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The Kitchen Party Cookbook!

The Kitchen Party Cookbook! The Grapevine Chats with Jenny Osburn Following the success of The Union Street Café Cookbook in 2015, Jenny Osburn is back with another volume of delectable dishes called The Kitchen Party Cookbook: Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs, and Good Times in the Maritimes. Designed by award-winning letterpress artist Laura MacDonald (Deep Hollow Print) and featuring a Nova Scotia food map by Monica Beaton, The Kitchen Party Cookbook keeps the good times rolling with more than sixty fresh and fun new recipes. Joel Plaskett declares that The Kitchen Party Cookbook is “the proof in the pudding” that Nova…
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The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant

The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant By Genevieve Allen Hearn ’Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant’ stars Lennie Gallant with an amazing supporting band comprised of Sean Kemp (violin), Jeremy Gallant (keyboard and percussion), Jonathan Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau. This critically acclaimed production stars Gallant himself presenting his folk-rock/roots music, along with captivating tales in a multimedia format that utilizes stunning visual works from celebrated Prince Edward Island artist and sibling Karen Gallant. As well as the paintings,…
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Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition

Featurepreneur: A Tasty Career Transition By Genevieve Allen Hearn Hillary Webb has been working tirelessly to get ready for the grand opening of her new restaurant. On September 20th you’ll be able to find Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House on the corner of Cornwallis and Webster in Kentville (where the Central Café used to be located). Formerly working in the sciences, Hillary chatted with The Grapevine about her foray into the world of sandwiches, baked goods, and tea. And if her food tastes as good as it looks on the Hill’s Grills Instagram feed, the valley is in…
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Youth Engagement from the Inside

Youth Engagement from the Inside By Genevieve Allen Hearn We met at Cotton Tale Café with our babies and toddlers in tow. It felt like an interview disguised as a playdate. Or perhaps the reverse. Either way, this is how working mothers can balance their professional and domestic lives – meeting in a space where children can run, crawl or wriggle while talking over coffee and intermittently jumping out of seats to diffuse a toy theft situation. I wrote an article about youth engagement in municipal politics last September before the municipal elections. Emily Lutz and Meg Hodges were two…
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Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson!

Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson! By Mike Butler Generally, for my Who’s Who column, as well as my Uncorked column, I stick pretty close to the arts community for my subjects and topics. I understand though that our community is made up of very special people who contribute to other areas like politics, science, and sports, so it’s always fun and exciting to branch out and write about someone within one of those worlds. When I was growing up in Kentville, my father owned his own sporting goods store, so I was surrounded by hockey, golf, football, baseball, etc. I never…
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Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience By Mike Butler There are some very positive perks to being kind of known here in Wolfville. Yes, I dabble in some theatre and work in a very busy café where I schmooze with lots of people, but I think it’s my Grapevine work that puts me on the map here in the valley. This “little” community paper has taken me to wonderful places and introduced me to amazing people, and most times with no effort on my part: those places and people have come to me. There was many a time…
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The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba

The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. The Grapevine (GV): What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Alex Cuba (AC): There was a time in my childhood when I wanted to be a doctor, and that lasted a few years, but at the age of 14 music became important for me and I went into it full on embracing it with…
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The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict

The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict By Garry Leeson 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 industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years,…
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Opening the Vaults, Acadia University Art Gallery: Alex Colville, Fête Champêtre

Opening the Vaults, Acadia University Art Gallery: Alex Colville, Fête Champêtre By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery The Acadia University Art Gallery is proud to present one of many works by Alex Colville: Fête Champêtre. This work is on display in our current exhibition, “From the Vault, Alex Colville: Living Things,” on display until September 30. Many locals and Grapevine readers know the name Alex Colville, and are just as enthusiastic and excited to see his work on display as we are to exhibit it. In 1993, Alex Colville spoke to this particular work: “There…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens By Adrien Green, Head Gardener and Educator In our beautiful forest community, when we stand amid the trees we often feel the sensation of belonging, or that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Humans have received many gifts from trees over millennia including food, lumber for building, heating for homes and oftentimes metaphors conveying strength, flexibility and generosity. Trees can make us feel humble and connected all at once. In the spirit of Deep Roots, let’s imagine what lies beneath the trunks of the trees we see in…
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