Christmas in Cabbagetown

Garry Leeson By the winter of 1948 my family’s fortunes had fallen on hard times. The first few months of our arrival in the city were our salad days—my father found a job as a bricklayer, my mother started working at a mail-order business and my sisters Jan and Rene got jobs at department stores. Everybody pooled their earnings and the family coffers grew to the point that we could afford to move out of my aunt’s home and rent an older house of our own on the west side of the city. We had our first Christmas there and…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: Gift Giving

Margot Bishop It truly is the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving. A thoughtful gift shows the receiver that you cared enough to put some effort into your choice. Use your own talents to provide you with good ideas for your gift decisions. If you are a creative person, make a gift. Paint a picture of a well-loved view or setting. Prepare a meal or two, or bake a cake or a pie or biscuits to give to loved ones. If you are a knitter, warm socks or mittens are always appreciated. A crocheted shawl or afghan will…
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Mike Uncorked: Greenwich Community Centre

Mike Butler Recently I had the awesome opportunity to chat with Floyd Priddle about the comings and goings at the celebrated Greenwich Community Centre. This is a very special place to many people in our community and there’s always something happening there to make our area brighter and better. I appreciate Floyd reaching out to me and I’m excited to share with you a little bit of what we chatted about. An AVRCE teacher and long-time Greenwich resident, Floyd came to the Valley thirty years ago to go to Acadia and stayed put, like so many do. When he purchased…
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Featurepreneur: Noël & Co.

Genevieve Allen Hearn Lauren and Janie are twin sisters that attend NKEC High School. They are also budding entrepreneurs who had a fundraising idea that turned into a full-fledged company. They spend their free time hand-crafting small-batch gifts: eco-friendly scented candles, bath salts, linen sprays, and room diffusers, donating 2% of sales to the Atlantic Kidney Foundation. With the holidays around the corner, this is the perfect time to introduce you to Noël & Co. and the young co-founders behind the business. The Grapevine (GV): How did Noël & Co. get its start?Lauren & Janie (L&J): Our desire to go…
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Ron Lightburn Autumn in the Valley Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown; The Rusty Chandelier in Coldbrook; Tides Art Gallery, R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; Absolutely Fabulous at Home, Henny Penny’s Farm Market and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams.

Busy Times for Valley Hospice Foundation

Dale Sanford Celebrating the holidays is a tradition for the Valley Hospice Foundation. It was six years ago when the first annual Holiday Gala was held in the historic ballroom. This year the fundraising event has been re-invented with the addition of the first ever HoliStay Raffle and Holiday Party. All residents of the Valley are invited to participate in VHF’s first ever HoliStay Raffle to raise required funds. This raffle offers a chance to win one of 10 mini-vacations, including an overnight get-away to the Prince George in Halifax, a golf and spa or whale watching sojourn to Digby…
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Historical Homes of Kentville

Lynn Pulsifer Historical homes are artifacts of the past and a visible connection to our history. The Kentville Historical Society has just published a calendar, Historical Homes of Kentville, which offers thirteen old photographs of homes built in the 1800s. Some are now gone, but others found in the calendar still exist. The cover page depicts a portion of Main Street dated to circa 1895 and looking east, at a location near the existing Kentville Fire Department. Beautiful oak and chestnut trees line the wide street, with several houses visible that were built in the Queen Ann Revival style. The…
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What’s Happening at the Harvest Gallery

George Walford: A RetrospectiveOctober 30 – November 21 Harvest Gallery is pleased to present George Walford: A Retrospective. We invite you to immerse yourself in works both early and contemporary, sampled from George’s more than four decades in Nova Scotia. Please join us to celebrate his spirit and the indelible mark he has made on the arts in Nova Scotia. George Walford was a visual artist who first came to Canada in 1969 at the invitation of Mitchell Franklin who met George on the Bayswater Road in London where George, fresh out of art college, was selling his paintings on…
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At Acadia: Post-Homecoming Clean-Up Event

Noel McQueen The Inaugural Good Neighbours and ASU Post-Homecoming Wolfville Clean-Up Event on Sunday, October 17 was a successful co-operative initiative between Acadia students and residents from the Good Neighbours Group. The event was open to everyone in Wolfville to help clean up the mess left by Homecoming celebrations in residential neighbourhoods. It was advertised on the Town’s website, in the Athenium, and on flyers posted in the BAC and AC on campus, and in T.A.N., Just Us, Charts, Joe’s, and Paddy’s. The hope is that this inaugural event will be the first of many post-celebration collaborative clean-up efforts between…
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Wolfville’s Remembrance Day Ceremony Returns to Acadia’s University Hall

Submitted The Wolfville Legion, Branch 74, and Acadia University are pleased to share the news that the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony will return to Acadia’s University Hall this November 11, with appropriate restrictions in place. The program will offer an in-person ceremony, commencing at 10:45am in Convocation Hall, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville. The ceremony will be conducted jointly by the Wolfville Legion and Acadia University. With respect to COVID-19 safety, those who wish to honour Canada’s veterans and fallen may instead consider participating in the outdoor act of remembrance at the Town of Wolfville Post Office War Memorial, which will…
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