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Dinner Out: Barrelling Tide Distillery

By Scott Campbell In the heart of Port Williams – tucked in behind the Port Pub – on a little side road – on your way to Starr’s Point, is the Barrelling Tide Distillery. Don’t let the unassuming location sway you though. This brand new distillery is producing some of the boldest flavours around. I was able to have a tour last week and found myself thrilled by the caliber of the professionalism and elegance evident in this small distilling operation. Owners, Russell and Colleen Murphy have gone above and beyond with this project and have created one of the…
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Young Farmers Weigh In On The Future of Farming in Nova Scotia

Provided by the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Blog, farmersmarketsnovascotia.com/blog Last month, the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) interviewed a selection of current and new farmers about the future of farming in Nova Scotia. One of the recurring topics that arose from these interviews was the role Farmers’ Markets play in fostering young farmers. According to Jocelyn Durston, co-owner of Seven Acres Farm, “Farmers’ markets offer a low-cost, low-pressure venue to build relationships with customers and explore market potential,” says Durston. Durston and her partner Chris Kasza moved to Nova Scotia from British Columbia, in search of farmland. Now…
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Bicycles, Book Signings, And Billy The Kid: July At The Bookshop

By Benjamin Bush Anderson The Wild West lost its gun-slinging poster-boy, Billy the Kid, on July 14, 1881. His death, along with the dastardly exploits that marked his life, is viscerally re-imagined in Michael Ondaatje’s *The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems*. Come by the bookshop to holster your own copy! Looking for a cycling book to toss in your handlebar basket? We highly recommend *The Bicycle Diaries* by David Byrne (yes, that David Byrne). In his 2010 book, the Talking Heads front man chronicles his adventures as he pedals through, and engages with, some of the world’s…
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The Annapolis Valley loves bicycles!

By Emily Leeson The Annapolis Valley has clearly entered the age of the bicycle. On June 3 at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, Scott Brison announced the significant contribution of $799,500 from the Government of Canada to Bicycle Nova Scotia towards the Blue Route, a bicycle route network aiming to connect the province with 3000km of designated bicycle routes. The route will take visitors, and locals alike, along the coastline and through the interior of the province, clearly positioning and acknowledging cycling as an integral part of the Nova Scotia lifestyle and tourism industry. According to Brison, “New visitors; active living;…
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Uncorked: Your Rainbow Connection

Uncorked: Your Rainbow Connection By Mike Butler What a year it has been so far for the LGBTI Communities of the world. There have been many wonderful, positive, and uplifting moments throughout the world, including the recent historical march of our Prime Minister in Toronto’s Pride Parade. But there have also been moments of extreme sadness and heartbreak, with so many lost lives in Orlando and other locations not covered by the media. No matter the event, as a community, Wolfville has always shown its support of Pride Week, Pride events, and the LGBTI community, and I am proud to…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: The Door You Came In

By Susan Wedlock Author David Macfarlane and musician Douglas Cameron have created an extraordinary performance of spoken word and music based on Macfarlane’s 2001 historical memoir *The Danger Tree*. The title of this performance piece is “The Door You Came In: Songs and Stories From The Danger Tree” and it plays at The Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, July 22. More info: evergreentheatre.ca* Susan: David, why did you originally write *The Danger Tree*? What did you want readers to learn from it? David: When I was a boy our family went to Newfoundland for our summer holidays because that’s where my…
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Who’s Who: Pamela Halstead: All Her World’s a Stage!

By Mike Butler It’s no mystery to my friends, family, and my readers that I am a huge live theatre buff—both as a performer and as a spectator/supporter. The connection that’s made between the audience and the live theatre actors is such a treasure. I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful actors of the stage. One of the countless benefits that comes with this column is that I get to occasionally write about one of these inspiring performers. Pamela Halstead, years ago, transformed herself into German director Leni Riefenstahl for the production The Blue Light and I was front-row centre…
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Gold Poetry And Golden Wine At The Box Of Delights Bookshop

Ben Bush Anderson “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”, said one of our favourite authors, Franz Kafka. The Czech writer has long entranced readers with his searing wit, sensitivity, and impeccable storytelling. We believe that it is never too early to start on Kafka, so in celebration of his 133rd birthday this July 3 we recommend Matthue Roth’s brilliant retelling of The Metamorphosis for children, *My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs*. Summer in Nova Scotia presents us with one vital question: which local book pairs best with which local wine? With a…
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Celebrating Dr. Heather Wellwood

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca It’s a Thursday around 9pm, and I am sitting around the kitchen table with Sarah and Alison Wellwood contemplating how to present this article. We are thirty-somethings (actually let’s be honest, we are in our mid-thirties), and we are friends and full-time working Mamas with a handful of kids between the three of us. We are perplexed, and the words “How did she do it?” come up a number of times. Their mother, Dr. Heather Wellwood, pulled off the glorious feat that we women often struggle with. “She focused on two very…
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Dr. Wayne Phillips: Words that Paint a Beautiful Picture

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca In case you have not had the pleasure, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Wayne Phillips. Dr. Phillips graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. He and his family moved to Wolfville in 1977 and he has practiced Family Medicine for 42 years, which up until 2010 included: office practice at the Wolfville Professional Centre, hospital medicine at EKM and VRH, obstetrics, nursing home care, and Acadia University student health centre. Dr. Phillips is the medical director of the Wolfville Nursing Home and the Wolfville Elms, and he has a…
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