Articles

Dinner Out: Dinner with Award-Winning Winemaker, Patrick Cantieni

Dinner Out: Dinner with Award-Winning Winemaker, Patrick Cantieni By Scott Campbell If you’ve read any of my articles before, you’ll know that I usually write about amazing culinary adventures I’ve had in restaurants here in the Valley and abroad. For this article I’m going to write about something a little different – I’m going to write about a meal I was invited to at a private home. After all, when Patrick Cantieni, an award-winning wine maker, invites you to dinner at his home and you happen to know his partner, Devon Koeller, is an accomplished cook in her own right,…
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Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley

Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley Submitted For Co-Director Lindsay Clowes, branching the work of FOUND Forgotten Food into the Valley from Halifax is common sense, considering she recently moved out of the city to start a new position at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. “I’m spending most of my time in the Valley now, so it naturally followed that I would want to seek members in the community to organize a local volunteer group” she says.  Clowes is spearheading the search for FOUND volunteers in the Valley.   FOUND Forgotten Food is an…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist As beautiful as the Norway Spruce Forest in Acadia’s Woodland Trails appears to be, biologically it’s not as beautiful as it could be.  It lacks the diversity that is essential to a balanced and healthy environment. Norway spruce (picea abies) is native to Europe and is listed as an invasive species in many regions outside of its range. Norway spruce is a dominant species that grows rapidly in its early years, growing as much as three feet per year for the…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art By Alexandra Pulchny, Acadia University Art Gallery Collections and Outreach Assistant The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been integral to Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th century. Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, is a central place for Acadian identity.  While the history of the site is what sparks most interest, there is also a significant figure who brings many people to Grand-Pré and has encouraged interest in Acadian culture: Evangeline. The heroine however, is a literary creation. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem…
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Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local!

Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local! By Mike Butler A few months ago I emceed the MOMFEST event at the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. This event is a very special thing here in the valley where mothers can go and visit information booths and attend workshops on various topics pertaining to motherhood, raising a child, and health and wellness, while interacting with other mothers and sharing stories and experiences about raising children. The event also features extracurricular activities the valley has to offer for moms and their children. I met a slew of interesting business…
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Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education!

Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education! By Mike Butler John Smith is a pretty familiar face to the Valley. I’ve known John for a few years and I’m so proud to have shared the stage with him about half a dozen times. He’s friendly, outgoing, family and community-minded, and a great friend (and co-star!) and John is part of a pretty awesome project that I want to share with you. But first a little bit about the man behind it: John Howard Smith, proudly named for his two grandfathers, was born and raised in Nova Scotia. John joined the…
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Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream!

Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream! By Genevieve Allen Hearn How better to spend the lazy, hazy final month of summer than by the seaside with an ice cream? June Granger opened her ice cream shop, i scream, last year and is in full swing this summer. Located on Main Street in Canning, her shop transports you to the 1940s with a large inviting counter, jars filled with candy and sweets, and colorful bunting hanging in the window. The Grapevine chatted with June about her new business full of sweet things and happiness! The Grapevine (GV): What inspired…
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The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library. For open hours, check valleylibrary.ca To contact Jamie directly, email djrobertson@eastlink.ca WHO:  I am a geologist and landscape photographer living in Grand Pré. In my career as a mineral exploration geologist, I had a great opportunity to travel widely in remote areas of Canada and the world. This triggered my passion for landscape photography, and often flying in helicopters and small planes allowed me to photograph these wilderness landscapes from the air. WHAT: It is the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson (an Acadia…
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Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year

Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year By Genevieve Allen Hearn Centre Square in Kentville is seeing a lot more activity these days. The weekly farmers’ market is bustling with patrons, the Kentville Merchant’s Group has been organizing events such as skateboard demos and car shows, the town uses the space to host Harvest Festival and Apple Blossom activities, and on August 26th the square will be closed to vehicles and given over to pedestrians for the 3rd annual Multicultural Fair. The Multicultural Fair is the brainchild of Lynn Jin, an immigrant from China. She wanted to create an…
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Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th

Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th By Donna Crawford, Show Committee Member Milkvale Farm’s Allison Magee is well-known to those who frequent Kentville’s Wednesday farmers’ market. But how many of those eager shoppers – seeking out fresh local veggies, fruit, and specialty items – know what Allison and five other Valley residents are planning in celebration of Canada’s 150th? In fact, even his neighbours in Welsford are unlikely to have heard what’s being set up for Saturday, August 12. “It has to do with our Country’s big birthday and with gardens of course” hints Magee. “Any Valley resident…
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