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Romance in the Valley

Romance in the Valley Justice of the Peace Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings knows her way around a romantic setting, and she brings a sense of fun and adventure to the weddings she officiates. “The goal of East Coast Pop Up Weddings,” she notes, “is simplicity, low-stress, and sometimes a bit of spontaneity, all while creating a celebration that’s ceremony-focused and real.” Who better to ask about some of the best places for romance in the Annapolis Valley? These are Sarah’s top picks: Snowshoeing at Grand-Pré Park: The perfect quiet and tranquil winter setting. Cooking classes at…
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All About Icewines

All About IcewinesBy Kim Cyr The Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is about to happen over two consecutive weekends this February. The events will be held collaboratively at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, with many distillers and vintners participating. The events include a gala, fireworks, a multi-course dinner with three chefs from three of our wineries, and 4 days of tasting events (February 14-16 & 22-23, visit for more information). The Definition of IcewineCanada is the largest icewine producer in the world. It is estimated the icewine crop is responsible for billions annually. In Canada, we have a federal legal definition…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Events

Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Events Dinners at Lightfoot & Wolfville WineryBlack tie Icewine Festival Opening Gala on Valentine’s Day February 14, 7pm to 10pm.Winery Collaboration Dinner hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, with chefs from Luckett Vineyards, and Grand Pré Wines, and Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, February 22, 6pm. Tasting Events at Lightfoot & Wolfville WinerySaturday, February 15, 12pm – 4pmSunday, February 16, 12pm – 4pm(Complimentary grapevine wreathmaking from 1pm to 3pm).Saturday, February 22, 12pm – 4pmSunday, February 23, 12pm – 4pm(Complimentary grapevine wreathmaking from 1pm to 3pm). Other EventsLe Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery will be…
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AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative

AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is once again offering a Food for Fines initiative during the month of February at all of its eleven locations, and the Bookmobile. Just give us an item for the food bank and we’ll forgive up to $3.00 in fines. The really good news is that there is no limit on the number of fines which can be forgiven! Do you owe $8.50? Three food bank items will take care of that. The most needed food items are:• Soup and stew• Canned meat and fish• Canned vegetables and fruit•…
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Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld

Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld Neil Groeneveld’s watercolours are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of February. His work can also be found at Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative events, and on his Facebook page. I’m a retired school teacher and moved to Wolfville with my family in 2011. I’ve been engaged in drawing and painting, as well as woodworking and photography, for much of my life. I’ve been painting in watercolour for about 15 years and, since living in Wolfville, I’ve had many opportunities to study with other artists, which has encouraged me to focus…
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La Dolce Vita: Cool trivia just in time for the Icewine festival

La Dolce Vita: Cool trivia just in time for the Icewine festivalBy Kim Cyr This grape shares its name with a capital/port city of the country of Oman, was loved by Leonardo DaVinci, and is used in Grand Pre Winery effervescent style wine and one of their Icewines. This grape shares its name with a famous hairdresser, as well as a postmodern American author/wit, and is often used in Nova Scotia Icewine This port-style wine, made by the Petite Riviere winery, partially shares its name with a famous mouse, and is dedicated to the 5th Canadian Division. This style of…
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Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One Canvas

Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One CanvasBy Anna Horsnell It begins over morning coffee. Surrounded by an idyllic setting on the shore of Black River Lake, artists Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White begin to imagine their next painting. They discuss ideas, suggesting a direction, a theme, maybe some aspect of the Valley near to their hearts. Here the spark of inspiration is often spoken out loud, shaped, and realized in a wonderful collaboration of life and art. Their shared studio is a large, bright space dedicated to art making. That’s not by chance. From the moment they decided to build…
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Local Professor’s Work Twice Celebrated

Local Professor’s Work Twice CelebratedSubmitted Dr. William H. Brackney, an emeritus professor at Acadia University, has recently been recognized twice for his significant work in the areas of Christian thought and ethics. Brackney came to Acadia in 2006 to join the Faculty of Theology and retired in 2018, but continues as an adjunct in the Department of History and Classics. On September 28, Dr. Brackney, the author of over 50 works, was honoured with a festschrift volume, Crossing Baptist Boundaries, published by Mercer University Press. Sixteen scholars from internationally-recognized institutions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, provided essays…
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I KNOW A PLACEBy Ron Lightburn Dockside, Hall’s Harbour Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas.

Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New Comedy

Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New ComedyBy Mike Butler 2020 is upon us and CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is gearing up for another fantastic twelve months of entertaining the Valley (and beyond) with top notch productions. This little theatre with the big heart has a stellar lineup of plays, including comedies, dramas, children’s shows, mysteries, and a dinner theatre, so keep on top of their offerings and don’t miss out! Centrestage is kicking off the year with The Wild Women of Winedale, a joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching comedy focusing on three women at crossroads in their…
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