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Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!By Mike Butler As I am writing this article (twinkly-eyed and giddy), it’s exactly one month until Christmas Day. Out of common sense and respect, I start my holiday cheer after November 11, and music and decorating after December 1, but I never shy away from thinking about the gifts and treats I’m going to pick up for my friends and family. If you know me, then you know Christmas is my favourite time of year! With so much at our disposal here in the Valley, I’ve compiled a little list…
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Mike Uncorked: L’Arche’s Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair Celebrates 20th Year!

Mike Uncorked:L’Arche’s Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair Celebrates 20th Year!By Mike Butler In my close to eleven years of writing for The Grapevine, I can’t believe I’ve never featured the Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair! This floors me because L’Arche (and the amazing folks who work there) and Christmas are two of my favourite things! I had the pleasure of chatting with the handsome Greg Brown, Program Leader for Applewicks for almost two years now, and he filled me in on the fun things happening there and all the glitz and glamour of the upcoming craft fair. “Applewicks is the work-based program…
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On the Cover: Rebecca Fairless

On the Cover: Rebecca Fairless By Donna Holmes I met Rebecca when we were both working with Deep Roots in 2015. Probably the first time we spoke about more than just the Deep Roots program booklet was when I interviewed her about her cat tattoo for the “Show Me Your Ink” column I used to write in The Grapevine. It has been my pleasure to do another Grapevine interview with Rebecca, this time about her upcoming performance at Deep Roots: Donna Holmes (DH): We both love cats. Do you have any kitties currently living with you in Halifax? Have you…
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Berwick Galas Days 2019 Events Highlights

Berwick Galas Days 2019 Events Highlights Since the first “Gala Day” in 1945, Berwick’s yearly celebration has been about bringing the community together, with a special focus on young people. 100% of the money raised from Berwick Gala Days goes back to youth groups in the community and surrounding areas. Last year Berwick Gala Days gave back over $11, 000 to local youth groups. One more reason to join in all the fun! Here are some of The Grapevine‘s top picks for Gala Days weekend, August 29 to September 3, but visit berwickgaladays.ca for the full schedule of events. Berwick…
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Dinner Out: Alo

Dinner Out: Alo By Scott Campbell Welcome to Alo – the best restaurant in Canada. That’s a prestigious designation to be sure, but this little gem located on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto has proudly earned it. In 2017 Alo topped the list of the 100 top restaurants in Canada. In 2018, it did it again. Our culinary adventure began with yellow tail sashimi and tuna tartare. The fresh tuna in both dishes was bright and flavourful and seasoned perfectly. It was a perfect way to start our dinner. Next up was jamon Iberico and French cheese with pickled red…
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Valley Recreation Departments Share Their Top Picks for Getting Outside This Summer

Valley Recreation Departments Share Their Top Picks for Getting Outside This Summer Kentville’s Top Picks -Play at Memorial Park (check out the Skatepark, Splashpad, Outdoor Pool, Tennis/Pickleball and Basketball Courts, Playgrounds, Soccer and Baseball Fields and the Playbox). -Come to a free concert at Oakdene Park (every other Thursday night starting July 4th, 6:30-8pm) -Cool off in the Kentville Ravine (explore the Ravine to escape from the summer heat) -Check out some great outdoor events in Kentville (including the Community Camp Out, Chalk Art Festival, Multicultural Festival, and more!) Favourite Program: Our equipment loan program! We have equipment available at…
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Best of the Bunch 2018 Results

Here are the results of the Best of the Bunch 2018 reader survey! Food & Drink Winner Runner Up Best restaurant (casual) The Naked Crepe Bistro Noodle Guy Best restaurant (fine dining) Troy Restaurant Le Caveau Best pub food Paddy’s Pub King’s Arms Best Takeout/Delivery House of Dough Jonny’s Cookhouse Best Cafe T.A.N. Just Us Best burger Johnny’s Cookhouse TIE! Library Pub & Paddy’s Pub Best pizza House of Dough Lightfoot & Wolfville Best sandwich Edible Art Cafe Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House Best bakery Sourdough Country Bakery Kate’s Bakery Best butcher Canning Village Meat Market Meadowbrook Farm…
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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019 May 9-10 MAYWORKS FESTIVAL Wolfville donnaholmes712@gmail.com – May 29 – June 3 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The Valley, NS appleblossom.com – June 7-8 PORT WILLIAMS DAYS Port Williams, NS portwilliams.com – June 13 – 16 ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL Louisbourg & Chéticamp, NS festivalracinesetbottines.ca rootstobootsfestival.ca – June 15 -16 DEVIL’S HALF ACRE MOTORCYCLE EVENT Kentville, NS devilshalfacremotorcyclerally.ca – JUNE 21-23 FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL & SUMMER SOLSTICE POP-UP MARKET Newport Landing, NS fullcirclefestival.ca – June 22 KENTVILLE CHALK AND ART FESTIVAL Kentville, NS kentville.ca – June 22 TEDDY BEAR JAMBOREE Falmouth, NS falmouthcommunityhall@gmail.com – June 22 –…
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The 2017 Best of the Bunch Grapevine Results

The Grapevine’s 2017 ‘Best of the Bunch’ Results! We received a huge response to our second annual ‘Best of the Bunch’ survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! What a great selections of place to visit, things to do, and experiences not to miss in the Valley. While you are out and about, watch for The Grapevine’s ‘Best of the Bunch’ sticker in the windows of these top-voted businesses. Food & Drink Best restaurant: Troy Runner up: The Naked Crepe Bistro Best fine dining restaurant: Blomidon Inn Restaurant Runner up: Le Caveau Best pub food: Paddy’s Pub Runner up: King’s…
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Best of the Bunch 2017 Survey

It’s that time again! We were excited to get so many responses to our inaugural Best of the Bunch survey last year – so we’re doing it again this year. We love getting suggestions from our readers, so this time you’ll notice a few new categories! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a Grapevine tote bag, a Kitchen Party Cookbook by Jenny Osburn and a box of tasty artisanal chocolates! Click here to enter the survey!