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Openings!

Openings! The busy season is here! Our Valley is bursting with businesses opening, events happening, places to be, and things to see! Here is a selection of what’s opening for the season. Luckett Vineyards 1293 Grand Pre Road, Wolfville Opening: May 1 “Dining, shopping, tours, and tastings…The Cellar Door is open for your enjoyment from May to October. We invite you to sit and sample from our local menu while enjoying the stunning views over Blomidon and the Minas Basin from our Crush Pad Bistro daily between the hours of 11am-4pm. Looking for light fare and a glass of wine…
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Mike Uncorked: SPREADING RUMORS AROUND THE THEATRE!

Mike Uncorked: SPREADING RUMORS AROUND THE THEATRE! By Mike Butler First, I want to thank Edalene Theatre and CentreStage Theatre for putting on two shows with very catchy titles… it made my job of thinking up a title for this article that much easier. The wonderful world of Valley community theatre is alive and well with so many shows coming your way. Check out the ValleyEvents.ca website for all the theatre and music shows going on and certainly the theatre listings in your Grapevine is a good place to check as well. I want to tell you about two exceptional…
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Barely Contained: May

Barely Contained: May By Monica Jorgensen I grew up in a house full of plants. Climbing, blooming, lusciously green plants. My mother would get compliments on her ability to make the greenery thrive from everyone who visited. Outside we had beautiful rock gardens, shrubs, and for several years, a wonderful vegetable garden. You would think I’d have learned a thing or two about gardening over the years. But you would be wrong. I have never met a plant I couldn’t kill. Until recently, that is. For the past year or so I have successfully kept two small root-bound houseplants alive,…
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The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby

The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby in Wolfville have weathered quite the spring, but they are back in action!  After two devastating floods in March, they reopened in April, only to have yet another flood close their stores again. “We had a very successful grand reopening on Saturday, April 15, only to have a third flood from another apartment’s hot water tank the next evening. So, three floods in six weeks, two new floors, and one very disappointed Eddie, our dog, who wasn’t able to come to the store for quite a…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla By Susan Wedlock Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self-produced album, “HUMAN”.  Alysha Brilla will have a show at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville on May 26. Visit evergreentheatre.ca for ticket info. Susan Wedlock (SW): Can you list five words that describe you? Alysha Brilla (AB): Colourful, Dreamer, Soul Seeker, Idealist, Curious SW: “Best Dressed Brilla” – I believe this term was used at the Juno Awards in 2015. What was that about? AB: My friend and designer…
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Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock

Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock By Genevieve Allen Hearn Meet Amanda Muis Brown – flower farmer, florist, and soon to be published author. Amanda is a third-generation farmer and is now growing over a hundred varieties of flowers and foliage on Humble Burdock Farm in Centreville. Growing botanicals in a Maritime climate takes good planning, an innate understanding of our fluctuating growing season, and more than a little courage. Amanda faces these challenges boldly and passes on what she has learned in her book coming out this fall entitled *Humble Burdock Farms – From Seed to Centerpiece,…
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The Story of Rowan’s Room

The Story of Rowan’s Room By Elizabeth Mason-Squires, Executive Director, Rowan’s Room Respite & Developmental Centre Rowan’s Room is a private facility in Middleton offering developmental, educational, recreational, respite, and general support to young children ages 3 – 12 years, with developmental, neurological, and/or cognitive needs. It helps children that may not be fully supported in traditional school settings, and are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD), or who have other special needs that may or may not yet be diagnosed. The services provided are tailored to each individual…
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Dinner Out: Union Street Café Heart Attack Burger

Dinner Out: Union Street Café Heart Attack Burger By Scott Campbell Code Blue at Union Street Café!! Grab your stethoscope and head to Berwick’s Union Street Café and try their Burger Wars entry – The Heart Attack Burger.  From the first bite, the palpitations will begin. The burger looks impressive when it arrives at the table. This tower of beef and bun both promises to deliver a flavourful punch while, at the same time you find yourself wondering – how do I even start to eat this thing?! The juicy beef patty looks inviting enough but when you bite into…
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The Dome Chronicles: DIY

The Dome Chronicles: DIY 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, through flood and fire,…
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Dinner Out: Natalino’s Donair Burger

Dinner Out: Natalino’s Donair Burger By Scott Campbell Admittedly, the hamburger is one of my most favourite food groups however, the Donair, is a very close second. When I heard that Natalino’s in Kentville was offering up a Donair Burger for its Burger Wars entry, I was intrigued. When it occurred to me that someone had taken two of my most favourite things in the world and combined them to create a culinary thing of awe and deliciousness was when I knew the Burger Wars had reached a whole new level of creativity and spectacle. Their fresh made Donair Burger…
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