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Grapevine Questionnaire: Gabrielle Papillon

by Susan Wedlock Hailed as “one of the finest new songwriters in Canada” (Tom Power, CBC), singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings stories real and imagined. Her latest album was voted 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards’ Recording of the Year. Gabrielle recently played at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville. What are you most proud of? That’s a tricky one, actually. Personally, there are two moments I can think of offhand which make me proud. The first is the moment my thesis advisor came out of the room, minutes after the panel deliberated, to tell me my Master’s thesis (in American History) had…
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Who’s Who: Ian Kaye, The Ultimate Valley Winer!

By Mike Butler Ian Kaye is heavily involved with Wine. Let me clarify… heavily involved as a JOB, not involved like I am, where I need a glass of Phone Box White just to go get the mail. Ian’s involvement is more hands on, nitty gritty, communing-with-the-vines kind of work that makes my job of buying the beautiful bottles of liquid gold so much easier! I have a great appreciation for high quality coffee (which is what I serve to Ian most mornings at TAN) and an even greater appreciation for amazing wine (which Ian so graciously handles), so I…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival

Top 10 Tips for an Icewine Lover by Sophia Luckett, sophiawinelover.com Not many people know this, but the benefits from drinking Icewine include glossy hair, increased endorphins, a good sense of humour, endurance, being 24% bullet proof, rhythm, power of persuasion, and an uncanny knack for foreign languages. Or, at least, I always have a sneaky suspicion this is the case when I’m drinking it. Note the one word and capital letter of Icewine.  This signifies it is a Canadian product and made to the very strict standards of the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).  Labelled in other countries, such as…
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IN REVIEW: Recent Events, Happenings and News

By Emily Leeson On January 10, Jim Henman, a founding member of April Wine, performed at Moe’s Place Music in Windsor. Wayne Walker saw that show, as well as Henman’s concert at Soundmarket Studio in Wolfville and commented, “I grew up listening to April Wine and it was nice to hear and meet a founding member of the band. Jim is a down-to-earth, nice person.”     Effective immediately, the parking lot in front of Shoppers Drugmart in Wolfville is now subject to the same rules as other Wolfville town parking lots. The Town is allowing for a grace period…
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ORO! Orkestra:Banding Together

By Mike Butler I love challenges and over the years I have challenged myself greatly with this column by writing about people from all walks of life, including couples, families, and even characters from history.  But this profile will be a true test to my skills because it’s about a GROUP of amazing people. I am thrilled to tell you all about the ORO! ORKESTRA! ORO! ORKESTRA is a Wolfville–based Turko-Balkan party dance band made up of community members and Acadia students and faculty.  Now heading into their third season, the band came about as a way to enjoy great…
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A Quick Chat with Jake & Miranda

What do you specialize In? Toys, games, and puzzles for kids of all ages and abilities. Helping young minds develop through creative play. Are you participating in the Icewine Festival and what’s your favourite Icewine? We’ll be attending as participants for the first time this year. We love being tourists in our own town and taking in these special events. As for a favourite…we’ll let you know! What’s Inquisitive’s best current deal or offer? Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! We have lots in stock and more on the way for those cold winter nights. Also, we have some fun overstock…
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HERE AND AWAY: Wine Sales

By Pamela Swanigan Canadian figures are from 2011. North America calculates volume in case sales (a case being equivalent to 9L of wine), Europe in hectolitres (a hectolitre being 100 litres). I have converted both of these metrics to litres. Nova Scotia: Winery revenue: $2.9 million. Litres sold: 5.9 million British Columbia: Winery revenue: $333 million. Litres sold: 35.1 million Quebec: Winery revenue: $160 million. Litres sold: 41.4 million Ontario: Winery revenue: $531 million. Litres sold: 63 million Canada: Winery revenue: $1.2 billion. Litres sold: 164.7 million Washington State: Winery revenue: $1 billion. Litres sold: 112.5 million California: Winery revenue:…
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Elsa Hodder

By Mike Butler Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to the first Who’s Who profile of the year. I have wanted to write about Elsa Hodder since first encountering her during The Little Princess. Elsa had the lead role (I had one scene) and her talent blew me away. She could sing, act, and dance beautifully and she was only a young teenager at the time. Her maturity and elegance would have you believe she is in her 20s.  I mean seriously, describe her and try not to use the word statuesque… it’s impossible. She’s done more in the last five…
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IN REVIEW: Recent Events, Happenings and News

By Emily Leeson According to Donna Holmes, the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner held on Christmas Day was a huge success. Says Holmes, “Wolfville people from all walks of life jam-packed the Lion’s Hall for a yummy xmas dinner full of chatting and music and laughter.   I knew so many people there, that it took me almost as long to get to my seat (exchanging greetings with people along the way) as it did to actually eat my dinner!  Can’t wait to do it again next year!” On January 1, the Youcaring.com Fundraising Campaign: Our Hero Luke Needs a Lift…
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THE FORK AND FARM CLUB

by Emily Leeson With a mandate to promote and support local farms by educating Acadia and the public on the importance of purchasing locally grown foods, the Fork and Farm Club isn’t wasting a moment of time. This winter, Acadia students from the club will be growing herbs and vegetables in the greenhouse at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The activities of the group are varied, but this represents their biggest endeavor so far. Says, Shelby Farmer, Club President, “We are experimenting with indoor grown vegetables. We began the process by germinating seeds in the Propagation room in the…
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