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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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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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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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Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles

Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles By Donna Holmes We asked local singer/songwriter Donna Holmes to send along a few questions for visiting Deep Roots Festival artists The Swinging Belles. Here’s their resulting chat. Donna Holmes is a local singer/songwriter who hosts a weekly open mic, sings with the Annapolis Big Band, and directs a seasonal variety show called Broken Leg Theatre. Donna also appears as a featured artist on Let the Good News Ring: Christmas Songs from the Annapolis Valley, an album recorded with the Hupman Brothers. The Swinging Belles (Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist Duane…
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Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn

Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn By Genevieve Allen Hearn You’ll be noticing a lot more beards and plaid around the Cornwallis Inn these days. What was once considered one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Canada, the Cornwallis Inn has seen many redevelopments since 1929. Recently there has been a push to fill the vacant commercial spaces and bring life to the landmark building once again. ENVE Hair and Tir na nOg Dance Academy have moved in and Pauline’s Golden Thread Tailor Shop has moved to the west end of the building with storefront windows. Cornwallis Inn…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia!

Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia! By Mike Butler Although I loved my summer vacation, I was one of those kids who was more excited about the return to school after the summer. I got to see my friends, learn new things, and school was always fun for me. In Wolfville, with the university, it’s always a treat to see the students hustle back into town and “take over” for the school year. There are new faces, cultures, experiences, and new friendships to be made with the latest school year commencing.To welcome the students back at Acadia,…
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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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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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