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The Best of the Bunch 2016 Results


Food & Drink Best Restaurant (fine dining) WINNER – Troy 12 Elm Avenue, Wolfville Runner Up – Blomidon Inn 195 Main Street, Wolfville Best restaurant (casual) WINNER – Union Street Café 183 Commercial Street, Berwick Runner Up – Paddy’s Irish Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant 46 Aberdeen Street, Kentville 460 Main Street, Wolfville Best Venue for Drinks WINNER – The Library Pub & Merchant Wine Bar Tavern 472 Main Street, Wolfville Runner Up – The Spitfire Arms Alehouse 29 Water Street, Windsor Best Craft Beer WINNER– Schoolhouse Brewery 40 Water Street, Windsor Runner Up…
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On the Cover: Women with Issues (24 per year, to be precise)


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…
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East Indian Split Pea Soup


East Indian Split Pea Soup By 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…
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Grease is the Word!


Grease is the Word! By Mike Butler Grease is coming to Windsor! 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! 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…
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Annual Acadia Exhibition: Opening Reception

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 reception will take place on Saturday, January 14th, 7pm. The opening is a night not to be missed. Acadia University Art Gallery Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University Wolfville

Symphony Nova Scotia to Perform Beethoven’s 7th at Convocation Hall in Wolfville


Symphony Nova Scotia to Perform Beethoven’s 7th at Convocation Hall in Wolfville 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…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Plant Lore


What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Plant Lore By 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…
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Big Changes for the Berwick Library!

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Big Changes for the Berwick Library! By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator Annapolis Valley Regional Library A big change is coming to Berwick.  The new library will be located at 236 Commercial 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…
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Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey


Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey By Genevieve Allen Hearn 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. 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,…
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