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Featurepreneur: Fundy Hops

Featurepreneur: Hops and DreamsGenevieve Allen Hearn Kelli Anderson, owner of Fundy Hops, started growing hops in Waterville on family-owned farmland nearly five years ago. She sells her hops to local breweries and cideries, further helping the industry to make delicious beverages from as many locally produced ingredients as possible. We wanted to know more about hops and how this crop does in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): What got you interested in growing hops?Kelli Anderson (KA): I got interested in growing hops when our daughter was 4 years old. I read a lot and noticed the craft beer trend…
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Featurepreneur: To Market, To Market

Featurepreneur: To Market, To MarketBy Genevieve Allen Hearn In 2014 a young Tiago Voss, back from a stint in Germany, purchased The Market from Rick and Michelle Daniels, who ran the ubiquitous downtown business in Wolfville for 43 years. Tiago maintained the spirit of the shop, while putting his own stamp on it, still catering to an Acadia University crowd, but offering something for all demographics – from vintage vinyl to stylish luggage. Now, six years later, Tiago is moving the store to a larger space (previously occupied by The Box of Delights Bookshop). Having been in the same location…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Events

Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Events Dinners at Lightfoot & Wolfville WineryBlack tie Icewine Festival Opening Gala on Valentine’s Day February 14, 7pm to 10pm.Winery Collaboration Dinner hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, with chefs from Luckett Vineyards, and Grand Pré Wines, and Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, February 22, 6pm. Tasting Events at Lightfoot & Wolfville WinerySaturday, February 15, 12pm – 4pmSunday, February 16, 12pm – 4pm(Complimentary grapevine wreathmaking from 1pm to 3pm).Saturday, February 22, 12pm – 4pmSunday, February 23, 12pm – 4pm(Complimentary grapevine wreathmaking from 1pm to 3pm). Other EventsLe Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery will be…
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Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister Act

Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister ActSubmitted Quick As A Wink Theatre Society presents Sister Act, based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Filled with powerful gospel music and a truly moving story, Sister Act…
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Retail Boom in Kentville

Retail Boom in KentvilleBy Genevieve Allen Hearn Our Best of the Bunch survey results reflected a trend in the town of Kentville that we’ve been closely following here at The Grapevine. Many of the winners (and runners-up) are Kentville-based businesses, which was not the case a number of years ago. There is a difference in the town, and people are noticing. A promotional video of the town produced by Canopy Creative and commissioned by the Kentville Business Community even got the attention of CTV News, who recently aired a story on the revitalization of retail businesses in Kentville. I grew…
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FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to Future

FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to FutureBy Linda Best Please join us at 3pm on Sunday, January 26th at Chrismaria Family Restaurant, 8934 Commercial Street, New Minas. When we eat better, we live better. When we support businesses that help us to eat better, we all do better. Eating food grown here, rather than made from ingredients highly processed to withstand the rigours of a worldwide supply chain, is better for all of us. We can choose, and eat, and cook our way to better health and a more equitable, sustainable food system. We…
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Art Spot: Mario Croteau

Art Spot: Mario Croteau Mario Croteau’s photographs are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of January. WHO:I was born and raised in Quebec City. Ater visiting Nova Scotia 6 years ago, I moved here to fulfill my dream of doing fine art photography. Digital photography is my dream medium. I’m fully in control of every aspect of my production: from finding subjects and taking the pictures, to editing them on a computer and then printing them on fine art paper, I’m doing all steps, which is very gratifying. How did you come to…
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Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest Gallery

Home for the Holidays: A Group Show at Harvest GalleryOn now until the end of the year Home is a holiday show featuring the work of participating gallery artists. We chose the theme of Home as it is such an evocative word –one often associated with the holiday season. And yet, Home can mean so many things: an accommodation, property, a roof over one’s head; the family or social unit occupying a home; a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates; a game played at the team’s own field or court; or homing: the…
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The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 Calendar

The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 CalendarBy Sophie Bérubé The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is a not-for-profit charitable group that works to raise the literacy levels of adults in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Since 2011, we have offered a creative writing class to our adult learners who are drawn to the literary arts. VCLA believes that adults learners, like children, also benefit from engaging in artistic creation. What began as a writing group has expanded into visual arts, song writing and music production programs. Since 2018, we have produced a calendar with photos of the Valley featuring poetry…
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Featurepreneur: Skylit

Featurepreneur: Skylit Now in their fourth year in business, and just voted Outstanding Small Business of the Year by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, Skylit say their mission is “to provide the highest quality and most aesthetically pleasing solar installations in Nova Scotia.” The Grapevine recently asked Amanda Brulé of Skylit all about the solar panel business in the Valley, and what inspires her about renewable energy: The Grapevine (GV): How did you get interested in solar panels and renewable energy? Amanda Brulé (AB): I’ve always had an interest in social responsibility and environmental sustainability. When the owners, Andrew…
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