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Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art

Ten Years of Uncommon Common Art Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is a community wide art exhibit that highlights two of Kings County’s greatest assets – the natural beauty of the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people who live in the area. Now into its tenth year, UCA Creative Director Terry Havlis Drahos has been at the helm of the project since the beginning. Originally from Chicago, IL, Drahos received her Bachelor of Design from Southern Illinois University. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Acadia and NSCAD Universities (Wolfville and Halifax, respectively) in 2006, specializing in Art…
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The Gaspereau Art Market: Promoting Local Art

The Gaspereau Art Market: Promoting Local Art Just over the ridge, in the scenic community of Gaspereau, the biannual Gaspereau Art Market has just wrapped up their seventh show highlight local art. Held in the Gaspereau Community Hall the market happens twice a year in July and November. Mindy Hupman is the organizing force behind the market. Over the course of the last four years, this little art market has been promoting everything that is wonderful about the rural art scene. Coming from a community of artists among her friends and family, Mindy was interested in starting something that would…
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The Art Spot: Marla Benton

The Art Spot: Marla Benton Marla Benton is a clay artist. Her work is currently on display in the Annapolis Valley as Uncommon Common Art Stop #19, located along the Berwick Rail/Trail head, in front of the Berwick Fruit Building, directly across from the garden bed. The installation piece is called “Text Me” and it is sponsored by The Grapevine. As an alternative to a cellphone text message, this piece beckons you to stop, touch, turn, and create a poetic message. The words allow you to reflect on your thoughts and take in your surroundings as you continue on your…
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Valley Vixen

Valley Vixen By David Wimsett The Valley Vixen sex-positive bookshop and adult toy store opened its doors on April 29, 2017 at 3 Elm Avenue in Wolfville. Co-owners Tessa and Max Janes were thrilled with the reception. Tessa said that traffic inside the store on the first day was, “A constant flow.” They had advertised widely and offered special sales for the day. Since then, the shop has been open for regular business and offering unique workshops. So far Tessa says, “Business is going great.” Max and Tessa are first-time business owners. They each graduated from Acadia University in May…
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Dinner Out: The New Naked Crepe

Dinner Out: The New Naked Crepe By Scott Campbell Even if you’re a resident or a frequent visitor to Wolfville you may not have noticed something pretty spectacular. The Naked Crepe has moved. It did not move far (next door actually), but what a difference a few meters can make for this Main Street restaurant. This new-and-improved Naked Crepe is awesome.  The square footage has been dramatically increased and the little Crepe Shop that Could… Did!! With nods to the old décor very evident – grey and lime colours – the design of the new restaurant has filled the space…
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Recipe: Strawberry Summer

Recipe: Strawberry Summer By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the Author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers around the Valley and at jennyosburn.com. She is hard at work on a new cookbook, Jenny Osburn’s Party Food! which is due out later this year.   The best strawberries are always the ones you eat on the drive following a stop at a U-pick or farmstand. Driving down sunny Valley roads eating an entire box of strawberries while throwing the stems out your rolled-down car window: that’s my idea of summer!…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist The fruit of the Acadian Forest is starting to ripen much to the delight of the creatures who call the region home. One of the first wild berries enjoyed by birds and humans alike are that of the serviceberry. There are a variety of shrubs and small trees referred to as serviceberries. They are in the Rose family (Roseaceae) and are in the genus Amelanchier. There are ten or so species native to Nova Scotia. They can be tricky to identify and classify as they hybridize…
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A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White

A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White, author of TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean   Friday, July 14, noon-2pm, Auditorium, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White spent four consecutive summers visiting the Bay of Fundy region during his research on tides. Now he is returning to promote his new book, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press 2017). White will be sharing his insights on why the Bay of Fundy is a teaching ground and critical to understanding what global warming means for our coastlines. In…
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Living in Wine Country

Living in Wine Country By N.Neslihan Ivit, M.Sc. Vinifera European Viticulture and Enology winesofnesli.com   Being a wine-producing country and living close to the vineyard changes our lives in many aspects. Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to visit the vineyards around us and to see how the grapevines are growing. If you haven’t payed attention to grapevine growth before, I suggest you to do it now, as it’s one of the prettiest seasons of the vineyards, when everything is all alive and green. When you visit a vineyard and get to know it more, you will feel closer to nature…
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Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery

Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jocelyn and Michael Lightfoot have travelled internationally to research best practices in the wine tourism industry and they are bringing their bold ideas back to the Valley. Coming from a long line of farmers (eight generations to be exact), the Lightfoots have created a winery built to impress! Thinking big hasn’t kept the Lightfoots from putting love into every small detail, however. They have considered the minutia from hand-harvesting their grapes and using traditional basket press production, down to the beautifully storied labels on their wine bottles. The Grapevine…
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