Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND

Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND   By Mike Butler It’s the summer, which means good times with friends and family sharing BBQ’s, time at the beach, hiking, swimming, or other outdoor activities. In the evenings, you have campfires, drinks and laughs on the patio, or maybe even a chance to attend an outdoor concert. Summer is also the time for young adult recreation camps at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, as well as a hilarious production on their main stage. So why not pop over to CentreStage on a Friday or Saturday evening, sit in a nice…
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An Evening at the Inn

An Evening at the Inn By Emily Leeson On the back deck of the Blomidon Inn, the last bits of sunshine are breaking through the receding clouds. Mike Laceby, the inn keeper, is welcoming guests and Jean-Benoit Deslauriers is pouring his first selection of Benjamin Bridge wines for the evening. Somewhere in the kitchen, Chef Nelson Penner is likely carefully situating a few locally-foraged morels onto plates. It’s a rare night out for Jesse and me. The stars have aligned: a last minute babysitter was found, and we’ve promised to be home by ten. How could we pass this up?…
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The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert

The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert Maud’s work is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours.   WHO: My name is Maud Arthur Herbert. I have spent a lot of my life travelling and exploring, trying to find my place in the world. I am a mother of two amazing kids, and two equally amazing step-kids. I have always been creatively inclined, but recently I’ve been taking advantage of any rare opportunities of ‘kid-free’ time to work on my painting. WHAT: I mostly work with Acrylic paint on canvas and…
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The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way

The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way The tourist season in Nova Scotia has begun! The vineyards and wineries are open and busy, the Magic Wine Bus is on the roads, and visitors from all over are arriving daily in the Annapolis Valley. As locals we see them arrive and enjoy our inns, restaurants, galleries, shops, and shows. But when they leave, what do they take with them? What memories or experiences stick with our visitors long after they’ve headed back home? A happenstance meeting with some wine region tourists offered a little glimpse into the…
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Berwick’s Unsung Affordable Housing

Berwick’s Unsung Affordable Housing   By Gene Keyes   Mary Jo and I had lived in rental apartments in Halifax for many years, but by 2003 when we were ready to retire on a shoestring, we needed something that would fit our very small budget. Certainly the 6-digit price of houses was out of reach. Mobile homes were a possibility, but they were scarce in the HRM. So Mary Jo got on the Web and found a small town called Berwick in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley — where a senior was selling her mobile home, in a park within walking…
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Recipe: Green Shakshouka

Recipe: Green Shakshouka By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com   Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Cafe Cookbook and has a new one with Laura MacDonald, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, coming your way this fall!   Happy summer! This time of year finds me with a spring in my step. Swimming with the kids, weeding, reading, sleeping in, adventuring, and stuffing my face with fresh vegetables is what summer means to me. Finding new ways to cook up my favourite greens makes me pretty happy, too! Real Shakshouka, a luscious Middle Eastern…
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Dinner Out: Applewoods Restaurant

Dinner Out: Applewoods Restaurant   By Scott Campbell   Applewoods restaurant made its appearance a little over 6 months ago in New Minas (at 5494 Prospect Road – next to the Forbes Kia dealership). From that time it has proven itself to be a fantastic family dining destination. They feature creative daily specials and have an extensive menu with plenty of variety to suit every taste. But what I want to talk about today is chicken wings. Lots and lots of chicken wings. Now, we can all agree that chicken wings are not anything new. But Applewoods has taken them…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Ticks

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Ticks   By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   Scary tales of ticks and lyme disease have been prevalent in the news lately. I see this as a good thing, as education is the first step towards prevention. What is unfortunate is that the media hype is scaring people. I’ve heard many folks say that they are afraid to spend time in the woods. There is no denying that lyme disease is a terrible thing, however staying indoors is not the answer. The average Canadian sits for 10 hours a day which can…
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Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane

Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane   By Mike Butler   Last year, I had the pleasure of writing a Who’s Who profile about a young, incredible musician named Crissi Cochrane and I promised to let you readers know the next time she was coming to the Valley for a show. Well, here it is! On July 6, in the Al Whittle Theatre’s STUDIO Z, Crissi and her husband Michael Paul (aka Soul Brother Mike), will rock the room. Soul Brother Mike has just released a new album called *Learn to Vibe* that he’ll be promoting…
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Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville

Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville By Angie Oriana Jenkins, ‘Wolfville’s Belly Dancing Herbalist’ Back in my early days of belly dance (mid 90s), I took a break from more traditional forms of Classical Egyptian belly dance and became enamored with the emerging Tribal Fusion style that was being developed in San Francisco. Having a best friend who lived there, I visited the area a few times and made sure to get in as many classes and performances as I could with the pioneers of this new movement. There was this funky little Mediterranean restaurant I…
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