Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Maureen MacLean Wins Deep Roots Valley Arts Award

Submitted Middleton resident Maureen MacLean is the 18th annual recipient of the Valley Arts Award, which has been given since 2004 by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative. The award recognizes someone who has worked for the development or promotion of Valley artists, arts events, or culture, and has made a significant long-term contribution to the Arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. MacLean was raised in Liverpool, where she received her early music training. Following high school, she continued her musical studies at Mount Allison University. After two years teaching in Shelburne, MacLean became the grade P-6 music teacher at Middleton…
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Who’s Who: John Ebata & Mary Lou Sicoly: Let’s Make MUSIC!

Mike Butler Well, this is going to be a different kind of ‘Who’s Who’. I tend to focus on one community member and usually pick someone who is relatively unknown. Well, with this article I’ve chosen not one but two (even three if you think about it) community members who are very well-known and I am so excited to feature their talents and their joyous personalities with you. I am pleased that our venues are opening back up to feature live shows and music again and this is a duo (trio) that you need to seek out to support and…
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Featurepreneur: Exploding onto the Scene with Molotov Cuisine

Genevieve Allen Hearn *Molotov Cuisine is owned and run by Fiona Genevieve Lewis. Lewis describes herself as passionate about cooking with local ingredients and fascinated with fermentation. Her business caters, runs workshops, sells prepared food at markets, and organizes pop-up dining experiences. She is also involved in a meal box program called PieceMeal. *The Grapevine* asked this multi-faceted entrepreneur a few questions about her new business in the Annapolis Valley.* The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your company. What compelled you to start your own business?Fiona Genevieve Lewis (FGL): Molotov Cuisine is based on a passion for cooking with local…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: Heritage and Farm Markets

Margot Bishop Our heritage is a feast. The farmers, fishermen, hunters, gatherers, along with the land, rivers, lakes, bays, mudflats and orchards, all being part and parcel of our ancestors’ gifts to us. These resources and the knowledge of how to produce food from them, should be considered a feast. A feast celebrating all that we are and can be. Our roadside stands and farm markets are full of wonderful products and produce from our lovely Valley. Some are tiny stands at the end of a farm lane, with the hope that the trust and honesty of most people will…
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Concerts-in-Waiting: Food for the Soul

Janet Kirkconnell As this issue of The Grapevine goes to press, it is not yet known if the green light will be given to the Sunday Music in the Garden Room concerts waiting in the wings. A full 2021-22 season of chamber music is at the ready. Over the past 18 months, COVID-19 has muted live music on the Acadia campus, following the necessary exclusion of the public, and even students and staff for a long time, from the university grounds. Many people have lamented not being able to attend the Sunday Music concerts, and have expressed the hope that…
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Books By Locals

Wendy Elliott Laura Best’s A Sure Cure for WitchcraftIn A Sure Cure for Witchcraft, set in the 1700s, young Lilli’s plight takes front and centre. This is a multi-century story of healing and friendship by Forties resident Laura Best. She has written six works of fiction. Her first young adult novel, Bitter, Sweet, was published in 2009 and short-listed for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. In 2020, Laura’s first novel for adults, Good Mothers Don’t appeared. This year she has completed two novels, The Family Way and A Sure Cure for Witchcraft. Wendy Elliott (WE):…
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Harvest for Health: Tastes of Europe

Valley Regional Hospital Foundation Makes Plans for Scans! Mike Butler The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation is at it again with their most ambitious fundraising campaign ever! Health services are so important here in the Valley and, as we know, a lot of machines and equipment and essential pieces needed to aid our health get old, outdated, and eventually need replacing. In 2019 the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation (VRHF) executed a virtual cooking class fundraiser to purchase a new C-Arm for the hospital. It was very successful! This year, the campaign is bigger because the equipment needed is larger. Are you…
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6th Annual Fairy Walk

Black Rock TrailsSaturday October 9, 1:00pm- 4:00pm On Saturday, October 9, the Black Rock Trails Association is hosting the sixth annual Fairy House Walk. This is a Covid-safe outdoor family event using the short trail starting at the trailhead at 4404 Black Rock Roadd, Black Rock, and allowing those who are young at heart to walk the fairy woods and build fairy houses. Unfortunately, the Covid-sensitive fairies cannot provide a tea this year. The Tradition of Fairy Houses has its roots on a few islands off the coast of Maine. For decades people were inspired to create whimsical houses made…
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Dinner Out: Gerrish and Gray

Scott Campbell I just love it when I walk into an eating establishment that is thoroughly steeped in local history and tradition yet manages to offer up one of the most innovative and exciting dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Gerrish and Gray manages to do just that. Gerrish and Gray—located, you guessed it, at the corner of Gerrish and Gray in Windsor—opened their doors on September 19. They offer a great lunch menu but I chose to take advantage of the “late lunch” which is available from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A…
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Visually Speaking: Artist Dawn Oman

Anna Horsnell A large decommissioned church looms large on the corner of Granville and Washington Streets in Bridgetown. Within this cavernous space of polished wood and stained-glass windows lies the wondrous home, studio, gallery, and shop of artist Dawn Oman. This is a place of joyous colour and positive energy begging to be explored. In Oman’s own words, her artwork is “whimsical and colourful, immediately recognizable from the subject matter.” She loves spontaneity and never knows what she will create next until inspiration strikes. What begins as an original painting on paper or canvas may spill happily on to her…
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