Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading the Forest Around You

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading the Forest Around You By Riley Scanlan, B.Sc Honours, Environmental Science Stepping into an old growth forest can be a calming, inspiring, or even breathtaking experience, but what is it exactly that makes old growth forests so beautiful? So worthy of our attention? Just as you gain insight from reading a book, reading the forest around you can empower you to better connect with nature. Reading a forest is as simple as taking the time to acknowledge what is actually going on around you, thinking about how it all works together…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gourmet Dining Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gourmet Dining Interest Group By Marie Mossman How about an adventure through the food of different nations, in pleasant company and for a reasonable cost? The popular Newcomers Gourmet Dining interest group invites you to participate in a tasty adventure during the 2019 -2020 season, which will start in September. Meeting people and inclusiveness are constant guidelines for the group, though other aspects vary from year to years. The group gathers when a member offers to host, chooses a date, and proposes a theme. Dinners take place approximately once a month. Often, the host will provide a…
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Featurepreneur: Jeremy Novak Knows Where It’s At!

Featurepreneur: Jeremy Novak Knows Where It’s At! By Genevieve Allen Hearn Many know Jeremy Novak from his previous work with The Grapevine, or you may know him as the spirited tour guide on the Magic Winery Bus, or perhaps as Jerome the Gravekeeper on the Valley Ghost Walks. Without a doubt, you have encountered Jeremy before. Why? Because Jeremy is that guy. He is that guy who loves where he chose to live, loves the people who surround him, and loves hearing and telling stories of what makes this region special. Recently, Jeremy has started a new enterprise called Where…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Time to Play

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Time to Play By Melanie Priesnitz The Cambridge Dictionary defines a vacation as “a time when someone does not go to work or school but is free to do what they want, such as travel or relax.” We all need a break from routine from time to time, no matter how lovely our lives may be. We also all need free time to do exactly what our hearts desire and nothing else. Overnight travel can be stressful for some, so adventures that are closer to home can be more restful than visiting…
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Visit an Artist’s Studio on August Long Weekend

Visit an Artist’s Studio on August Long Weekend By Anna Horsnell The Annapolis Valley has a well-known reputation for lovely galleries, craft shops, markets, and the special art events marked on our calendars. Another option is to explore behind the scenes with a visit to an artist’s studio, where the ideas and magic of creation come together. Studio Rally can help make that connection between artist and art lover. Originating in 1992, Studio Rally has evolved over the years from a map of art studios and galleries, to a full-colour printed guide, to its current format as a very active…
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Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More!

Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More! By Mike Butler Mike Aubé: the name is so familiar here in the Valley that it feels almost superfluous to feature him in this column, but Mike is known for his music, not for being a big personality in our community. He’s known, but do we really know him? I serve Mike coffee, own his CDs, see him out and about, pass along some hellos and chit chat when we bump into each other, but I wanted to include Mike in my column so I could learn more about him and where…
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I KNOW A PLACE

I KNOW A PLACE By Ron Lightburn Desafinado A tranquil pond next to the Harvest Moon Trailway in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: Box of Delights Books, Wolfville; the Hardware Gallery, R.D. Chisholm, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing, Port Williams; and Saunders Tartans & Gifts, New Minas.

Day Trips around the Valley

Day Trips around the Valley By Laura Churchill Duke Our family is a huge fan of taking day trips. I love doing research and finding as many things in an area as we can pack into a one day outing! My specialty is finding museums, walks, and adventures off the beaten path. You can be guaranteed these trips will involve stopping for an ice cream! Here are a few of our family-friendly favourites organized by community. More information about all of these places can be found on the Valley Family Fun website by using the search bar in the top…
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Mike Uncorked: West Brooklyn Hall Jazz Nights

Mike Uncorked: West Brooklyn Hall Jazz Nights By Mike Butler Looking for something new, fresh and exciting to do on a Saturday night? Well, look no further! There’s endless things to do in the evenings here in the Valley: Ghost Walks, live music, films, live theatre, et cetera, but for something a little different, head to the West Brooklyn Hall for their Saturday Night Speakeasy Jazz Jams! I chatted with both Dorothy and Jerry Legge regarding the events and, with lots of enthusiasm, they explained that the Jazz Jams have really started taking off and it’s been a rousing success…
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AVRL News: Daytrip Adventures on BookBikes

AVRL News: Daytrip Adventures on BookBikes By Tim Jackson If you are looking for some mini day excursions around the Valley, out-of-the-way discoveries and old favourites alike, three Annapolis Valley Regional Libraries are offering FREE recreational bikes to borrow. BookBikes are 7-speed freewheel-style bikes and are at the Annapolis Royal, Berwick, and Wolfville libraries. These locations also have bike fix-it stations. BookBikes are available for adults to borrow during library open hours. You must have a valid AVRL library card. Helmets and locks are provided as part of the loan. These bikes are equipped with bells, lights, and a basket….
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