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WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears

WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears By Mike Butler I am always honoured to feature young, blossoming talent here in my column. There’s so much of it here in the Valley and to have the opportunity to share it with my readers is a wonderful feeling. Having just finished directing a production of Grease, with a cast of mostly young adults, I cannot tell you how awed I was at the talented singers, dancers, and actors I was able to work with. And over the years I have been blessed to meet and write about many budding…
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We Love the Valley: Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day We asked our readers to tell us their creative ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in the Valley. Here is what we heard back: Snowshoeing at Crystal Falls, followed by dinner at Pascalice’s Bistro in Greenwood. Cat cuddling at the Wolfville Animal Shelter. Have your own vintage fashion show at Retro Runway. Check out the tasting bar at the Annapolis Cider Company. Make it a yoga date! There are several studios and classes throughout the valley. Snowshoe Adventure! Rentals are available at We’re Outside in Wolfville,or at Valley Stove & Cycle in Kentville. Catch the Lone…
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Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines

Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines By Laila North, Go North Tours So many of us panic to make Valentine’s Day special for the one we love. We scramble to get a reservation at a fancy restaurant only to find it noisy and far from the intimate evening we anticipated. Avoid the crowded restaurants and make a fabulous dinner at home paired with Nova Scotia wines! Here are some ideas to help inspire you!! Start the evening with Avondale Sky Lady Slipper Rose ($17). This pink wine sets the Valentine’s Day mood and reveals notes of cranberry, cherry, and…
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Active and Healthy Living: Microphone

Active and Healthy Living: Microphone By Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca The scope of this article has shifted with our changing political environment. To start, if I was to use restraint, I would simply do a review on the artist and call the song “Microphone” – the best song you will hear this year. I could tell you of the beauty in her honesty, and the empowerment in her realizations, but that is not enough. Whether Kinley Dowling intended to or not she has created a song that is a rally cry, a marching song, for…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Events

NS Icewine Festival Events The Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is an annual event highlighting the local wine, Icewine and cuisine produced in Nova Scotia. The event is presented by the following wineries: Domaine de Grand Pré Luckett Vineyards Blomidon Estate Winery L’Acadie Vineyards Saint Famille Winery Gaspereau Vineyards Planters Ridge For more information and event tickets, visit: nsicewinefest.com Saturday February 25 Tasting Event 12pm – 4pm Wine and Food pairings from 9 participating wineries (guest wineries: Benjamin Bridge and Lightfoot & Wolfville) , pig roast, raclette , bonfire,  and guest Annapolis Cider Company. Ghost Walk 4pm Valley Ghostwalks will be…
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All Hands on Tech: How Volunteers in Kings County are Preparing Young Generations for Careers in Computer Sciences

All Hands on Tech: How Volunteers in Kings County are Preparing Young Generations for Careers in Computer Sciences By Genevieve Allen Hearn It is impossible not to imagine what your child will grow up to be. I have a four-month old, and often wonder if he’ll have the gravitas to be in politics, or the analytical mind of an engineer, or perhaps the creative impulses of a musician. More often than not, however, I imagine him working a job that doesn’t yet exist or is far from fathomable in the current landscape of careers. After all, fifteen years ago there…
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On the Cover: Women with Issues (24 per year, to be precise)

On the Cover: Women with Issues (24 per year, to be precise) It’s the Tuesday night of what we call Grapevine Week. By Thursday, The Grapevine newspapers will be hustled around the Valley, dropped off on countertops and waiting room tables across towns and villages, and everything in-between. At this point, most of the work is already done. Mike Butler has conducted his biweekly interview for the Who’s Who. Melanie Priesnitz has already pondered the seasonal offerings of the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and worked her thoughts into a report for the Acadia page. The organizers of the Church fundraiser…
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East Indian Split Pea Soup

East Indian Split Pea Soup By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook A good split pea soup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. My mom made it often when I was growing up and she still reigns as the Pea Soup Queen. Hers used to be made with a meaty ham bone, but is now most often vegetarian; thick with sweet potato, celery, onions, and carrot and spiced up with toasted cumin. When I ran a restaurant, we spiked our version with everything from pulled pork to maple sausage, always to good reviews. This version keeps all the comforting…
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Grease is the Word!

Grease is the Word! By Mike Butler Grease is coming to Windsor! Grab your steady and get her ready, put your mittens on your kittens, and make a date and don’t be late to see Quick as a Wink Theatre’s fast-paced, toe-tapping production of Grease! Filled with some of the most recognizable songs and characters in live musical theatre history, Grease tells the story of a group of students at Rydell High as they sing and dance their way through their final year of school, dealing with relationships, friendships, and rival gangs! Grease was first performed in 1972 and became…
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