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A Sampling of Local Libations

A Sampling of Local Libations Lazy Bear Brewing – Brewery 120 East Old Post Road, Smiths Cove lazybearbrewing.ca Happenings: Growler nights on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm year round. Still Fired Distilleries – Distillery 9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royal stillfireddistilleries.com The Buzz: Artisan craft distillery creating unique, natural spirits from the first “legal” stills built in Nova Scotia. Bad Apple Brewhouse and Mosaic Brewing Co. – Brewery 515 Parker Condon Road, Somerset badapplebrewhouse.ca Cool Fact: Regular contributors to local charities, Kari and Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse recently covered the costs for a lucky family to attend the spring…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness We live on a pretty special street in Wolfville, Alline Street. Neighbours are quick to introduce themselves and lend a helping hand. This was evidenced recently when we had a medical emergency in our family which required calling an ambulance. We had just experienced a significant snowfall and our driveway wasn’t cleared yet which meant the ambulance had to park on the street. As with every morning after a storm, neighbours rush from their houses to clear their driveways with snow blowers. While the ambulance attendants were inside our house, I looked outside to see our…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness It is 10 o’clock on Valentines Day and after two days of being snowed in in our small subdivision, I am cheerfully listening to the back-up beep of the hardworking snowplow – including its kind driver, who I think has mastered the highest skill of his/her profession. Instead of just plowing a track down our narrow street called Fairbanks Avenue, leaving us with four feet of heavy snow in front of our laboriously cleaned-out driveways, she/he carefully drives back and forth, shaving down the high snowbanks, and taking extra caution near the driveways. Does he/she imagine…
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Exciting Plans for Evergreen Theatre

Exciting Plans for Evergreen Theatre By David O’Leary Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville is excited to announce that our long anticipated addition will become a reality in 2017. After sixteen years of hosting a wide variety of the performing arts from Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada, and beyond in our rather humble surroundings, we are leaping from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Our converted 1850’s former Baptist Church offers unparalleled acoustics and a warm intimate audience experience, but we are lacking a few conveniences which modern audiences and artists seem to expect, and which are mostly connected to…
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Education Through Travel

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Education Through Travel By Claire Keddy Six months, three countries, and two trashed pairs of shoes later, my gap year has come to a close. After years of planning, I decided to volunteer in Peru, Thailand, and Nepal on my year off from school. The projects ranged from living with an indigenous family to reforestation in the Amazon to helping at a orphanage to teaching monks-in-training. In all my planning, I could never have accounted for the spontaneous adventures or the countless connections with people from all over the globe. Taking seat 18A on the final flight home was emotional,…
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Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

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Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’? By Mike Butler I scroll through the Facebook feed a lot… I’m a man about town so I have to keep up on all the business that’s happening, and every now and then I see these great photos of delicious-looking food and the occasional smirking selfies of the man behind these scrumptious dishes, Stephane Levac. I am very excited to tell you about this truly wonderful man, talented chef, and inspiration to many. I’m glad he agreed to be a part of my Who’s Who column. Stephane Levac and his…
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Uncorked: Denise and Kerry Lees, on a roll!

Uncorked: Denise and Kerry Lees, on a roll! By Mike Butler Denise and Kerry Lees are, literally, on a roll with their new business. The Lees are the proud owners and operators of AROLLCO (Atlantic Roll Converting) located in Berwick. People may remember Denise from the Mahone Bay Quality Footwear Co. in Wolfville. I had the pleasure of being teamed with Denise there for a while, and it was a very rewarding work experience with her. Denise loved the retail environment, the customer interaction, and the close-knit community and local support of the businesses, but a new chapter needed to…
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Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams

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Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams By Genevieve Allen Hearn Ross Palmer is a Valley native who has worked in the special needs community for a number of years. Wanting to make his mark on the community, he decided to pursue his dreams of running a business in Wolfville. He recently opened Grandma Mazel’s Cellar Academy in the former United Church in Wolfville – a celestial setting for a business that endorses an artisanal lifestyle. The Grapevine (GV): What is a Cellar Academy? Ross: For me, the Cellar Academy is a state of mind and a trademark. It’s the understanding and…
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Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise

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Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook We’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day as we do every year, with Boiled Dinner and Grammie’s Mayonnaise! The sauce, my great-grandmother’s recipe, is rich and vintage-ly scrumptious, and the rest of the meal can be too. You’ve got to start with a decent piece of corned beef, and cook it patiently. We buy ours from Meadowbrook Meat Market, where they cure it themselves. A two pound chunk will serve about 6 people. This is a great dish to cook this time of year and…
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Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge

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Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge By Alan Stewart, President and Maltster Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Co. As the local craft beer scene grows in leaps and bounds, Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company has begun a mission to bring an agricultural connection to beer making. The most important ingredient of beer is malt, and malt is made from grain. Malt provides the sugars needed for the fermentation process in beer making. Before Horton Ridge, all malt used in Atlantic Canada was imported and made from grain grown in other parts of the world. At Horton Ridge, we believe…
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