Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Valley Vixen

Valley Vixen By David Wimsett The Valley Vixen sex-positive bookshop and adult toy store opened its doors on April 29, 2017 at 3 Elm Avenue in Wolfville. Co-owners Tessa and Max Janes were thrilled with the reception. Tessa said that traffic inside the store on the first day was, “A constant flow.” They had advertised widely and offered special sales for the day. Since then, the shop has been open for regular business and offering unique workshops. So far Tessa says, “Business is going great.” Max and Tessa are first-time business owners. They each graduated from Acadia University in May…
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Dinner Out: The New Naked Crepe

Dinner Out: The New Naked Crepe By Scott Campbell Even if you’re a resident or a frequent visitor to Wolfville you may not have noticed something pretty spectacular. The Naked Crepe has moved. It did not move far (next door actually), but what a difference a few meters can make for this Main Street restaurant. This new-and-improved Naked Crepe is awesome.  The square footage has been dramatically increased and the little Crepe Shop that Could… Did!! With nods to the old décor very evident – grey and lime colours – the design of the new restaurant has filled the space…
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Recipe: Strawberry Summer

Recipe: Strawberry Summer By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the Author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers around the Valley and at jennyosburn.com. She is hard at work on a new cookbook, Jenny Osburn’s Party Food! which is due out later this year.   The best strawberries are always the ones you eat on the drive following a stop at a U-pick or farmstand. Driving down sunny Valley roads eating an entire box of strawberries while throwing the stems out your rolled-down car window: that’s my idea of summer!…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist The fruit of the Acadian Forest is starting to ripen much to the delight of the creatures who call the region home. One of the first wild berries enjoyed by birds and humans alike are that of the serviceberry. There are a variety of shrubs and small trees referred to as serviceberries. They are in the Rose family (Roseaceae) and are in the genus Amelanchier. There are ten or so species native to Nova Scotia. They can be tricky to identify and classify as they hybridize…
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A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White

A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White, author of TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean   Friday, July 14, noon-2pm, Auditorium, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White spent four consecutive summers visiting the Bay of Fundy region during his research on tides. Now he is returning to promote his new book, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press 2017). White will be sharing his insights on why the Bay of Fundy is a teaching ground and critical to understanding what global warming means for our coastlines. In…
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Living in Wine Country

Living in Wine Country By N.Neslihan Ivit, M.Sc. Vinifera European Viticulture and Enology winesofnesli.com   Being a wine-producing country and living close to the vineyard changes our lives in many aspects. Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to visit the vineyards around us and to see how the grapevines are growing. If you haven’t payed attention to grapevine growth before, I suggest you to do it now, as it’s one of the prettiest seasons of the vineyards, when everything is all alive and green. When you visit a vineyard and get to know it more, you will feel closer to nature…
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Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery

Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jocelyn and Michael Lightfoot have travelled internationally to research best practices in the wine tourism industry and they are bringing their bold ideas back to the Valley. Coming from a long line of farmers (eight generations to be exact), the Lightfoots have created a winery built to impress! Thinking big hasn’t kept the Lightfoots from putting love into every small detail, however. They have considered the minutia from hand-harvesting their grapes and using traditional basket press production, down to the beautifully storied labels on their wine bottles. The Grapevine…
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Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years

Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years By Emily Leeson Nova Scotian hospitality: Supper at the kitchen table, the company of friends and family, a cozy place to spend the night. It’s no secret that we excel at welcoming our guests. While plenty of tourists make their way here for pleasure, there’s also a steady stream of Nova Scotians regularly travelling across the province each year to access medical services. Fidelis House is making those trips more comfortable and affordable for patients of the Valley Regional Hospital. Visiting a hospital can mean a stay far from friends and family, and the comforts…
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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events By Emily Leeson Steer BBQ: The Rain Stopped Just In Time! The clouds parted just in time for another great parade in the little town of Kingston, Nova Scotia. The community lined the road and the parade was filled with dancers, firetrucks, Shriners, bagpipes, a handful of princesses and of course a couple of horses. After the parade the fair grounds were filled, the bouncy castles were hopping, the BBQ was in full swing, and a special treat for the kids was zipping around: A land-mower driven barrel train! — Blomidon Estate Winery…
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Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo By Mike Butler What an exciting Who’s Who! I rarely get to write about duos, but this one is so special that I couldn’t resist. Ian Gilmore and Amy Reitsma are coming to Wolfville this month to perform in Valley Summer Theatre’s ninth season opener I Do! I Do! and I want to tell you all about them and this fantastic show. Let’s start with Amy! Amy Reitsma is originally from Seabright. She attended Queen’s University for music (singing), and after graduating she worked in theatre and…
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