Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams

Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams By Genevieve Allen Hearn Ross Palmer is a Valley native who has worked in the special needs community for a number of years. Wanting to make his mark on the community, he decided to pursue his dreams of running a business in Wolfville. He recently opened Grandma Mazel’s Cellar Academy in the former United Church in Wolfville – a celestial setting for a business that endorses an artisanal lifestyle. The Grapevine (GV): What is a Cellar Academy? Ross: For me, the Cellar Academy is a state of mind and a trademark. It’s the understanding and…
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Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise

Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook We’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day as we do every year, with Boiled Dinner and Grammie’s Mayonnaise! The sauce, my great-grandmother’s recipe, is rich and vintage-ly scrumptious, and the rest of the meal can be too. You’ve got to start with a decent piece of corned beef, and cook it patiently. We buy ours from Meadowbrook Meat Market, where they cure it themselves. A two pound chunk will serve about 6 people. This is a great dish to cook this time of year and…
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Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge

Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge By Alan Stewart, President and Maltster Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Co. As the local craft beer scene grows in leaps and bounds, Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company has begun a mission to bring an agricultural connection to beer making. The most important ingredient of beer is malt, and malt is made from grain. Malt provides the sugars needed for the fermentation process in beer making. Before Horton Ridge, all malt used in Atlantic Canada was imported and made from grain grown in other parts of the world. At Horton Ridge, we believe…
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Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees

Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees By Laura Greenwood The Acadia University Playing & Hearing class (akin to a musicianship class) is holding a benefit concert to support a foundation called The Tribe Turkey, a not-for-profit organization supporting Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Greece, and elsewhere in Europe (please see the public Facebook group:facebook.com/groups/TheTribeTurkey). The concert will include several arrangements performed by groups made up of the 42 members of our class, each composition holding special significance toward the global refugee crisis. There will be songs by the Doobie Brothers, Sam Cooke, Mark Knopfler, The Wailing Jennies, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Jackson, and…
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Vienna Boys Choir to appear at Acadia University on March 18, 2017

Vienna Boys Choir to appear at Acadia University on March 18, 2017 The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to present the Vienna Boys Choir on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30pm at Convocation Hall in Wolfville. This is the only Nova Scotia performance on the current tour for this world-renowned choral ensemble. Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna and instructed that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. This marked the foundation of what is known today as the Vienna Boys Choir. There are…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Spring

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Spring By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist By the time this newspaper reaches your hands the first day of spring will be just two weeks away. Native plants of the Acadian Forest will be starting to wake up triggered by warmer temperatures and longer days. In the Conservatory here at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre spring arrived in early February. Each year, as day length increases, we turn up the heat in the greenhouse to convince the indoor native plants that it’s time to break dormancy. Most of the plants comply and…
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The Women of Wolfville Are Ready To Laugh At Themselves

The Women of Wolfville Are Ready To Laugh At Themselves By Wendy Elliott The Women of Wolfville (WOW) network of over 300 women from across the Annapolis Valley know that ‘She Who Laughs Lasts’. Forty cast members, ranging in age from 6 to 65, have been preparing for several months for this new production. This year’s presentation looks at a community through the lens of humour. Staged at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville for the first time, there will be three performances on March 24 and 25. The collective creation will be full of storytelling, song, and dance. The…
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From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts.

From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts. By Bruce Dienes The past few months have been increasingly filled with voices that polarize and isolate, encouraging anxiety and mistrust, fostering fear of “others” and of strangers… and now, the unthinkable has happened – six of our fellow Canadians, Muslim men at prayer, were gunned down. Since then Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and threats of violence have been made against Muslim students at a Canadian university. In this anxious and confusing time, WAICC – the Wolfville and Area InterChurch Council…
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Towns and Villages and Counties, Oh My!

Towns and Villages and Counties, Oh My! By Emily Kathan Until recently, I hadn’t really thought about the differences between municipal units in Nova Scotia. Their varying powers and responsibilities are outlined in the Municipal Government Act, but ask a land-use planner about it some time if you want to appreciate how complicated this actually is. For now, here’s a quick primer: Counties are also called rural municipal units (Rurals). They provide things like waste management, water utilities, animal control, and fire services, as well as recreation, transit, and libraries. They aren’t financially responsible for most of the roads within…
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“There are a Ton of Roles to Fill”: Getting Involved in Local Government, with Emily Lutz

“There are a Ton of Roles to Fill”: Getting Involved in Local Government, with Emily Lutz By Emily Kathan When you last heard from Emily Lutz in The Grapevine, she was a candidate for district 7 on the council of the Municipality of the County of Kings. Now a newly-minted councillor, and Deputy Mayor, we asked her to share some of her perspectives on municipal government and community involvement. The Grapevine (GV): What do you think is the most important thing to know about how municipal government works? Emily Lutz (EL): It’s the level of government closest to the people….
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