Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Dylan Menzie

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Dylan Menzie By Susan Wedlock Dylan Menzie is a bright new face in the world of Canadian musicians. With a huge, rich voice and killer band, Dylan will be one to watch. Although often compared to the likes of Springsteen and Fleet Foxes, Dylan is an original. You can check him out at the Evergreen Theatre on March 18. Tickets available at evergreentheatre.ca or call 902-825-6834. Dylan you grew up in Belle River, PEI. What was that like? Dylan Menzie (DM): I loved growing up in Belle River. It’s a small community just outside of Wood Islands…
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Dinner Out: NOSH Dessert Night Inspired by Local

Dinner Out: NOSH Dessert Night Inspired by Local By Scott Campbell Leave it to the inspired minds of the NSCC Kingstec Bakery and Pastry Arts students and the Tourism and Hospitality students to hit it out of the local ball park when it comes to creating a spectacular menu completely inspired by local produce and artisans. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough – the entire menu was desserts… all desserts… nothing but desserts. What a night. It all began with a Chantilly-filled crepe, green apple sorbet with a caramel sauce, and a caramel crunch. This was paired with the…
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Wild Eats: Peach Melomel (Mead)

Wild Eats By Avery Peters Peters Family Home Brew: Peach Melomel (Mead) Most of the food I write about here I’ve made myself, but, for mead-making, I take more of a supporting role to my husband Zak. He’s been making mead for the last 2.5 years – since we moved to the Valley – and this past summer he decided to try a variation of his recipe and add peaches. Peaches have always been my favourite fruit. I’m glad that I transplanted from Niagara to the Annapolis Valley because I don’t know what I’d do without fresh local peaches. Our…
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Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins

Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook I’ve spent the past months testing an array of party dishes for a new cookbook I’m working on. It’s a painstaking process to take a careful record of each step, especially for a cook like me who often doesn’t measure or use a timer. Some of my ideas have fallen flat in the execution, such as a dulse dip that I will never attempt to make again because it was just terrible. But most of these sessions have yielded delicious simple recipes using local ingredients, even in Nova…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hearts and Trees

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hearts and Trees By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Inspiration most often finds me while wandering in the woods. Words tend to spill from my fingertips onto the keyboard after a brisk walk. Conveniently Acadia’s Woodland Trails are at the back door of my office, so it’s there that these columns are born. Thoughts come to me best while moving outdoors. Feelings and memories temporarily repressed, come to the surface while walking in familiar woods. My process for clearing my head and focusing on writing is often to walk while thinking of…
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The 26th Annual Acadia Art Exhibition: Hunter Gillis

The 26th Annual Acadia Art Exhibition Hunter Gillis, Acadia University Art Gallery For the past 26 years, the Acadia University Art Gallery has opened itself up to submissions from Acadia students, alumni, faculty, and members of our community. The Annual Acadia Art Exhibition is an important event that celebrates creativity in our community. It provides a public forum to explore both the work of both new and established artists. The exhibit contains a wide range of artwork that allows visitors to view the creative talent that members of our community possess. A total of 308 people of all ages and…
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Editor’s Update

Editor’s Update By Emily Leeson We love to hear from our readers. If you’ve got a story idea, an event to promote, or a comment on one of our issues, always feel free to get in touch. We recently got an email from a reader, someone new to the Valley, who just wanted to let us know that he’d been enjoying the newspaper and how it has been helping him get acclimatized to his new town and stay informed about community happenings. Well, that’s pretty much job done for us! Last year, we spent a good amount of time trying…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness Kindness takes many forms. In 2016, the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank (located in Kentville) dispersed 80,000 kgs of food to 6,857 people. 35% of those were children. The Food Bank is grateful for all of the generous support from volunteers who pick up food,  stock shelves, clean and maintain the building. The donations of food and money from the public and from businesses makes the work of the Food Bank possible. The Board of Directors of the Fundy Food Bank thank the many people who volunteer for and donate to the Food Bank. Without you, we…
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Book Giving Day, February 14

Book Giving Day, February 14 By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, AVRL Most people think of February 14 as Valentine’s Day. Here at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), we know it as International Book Giving Day. The aim of this volunteer initiative is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. Why do we give away books? Research has shown that children who have books in their homes have better literacy skills. We are all about bettering literacy skills, plus, giving away books is a whole lot of fun! Here at AVRL, we like…
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The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails

The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through…
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