Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery

Featurepreneur: A Family Farm Turns State-of-the-Art Winery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jocelyn and Michael Lightfoot have travelled internationally to research best practices in the wine tourism industry and they are bringing their bold ideas back to the Valley. Coming from a long line of farmers (eight generations to be exact), the Lightfoots have created a winery built to impress! Thinking big hasn’t kept the Lightfoots from putting love into every small detail, however. They have considered the minutia from hand-harvesting their grapes and using traditional basket press production, down to the beautifully storied labels on their wine bottles. The Grapevine…
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Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years

Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years By Emily Leeson Nova Scotian hospitality: Supper at the kitchen table, the company of friends and family, a cozy place to spend the night. It’s no secret that we excel at welcoming our guests. While plenty of tourists make their way here for pleasure, there’s also a steady stream of Nova Scotians regularly travelling across the province each year to access medical services. Fidelis House is making those trips more comfortable and affordable for patients of the Valley Regional Hospital. Visiting a hospital can mean a stay far from friends and family, and the comforts…
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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events By Emily Leeson Steer BBQ: The Rain Stopped Just In Time! The clouds parted just in time for another great parade in the little town of Kingston, Nova Scotia. The community lined the road and the parade was filled with dancers, firetrucks, Shriners, bagpipes, a handful of princesses and of course a couple of horses. After the parade the fair grounds were filled, the bouncy castles were hopping, the BBQ was in full swing, and a special treat for the kids was zipping around: A land-mower driven barrel train! — Blomidon Estate Winery…
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Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo By Mike Butler What an exciting Who’s Who! I rarely get to write about duos, but this one is so special that I couldn’t resist. Ian Gilmore and Amy Reitsma are coming to Wolfville this month to perform in Valley Summer Theatre’s ninth season opener I Do! I Do! and I want to tell you all about them and this fantastic show. Let’s start with Amy! Amy Reitsma is originally from Seabright. She attended Queen’s University for music (singing), and after graduating she worked in theatre and…
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Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND

Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND   By Mike Butler It’s the summer, which means good times with friends and family sharing BBQ’s, time at the beach, hiking, swimming, or other outdoor activities. In the evenings, you have campfires, drinks and laughs on the patio, or maybe even a chance to attend an outdoor concert. Summer is also the time for young adult recreation camps at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, as well as a hilarious production on their main stage. So why not pop over to CentreStage on a Friday or Saturday evening, sit in a nice…
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An Evening at the Inn

An Evening at the Inn By Emily Leeson On the back deck of the Blomidon Inn, the last bits of sunshine are breaking through the receding clouds. Mike Laceby, the inn keeper, is welcoming guests and Jean-Benoit Deslauriers is pouring his first selection of Benjamin Bridge wines for the evening. Somewhere in the kitchen, Chef Nelson Penner is likely carefully situating a few locally-foraged morels onto plates. It’s a rare night out for Jesse and me. The stars have aligned: a last minute babysitter was found, and we’ve promised to be home by ten. How could we pass this up?…
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The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert

The Art Spot: Maud Arthur Herbert Maud’s work is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours.   WHO: My name is Maud Arthur Herbert. I have spent a lot of my life travelling and exploring, trying to find my place in the world. I am a mother of two amazing kids, and two equally amazing step-kids. I have always been creatively inclined, but recently I’ve been taking advantage of any rare opportunities of ‘kid-free’ time to work on my painting. WHAT: I mostly work with Acrylic paint on canvas and…
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The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way

The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way The tourist season in Nova Scotia has begun! The vineyards and wineries are open and busy, the Magic Wine Bus is on the roads, and visitors from all over are arriving daily in the Annapolis Valley. As locals we see them arrive and enjoy our inns, restaurants, galleries, shops, and shows. But when they leave, what do they take with them? What memories or experiences stick with our visitors long after they’ve headed back home? A happenstance meeting with some wine region tourists offered a little glimpse into the…
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Berwick’s Unsung Affordable Housing

Berwick’s Unsung Affordable Housing   By Gene Keyes   Mary Jo and I had lived in rental apartments in Halifax for many years, but by 2003 when we were ready to retire on a shoestring, we needed something that would fit our very small budget. Certainly the 6-digit price of houses was out of reach. Mobile homes were a possibility, but they were scarce in the HRM. So Mary Jo got on the Web and found a small town called Berwick in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley — where a senior was selling her mobile home, in a park within walking…
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Recipe: Green Shakshouka

Recipe: Green Shakshouka By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com   Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Cafe Cookbook and has a new one with Laura MacDonald, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, coming your way this fall!   Happy summer! This time of year finds me with a spring in my step. Swimming with the kids, weeding, reading, sleeping in, adventuring, and stuffing my face with fresh vegetables is what summer means to me. Finding new ways to cook up my favourite greens makes me pretty happy, too! Real Shakshouka, a luscious Middle Eastern…
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