you want to discover how to cure a headache with Skunk Cabbage or learn about the explosive pollination mechanism of the world’s fastest plant Bunchberry, consider signing up for "The Secret Life of the Acadian Forest Flora". The Open Acadia course runs for four sessions from February 17 to March 10. Each week we will study a variety of native plants in depth. We will explore the folklore, history, horticulture, and ecology of a group of diverse and unique plants. For registration information contact Acadia Life Lifelong Learning at Open Acadia at 902-585-1434 or visit Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens Acadia University

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