Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

The Dome Chronicles: Christmas in Harmony

The Dome Chronicles: Christmas in Harmony By Garry Leeson The Dome Chronicles project has been generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia.   In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was…
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Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success!

Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success! By Laura Churchill Duke, info@valleyfamilyfun.ca Standing back and looking at the mountain of donations that came in for the Fill a Box of Cheer program made our hearts swell. I am so proud of our community! When Candy O’Brien and I put this program together earlier in the fall, we had no idea of how well it would take off. We had no idea how many local people we would be able to help this Christmas! Fill a Box of Cheer was a program that was started by Candy O’Brien of the…
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Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit

Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit By Mike Butler ‘Tis the season for two of my favourite things, Christmas and my Holiday Who’s Who! Christmas makes me quite giddy! The music, the colours, the gift giving, the time with family and friends, and the feeling of joy and happiness this season brings. I’m a very lucky man to have had a life filled with warm holiday memories, lots of love, and good health, and I’ve never taken for granted what I have. I make it a point to give as much of myself at this time of year…
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Grapes: What’s in a Name?

Grapes: What’s in a Name? By Craig Campbell There are several reasons why the wine in your glass smells and tastes the way it does. All of them play into the final product and cannot be understated. Having said that, the two main reasons are: type of grape, and where it grows. After that, the winemaker’s skill takes it from there. The character of a wine begins with the grape juice in your glass. What type of grape was used to make your wine? Much like the way that apple varieties are best used for different things and have different…
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Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta

Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta By Jenny Osburn, “The Union Street Cafe Cookbook” Last month I got to cook lunch with grade 5 students at our local elementary school. The kids had started a vegetable garden in the spring. Dedicated volunteers tended the garden all summer so there was plenty to harvest in October. A celebration was in order! I was thrilled when my friend Megan, a teacher at Somerset, asked me to pitch in. We made a plan to cook with the vegetables the students harvested. There were purple carrots, zucchini, beets, and a mountain of kale. Maybe not the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acorns

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acorns By Melanie Priesnitz If you spend time outdoors you will have noticed an abundance of acorns on the ground this year.  Many people think that a bumper crop is a ‘messy’ nuisance. Biking and walking on acorns is like balancing on marbles, and having tiny wooden missiles drop on your head or parked car is unpleasant. The creatures in the Acadian Forest, however, look upon a wealth of acorns with great excitement. A plentiful year means an increased chance of survival through the cold winter months. There are many legends and…
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Family Fun in the Valley: Elf on the Shelf

Family Fun in the Valley: Elf on the Shelf By Laura Churchill Duke We are an ardent Elf-on-the-Shelf family. To those who know me, this comes as no surprise. We all look forward to Buttons coming back, and it is a highlight in our countdown to Christmas. I know my kids don’t really believe the Elf is real, and that’s OK with me. It’s part of our fun family tradition, and I will still do it every year until they are grown (and maybe longer). Coming up with ideas is not stressful. Pinterest has thousands of ideas. I recommend setting…
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6th annual 12 Days of Cookies

6th annual 12 Days of Cookies By Tim Jackson The staff of Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) invites you to share in the joy of cookies. For twelve days in December, staff and the public will be baking – and sharing – recipes and cookies. Each recipe along with pictures will be shared online via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on the AVRL blog. All branches and the Bookmobile will be taking part in this cookie extravaganza on weekdays from December 5 to December 20. There is also a contest to encourage public participation and a chance to win a ‘cookie…
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Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman

Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman By Mike Butler This is big news everyone! I mean really BIG news! With this Who’s Who profile I have finally scored what was once the impossible: an interview with Wendy Elliott! Why is this so big? Because Wendy the journalist is now the subject, as opposed to being the writer… under the sharp wit and probing mind of ME! I’m so excited to tell you about this very special person with whom, I’m sure, we all have a connection to somehow. When I was 13 years old I travelled to Italy. As…
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A Holiday Tradition Returns for 11th Year!

A Holiday Tradition Returns for 11th Year! By Laila North This year marks the 11th Anniversary for Cadance Academy’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Festival Theatre. With performances on December 10 and 11, this lively and colourful production is sure to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit and impress audiences of all ages. Cadance Academy’s Director, Gaea Jess, is looking forward to this year’s show. “We’ve all been working so hard on this production – as they say putting our ‘blood, sweat and tears’ into it. I’m so proud of our dancers, and the show just gets better and…
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